Substitute for Eggs in Meatloaf

Substitute for Eggs in Meatloaf

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What can you substitute for eggs in meatloaf ?

Eggs are used in meatloaf as a binding agent and don’t really offer much in terms of flavor.

What does this mean ?

A binding agent is something that helps to keep all of the ingredients together. When eggs are used in meatloaf it helps to keep the shape all of the components together as one lump. 

Without this binding you may find that your meatloaf does not keep it’s shape quit so well after cooking.

So if you are all out of eggs or have an egg allergy you may need to find something that helps to keep your meatloaf together.

Substitute for Eggs in Meatloaf

There are a few possible replacements for egg in meatloaf. Below are our top choices. Always try to pick a binding agent that is pretty much flavorless.

meatloaf egg substitute

Olive Oil

Olive oil is probably the simplest substitute for eggs in meatloaf. Chances are you already have it to hand in your kitchen so for a lot of people it is usually their first choice.

Flax Egg

Never heard of flax egg?

Well don’t worry it’s in no way egg related. Flax egg is ​just flax seed mixed together with some water. The correct ratio would be about 1/4 cup of water per tablespoon of flax seed.

Flour and Oatmeal

Mix a little water with some flour and oatmeal. The mixture makes a great binding agent and adds a nice bit of body and added depth to the finished loaf.

meatloaf without eggs


Breadcrumbs may already be an ingredient in your meatloaf recipe as they make a really good binder. You can play around with just how fine and what kind of bread you use.

For best results however, you might want to stick to white bread that is at least 3 or 4 days old.

Freshly baked bread will be a little bit too soft and will not help add the level of strength that you may require to hold everything in one piece.​

Mayonnaise ​

​Mayonnaise can act as a pretty good binding agent.

It has the added advantage of adding a creamier richer flavor to the dish and can also give the outer edges a bit more of a shine.

You should look to add about on cup of mayonnaise for every three pounds of meat used.​


​Gelatin’s major use in cooking is as a binding agent and one of it’s major advantages is that it will not affect the flavor of the dish that it is added to.

To use gelatin as a binding agent in your meatloaf simply mix one packet with roughly 2 tablespoons of warm water. This amount should be good enough for roughly each egg that is in the original recipe. ​

Egg Replacements

​There are a number of commercially available egg replacement products. You may want to check all of the ingredients listed in these replacements to see if there is anything used that may not suit your specific dietary requirements.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds may be used in the exact same way as the flax eggs described above.