Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Meatloaf Sandwiches on Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Bread

Back when Isaiah was first diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerance, bread options were few and not-at-all satisfying. In fact, most of the breads we bought from our local supermarkets and health food stores just crumbled into pieces at first bite. Then, I thought of my waffle iron and how the squares were pretty much the same size as sandwich bread—and a new gluten-free bread was born!

The savory flavor options are endless. For this sandwich, I made a sun-dried tomato waffle bread, but you could keep it plain or add other flavorings like caramelized onions, crisp bacon or even just some Dijon mustard.

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Let’s get cooking,


Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Meatloaf Sandwiches on Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Bread

Yield: 4

Not feeling much like meatloaf, swap in your favorite gluten-free deli lunchmeats, a juicy cheeseburger or egg, tuna or chicken salad.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 carrot, grated

1 clove garlic, grated

2 pounds ground beef

¾ cup ketchup

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup rice cereal crumbs

1 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

1 tablespoon finely chopped oregano

Salt and pepper

2 cups gluten-free pancake mix

½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes oil, drained and chopped

2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten

¼ cup vegetable oil

1½ cups dairy-free milk

Italian seasoning blend, for topping

Mayonnaise, for serving

4 iceberg lettuce leaves, for serving

Sliced tomatoes, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute. Let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the beef, ½ cup ketchup, eggs, cereal crumbs, onion mixture, parsley, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Place in the prepared pan, rounding the top. Spread the remaining ¼ cup ketchup on top. Bake until cooked through, about 1 hour. Let set for about 10 minutes; cut into ½-inch thick slices.
  3. Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high and grease. In a large bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, sun-dried tomatoes and ½ teaspoon salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and milk. Add to the pancake mix mixture and stir until just combined. Pour about 1/3 cup batter into each waffle iron square, pushing the batter out to the edges, and sprinkle with the seasoning blend; close and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. Spread mayonnaise on 4 waffles. Top each with a meatloaf slice, lettuce leaf, tomato slices and another waffle.


  1. Hi Silvana,
    what an amazing blog you have here! I just discovered your site through the Food & Wine Digital Awards (I’m also amongst the 12 recipients). So glad I found you here, I will definitely follow you now!
    Happy cooking & styling!

  2. The waffle bread is genius! Could you use pesto with it?

  3. The waffles make the sandwich look so interesting! I bet it taste’s great

  4. thank you … savory waffle bread is genius … but the most important … my 4 year old asked for more 🙂

  5. My two year old daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease so I am new to Gluten Free cooking. This recipe is fantastic, it is a great way to sneak in some health foods, but in a delicious combination. I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Only been gluten free for a week or so… but miss sandwiches… never wound have thought of this… thanks for sharing!