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Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf is loaded with flavor from tomatoes and dried herbs, and this low-carb meatloaf is delicious! And it makes two meatloaves so you can freeze some for later! 

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Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf finished meatloaf on serving plate

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf is something I came up with a few years ago when I wanted a meatloaf recipe that didn’t use breadcrumbs or oatmeal. I tried a few experiments and ended up with this tasty meatloaf with ground beef, Italian sausage, drained and chopped canned tomatoes, dried herbs, and flax seed meal instead of bread crumbs to bind it together.

This is a delicious meatloaf recipe that I’ve enjoyed every time I’ve made it, and even though meatloaf is NOT very photogenic I recently took some new photos to see if I can entice more people to try this tasty meatloaf option! This recipe makes 12 servings of meatloaf, but it freezes well, and Kara and I loved it when we tested the recipe. If your family likes Italian sausage I’m betting this delicious meatloaf will probably get gobbled up pretty quickly at your house too.

What’s Special About Flaxseed Meal?

I love that this grain-free meatloaf uses Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) to bind the ingredients together! Flax seeds are very rich in nutrients, and the oil is popular as a nutritional supplement. But flax seeds are more nutritious than just the oil because besides omega-3 fatty acids, the seeds are rich in both kinds of fiber and they also contain a phytoestrogen called lignans. And of special interest to carb-conscious eaters, flax seed meal has almost as much fiber as it does carbs, which means it’s very low in net carbs. And flaxseed meal is naturally gluten-free.

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf process shots collage

How to make this meatloaf:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. I used to make this with slow roasted tomatoes, but they’re high in carbs so now I’d use well-drained and chopped canned tomatoes. 
  2. Take the Italian Sausage and ground beef out of the packages and put them in a bowl to start to come to room temperature.
  3. I used dry seasonings so they could help hold the meatloaf together. On top of the sausage and ground beef put Dried Onion (affiliate link), Garlic Powder (affiliate link), Dried Basil (affiliate link), Dried Parsley (affiliate link), salt, ground fennel (affiliate link), and Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link).
  4. Use your clean hands to gently combine the mixture.  (Don’t overmix.)
  5. I have a couple of mini roasting trays from the thrift store that I love to use for meatloaf because any fat from the meat drips down; use any kind of baking sheet if you don’t have a set-up like this. (Be sure to spray with non-stick spray!) 
  6. Divide the meat mixture in two and form into two meatloaves. I like to make diagonal scores with a butter knife, which looks nice and gives a guide for cutting slices.
  7. Cook the meatloaf for 1 hour, or until the temperature reaches 165F/75C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link). If you use turkey Italian Sausage, it’s especially important that it reaches that temperature. 
  8. If you don’t have an Instant-Read Thermometer, you can cut one meatloaf open to see if it’s done.
  9. Let meatloaf cool a few minutes, then cut into slices and serve. (This photo is one of the meatloaves, sliced.)
  10. I’m not a big ketchup fan but I always eat this with G. Hughes Sugar-Free Ketchup (affiliate link)!

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf thumbnail image of finished meatloaf on serving plate

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This would be great with Twice Baked Cauliflower, Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms, or Garlic-Roasted Green Beans for a delicious low-carb meal.

More Low-Carb Ground Beef Recipes:

Instant Pot Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Beef Stroganoff Meatballs ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Tasty Low-Carb Soups with Ground Beef ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole ~ Ditch the Carbs
Low-Carb Ground Beef Stroganoff Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf

Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

This Grain-Free Meatloaf with ground beef, Italian sausage, tomatoes, herbs, and Flax Seed is loaded with healthy ingredients and it tastes good too!


  • 2 lbs. ground beef (see notes)
  • 1 19.5 oz. pkg. hot turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite dice tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 T dried chopped onion
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 T ground fennel
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Spray roasting racks or loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Squeeze turkey sausage out of casings in small pieces and put in mixing bowl with the ground beef so the meat can start to come to room temperature.
  4. Drain canned tomatoes into a colander placed in the sink. When they are well-drained, put them on cutting board and chop them a bit smaller.
  5. I used dry seasonings so they could help hold the meatloaf together. On top of the sausage and ground beef put Dried Onion (affiliate link), Garlic Powder (affiliate link), Dried Basil (affiliate link), Dried Parsley (affiliate link), salt, ground fennel (affiliate link), and Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link).
  1. Add chopped tomatoes, and eggs to meat mixture and use your clean hands to combine well.
  2. Try to mix the meat enough to get spices and eggs evenly distributed without over-mixing. Shape meat into two loaves.
  3. I prefer to bake meatloaf on a roasting rack so the fat can drip out. Using a rack also browns the meatloaf well on three sides, but use a regular baking sheet if that's what you have.
  4. Bake about one hour, or until the meatloaf is well done and shows 165F/75C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) or if you don't have a meat thermometer cut one open and make sure the inside is completely done.
  5. Let meatloaf cool a few minutes, then cut into slices and serve.
  6. I'm not a big ketchup fan but I always eat this with G. Hughes Sugar-Free Ketchup (affiliate link)!


