Meatloaf and Potatoes (Slow Cooker)

Meatloaf and Potatoes (Slow Cooker) | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

I love this slow cooker meatloaf and potatoes recipe and use it often. Meatloaf can easily be made gluten-free, and if you combine it with potatoes in a slow cooker, then most of the meal cooks at one time. This meatloaf recipe can also be baked in the oven.  Take a look at my meatloaf tips and tricks to learn how I cut the baking time.

Since the potatoes are placed on the bottom of the crock, they cook in the meatloaf juice.  Choose a lower lean beef so the potatoes don’t absorb too much fat.  I’m not a fan of 90% lean ground beef because I think it lacks flavor. 80-85% lean is my choice for this dish.

I use gluten-free instant potato flakes in this recipe because it’s easier than using bread crumbs, but if you have gluten-free bread crumbs you want to use, then go right ahead.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

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Meatloaf and Potatoes (Slow Cooker)
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Serves: 6 - 8
  • Potatoes:
  • 6 – 8 medium red or gold potatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • Meatloaf:
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup gluten-free instant potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Glaze:
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Instructions
  2. Peel or scrub the potatoes and cut them into one inch size chunks.
  3. Place the potatoes in the bottom of a greased slow cooker and add the water.
  4. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl. I use my stand mixer on low speed to combine everything.
  5. Place the meatloaf on top of the potatoes and shape into an oval (or whatever shape your slow cooker is) so it mostly covers the potatoes.
  6. Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and spread it evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or high for 3 – 4 hours or until the meatloaf and potatoes are both cooked through.

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  1. Pagan O. says

    !!! I never thought to use instant mashed potatoes as the bread-y binder for meatloaf. Sadly we haven’t had it often since going gf because I rarely buy gf bread because of the price. The rare time I do, I try to save the ends and a slice or two to make enough bread crumbs for meatloaf. I will definitely try this! Do you think the instant mash pots are a 1:1 ratio for bread crumbs in traditional recipes?

    Also, I love the idea of cooking the potatoes at the bottom of the slow cooker!

    • says

      Hi Pagan. Yes, I use 1:1 ratio when substituting instant potatoes for bread crumbs. I also use it for recipes such as salmon cakes that call for bread crumbs.

  2. says

    That is awesome! I have tried meat loaf in the BBQ (needs some tweeking) and was wondering about the crock pot. In the summer I just cannot bear turning on the oven. We’ll give this one a whirl! Thank you!

    • Margie says

      Hi, I haven’t seen gluten free oatmeal my grandaughter who is fourteen is very sensitive to gluten and we have been advised not to give her oatmeal. Can you tell me the brand nme and where you purchased it.

      • says

        There are several brands of gluten free oats. I like Cream Hill Estates. Check health food stores or Amazon. Not everyone can tolerate oats, however. Start off easy.

        • Margie says

          Thank you Linda. I know that we can get wheat free oats but am told that oats have there own gluten?

          • says

            There are other foods that contain a type of gluten such as corn and potatoes, so not all gluten is bad. What is in oats only affects some people. According to the Center for Celiac Research, 5% of celiacs have a problem with oats. That means 95% don’t. If she is going to try eating them, the doctor may want to do blood work again in a few months.

      • Rachel says

        Bob’s Red Mill has “certified gluten free” oats. Big Lots carries Bob’s stuff at a really great discount. (if you aren’t familiar with Bob’s Red Mill, the have lots of gluten free mixes, flours, etc.)

  3. Kathleen Benner says

    I have never heard of instant potatoes? Where in the grocery store can I find them? Is it a powder?

    • says

      Yes, the potatoes are dried into flakes or powder. Check the box to make sure, but several major brands were listed on the Celiac website’s Q & A.

  4. Linda:-) says

    I made this yesterday and it was a big hit!! The Instant Potato flakes held perfectly- I was very impressed and the meal was delicious. The only differences I made were I added chopped onions over the potatoes and after removing the meat loaf & Potatoes from the crock pot I added a packet of Gluten Free Savory Gravy mix to the juices and then poured that over the potatoes. This was a very easy meal and easy clean up. Even my pickiest eater ate 2 helpings!!!

  5. beth says

    The entire recipe is not posted here anymore… do I have to subscribe to the Word Press recipe to view? I have made this recipe before and it was a bit winner! Sure wish I could see the entire recipe again.


  6. Adrienne says

    Do you know the nutrition facts? I’m doing Weight Watchers and need to figure out points and portion size.

  7. says

    Just popped this in the crockpot for my husband. I subbed almond flour for the instant potatoes and used sweet potatoes instead of white. He tries to eat paleo, so those subs will make him happy!

    Happy Memorial Day!!

    • says

      Heather, they sound like great substitutes. My husband doesn’t care for sweet potatoes so I usually put in regular potatoes for the family and I skip them altogether. I think I’ll try the almond flour next time.


    I have never tried meatloaf in the crock pot. I was so impressed by this recipe, and your recipes that I’m making the pineapple chicken tonight!! Thank you for sharing all of your findings and creations. I have a hard time finding meals that are gluten free, tasty, and uncomplicated. My picky husband ( who has no intolerances or allergies) has been raving about all the new dishes he has been having this week.

    Thanks again,

    Heather Weiser

    ( I did tweak this recipe for my own convenience because i did not have all ingredients available. I used 2 eggs, salt, pepper, italian seasonings, worchestire sauce, gf bread crumbs, and diced onions to 1.5lbs of 85/15 meat. I also added whole baby carrots to my crockpot with the potatoes, with 2 cups of GF beef broth and an extra quick shake of worchestire sauce over the whole crock pot. My workout buddy, and my coworkers inhaled the leftovers.)

  9. kerry says

    I use shredded hashbrowns, shredded cheese, and seasoningings in the middle of the meatloaf. So good! And I use gf quick cooking oats instead of breadcrumbs. Its everyone’s favorite meatloaf!

    • Linda says

      Please watch out for the shredded cheese from the grocery store as they often contain a “flour” type ingredient to keep it from clumping.

  10. Valerie Gordon says

    I haven’t been able to find a good brand of the potato flakes. I am wondering how the almond flour worked as a substitute?

    This recipe looks so delicious!

  11. Harry Enlund says

    Ive used oatmeal instead of bread crumbs seems to work in most things to keep gluten free at least wheat gluten free

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