Gluten Free Meatloaf is the dinner your family will devour in record time. Prepare yourself for fewer leftover and more happy campers. This sheet pan dinner will give you the protein you want plus a healthy helping of veggies in just one dish.
Gluten Free Meatloaf HAS to be the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s flavorful and classic, easy to make and BONUS with less cleanup! We’re a fan of simple and less cleanup.
Sheet pan dinners definitely deliver. What’s better than have 1 pan to clean and a balanced meal for the family? Traditional Meatloaf is very gluten-y. A few adjustments make this safe for gluten free eating without sacrificing flavor one bit.
We remember as kids thinking meatloaf was boring. This meatloaf is anything but. It’s moist and reheats well. (Again, we expect leftovers to be minimal/go fast!)
If you’re looking for a “take and go” version – check out these meatloaf muffins from Veggie Balance using silicon muffin pans. A little more cleanup, but still great flavor!
A slice of history
As early as the 401 AD, meatloaf was born. Seriously? Yes seriously! Meatloaf arguably has a medieval origin story.
The medley of meat/protein and veggies was a great way to take leftovers and make a meal, stretching out their use and getting a balanced somewhat nutritious meal.
In the more modern American version, meatloaf was a great way to use every cut of meat, even the traditionally less desirable ones.
So, as long as meatloaf has been around … it has always been a mashup of meat and veggies. It’s rare that a food would be around this long and still have the same basics as its origin.
This Gluten Free Meatloaf is just a small evolution of the original, removing the problematic protein and packing in some awesome flavor to set it apart from the boring meatloaf of our pasts.
Gluten free meatloaf: How to make in a sheet pan
The ingredients are pretty simple to pull together for this easy weeknight meal.
- Start with 1 pound of ground beer or turkey (our personal preference is turkey!), some green pepper, onion, garlic (oh how we love those flavors together!)
- Carrots, cornmeal, eggs, ketchup,red potatoes, olive out and salt/pepper come together for balance of flavor and side veggies for this sheet pan dinner. When in doubt, go lighter on the salt to avoid drying out.
- Optional: You can add broccoli spears to this the sheet pan portion if you prefer. Sometimes we feel like them, sometimes we don’t.
- Foil will be used to contain your meatloaf in the pan, allowing your veggies to cook around it.
- Roughly 10-15 minutes of prep and 50 minutes of baking, you’ve got dinner!
While you’re planning to whip up this delicious meal, you might want to plan for a few side dishes to make your family even happier.
We have you covered. Our absolute FAVORITE is our gluten free cornbread, bringing sweet flavor to dinnertime. It compliments the savory flavors from this gluten free meatloaf without being overwhelming.
In the spirit of easy and delicious, we recommend our easy gluten free cheesecake for dessert.
I mean, if you bring cornbread and cheesecake into the picture, you MIGHT have a chance of leftovers. Maybe. Just maybe. 😉
As always, save a slice for us. We know it’s a lot to ask, but this meatloaf is SO DARN GOOD!
Gluten Free Meatloaf
- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
- 1/2 whole green pepper, finely diced
- 1 cup onion, finely diced
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 cup carrot, finely diced
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 2 whole eggs
- 6 tbsp ketchup 4 tablespoons in the mix + 2 tablespoons for topping
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 2 cups roughly chopped red potatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup broccoli spears *Optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a large bowl mix together ground beef, green pepper, onion, carrots, garlic, cornmeal, eggs and ketchup.
- Prepare a large sheet pan with a piece of aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray. Pour meat mixture into center of foil, form into a loaf. Fold ends of aluminum foil around meatloaf.
- Spread potatoes and carrots around meatloaf. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat veggies. Glaze top of meatloaf with additional ketchup.
- Bake 50 minutes. Add broccoli, drizzle with olive oil. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until center of meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.