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Artichoke Meatloaf

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Last Updated on July 24, 2020

You know how you stare in the fridge and pantry and can’t figure out what the heck you should make? You just keep staring like the food will rearrange itself and magically make your dinner for you. Or you will have some sudden burst of inspiration. Yeah, I do that.

So last night, as I was staring into the pantry, my eyes kept wandering back to a can of artichoke hearts. I knew I had some ground beef that needed to be used STAT, and then I remembered seeing something with ground meat and artichokes on PaleOMG, so I went to find it. Turns out, it was meatballs with turkey, not beef, and I’m not a huge fan of meatballs (because apparently it’s the shape of my food that matters?). So I decided to take the concept and turn it into meatloaf.

I’ve been doing a lot of winging it type food lately. I’ve got a really good “kitchen sink” type of hash recipe that I’ve got to write up, but trust me, it’s awesome. I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets in a food slump. The kids ask “what’s for dinner” and I respond with “food”, hoping that will suffice. It rarely does. But that’s what it’s been lately. Just food. Not fancy pantsy stuff, not I-must-put-this-recipe-on-the-blog type food. Just food. But this one turned out and I have somewhat redeemed myself. Somewhat.

Artichoke Meatloaf | Our Paleo Life

Now, I don’t really make meatloaf a whole lot. I used to before we were of the paleo-persuasion and my recipe including breadcrumbs and brown sugar (yeah, it was good), so I happen to have this really great meatloaf pan from Williams-Sonoma. It has an insert so that any extra grease drips through it and doesn’t soak into the meatloaf. And the best part, the insert can be removed to make bread. I mean gluten-free, paleo bread of course.

I usually like ketchup on meatloaf, but this one is a bit different than the standard, and I think it tastes really good with just a little Spicy Paleo Lime Mayo or the sauce from the Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp on the side. Of course, that’s just me and I tend to be a little strange, so eat it as you wish.

Artichoke Meatloaf | Our Paleo Life

Artichoke Meatloaf

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 14 oz can Artichoke Hearts, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, or fat of choice
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. When oil is hot, add onions and artichokes and saute a few minutes until slightly translucent.
  3. Combine all ingredients, including sauteed onions and artichoke, in a large bowl, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Put mixture into a regular loaf pan, pressing mixture evenly into all corners and compacting it so it won't be crumbly.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until an internal temp reads 160°F.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 225Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 60mgSodium 380mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gProtein 11g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

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Sunday 1st of May 2016

Can I make this without the artichoke hearts? I love them, but not sure my husband or 3 year old would go for it. Thanks!


Monday 22nd of September 2014

I actually did this very thing last night. Had some ground turkey that was thawed and had to be cooked up or thrown out.

Pulled out an open jar of roasted red peppers and artichokes, chopped them up into the ground turkey - because we all KNOW ground turkey is pretty tasteless on it's own, and OMG was that tasty!

So today I am scouring the web for more meatloaf recipes... chopped greens (spinach, chard, collards, escarole, etc), chopped marinated artichokes, olive (like muffaletta salad)...

Oooo... do it "involtini" style... spread the meat mixture on a piece of parchment then spread layers of chopped artichokes, muffaletta mixture, chopped spinach, maybe some mozzarella... then roll it up. (or just do layers in the loaf pan)

Yum! That sounds awesome.

Thanks for the blog site... You've inspired me.

Kendra Benson

Monday 22nd of September 2014

Oh my gosh, I had completely forgotten about muffalettas!! So doing that next time! Thank YOU for inspiring ME :)


Sunday 13th of October 2013

This was so yummy. I have passed the recipe on to my mom and she loved it too. Tonight I am making it again but making meatballs instead of meatloaf.

Lynn Collins

Saturday 13th of July 2013

Hi Kendra. I just found your meatloaf recipe and I cannot wait to try it! I just got started on Pinterest (fun!) and your recipe is one of my first pins! Looking forward to checking out "chocolate" above! I love coming up with ways to make Paleo simple, so I recently started a Facebook page called Journey to Healthy. I'd love it if you came to check it out.

Kate C

Thursday 30th of May 2013

Whatevs, that picture looks great! My husband is obsessed with marinated artichokes in a can... I'm thinking this might be a really nice recipe to make ahead and take camping with us this weekend. Thanks!


Thursday 30th of May 2013

Ha, thanks! I like the idea of making it ahead for camping. Maybe in muffin tins instead of a whole loaf, might travel better that way. Let me know how it works for camping if you try it.

PS: I'm jealous that you're camping this weekend and I'm not :(

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