Try this Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips & Carrots recipe if you want to make a gluten free meatloaf without breadcrumbs.
You won’t believe how well your favorite brand of potato chips work – along with wholesome shredded carrots – as a binder in this gluten free meatloaf recipe.
This is a easy way how to make gluten free meatloaf without buying any type of expensive gluten free foods that you’ll only use once.
So important when you’re on a budget or just cooking gluten free for a friend or relative who’s coming to visit.
The challenge: a dairy free meatloaf that’s also a gluten free meatloaf
At my house, meatloaf is a popular but challenging dish. For years, I had to make an egg free meatloaf due to my daughter’s allergies.
She’s grown out of her egg allergies, thank goodness. But now I have to make a gluten free dairy free meatloaf.
You can use other alternative milks such as unsweetened soy or coconut milk. (I don’t like the sweetened versions because of all the added sugar.)
Usually, I use gluten free panko in my gluten free meatloaf recipe. Or I make homemade gluten free bread crumbs from by toasting up some gluten free bread and chopping it up in a blender or food processor.
However, we always have a bag or two of Kettle Brand Potato Chips in the house and baby carrots to snack on. So, I thought I’d take those two ingredients and try a meatloaf with carrots recipe for fun!
Potato Chip meatloaf inspiration
I normally try keep junk food out of my house. However, there are certain people around here (ahem) who feel that watching sports on television isn’t fun without a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips. (And cheese. And beer. But I’m not tattling or anything, am I?)
So, when faced with a chips request, I try to find a brand that’s as wholesome as possible. That’s why I buy Kettle Brand Potato Chips. It’s our go-to brand.
Inspired by the Kettle Chips and baby carrots we had as sports-watching snacks, I thought I’d use both instead of bread crumbs in my dairy and gluten free meatloaf recipe.
I also used crushed potato chips on the top of the meatloaf for added visual appeal. I loved how the orange carrots dotted the meatloaf, too.
I used Kettle Brand’s Sea Salt Potato Chips, but you can experiment with your favorite flavor when you’re making potato chip meatloaf.
I bet Kettle Brand’s Backyard Barbeque, Jalapeño Jack, or Cheddar Beer flavors would turn this into the best gluten free meatloaf ever!
Why does my meatloaf fall apart?
Gluten free meatloaf recipes can fall apart for a few reasons.
Not enough fat in the meat. Now I know we’re all trying to eat in a more wholesome way, but you can’t go too lean on the ground beef or ground turkey. Or you’ll end up with meatloaf hash.
For beef, use a meat-to-fat ratio of use at least 80/20 beef, though some people like 70/30 instead.
If you only buy super lean beef, add ground pork to the mixture. Since pork is fattier than beef, use a 90/10 ratio of beef to pork.
You could also make this a gluten free turkey meatloaf. Use the same ratio of lean to fat.
This Mama’s tips for making the best gluten free meatloaf
To make this easy gluten free meatloaf a bit more wholesome, I used egg whites instead of whole eggs.
If you don’t want to make a gluten free meatloaf with rice milk, you can use regular milk if you wish.
If you double the recipe, you can freeze one loaf for later. Let the meatloaf cool in the pan. Then lift it out and cover it completely with foil to freeze.
Instead of the aluminum foil, you may want to use a two-piece meatloaf pan that has a perforated, elevated insert so fat can drain away as your dairy free meatloaf recipe cooks.
Serving tips for gf meatloaf
Instead of ketchup, I served Stubb’s BBQ Sauce on the side since it’s gluten free and Stubb’s uses cane sugar instead of corn syrup.
You can also serve the meatloaf with fresh green beans and some Slow Cooker Mashed Parsnips & Sweet Potatoes.
Leftover slices of cold meatloaf make wonderful sandwiches served on gluten free bread with ketchup or barbecue sauce! If you love meatloaf sandwiches, check out this Gluten Free Meatloaf Sandwiches recipe.
More sides and drinks to serve with your meatloaf:
● Lemonade Sangria (no alcohol)
Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips & Carrots
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups crushed Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips – divided
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup rice milk
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients (except for cooking spray and 1/2 cup of the crushed potato chips) in a bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. You can use your hands or a potato masher.
- Line a 9x5” meatloaf pan with foil. Spray inside with cooking spray.
- Place meatloaf ingredients in the pan. Pat down evenly.
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup of crush potato chips evenly on top of loaf.
- Place meatloaf pan on top of a baking sheet and place into oven.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently remove the meatloaf by lifting up on the aluminum foil. Peel foil off of meatloaf, cut into slices and serve.
- Serving size: 1-2 slices
Originally posted on July 9, 2013 and March 13, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.