Keto Meatloaf | The BEST, Easy, Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe You’ll Make

This keto meatloaf is SO comforting, satisfying, and delicious! It’s easy to make, only has 1 NET CARB a slice, and doesn’t taste low carb at all. Honestly, it’s THE BEST meatloaf recipe for the keto diet. Oh, and you can even wrap it in bacon to take it to a whole different level of deliciousness.

Slices of keto meatloaf on a cutting board.

The Best Keto Meatloaf Recipe

What makes this keto meatloaf recipe the BEST, you ask?

Easy. It’s the mix of juicy ground beef, flavorful spices, and extra cheesy cheddar and grated parmesan!

This low carb recipe makes a meatloaf so tender, juicy, and flavorful that you’ll wish you could go back in time and feed this to your childhood self. Yup, it’s that good.

An entire meatloaf cut into slices with a knife next to it.

But don’t take my word for it, I highly recommend trying this low carb recipe for yourself and seeing what makes this the absolute BEST keto meatloaf recipe.

This recipe takes a little more time – it takes about an hour – but the result is so worth it.

Plus, you can make this during the weekend and have 10 savory slices of deliciously juicy and flavorful keto meatloaf ready for a whole week of low carb meals.

The secret behind the flavors in this low carb keto meatloaf is in the mix of spices and aromatics.

Slices of low carb meatloaf stacked on top of one another

The Vegetables, Spices, and Beef To Use In This Keto Meatloaf

Sweet onions, savory garlic, and fresh celery make the perfect base for this delicious keto recipe.

Just a few minutes into this recipe and your kitchen already smells fantastic.

We take it even further with a combination of oregano, chili powder, and Italian seasoning. Seriously, the scent of this cooking in your kitchen is mind-blowing.

Then, you mix those in with 80/20 ground beef – this ratio of fat to meat is perfect for creating a totally moist and juicy low carb meatloaf.

A meatloaf covered in ketchup cut into slices with spices next to it.

Cheeses

I incorporated shredded cheddar and grated parmesan into this recipe.

The cheese melts into the beef and creates a super delicious and addictively cheesy finish!

Kind of like my favorite keto cheeseburger casserole recipe.

Pro tip: to save carbs shred the cheddar yourself if you can. Pre-packaged cheddar usually comes with additional starches to keep it from sticking and that will increase the carb count.

Meatloaf slices stacked on top of one another.

Flours

Almond flour and eggs bind everything together and provide the best texture for this keto meatloaf.

As always, if almond flour isn’t your thing, you can sub in walnut flour or sunflower seed flour on a 1:1 basis.

Do not substitute almond flour with coconut flour. Not only will your meatloaf end up dry, but you’ll also end up with a faint hint of coconut that just doesn’t go with the flavors in this recipe.

Meatloaf cut into slices.

Cooking The Meatloaf

After 40 minutes of baking, just cover it with keto ketchup and bake until it’s ready.

The ketchup toasts on the meatloaf and adds the perfect amount of tanginess that complements the rich cheese and ground beef. It’s, in one word, amazing.

Also, don’t be intimidated by the cooking time of this recipe. A lot of it is just spent waiting for the meatloaf to finish baking, so that gives you time to meal prep other dishes for the week.

Plus, when you’re done it yields 10 glorious slices worth of this awesomely juicy and flavorful keto meatloaf – at only 1 NET CARB per slice!

Not gonna lie, I’m kind of impatient. But even I can tell you that the wait for this low carb meatloaf is definitely worth it.

I don’t call it the best keto meatloaf for nothing!

There’s so much to love about this tender and flavorful keto meatloaf recipe.

I absolutely can’t wait for you to try it!

Pieces of keto meatloaf laying on top of each other.

Bacon Wrapped Meatlaof

You can take this low carb keto meatloaf recipe to the next level by wrapping it in bacon!

And who doesn’t love bacon?!

Besides vegans…lol.

Anyways, the bacon adds a ton of flavor and a fantastic crispy texture to the outside of the meatloaf.

So to do add it, just wrap 6-8 slices of bacon around the shaped loaf before baking.

Sliced meatloaf on a cutting board with spices and ketchup next to it.

Air fryer Meatloaf

This low carb recipe calls for baking, but it’s so versatile that you can make it in your air fryer too!

For an air fryer version of this keto recipe, shape the meatloaf on a tray, then set the air fryer to 380°F. Add some foil to the bottom of the air fryer, then bake.

Make sure to check the progress of your meatloaf on the 20 and 30-minute marks because the cooking time will be less on the air fryer.

If for some reason it starts browning too quickly, just cover it with foil.

Then at the 30-minute mark, cover it with keto ketchup and bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

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Keto Meatloaf | The BEST, Easy, Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe You’ll Make

A meatloaf covered in ketchup cut into slices with spices next to it.

This keto meatloaf is SO comforting, satisfying, and delicious! It’s easy to make, only has 1 NET CARB a slice, and doesn’t taste low carb at all. Honestly, it’s 100% THE BEST meatloaf recipe for the keto diet. Oh, and you can even wrap it in bacon to take it to a whole different level of deliciousness.

  • Author: The Diet Chef
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 57 minute
  • Yield: 10 Slices
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Keto

Ingredients

1 Tbsp (14g) Macadamia Nut Oil
1 Medium Onion (100g ) chopped
1 Cup Celery (100g) chopped into tiny pieces
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tsp. Oregano
1 Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning
2 Lbs. (907g) 80/20 Ground Beef
1 Cup (112g) Shredded Cheddar
1/3 Cup (35g) Almond Flour
Heaping 1/4 Cup (25g) Grated Parmesan
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp (30g) Liquid Aminos – or Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional Topping:

1/3 Cup (80g) Keto Ketchup

Optional Wrapping:

68 Slices of bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add and heat the Macadamia Nut Oil.
  4. Now, add the onion & celery and cook until soft and translucent.
  5. Next, add the garlic, oregano, and chili powder, and Italian seasoning and cook until fragrant.
    Once fragrant, let the mixture cool.
  6. Now, when the mixture cools, use a large bowl to add and combine all of the ingredients – except for the ketchup.
  7. Shape meat mixture into the size of a large loaf, and add it to the pan. *If using bacon, wrap it in bacon before adding the meatloaf to the pan.
  8. Cook for 40 minutes, remove, and cover with ketchup (if using)
  9. Return to oven and cook for another 15-20 minutes (once the internal temp gets to 165°F).
  10. Let it rest 10-15 minutes before cutting into it.
  11. Garnish with fresh oregano, or more Italian seasoning.

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cover the air fryer basket with tin foil.
  2. Add the meatloaf to the basket.
  3. Set the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit, and cook for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Add the keto ketchup if using, and if it’s browning to quickly cover it with foil.
  5. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. *Just make sure the internal temp. reaches 165°F

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 335
  • Fat: 27
  • Carbohydrates: 2.25
  • Fiber: 1.25
  • Protein: 21

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