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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. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  2. I cooked this last night for me and my boyfriend. We decided to go back to Phase 1 for a little as a post-holiday "detox." WELL I never thought that I'd be able to have a delicious & juicy meatloaf without a breadcrumb binder! I've never had flaxseed meal before and I was worried my boyfriend would know something strange and foreign was added. Boy was I wrong! He said this was one of the best things he's ever eaten! Thanks so much for helping us enjoy SBD and not feel deprived!

  3. Yes I think the Muir Glen roasted tomatoes would work for this, but I'd drain them well before adding to the meatloaf.

  4. Great recipe…can I use Glen Muir Fire roasted tomatoes? I can't wait to try this…I love your Greek Meatballs.

  5. Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

  6. Marie so glad you enjoyed it. I agree that more vegetables would be good if you added extra flax seed.

  7. Made this the other night, with some pureed cauliflower and some steamed broccoli. I swear I was eating a full-blown, high-carb, fatty meal. And I wasn't!!! It was incredibly filling, though…which I guess is a good thing, since I had no desire for dessert afterward 🙂

    I used a little extra flax (about 1.5 times the recipe amount) and it came out kind of dry. Flavor was still excellent, so I think next time I'll add some extra veggies for moistness.

  8. Nikki, so glad you liked it. Yes, two pounds of ground beef would be about 8-10 total servings.

  9. Made this tonight, and we loved it. I'm hoping that I didn't misinterpret – it's 4-5 servings per loaf, 8-10 servings in all? In any event, it was delish, and we're not really "meatloaf people" per se. Thank you!

  10. Luana, that sounds great! So glad it worked out well for you.

  11. Hi Kalyn,
    Last week I was looking for ideas for a low-carb meatloaf. Years ago I made one, and without breadcrumbs, it was just too meaty; the texture was not right at all.

    I saw your recipe had flax seed meal in it and decided to add that to mine. I also grated 1 small zucchini to include for moisture. The meat was ground turkey, 93% lean, which can be a bit dry. I'd never used flax seed meal in meatloaf before and was hoping it would yield a nice meatloaf.

    It was outstanding! I don't know if it was the flax seed meal that added moisture, or the zucchini (maybe both?)but it was the most moist and flavorful meatloaf not only that I've made, but had. No one would ever know about the flax seed, that's for sure and it did result in a meatloaf identical to one made with breadcrumbs and/or oatmeal.

    Thanks so much for this idea! I was surprised that I did not see it on more low-carb sites. Flax seed meal in meatloaf is a keeper for me.

    Best regards,

  12. Marcie, thanks! (And I don't think I've ever heard 'you rock my socks' before, love it!)

  13. OMG! This was so awesome!

    I have tried meatloaf with pork rines and hated it. I have tried soy and was sorely disapointed. I've tried omitting a binding ingredient all together and ended up with a mess. I just knew that there had to be something else I could use.

    Today when I was at the store I spotted flax meal and thought to myself, "surely, someone has come up with a meatloaf recipe that uses flax". One simple Google search later and here you are. 🙂

    Unfortunately, I wasn't willing to go back to the store for some of the ingredients so I had to make a few modifications, but it still turned out delicious and moist and everything meatloaf should be. I can't wait to try this recipe with all the proper ingredients!

    This site is a gold find and as a long term south beach dieter you can bet I will be back for more! Thanks again! You rock my socks!

  14. Although from different places, but this perception is consistent, which is relatively rare point!

  15. Anonymous, thanks for letting me know you liked it and for the nice comment about the blog.

  16. I made the meatloaf. It was very good. Used the Red Mill regular ground flaxseed and dried sun dried tomatoes. Also couldn’t find hot ground turkey sausage so used regular turkey sausage and threw in a tablespoon of paprika. My husband loved it. Cooked it for an hour at 375 in a regular oven, I think 50 min would have been enough. This is a great site and I’ve recommended it to my friends.

  17. I’m happy that people are liking the looks of this! Anyone who tries it, don’t skimp on the fennel!

    Thinking Pricess, fun hearing you have a little girl named Kalyn!

    I just got my bottle of flaxseed meal out of the freezer to check and it. I cut the label off the bag and tape it on a bottle and it just says “Organic Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal.” From the color I’d say it’s the darker type, but I’m not completely sure.

  18. I hope this isn’t a sillhy question but I’m getting to order flax seed from your recommended source. Question – did you use the “regular” (darker)meal or the most expensive, but supposedly better tasting “golden” flaxseed?

    Can’t wait to try this and can’t wait to have a glass of iced tea on your new porch this summer.

  19. I originally ran across your site when I was playing around on the computer one day with my little girl who is also named Kalyn.

    And I am so glad I found it. I’m currently reading The South Beach Diet book and am planning to start next week. I can imagine I will be camping out here trying to get some ideas, especially for the phase one portion. I hope you don’t mind.

    Also, I love the oven and those tomatoes do look good!

  20. Meatloaf is one of my all time favorites. I’ve been curious about uses for flaxseed, so I’d really like to give this a try.