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9 Best Substitutes For Eggs

If you are trying to avoid eggs in your meatloaf, but want to make it a bit more egg-like, here are some substitutes that will give it a whole new flavor. Eggs can add lots of moisture and bind the ingredients together while providing a rich flavor, but they also have their drawbacks.

For example, eggs can be high in cholesterol and have been linked to higher cancer rates. With these ten substitutes for eggs, you can recreate the flavor of an egg-filled meatloaf without all the added calories or health concerns.

Substitutes For Eggs

  1. Flax Egg
  2. Chia Seed
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Oat Meal
  5. Coconut cream
  6. Bread Crumb
  7. Soy yogurt
  8. Ground flaxseed meal
  9. Mayonnaise

1. Flax Egg

Flax Egg

One substitute for eggs is to use a flax egg. Flax eggs are made by mixing 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 6 tbsp of water and boiling it for five minutes before using it in your meatloaf.

The main downside to this ingredient is that it isn’t as rich or flavorful as an egg. It also tends to break apart easily and doesn’t bind the ingredients (although you can mix in some breadcrumbs).

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Food Value

This substitution is excellent because it adds protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytonutrients while still providing the moisture that eggs would.

2. Chia Seed

Chia Seed

Chia seed is one of my favorite egg substitutes because it works well every time I use it and it’s super easy! All you need is 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water (or any liquid). Let this sit for about 15 minutes until it forms into an egg substitute that you can add to your meatloaf.

3. Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a healthy, versatile substitute for eggs that add moisture and bind ingredients together. It also has a rich flavor that will make your meatloaf taste more egg-like.

Just be sure to use olive oil because you don’t want to use other kinds of oils, such as vegetable or canola oil since they have lower smoke points and might end up cooking the meatloaf more than you intend.

Food value 

The food value is also high because it can add calories and help bind the ingredients together, which helps make your meatloaf denser and healthier. If you use olive oil with a high smoke point (that can handle higher temperatures without oxidizing), this method works even better! 

4. Oat Meal

Oat Meal

Oats are a nutritious whole grain that can have a consistency similar to eggs without cholesterol and cancer concerns. You can use oats instead of eggs in this meatloaf recipe for the same binding and rich flavor. Just make sure not to overdo the oats, as they can make your meatloaf lumpy and tough.

It’s important to note that the oats substitute should be mixed with milk or water to keep it from becoming too dense, so try mixing it with milk in place of an egg before adding it into your meatloaf mix. This will give the oat mixture more fluidity while still providing the binding properties of an egg.

Food Value

If you’re looking for a protein-packed meatloaf that’s low in fat, use this substitution for eggs for all your meatloaf needs!

5. Coconut cream

Coconut cream

One of the most accesible egg alternatives is to use a little bit of coconut cream. This egg substitute will add moisture and richness to your meatloaf without adding any cholesterol or other health concerns.

Coconut cream can be found in cans if you don’t have homemade. If you have canned coconut cream, mix it with an equal amount of shredded meat, then add other spices and seasonings to taste before mixing it with breadcrumbs or oatmeal. Use this alternative for eggs in your next meatloaf recipe!

Food value 

Again, it’s an inexpensive ingredient that adds a lot of moisture and fat to your meatloaf without adding calories, fats, or cholesterol. It can also add rich flavor, so you won’t be able to distinguish between this substitute for eggs and actual eggs from your taste buds! But remember again. You want to use stainless steel bowls, not plastic ones, all the time (avoid even using glass ones in extreme temperature fluctuations). 

Bread Crumb

Bread crumbs are an excellent substitute for eggs in meatloaf. They are easily obtained from grocery stores and add a new texture to your meatloaf. Just make sure to use bread that hasn’t gone stale, so it doesn’t become too dry.

7. Soy yogurt

Soy yogurt

Soy yogurt can be a good egg substitute. Yogurt is lower in fat, cholesterol, and calories than eggs, but it’s still high in protein. Soy yogurt can be made with soy milk or water instead of dairy milk and has a slightly different flavor than regular yogurt. Adding soy to meatloaf will give it a new texture and taste.

Food Value

Many people are vegetarian or vegan, and many recipes call for egg substitutes. If you’re trying to avoid the extra calories from eggs, substitute them with these ten substitutes.

8. Ground flaxseed meal

Ground flaxseed meal

Ground flaxseed meal is an excellent substitute for eggs in any recipe. Flaxseed meal can be added to any dish for a more eggy taste.

Adding ground flaxseed meal to meatloaf makes it easier to create an egg-like texture and get the moistness you need. This substitution works well with beef, poultry, or fish.

You can use ground flaxseed meal to substitute for eggs in your favorite recipes like meatloaf, scrambled eggs, omelets, and even cake by adding a little bit of liquid like milk or water. You can also make muffins with ground flaxseed instead of eggs.

