Elk Meatloaf

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. 

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


  • 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 8x8 or 9x13 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.