Keto Cheesy Meatloaf Poppers

Meatloaf is one of those classic home-cooked meals that I grew up on. The only drawback with meatloaf on a low-carb diet is that most recipes call for a significant amount of bread crumbs. But that’s not going to stop us, is it? It just so happens that almond flour (which is quite keto-friendly) is a great substitute for bread crumbs in most meatloaf recipes.

I try to get creative with “classic” recipes whenever I can, just to mix things up whenever possible. I recently started to get creative with my low-carb meatloaf recipe as well. Rather than molding one large loaf like I normally would, I decided to make meatloaf “poppers” instead. These look and feel more like Italian meatballs, but they retain the classic meatloaf taste that you’ve come to love. To top it off, I like to add cheese and bacon to really spruce up the taste into something slightly more exciting. I now present to you, Keto Cheesy Meatloaf Poppers:

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What you’ll need:

  • 1lb Ground Beef (I recommend 80/20 or 85/15)
  • 3 Slices of Bacon, cut into 1-inch size pieces
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded Cheese (I recommend Colby-Jack)
  • 1/3 Cup Half-n-Half
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350F. While waiting for the oven to heat, place all of the above ingredients into a large mixing bowl. When combined, it’ll look like this:

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Step 2: Using your hands, mix the ingredients together completely. Don’t be afraid to mush and mash the meat, almond flour, egg, and cheese together with your fingers. Mix it well!

Step 3: Begin to take small handfuls of the raw meatloaf mixture and roll them into small balls – about the size of a golf ball, if not slightly larger.

Step 4: Grab a cupcake/muffin tin and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place the meatloaf “poppers” into a cupcake/muffin tin, like this:

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Step 5: Place the tin into your 350F oven and cook for 30 minutes. When finished, they should look like this:

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Let the poppers sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. I recommend dipping them in reduced-sugar ketchup or ranch dressing and serving with a side of cauliflower mash. My current favorite cauliflower mash recipe can be found here. Enjoy!


3 thoughts on “Keto Cheesy Meatloaf Poppers

  1. Sara

    This was delicious! I added pepper jack cheese instead of Colby and I added dried parsley just to give it some color but they were sooo tasty. I never would have thought about adding the bacon and it really was tasty to have it there. So much flavor!

  2. Lee

    These were wonderful so delicious! Because it was so hot here I used my NuWave and cooked them 8 min on each side.


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