Ready to make a delicious meatloaf without using meat? Try this Impossible Meatloaf recipe! You’ll love this easy-to-make meatless recipe that is dairy-free, full of flavor, and sure to satisfy. Get cooking now and try it out!
I grew up eating meatloaf. I think it’s a staple dish in the Midwestern diet. So going vegan made me wonder whether I had to say bye-bye to my favorite dish.
Was it possible to make meatloaf vegan?
I figured out years ago that using lentils was a great way to make a vegan meatloaf. But now, thanks to brands like Impossible and Beyond Beef, you can use ground plant-based meat to make meatloaf taste as close to the real thing as possible.
This recipe is a game-changer!
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Plant-Based Meat — You’ll need two 12-ounce packages of Impossible Burger meat. You can buy it as ground, which works best for this recipe. You can also use Beyond Beef ground meat as well.
- Onion — We’ll add some chopped onion to the mix for flavor.
- Breadcrumbs — The secret ingredient to most any meatloaf is breadcrumbs. It’s part of what creates so much flavor and texture in every bite. I toasted 2 to 3 slices of whole wheat bread to keep this recipe full of fiber.
- Garlic — You’ll need 4 or 5 garlic cloves for the best flavor.
- Tomato paste — You can substitute ketchup, but I prefer the savory flavor from tomato paste.
- Seasoning — We’ll add up to 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning.
- Sauce — We’ll add a couple of tablespoons of Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. You can substitute soy sauce.
- Black pepper — I prefer adding freshly ground black pepper, but you can substitute regular black pepper.
- Topping — To make that yummy topping, we’ll combine ketchup with ground nutmeg, liquid smoke, and brown sugar. Don’t have any liquid smoke handy? You can substitute BBQ sauce.
How to Make Impossible Meatloaf
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Stir together impossible ground, onions, and bread crumbs in a large bowl.
- Move this to one side of the bowl and stir the sauce ingredients in the other side of the bowl. Then stir the sauce in with the meatloaf mix.
- Gently press the meatloaf into an oblong shape on a prepared pan.
- Bake for roughly 40 minutes.
- Combine the topping ingredients and spread over the meatloaf.
- Bake for another 10 minutes.
- Let the meatloaf cool slightly before serving. It will firm up as it cools.
Can you cook Impossible meatloaf in a loaf pan?
Yes, you can bake your Impossible burger meatloaf in a loaf pan. Simply line a pan with parchment paper and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Then press the meatloaf mixture into the pan and bake. You’ll want to remove the baked loaf from the pan, top with the sauce ingredients, and bake again before serving it.
What are the best vegetables to add to vegan meatloaf?
The standard vegetables for vegan meatloaf include onions and garlic. However, you can add other tasty veggies, such as chopped bell peppers, chopped celery, and even mushrooms.
Serving Meatloaf with Impossible Meat
You can serve this plant-based meatloaf like you would serve any other meatloaf. With your favorite side dishes! Serve this with your favorite side dishes such as:
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Steamed Broccoli
- Easy Vegan Gravy
- Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
- Massaged Kale Salad
- Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
- Sandwich — Ready for a vegan meatloaf sandwich? Add meatloaf between two slices of bread and enjoy it as a sandwich. It’s best with a little egg-free mayo and some date-sweetened BBQ sauce on top.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze leftovers in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Transfer to the fridge overnight to thaw, and then cook in a microwave until heated through (around 1 minute).
Impossible Burger Meatloaf
- 2 packages Impossible Ground thawed (1 ½ pounds)
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ¾ cup breadcrumbs (see notes)
- 5 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- ⅓ cup tomato paste substitute ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon smoke sauce (substitute BBQ sauce)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add impossible ground to a large bowl. Add the chopped onions and bread crumbs. Stir until combined.
- Move the impossible meat mixture to one side of the bowl. Add the remaining meatloaf ingredients to the other side of the bowl and stir to combine. Gradually incorporate the sauce in with the rest of the meatloaf.
- Pour the meatloaf mixture onto the prepared pan and shape into an oblong shape. Bake for 40 minutes.
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