Elk Meatloaf

Keyword: elk meatloaf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 505 kcal
Author: Cara

This elk meatloaf uses applesauce to tenderize the elk meat. It is sure to soon be a family favorite!  I like to serve this with homemade mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans.  The leftovers are fantastic, so I’ll often make this on Sunday nights before busy weeks. 



  • 1 cup apple sauce divided
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds ground elk meat
  • 1 stalk celery finely diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar or other natural sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350* F and grease a pan.
  2. Combine bread crumbs, half the apple sauce, onion, salt and pepper, mustard, eggs, and elk. Throughly combine.
  3. Shape into a loaf size, in a 8×8 or 9×13 pan, greased. Press an indentation in the top to fill with the sugar-applesauce mixture.
  4. Combine the sugar or other sweetener, and other half the apple sauce along with a squirt of mustard and vinegar. Pour sugar mixture in the indentation in the elk meat.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

Keto: Use erythritol in place of the sugar and pureed onion in place of the applesauce.

Nutrition Facts
Elk Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 505 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 154mg51%
Sodium 690mg29%
Potassium 585mg17%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.