Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Egg Substitutes when Cooking With Meat

Egg replacer by Ener-G is my go to for baking. But what do you do for baking meatloaf, salmon patties, etc?

Ener-G Egg Replacer -- 16 oz
For salmon patties I have used 1/2 cup of rice or quinoa as a binder. I blend it with the canned salmon in a food processor and season it as I like. When making taquitos I have used a little bit of mashed potatoes as a binder with the ground beef inside the tortilla. It worked out really well! Recently, I used mashed potatoes in a meatloaf recipe. It did a great job of making it stick together like an egg would. I took one potato and just mashed it up. Then I added it to 1.5 lbs of ground beef and the other meatloaf ingredients here.(below) I used GF rice crispies instead of bread crumbs, and the potato instead of an egg. It did change the texture some (be warned) but it did the job well. I also reduced the milk to 1/4 cup (rice milk). Thanks for the recipe!
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 6 slices white bread, cut into cubes (gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup milk (use milk alternative)
  • 1 egg (use alternative)
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard, divided
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix ground beef, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix in bread, milk, egg, 2 tablespoons mustard and 1/4 cup ketchup.
  3. Press the meat mixture into a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a small bowl, stir together remaining mustard, ketchup and brown sugar; pour on top of the meat loaf.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours.


  1. I have a hard time finding gluten free bread that is egg free too. And tastes good. Any brands you know of, and where you but it would be very helpful! Thanks

  2. Lauren, thanks for stopping by! My favorite egg free bread is called "Olivia Superfree", but I think it may only be sold in the Pacific Northwest. :( I love Trader Joe's bread for french toast, but the texture isn't the best so it needs to be toasted twice, otherwise. I know how hard it is to find "good" egg free bread. I use the Food For Life English muffins periodically. May I also suggest getting a bread maker? This is one of my favorite recipes and Annalise Robert's Bread Maker cookbook has many egg free recipes! Getting one changed my life! It took me years to get one and my only regret is not buying one sooner! You can even make up quart sized bags of the dry ingredients and write the page number and the cookbook name on it. I sometimes do this for five of a recipe and then I have my own mixes. Even my gluten and dairy eating husband loves this bread!

  3. I love these ideas for binders! We always get kind of frustrated about them and have started to avoid those foods, but now, I want to experiment again;) Thanks!

    1. Oh, good! If you get a chance to try them, I'd love to hear what you think! I'm always excited about anything that brings a type of food back into my diet!

  4. We had fried zucchini this week...using gelatin in water as egg sub and GF panko for breading. I know it is such a simple food, but I missed it because my mom used to make it and it was so wonderful to share it with my kids...three meals in a row;)

    1. I love your gelatin binder idea. What ratio of gelatin to water did you use? Fried zucchini sounds so great!