Low Sodium Meatloaf

Low Sodium Meatloaf

This recipe for low sodium meatloaf is one of my very favorite meatloaf recipes. Even if you’re not keeping a low sodium diet, this is still one of the best meatloaf recipes.

Meatloaf is a comfort food that most people love. Unfortunately most commercial meatloaf recipes and seasonings contain overwhelming amounts of sodium. And by the time you put sauce or gravy on it, your in full sodium blow out for your daily allowance. Even the “low sodium” versions of commercial meatloaf seasonings are usually only 30% lower and are still way too much for anyone on a low-sodium diet. There has to be a way to enjoy meatloaf without all the sodium, right? The answer is simple… yes!

For this low sodium meatloaf recipe we’re gonna let the meat be the star, and accentuate the flavors with some very simple seasonings. Onion powder, garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper and fresh oregano are the basics. Also, we’ll use some no-salt added ketchup. With a fraction of the sodium of regular ketchup, the no-salt version makes an awesome addition to this recipe both as a main ingredient as well as a glaze on top. I’ve tried many different combinations and amounts of seasonings in meatloaf recipes and i’ve found the measurements used in this recipe to be the very best. For the breadcrumbs, we’ll use panko breadcrumbs which are naturally low sodium. Regular brand breadcrumbs can have as much as 400mg of sodium per 1/2 cup. Panko breadcrumbs only have 40mg per 1/2 cup. Already we’re saving huge amounts of sodium.

This meatloaf recipe is not only low in sodium, but it’s so savory and delicious, that everyone can enjoy it and will be in disbelief at how amazing it is. Give it a try. I hop you’ll love it as much as I do!


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup no-salt added ketchup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, use hands and mix all ingredients except for 1/4 of the ketchup
  3. Shape meat mixture into a loaf and place in a greased baking pan. It does not need to touch the sides. A 13 x 9 pan works best.
  4. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Brush remaining ketchup over meatloaf and bake another 15 minutes for a total of 60 minutes. Internal temp when done should be 165 degrees F.



  1. Shawna Ellis says:

    Wonderful full flavored meatloaf! We are new to low sodium cooking and this meatloaf was one of the most satisfying recipes we’ve yet made. We used the Heinz no salt ketchup, which is great stuff. Today I used this recipe but also added diced onion to make meatballs. They turned out good as well. Hoping to serve them with gravy made from Herb Ox no sodium boullion and the pan droppings. Thanks!

  2. I recently got diagnosed with high blood pressure to go to low sodium diet my favorite food is Meatloaf the average meatloaf recipe has so much sodium in it I’ve been searching for so long for meatloaf recipe this is truly the best low-sodium meatloaf recipe I have seen yet I cannot wait to try it

  3. Marilyn Wilkie says:

    We loved this meatloaf. Thank you!

  4. Glynnis Boyles says:

    Made this a couple of nights ago and thought it was really good. I’m not one to eat leftovers but I ate every bite. Will definitely make again and for some taste variation, might add bell pepper, onion, Anaheim pepper, or low or no salt seasoning, etc.

  5. We loved this recipe. We were skeptical but happily surprised! Thank you.

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