If you grew up eating meatloaf, this Gluten Free Quaker Oats Meatloaf recipe will bring back some memories. I made mine a little healthier by using ground turkey, but you can easily use ground beef if you prefer a more juicy meatloaf.
Meatloaf was one of those staples when we were growing up. It is inexpensive to make, and you can vary the ingredients quite a bit to get different flavors. You can feed a family of four for under $10 with this simple meatloaf recipe with oats.
Today we like to have meatloaf on busy weeknights. I can prep the meatloaf ahead of time and then bake it in the evening. Meal prep can be a huge timesaver if you have busy nights like us.
Although you can use gluten free breadcrumbs to make this ground turkey meatloaf, oats are a fun healthy way to change things up!
Grab your favorite barbecue sauce and let's get baking! If you are new to gluten free, don't forget to check out my helpful articles on how to cook and dine out gluten free. It is a great gluten free 101 guide to help keep you safe from cross-contamination.
A note about oats
When making this recipe, it is very important to make sure your oats are certified gluten free. Several companies make gluten free oats including Bob's Red Mill and Quaker Oats. Quaker Gluten Free Oats are the least expensive certified gluten free oat brand that I have seen.
Oats get cross-contaminated easily when they are growing, so do check your labels for the certified gluten free sign.
One of my favorite ways to make meatloaf was with barbecue sauce baked in on top of the meatloaf. There are quite a few gluten free BBQ sauces in the grocery store so pick your favorite!
- Use diced onion instead of scallions
- Add two eggs for a little more moisture
- Use one pound ground turkey and one pound ground beef and mix together
- Add sundried tomatoes to the turkey mixture
- Make this recipe in a muffin tin to have single-serve little meatloaves like this fun Gluten Free Meatloaf recipe.
Are you ready to make this delicious meatloaf recipe for yourself?
Add the raw ground turkey and the other ingredients in a bowl. To make the recipe as I did, you will add gluten free oats, shredded Mexican cheese blend, scallions, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper to the bowl.
Mix all of the ingredients well to blend in all of the seasonings and flavors into the meat.
Add the raw turkey oat mixture to a greased metal bread loaf pan. Use a spoon to flatten the meat mixture and make it even.
Pour the barbecue sauce on top of the raw ground turkey mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes until done. Top with chopped scallions.
Can you use quick oats instead of regular old-fashioned oats?
You can definitely use quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats. Some recipes it does matter, you will want to make sure the meatloaf is still moist so that it doesn't dry out.
What can you use instead of oats?
Some people who are gluten free can't have oats. If you are sensitive to oats, feel free to substitute the oats in this recipe with gluten free panko crumbs.
Serve hot with one of these delicious side dishes:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Cheesy Bacon Scalloped Potatoes
- Baked Beans Bacon Cups
- Gluten Free Potato Salad (aka loaded baked potato salad!)
Easy Barbecue Turkey Gluten Free Quaker Oats Meatloaf
- ⅓ cup whole rolled oats * see note
- 1 pound ground turkey * see note
- 1 egg
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ¼ cup chopped scallions
- ½ cup cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- Preheat the oven to 375º F.
- In a bowl, add all ingredients except the barbecue sauce and mix well.
- Put the ground turkey mixture into a greased bread loaf pan.
- Pour the barbecue sauce on top and spread over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes until done.
- It is critical to use certified gluten free oats if you are Celiac. Cross-contamination runs high in regular oats. Quaker Oats makes certified gluten free oats.
- You can use any ground meat in this recipe. I used ground turkey to keep it low fat.
- My favorite gluten free barbecue sauces include: Bone Sucking Sauce, Kinders, and Stubbs.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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This is a great family meal and prefer turkey over beef for a lighter dish. I have gluten free oats, but didn't think to make sure there is no cross contamination. Thanks for the tip!
Oats can be tricky but luckily there are a few brands that are great if you are gluten free.
We love all forms of meatloaf but this BBQ meatloaf might be one of our favorites!
I am so glad!!
Using quaker oats was such a clever idea -- love how this meatloaf came out!
Thank you so much Jaclyn 🙂
This was do good! My mom used to make her meatloaf with oatmeal and I I totally forgotten. Lots of happy memories:)
I am so glad to bring back memories 🙂
Ive been looking for a gluten free meatloaf for my neighbor who just had a baby! ! The turkey is a nice twist - I'll be making this and delivering it this week.
Thank you so much Michele, I hope your neighbor likes this 🙂