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Close up picture of sliced meatloaf with ketchup on top. This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!

5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs

This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor.  The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too!  Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword family dinner, gluten free, meatloaf, no breadcrumbs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 342 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz 90% Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • ½ cup Onion, diced
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ¼ cup Ketchup for mixing with beef see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
  • cup Ketchup for spreading on top of loaf see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil for easy removal of the meatloaf after it is cooked.

  2. Finely dice the Onion

  3. Mix all ingredients (except the ⅓ cup Ketchup reserved for the top) together in a large bowl with a fork or with hands: beef, parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, pepper. 

    Raw Meatloaf mixed in bowl with spoon. This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!
  4. Form a loaf in the loaf pan.  Spread the remaining ⅓ cup Ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

    Raw meatloaf with ketchup on top in aluminum lined loaf pan. This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!
  5. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.  Remove from the pan, cut and serve with roast or mashed potatoes or salad.  Enjoy!

    Close up picture of sliced meatloaf with ketchup on top. This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!

Recipe Notes

You can definitely substitute ground chicken or ground turkey.  The cooking time will be the same.  However, for poultry, you should check the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 165 F.