Summer Breakfast Meatloaf (egg free, nut free)

You may think that this meatloaf sucks because it doesn’t have anything to bind it together, but you’re wrong. You’re dead wrong. It does stay together. And it tastes probably way better than it looks. Promise swear.

The other day, as I typed on this here computer at my kitchen table, I looked outside just in time to see a goose land on the top of my car. On my sunroof to be exact. It was closed, just FYI. As he waddled around on the top of the car, I thought about yelling at him. But then I would be the person yelling at a goose. And no one wants to be that guy. So I just watched to see what he would do. And he did exactly what you would think a goose would do in this situation. He shat on my car. Straight up, took a poop directly on the top of my sunroof. And it wasn’t like the normal goose poop you see in the park. No no. It was the runny kind. Like what you find in newborn baby’s diaper. Gross. I went directly to the gas station and used the good ole’ squiggy to clean that poo up. And leave it on a squiggy for the next lucky devil.

I just told an entire story about goose poop. Wow.

I’m so excited it’s summer. That means lake time. And you may wonder what I’m talking about since CO kind of lacks in lakes. But there are lakes out there, small ones, but they are bodies of water that you can boat on. I’ve decided that I don’t need to try to wakeboard any longer. If I would have started much younger, when my ligaments and bones moved like they were suppose to, then wakeboarding would be much easier. But now, when it hurts to sit in a squat, it seems like a much better decision to try surfing instead. And just stick to watching the badasses wakeboard. This is what badass looks like.


This is what I look like. Remember, this is surfing, when the boat is going probably 10 miles per hour. And you’re holding on a rope 2 feet away from the boat. And that’s a beer bong. Not a lake snake. Oh, the things that Lake Powell will make you try.


I kinda want some chocolate.


Summer Breakfast Meatloaf (egg free, nut free)

  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1012 ounces bulk pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat (or other fat)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 4 ounces of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add fat along with 2 garlic cloves and diced onion.
  3. Once the onions begins to become translucent, add diced zucchini and cover to help steam the zucchini.
  4. After about 3-4 minutes, add the mushrooms on top and cover again for about 4-5 more minutes.
  5. Once vegetables have softened, add in parsley, basil, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Mix well then remove from heat to cool.
  6. Once vegetables are cool, add ground beef, breakfast sausage, and cooled vegetables to a large bowl and get dirty with your hands. Mix well to combine, trying not to squish the zucchini too much.
  7. Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper and place the meat mixture into the dish. Press firmly to make sure it all sticks together and to keep it from falling apart.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until meat presses back at you when you poke it.
  9. Let sit for 10 minutes after baking.
  10. Eat with some avocado on top. And fruit on the side. What up breakfast!?!?

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76 thoughts on “Summer Breakfast Meatloaf (egg free, nut free)”

  1. This looks pretty delicious, thank you for something super healthy! I will whip it up this weekend; a nice change from egg bakes.

    PS: It’s minor, but I really love your recipe’s print function. So many websites print terribly or else require a copy/paste to get a useful format. Yours rocks!

  2. Love your site, your recipes, and your rants. You go ahead and yell at that goose next time. Geese are evil.

  3. While I love your food, I love the fact that you do beer bongs while surfing behind a boat on a lake even more!

  4. For the longest time there was a mother goose nesting on an island with bread crumbs all around her in my Kroger parking lot.She just sat there and she was huge.

    My first comment is about a fat goose. #greatfirstimpression

    Pregnant things freak me out.

  5. healthy? no. far too much fat – breakfast? not sure how you coined that either, because it has vegetables? I’ve made meatloaf like that for years – for lunch/dinner – but I do not any longer use pork sausage or bacon fat and stick with more lean beef for a healthier version. there are many ways to make it healthy, with the exception of the veggies, this is just as bad for you as any other old-time meatloaf. Love your page but………

    1. You’re on the wrong website my friend…maybe you should try weight watchers or south beach if you don’t understand the benefits of fat and meat.

