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Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed

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Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed has ground beef, turkey Italian sausage, drained and chopped canned tomatoes, and flax seed meal instead of bread crumbs to bind the meatloaf together. This recipe makes two meatloaves, but it freezes well, and this delicious meatloaf will probably get gobbled up pretty quickly. 

I’m  fan of meatloaf, so when I set out to make a lower-carb meatloaf recipe, I came up with the idea of using Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) instead of bread crumbs so the meatloaf would be grain free. Flax seeds are very rich in nutrients, and the oil is popular as a nutritional supplement.

But flax seeds are more nutritious than merely 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 equal amounts of carbohydrates and fiber, which means no net carbs. And flaxseed meal is naturally gluten-free.

The amount of flax seed meal I used in this recipe seemed perfect to bind the meatloaf together, but you could certainly use more.

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How to Make Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed:

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  1. I used all dry seasonings so they could help hold the meatloaf together.  In a bowl, combine dried onion, garlic powder, dried basil, dried parsley, Vege-Sal (affiliate link) or salt, ground fennel, and Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link).
  2. 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. 
  3. Add the lean ground beef, turkey Italian sausage, chopped tomatoes, and egg to the bowl and use your hands to combine the mixture.  (Don’t overmix.)
  4. 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.  (Be sure to spray with non-stick spray!)
  5. Jake did a nice job forming two good looking loaves.
  6. We cooked this for about 1 hour 30 minutes to get the internal temperature to 165F, which is the safe temperature for mixed meat.  When I originally used a toaster oven on the convection setting, it took less time, so I’d start checking the temperature after an hour.
  7. If you don’t have an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link), you can cut one meatloaf open to see if it’s done.

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Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

Serve hot, with a low-carb vegetable and something like Low-Carb Kale and Romaine Caesar Salad 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
Low-Carb Sriracha-Beef Lettuce Wraps ~ 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!

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Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed

Yield 10 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

This Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed has healthy ingredients and tastes good too!


  • 2 lbs. ground beef (see notes)
  • 1 19.5 oz. pkg. hot turkey Italian Sausage
  • 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. Vege-Sal (see notes)
  • 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. Remove ground beef and turkey sausage links from refrigerator and let 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. In bowl, combine dried onion, garlic powder, dried basil, dried parsley, flaxseed meal (affiliate link), Vege-Sal (affiliate link) or salt, and ground fennel (affiliate link). (I purposely used dried herbs since I wasn’t adding much binder to the meatloaf and I didn’t want added moisture.)
  6. Squeeze turkey sausage out of casings in small pieces and add to the the mixing bowl.
  7. Break ground beef into pieces and place in same bowl.
  8. Add chopped tomatoes, and eggs to meat mixture and use your hands to combine well.
  9. Try to mix the meat enough to get spices and eggs evenly distributed without over-mixing. Shape meat into two loaves.
  10. I prefer to bake meatloaf on a roasting rack as shown, so the fat can drip out. Using a rack also browns the meatloaf well on three sides.
  11. Bake until the meatloaf is well done and shows 165F 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.


Use ground beef with the amount of fat that fits your personal dietary preferences. Use just 1/2 tsp. salt if you don't have Vege-Sal (affiliate link).

Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) is naturally gluten-free and has zero net carbs; check the package for information when you're buying it. Nutritional information is calculated using zero net carbs for flaxseed meal.

When I originally baked this in my toaster/convection, it was done in 1 hour 15 minutes.  This time it took about 1 hour 30 minutes in my large oven.  Cutting one meat loaf open is the still a good way to see if the inside is done to your liking! (Remember this contains turkey and needs to be fairly well done.)

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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed with no breadcrumbs or oatmeal would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet and most 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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    52 Comments on “Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed”

  1. Bonnie, I haven't tried grinding my own, but I do keep my flax seed meal in the freezer. Hope that helps!

  2. Have you ever tried grinding your own flaxseeds? I use a small coffee grinder to grind just the amount of flaxseed meal that I need. Once the flaxseeds are ground, they start to lose their nutrients so it's best to use it immediately.

  3. The ground beef I use is about as lean as ground turkey, so I don't think the dryness would be much of an issue. I can't say how the flavor will be without the beef because I've never made it that way.

  4. This looks delicious. Do you think ground turkey for the whole thing combined with the turkey sausage would be too dry?

  5. Laura, so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. This was really great! I followed the recipe exactly and mine was ready in just under an hour.

  7. Glad you found it, and glad you enjoyed the meatloaf too!

  8. Finally found the flax seed meal in store #4! Nothing at SuperWalmart, Neighborhood Market, or Reasors…but today I finally found it at SuperTarget! (Good thing since this meatloaf was on the menu for tonight!) I'm not telling anybody there was flax see meal in it, but you really couldn't taste it anyway. The kids enjoyed it, but my hubby & I enjoyed it even more! Hubby topped it with your tzatziki (because everything tastes good with tzatziki)and I topped it with a little dijon mustard. Mmmmm…another wonderful recipe from you!

  9. I'm afraid I don't know what milled flax seed is. Flax seed meal should be available in the nutrition section of every large store, or for sure you could get it in a store like Whole Foods or other health food store.

  10. I haven't been able to find flax seed meal during my grocery store visits over the past couple weeks. Is it similar to milled flax seed?

  11. Jake seems to be an expert meatloaf former — those loaves are beautiful. I've never used flax seed in meatloaf, so I'm curious now and will give it a try.

  12. I am so glad I found your site and absolutely love this meatloaf! I was worried about using the flax seed and thought I would make a trial run before feeding it to the family. No need for that because it's was a winner with everyone, even the picky teenager! I will be sure to cut up my sun dried tomatoes a little better next time, other than that it turned out perfectly. Thanks for sharing!