Can I substitute eggs in meatloaf?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”Can I substitute eggs in meatloaf?”, and discuss some of the substitutes which can be used instead of eggs in meatloaf.

Can I substitute eggs in meatloaf?

Yes, you can substitute eggs in meatloaf. Eggs can be substituted in meatloaf for various reasons. Some people do not like the texture and taste of eggs, some may have health concerns, as some people are allergic to eggs. Meatloafs are usually soft but firm and do not crumble. 

Meatloaf is made by combining ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and spices such as salt, pepper, parsley. The mixture is then shaped into a log or loaf. The oven is then preheated to 350 degrees fahrenheit and the mixture baked for about 50 minutes or so until it is properly done. 

The loaf is sliced into pieces and served hot with toppings such as ketchup, barbeque sauce, garlic sauce etc. 

Eggs may also be substituted for cultural and religious reasons, as the consumption of eggs is not allowed, or you are out of eggs, and you want to make a meatloaf. So this article will describe the other substitutes which can be used instead of eggs in making meatloaf. 

The purpose of eggs in meatloaf is to act as a binding agent. They help keep the shape of the loaf and hold all the components together as one lump. Meat loaf cannot acquire the shape without the use of a binding agent.  Below are some of the substitutes that can be used in place of eggs in meatloafs.

What are the substitutes for eggs in meatloaf?

Soaked bread

Bread soaked in milk or water can be used as alternatives to eggs. This can be used to obtain a meatloaf which is light in texture.

Bread crumbs

The role of breadcrumbs in almost every recipe is binding. When they come in combination with ground beef, they again work as a binding agent.

Oats also work in the same way as bread crumbs and can bind to the meat. Another alternative is flour, which can be used in the same way as well. 


The main ingredient in mayonnaise is the egg, which makes it a rich creamy substitute for eggs in meatloaf. 


Flaxseeds also bind in the same way as breadcrumbs and eggs to meatloaf. 1 egg can be substituted for a tablespoon of flaxseeds and one-fourth glass of water. 

You can also use chia seeds in the same way as flaxseeds.


It consists of the moisture like mayonnaise and can act as a binding agent in preparing meatloaf.


It has a similar texture to mayonnaise and therefore can be used as an alternative for eggs in meatloaf recipes.

Corn starch

Corn starch is used as a binding agent in most recipes. 2 tbsp cornstarch can be mixed in a cup of water to attain a thick creamy mixture. This again acts as binding agent in meatloaf.


The moist ingredient can be substituted for eggs in meatloaf. One-fourth cup of applesauce can be used as a replacement for 1 whole egg. 

Olive oil

Olive oil is an excellent replacement for eggs in meatloaf. A tablespoon or so is enough. It is a very versatile ingredient that can serve as an alternative in many recipes.


Gelatin is a common binding agent used in various recipes. It is a good alternative as it does not alter the flavour of food. On the other hand, gelatin is not used for religious regions as they are prohibited in some religions.

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes, if used in the right amount, can act as good binders. To make them as a binding agent, they shouldn’t be too soggy and should be just about the right texture.


Aquafaba is mostly used by vegetarians and the vicious water acts as  a well sited binding agent. Vegans mostly use aquafaba as a substitute for eggs in baking. 


In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”Can I substitute eggs in meatloaf?”, and discuss some of the substitutes which can be used instead of eggs in meatloaf

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