      I’ve made this twice, it’s awesome.

      1. OK. South Beach is a very low carb/high fat & protein diet. .

        While I agree, this doesn’t seem “breakfast-y” in the traditional sense, the only thing that makes a meal breakfast, lunch or dinner is the time of day it’s eaten. So, give it up people.

        Also, Paleo is grain free and [added] sugar free. There is no toast or orange juice in Paleo. (okay, technically some OJ’s fit the bill, but it’s way better for you to eat an orange than drink OJ).
        If you don’t like the bacon fat, sub coconut oil or olive oil or something. These fats are “healthier.” It’s only a tablespoon, anyway.

        I’m totally making this for dinner tonight. I was trying to find something with ground beef and zucchini. I don’t have any sausage, though, so it will have to be all beef. Thanks! I don’t think I woulda thought to put zucchini in my meatloaf.

  6. This is exactly how i make my meat loaf. I had never made one before i started the specific carb diet and dont use binders either. Just meat and veggies! It turns out great every time… Especially when i add beef liver.

  7. The meatloaf sounds great. It will make a change from omelet in the morning. I’ll be trying it out this weekend.

  8. How easily would this freeze?? I’m making a few meals for a neighbor- their 20 year old is under cancer treatments and they were told to “eat dairy and gluten free for optimal health” while he unders goes chemo etc… (Hmmmm- for health eat that way eh???….) So my few primal paleo friends and i are all over making meals!! But they need to be easily frozen/heated on demand.
    Is this a good one? Are there any others you or anyone could recommend?
    Thank you!!!!

    1. I’m not sure how it would freeze but I’m guessing just fine!! And I’d say any paleo chili or a soup would be great for freezing and reheating

  9. You keep mentioning your new, cute car but you’ve never told us what kind of car you bought. We’ve seen your awesome bike so I think you should post a pic of your new car!

  10. Um. A) Breakfast is whatever you want it to be. Veggies for breakfast=good start.
    B) Fat good. Traditional meatloaf with breadcrumbs bad.
    C) Thank you for your hard work. You are awesome.

    That is all.

  11. I love it when i have leftover dinner for breakfast, so this is awesome! Great way to start your day! Thank you, Juli!

  12. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Also as a birthday present my mom sent me your cookbook, which is amazing. I really appreciate your take on the paleo diet and most of all your humor! Reminds me to laugh at myself and have a mimosa and not cry when I eat a piece of bread. Your the best!

  13. Great looking recipe. Can’t wait to try it. I’d ditch the foil though. It’s got stuff (other than the aluminium) that can leach into food.
    So has ordinary parchment paper. I use an uncoated one. Thanks for the great site.

  14. OMG! Just discovered your website this past week. I’m an RD in minnesota (not the typical low fat kind…). I’m going to recommend your site to so many of my clients. I love the fact that they can create grocery lists from the recipes, what an amazing feature.

  15. This recipe looks delish! FYI A newborn baby fills a diaper with a crazy substance called meconium; not fun. Anywho enough about poo, I like to focus on what goes in my body not out… time to get cooking! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  16. Made this for dinner. It was late so instead of waiting for an hour to eat I cooked it like a hash. I was worried the basil would be overpowering, it is such a potent herb, but it balanced really nicely with all the flavor from the sausage. The mushrooms were excellent. I did add some kale. My 2-year-old really liked it too. Can’t give it all stars, but maybe that is because cooking it as a hash takes away the ‘cool’ factor, ya know? All around, a flavorful, comforting dish.

  17. This looks AMAZING. Also, thanks for sharing an egg-free breakfast! So hard to eat paleo breakfasts when you’re allergic to all kinds of eggs. Double also, the beer bong totally looked to me like the face hugger from aliens. Surfer/alien hunter works for me.

  18. Yesterday my boyfriend said he doesn’t like meatloaf.

    He’s coming over for dinner tonight and this is what’s being made. And Im 100% sure it will change his mind.

