Amish Meatloaf with Oats Recipe

Amish meatloaf with oats

Amish Meatloaf Recipe

Amish meatloaf with oats is the ultimate comfort food. And there’s nothing quite like having a Sunday dinner, with the whole family gathered around the table, enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal of scalloped potatoes and Amish meatloaf.

There is something beautiful about family being gathered around the table, enjoying each other’s company while enjoying good food. And sadly, this is something that has been lost in today’s society.

Mom’s Old Fashioned Meatloaf for dinner

Growing up, my Amish dad insisted that the family has to gather around the table for three meals a day, if at all possible. Of course, when the kids were in school, they weren’t home for lunch. And when some of the teens started getting jobs outside of the home, they were not there for every meal either. But if we were at home, we had to sit down with the family at mealtime.

Sometimes it really irritated me. If I was out mowing the yard and wanted to quickly finish, I didn’t feel like stopping to go eat. Or there were times I wanted to skip meals because I was trying to lose weight or fasting for some reason. But we still had to sit down with the family, even if we didn’t want to eat. And we always had to wait until everyone was finished eating before we were allowed to leave the table.

This may sound a bit extreme, and it was. But the Amish put a lot of value on that family time together. And honestly, we can take a few lessons from them on this. The traditional home and family have become broken over the last century, and we have a lot more problems in our society because of it.

Gluten-free Meatloaf with Oats (Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs)

I have tried numerous meatloaf recipes over the years, and there are many good recipes available. Some of them use bread crumbs instead of oats. But my Amish mom always used oats and tomato juice in her meatloaf. And I like that this recipe is gluten-free meatloaf with oats.

It seems like there are a lot of people in our country that are on gluten-free diets because of allergy issues. And they are always looking for gluten-free recipes. So I am quite happy to share with you a delicious gluten-free meatloaf recipe.

Meatloaf ready for the oven.

Dutch Meatloaf

Growing up on the farm, we always butchered our cows. So there was always plenty of beef in the freezer. And my mom often served this old-fashioned meatloaf with oats to a large crowd of guests. She formed two large loaves in a big roaster.

You don’t need a loaf pan to bake meatloaf. You can shape a loaf in any size pan, and it keeps its shape. Although I usually bake mine in a loaf pan, because it is the easiest way to make it. But don’t let it stop you from making meatloaf just because you don’t have a loaf pan.

This 2 lb. meatloaf recipe with oatmeal is very easy to make. Just mix all your ingredients, shape it into a loaf, and bake it. Let the meatloaf rest for several minutes after removing it from the oven. Remove the loaf from the pan, cut it into slices and serve.


Venison Meatloaf

You can also make this meatloaf with venison. I don’t have lots of farm-raised beef in the freezer nowadays. But my husband and our son like to deer hunt in the fall. So we usually get to freeze some deer meat, and I am always happy to have some extra meat in the freezer.

Venison does not have a lot of fat, so it is drier. Some people like to add some pork fat to their venison to add moisture. But when I make burgers or meatloaf, I often use a mixture of ground chuck and venison. It’s great to use together, as it balances the fat content.

I hope you enjoy this Amish meatloaf with oats!

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Check out my YouTube channel at “My Amish Heritage” where I teach you how to say PA Dutch words and phrases.


Amish Meatloaf Recipe with Oats

Amish meatloaf is wonderful comfort food. This is an old-fashioned meatloaf recipe with oats and tomato juice. It is a perfect dish for Sunday dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Resting time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Amish
Servings 8 people
Calories 335 kcal


  • 2 lb. hamburger
  • 3/4 c. tomato juice
  • 3/4 c. quick oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano


  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix together oats, juice, eggs, and seasonings.
    3/4 c. tomato juice, 3/4 c. quick oats, 2 eggs, 1/4 c. chopped onion, 1 clove garlic, minced, 2 tsp. chili powder, 1 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt, 1 tsp. garlic salt, 3/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. oregano
  • Add burger and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
    2 lb. hamburger
  • Place the meat mixture into a baking pan and shape it into a loaf. Spoon half of the glaze over the top.
    1/2 c. ketchup, 1 Tbs. brown sugar, 1 tsp. mustard, 1 tsp. dried onion flakes, 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Cover and bake for one hour.
  • Pour the remaining glaze over the top and bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for about 10 – 15 minutes before cutting it into slices, to keep it from crumbling.
  • Cover and refrigerate leftovers, and use within 3 days. Or wrap it airtight and freeze up to 3 months.


You can use 2 lb. of hamburger (I like to use lean burger). Or use 1 lb. beef and 1 lb. venison or turkey burger.
You can substitute the seasoned salt for a tsp. of regular salt if you prefer. And adjust or omit any of the seasonings as preferred.
I bake this recipe in a loaf pan, it is pretty full and sometimes juices run over the edge. I always set my loaf pan inside a cake pan, to catch any spills.
This meatloaf is very moist, and it may crumble if you cut into it without letting it rest first.
Slicing tip: After your meatloaf has cooled a bit, use two metal spatulas, one on each end of the loaf pan to carefully lift the meatloaf out and transfer it to a platter or cutting board for slicing. Alternatively, you can line your loaf pan with a strip of parchment paper before pressing in the meatloaf mixture for easy removal.
Edited to add: I used to always bake my meatloaf in a loaf pan, however, recently I started shaping my loaf and baking it in a 9 x13″ pan. I must say, I like the outcome. And from now on, I will probably always bake my meatloaf in a larger pan.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 28gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 793mgPotassium: 621mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 766IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 5mg
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