This easy gluten free turkey meatloaf will end up in your weekly dinner routine! The sweet ketchup glaze and veggies inside make this meal delicious and healthy. This recipe is paleo and there's also a whole30 option.
We all grew up with meatloaf on the menu, right? My mom used to make it all the time. We had some ground turkey in the fridge recently and I decided to take this classic from growing up and turn it a little healthier... and gluten free! Next time the craving strikes, I'll be making this southwest meatloaf (probably on a Tuesday!).
Is Meatloaf gluten free?
Traditional meatloaf is not gluten free because you use breadcrumbs to bring the meatloaf together to hold its shape. This recipe is gluten free because it uses coconut and tapioca flour instead of breadcrumbs.
Ingredients for gluten free meatloaf:
- Ground turkey
- Tapioca and coconut flour
- Spices: salt, pepper and smoked paprika
- Ketchup glaze: sugar free ketchup, coconut aminos and maple syrup
What can be used instead of bread crumbs in meatloaf?
A gluten free flour alternative can be used instead of breadcrumbs. I used a combination of tapioca flour and coconut flour here.
Gluten free flour swaps for this recipe: equal amounts of oat flour or cassava flour.
How do you fix mushy meatloaf?
No one likes mushy meatloaf! If the wet to dry ingredients ratio is off you could end up with mushy meatloaf that doesn't form well. And on the opposite side, you could have a dry meatloaf that falls apart. Finding the balance is important.
How to fix a mushy meatloaf: Add more coconut flour 1-2 teaspoons at a time until it's not mushy and easy to form, but not too dry.
How to make gluten free turkey meatloaf:
- Saute the peppers onions and garlic over medium heat.
- Add the veggies to a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- Form the mixture into a loaf on a rimmed baking sheet covered in foil. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- While it's baking, make the glaze by mixing all the ingredients together. Top the meatloaf when it's done then place back in the oven and broil for 5-7 minutes.
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What to serve with gluten free turkey meatloaf
- Dairy free mashed potatoes
- Rosemary roasted sweet potatoes
- Cauliflower mashed potatoes
- Crispy balsamic brussels sprouts
Gluten Free Turkey Meatloaf
For the meatloaf:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion diced small
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced small
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt divided
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Fresh copped parsley for topping optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F . Line a medium rimmed baking pan with foil. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once it’s rippling, add the peppers and onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until soft and onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- In a large bowl, add the rest of the meatloaf ingredients then add the cooked peppers and onions. Use a wooden spoon or your (clean) hands to mix everything together until well combined.
- Form the mixture into about an 8x4 inch free-form loaf on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
- While it’s baking, make the ketchup glaze. Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. When the meatloaf is done, remove from the oven and evenly spread the glaze on top using a spoon or glazing brush. Turn the oven to broil and place back in the oven for 5-7 minutes until bubbling. Start watching it when it reaches 3-4 minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Top with chopped parsley if desired.