Ground flaxseeds have a nutty flavor that gives meats a savory taste for many dishes like meatloaf and most baked goods. In addition to being more nutritious than eggs, ground flaxseeds give your words an eggy taste without all the calories!

Food Value

It also has the added benefit of adding omega-3s and fiber, so your meatloaf will be healthier.

9. Mayonnaise


Mayonnaise is the perfect substitute when you want to make a meatloaf but don’t want to add eggs. Mayonnaise has all the properties that eggs have, including moisture, binding power, and a rich flavor.

The downside of mayonnaise can be difficult to spread over your meatloaf if you’re using it as its binder. However, mixing the mayonnaise with ketchup will make the process much easier.

Food Value

It also comes with a few added benefits, such as being low in cholesterol and high in vitamin D.


Is Egg Necessary in Meatloaf?

Yes. You can use all of the following without bothering with egg substitutes, but if you want to make it egg-free or vegan, here are some ideas that will give your meatloaf a whole new flavor.

Can I Use Mayo Instead of Eggs in Meatloaf?

The main ingredients should be lean mince, breadcrumbs, and other dry ingredients. You can use any type of meat (beef/pork), but it must have some fat content; otherwise, the loaf will not hold together properly. There is no substitute for eggs, so do not use mayo instead.

Can You Freeze Meatloaf?

Yes. It’s a very simple process that requires no special equipment or expertise. Just make sure to follow the instructions carefully for best results, and you should have some delicious freezer-friendly meatloaf in no time! You can freeze this recipe without any problems if you follow these easy steps:
Remove excess fat from all surfaces of the loaf. After freezing, use oven bags and containers to cover the meatloaf loaf. Or wrap it well with heavy-duty aluminum foil. It will stay fresh for up to 6 months when stored like this.
If using refrigeration to thaw, be careful not to place it on top of other food because it may melt away. Be sure to remove packaging before putting it into a refrigerator as plastic is terrible for its lining (and yours). Remove the meatloaf from its container and put it onto a cutting board. Slice off the plastic and discard.
To defrost, take the loaf out of the bag and let air circulate the loaf until ready to eat. Defrosting time depends on how much you want to defrost in advance. Remember that the longer it takes to defrost, the drier the result will be.

How to Reheat Meatloaf?

You can bake it in the oven, or you can boil it or grill it. If you are baking, you will want to place the meatloaf on a cookie rack and put the pan of the breading mixture under the broiler for about 10 minutes per side. If you are grilling, you will need to get hot coals going on one half of your gas grill, not too close to the heat source, wait for them to cool down at least enough so they don’t burn, then place the loaf on the grate as far away from the coals as possible. Then cook about 15-20 minutes per side, depending on how you like it cooked. A quick way is to wrap each end with foil before putting them on the grill.

What Side Dish Goes Well With Meatloaf?

The most popular side dish is mashed potatoes. If you are going to serve them, it would be good if they were baked in the oven for a few minutes just before serving to get warm and crispy instead of soggy.

How Much Olive Oil Do I Substitute for Eggs in Meatloaf?

Since the meat is still moist, this can be a great way to cut down on calories. However, remember that your protein will not remain as tender when cooked since you’re replacing eggs with oil and water. The meatloaf texture may turn out more dry than wet or mushy depending on how much olive oil was used.

What Does Milk Do in Meatloaf?

The milk provides moisture and gives the loaf somebody. It also contains some flavor, but not enough to make the loaf taste like milk! (The reason for this is that beef has much more concentrated flavors than dairy products.) Use skim milk instead of regular milk, and the loaf will have a more petite body.

Why Does My Meatloaf Fall Apart?

If your meatloaf falls apart, it means that the breadcrumbs are not moist enough. This can happen if you use too much breadcrumb mixture. Try adding just a little less than 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs and see if that helps to make the dish more cohesive. However, be sure to check for over-mixing by looking at the texture. It should look somewhat moist but still hold together as one piece. Also, try using dried breadcrumbs instead of fresh ones, and reduce the amount slightly until you find the correct balance between wet and dry ingredients. Once you find this balance, you will have an even better tasting and holding loaf.


Eggs are a crucial ingredient in any meatloaf recipe, but they can also be replaced with several alternatives. These include eggs, flour, oatmeal, ground flaxseed meal, mayonnaise, and coconut cream. Depending on what is being made, the eggs, flour, or the combination of egg and mayonnaise should be used. The key to successful meatloaf lies in finding out what substitute works best for your recipe so you can avoid having to omit one without creating another problem. Surprising recipes include pesto mayonnaise, Taco Mayonnaise, and our Kosher Meatloaf using Coconut Cream.

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