  19. The supermarket closest to my house didn’t have plain pork sausage and I didn’t feel like driving around, but living in southern Arizona there was locally made pork chorizo (read the ingredients and totally clean/paleo legal). It made this recipe a spicy version but was so so good! I ate it topped with an egg and fruit on the side for breakfast this morning. Love your site!

  20. Great idea, I don’t know why I never thought of a breakfast meatloaf before. I followed your recipe, but didn’t have zuchini at home, so I threw in broccoli slaw and that held the meatloaf together great too. Thanks for the idea and another great recipe.

  21. Tasty tasty tasty! Just for a kick I tossed the veggies in some Louisiana hot sauce and pressed some jalapeno coins ontop

  22. I’m making this tonight!
    I’m just wondering…for the breakfast sausage…did you take the meat out of the sausage casing? Maybe we call breakfast sausage something different in Canada..

  23. Teresa Gelormini

    I made this meatloaf over the weekend – OMG delicious! Definitely a new go-to for a meaty breakfast…..or lunch or dinner.

  24. Oh! thank you! Finally a breakfast receipt without eggs in it.
    I hate my allergy for eggs. And yes, you an eat anything for breakfast doesn’t have to be “breakfastisch” but it feels just a little better when something is actually labeled “breakfast”.
    I so have to try this on friday evening for saturdays morning glory. No more tuna with mustard and tomatoes at 06 am (at least not this weekend) 🙂

  25. whoaaaa I totally thought that was a snake and I was thinking “what a lady beast!” and then I found out it was a beer bong, and my opinion of your basassery did not change.

  26. Made this last night – paired it with some scrambies… Off-the-hook lady! My husband got home for a late dinner and when he walked in I said, “Hopefully you’re not too tired, ’cause I’m afraid I have to blow your mind with dinner.” 🙂

  27. This looks so good….but I don’t eat mushrooms!Any suggestions on what I could replace it with? Eggplant maybe?

  28. Wow this looks killer, been wondering how to find a meatloaf recipe without eggs, nuts, or use of tomatoes. Can’t wait to try this.

    Freaking LOVE you. And I think I’ll be a regular around these parts.

  29. I made it in Muffin form!! perfect portions for easy to take and heat up for BFast. THE BOMB. Everyone at work has been oohhhing and Ahhing. Great change from Eggs.

  30. Love your site! My husband and I tried wakeboarding on a cable park for the first time ever. I’m 34 and I still can’t lift my arms all the way. It’s been 6 days o_O

  31. I just made this with ground turkey(that’s what was in the freezer!) and I threw in some steamed brocolli as well. It was fabulous!! Thank you for another great recipe.

  32. Juli –

    I also live in Colorado (Denver area). Where are you getting your pork breakfast sausage? I can’t seem to find any “paleo good stuff” without crap (in particular canola oil).

    Can someone help?


  33. Strange question…I just found out I’m allergic to a bunch of random fruit and vegetables…many of which I love…and I don’t know how to work around it yet! What could be used in this other than squash and zucchini? (It is so sad to type that…I LOVE those veggies!)

  34. By accident, I found a time saving step that worked for me. My kids turn their noses up at zucchini and mushrooms, so I put everything veggie in a food processor and had it finely minced. Forgot to cook the veggies first, and dumped it in with the meats and spices. Mixed it anyhow and cooked per instructions. Results: Delicious and kids didn’t know veggies were even in it! They cooked down nicely due to their small size.

  35. J! this was the BEST MEATLOAF OF MY LIFE!!!! And I say that with some SERIOUS excitement. Thank you for making cooking so fun with your great stories about wild creatures pooping on your car! ha! love love you site!!! xo

  36. Just made this tonight and altered it a bit for dinner! Used ground Bison, lamb and chicken sausage, added celery and carrots. Omitted the mushrooms. WAS THE BEST MEATLOAF EVER!!

