best-ever vegan meatloaf

Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beetloaf. I LOVE meatloaf???⁣

Wait, what?⁣

I was totally Randy Parker as a small child. I was a picky eater who would happily have lived on PB sandwiches (no jam), and mac and cheese.⁣

And I despised meatloaf.⁣

My mother, however, insisted on making it often when I was a little kid. It was the early 80s, money was tight, and a meatloaf went a long way in feeding a family of four.⁣

So, more nights than not, it graced our dining room table…and I pushed it around my plate until someone caved and made me a peanut butter sandwich instead.⁣

Fast forward 40ish years, and here I am, serving the best-ever VEGAN meat(less)loaf to my kids. (I may have put it on a hamburger bun and told them it was a “burger”…)🤭⁣

⁣I don’t know if it’s the fact that I just never loved meat as a kid – even before I went vegetarian (or vegan), or that I just didn’t like the way my mother made hers, but all of a sudden, I am singing meat(less) loaf’s praises.⁣

Made with @gardein beefless crumble, a whole lotta seasoning and the most amazing topping, this meat(less) loaf is easy, delish and totally kid-approved!⁣

Best-ever Vegan Meatloaf

This easy, weeknight meatloaf is packed full of flavor, and it's sweet ans sticky topping finishes it off beautifully.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, oil-free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 tbsp JUSTEgg plant-based liquid egg
  • 350 grams Lightlife vegan ground
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sumac
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp ketchup, divided
  • 2 tbsp tamari, divided
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350F and spray or lightly grease a 9” loaf pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the just egg, lightlife ground, onion, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, sumac, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Add the milk, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of tamari and mix well to form the meatloaf. Don’t be afraid to use your hands to get it well-mixed.  Transfer to the prepared loaf pan and press down to pack it firmly.
  •   In another small bowl, mix together 1/3 cup of ketchup, 1 tablespoon tamari and the brown sugar. Spread evenly on top of the meatloaf. Bake, uncovered for 50 minutes.  Cool slightly before slicing.
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