Use ground beef with the amount of fat that fits your personal dietary preferences. You can use pork or turkey Italian Sausage and hot or mild sausage, whichever you prefer.

Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) is naturally gluten-free and very low in net carbs; check the package for information when you're buying it.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 41g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf with no breadcrumbs or oatmeal would be approved for any phase of the original South Beach Diet and other low-carb diet plans, and this recipe is also gluten-free. For the South Beach Diet, it’s recommend to use lean ground beef and low-fat turkey Italian sausage. If you’re following a strict low-carb plan, you might want to use less tomatoes, and most low-carb diets would prefer higher-fat ground beef and sausage.

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
This tasty grain-free meatloaf was first posted in 2013. It was updated with new photos and better instructions in September 2020.

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    52 Comments on “Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf”

  1. Ooh, I’m looking forward to reading your blog and getting recipe ideas. Thanks!

  2. Your meat loaf looks wonderful! I use oatmeal in my meat loaf, but yours sounds so healthy I may have to try it.Have a great year and thanks for all the recipes!

  3. I’m a new reader to your blog, and I have to say this recipe looks awesome! I’ve just recommitted myself to the SBD, and needed some other recipes to make for my family. Even my husband and daughter who don’t need to watch their weight will appreciate this!

  4. I made this tonight and it was great. I’ve just barely started cooking with flax seed meal, so it was fun to learn a new way to use it. Thanks!

  5. Anne, it’s the next morning now and Blogger seems to have healed itself so I edited the recipe. Thanks again!

  6. Anne, good catch, and yes, you chop the tomatoes finely and then mix with the meat and spices. Thanks! (I hate it when I do things like this!)

    The worst is that blogger is acting up right now so I don’t know if I can even fix it until later. I’ll keep your comment in my e-mail folder so I don’t forget.

  7. Kalyn, I love your meatlof recipe and am about to make it? Did I miss something? I don’t see adding the tomtoes in the recipe. Doesn’t look like they are on top, so will just go ahead and mix in with the meat! Love you site!

  8. Christine, thanks for voting for me!

    Katie, flax seed meal was perfect for this.

    Naudee, you are so sweet to give me this feedback. I appreciate it so much.

  9. Kalyn just wanted to let ya know I tried it and LOVED it. The entire family enjoyed it…even the picky teenager!!! 😀
    I agree that the flax seed meal is great with this and that meatballs with it is an excellent idea!

  10. What a wonderful way to use flax seed. The whole recipe sounds great. More meat loaf sandwhiches, yum!

  11. All I can say is YUM! I love meat loaf and what a clever way to boost fiber and all those good omega-3s by using flax seed meal. I use mine in my low carb smoothies and never thought of putting it in meat loaf. I do now though! 🙂

    Going to vote for my fave SB blogger now…

  12. Maria, LOVE the oven.

    White_Poplar, glad you liked it.

    Naudee, the flax was so great in this. I can tell I’ll be making meatballs with flax seed meal sometime soon.

  13. Flax is a GREAT idea…can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks so much!!

  14. Kalyn, this looks lovely. I tried out yout Greek Frittata this morning for breakfast. Absolutely yummy! A recipe keeper indeed.

  15. So do you like the new oven? It looks nice!

  16. Fran, so far I love the new oven. I roasted a chicken in it which turned out great, and the meat loaf was fabulous. And since my regular oven is a bit temperamental, it’s a lifewaver.

    Tanna, this is my first time with flaxseed, but I’ll be using it a lot more.

    Mimi, I seriously doubt if your husband could taste the flaxseed at all. At least I couldn’t. And Thanks for the congratulations.

    Bill, the roasted tomatoes are beyond delicious. You must make some next summer!

  17. I’d love some of those tomatoes please…man do those look good

  18. I made meatloaf last night, too. My version, which my husband loves. I’d love to make it with flaxseed but I have a feeeling he would not eat it. (“Just try it, dear.”)

    Yes, I like that oven, tto.

    And I’m delighted to see you made the short list, Kalyn!

  19. How positively timely you are Kalyn! I was planning meat loaf for tonight! I can’t really follow your recipe as I was not forward enough thinking to put up those lovely tomatoes of yours but I’m certainly going to encorporate more flaxseed than I usually do. I love meatloaf now also.
    Nice new oven!!

  20. Your meatloaf looks wonderful. What a unique idea to add the flax. Hope you like your new oven as much as I like mine (which is exactly like yours). Have had it a couple of months & it is great.