  37. I just made this as my first Paleo dish, and it turned out wonderfully!
    Both my roommate and I enjoyed it a lot.

  38. Thank you SO much for an egg free meatloaf recipe! It is SO hard to find, and I have an egg and peanut allergic child. Of course, peanuts aren’t paleo, but it seems like egg everything, all the time! More of these, PLEASE!! 🙂

  39. Just made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious. Couldn’t find breakfast sausage so I used mild Italian sausage – it came out really tasty. The loaf stayed together just fine and I will definitely be making it again – Thanks Juli!

  40. I’ve made this the last couple of weeks for breakfast and love it! I grate the zucchini, and this time I added grated sweet potato as well, it is sooo good. I also like to throw in a little chorizo and use turkey sausage instead of pork. Great breakfast recipe and keeps me full for hours.

  41. I made this last night and well mine didn’t look as pretty as yours, but it made for a delicious breakfast this morning!! I had it with avocado and some raspberries.

  42. This was amazing!! My entire family LOVED it – even my 11 year old who loves traditional meatloaf! This recipe is now one of my new favorites! Thanks, Juli – You rock!

  43. So…I didn’t use any sausage at all…poo on me 🙁 !! BUT…it tastes SO close to “delicious” anyway. It just seems to need a spice ‘oomph’ of some kind, and unfortunately I’m a spice retard.
    Since the spices in breakfast sausage tend toward sage…do you think adding say, 3-4 Tablespoons of sage would fix it? Neither my husband nor I are supposed to have pork, and I make meatloaf specifically for budget reasons (so ‘pretend sausage with other meats that cost more’ isn’t really what I’m looking for here).
    Sage? Cumin? Red Pepper Flakes? I love the Italian tones, so I don’t want to change cultures with it, just give it a little MORE.
    Any suggestions would be great :-D.
    I LOVE this blog and because you’re so awesome Juli, you attract other awesome commenters..what a fun bunch ;-).

    1. that’s a lot of sage, so don’t go too crazy. i have a breakfast sausage recipe that has different seasonings i like it the sausage. try looking at that.

  44. I made this today using turkey and Italian sausage… DELICIOUS!!! Definitely a recipe worth keeping. I could eat this stuff ALL. DAY. LONG. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Was spectacular!! Made for dinner and instead of bacon fat just put two strips of bacon down in it! Was Awesome thanks again! Your website is DA BOMBB

  46. Thank you this was my very first try at paleo I made it and added some red bell peppers to the mix and used italian sausage by mistake but it turned out good and very tasty I also made as a side dish some stir fried zucchini , yellow squash with mushrooms,oinions & two cloves of garlic chopped with a tblsp.coconut oil and gf soy sauce,pepper and a pinch of salt the meal was very satisfing and heathy!!

  47. This has become a go to in my family. I love that I can make it and then eat off it throughout the week. And if tire of it, it freezes beautifully–sliced or not!

    Tonight I added some chopped chorizo to it. Why? Because it sounded good (how do you say … duh). I had some leftover in the fridge that no one was touching, and, since I abhor wasting food … voila! Roasted a red pepper, which was also sitting there about to go to waste, and served the slices over the red pepper. Yum!!!!!!!

    Also, the veggies do a wonderful job of binding this together. So thankful, given that eggs (all eggs) hate me. Boo!

  48. This was easy to make an absolutely delicious. I used the pork bulk sausage with Sage from whole foods. I would definitely make this again. I didn’t expect all the water and juices to be in the pan once cooked but I drained it and it was totally fine. I used lean grass fed beef. Yum! Made this for dinner! Oh and the avocados were a great addition and I would not have thought of that.

  49. Omg!!!!! Just bit into this and it’s amazing!!!!! I will def be making in the near future…. Ps I think you are hilarious!!!! 🙂

  50. This is the most amazing meatloaf!! If we aren’t careful labeling the leftovers, our son will eat them all. One curious thing though – your recipe does not come up when searching for” meatloaf”. I wonder if you did not put that as one of the keywords. It would be much appreciated if you would do so.

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