Meatloaf is a favorite at our house. I’ve been looking for ways to switch it up from the ordinary Classic Meatloaf that I make all the time. I decided to make it in a muffin tin to switch things up. It was a huge hit with the kids! I liked it, too, because it’s automatic portion control.
Where I currently live in German, a really common ground meat sold in the stores is a combo of pork and beef. I’m not a huge fan of it for most of my ground meat recipes, but I do love it in this Mini Meatloaf Recipe. If you have a chance to try the combination of half beef and half pork, go for it. Otherwise, don’t worry, you’re still going to get an awesome flavor in your meatloaf using all ground beef.
Whether you have small kids or not, this recipe is a fun way to change up how you normally serve meatloaf. Next time you make meatloaf, use a muffin tin. Not only is it portion control, but it’s a great way to meal prep. Keep the leftovers in the freezer or fridge to pull out for a quick meal.
More Favorite Ground Beef Recipes
- Korean Beef Bowls
- Beef and Peppers with Egg Noodles
- Stuffed Meatloaf
- Creamy Beef and Green Chili Casserole
- Best Ever Tator Tot Casserole
- Slow Cooker Hobo Dinner
how to make mini meatloaf Recipe
Tips for making Mini Meatloaf Recipe
- If using half ground pork and half ground beef, replace 1 tsp of the salt with beef bullion. It gives it more of a beefy flavor.
- Use your hand to mix everything together. It works better than using a spoon or fork for mixing the meatloaf.
- When making meatloaf, do not overmix. You want it just combined. The more you mix, the tougher the meatloaf will be.
- Use an ungreased 12-cup muffin tin.
- If you do not have a 12-cup muffin tin, form the meatloaves into football patties and placed on an ungreased sheet pan.
- Put the glaze on before cooking. If you like a lot of glaze double the recipe for the glaze.
- Be careful of hot grease when removing finished meatloaves from the oven.
- If storing leftovers in the freezer, let meatloaves cool completely. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap before placing them in a large Ziploc bag or airtight container.
- 1½ lbs ground beef (or half ground pork and half ground beef)
- ¾ cup quick oatmeal
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 egg
- ½ cup onion, finely diced (or grate it if your kids will freak out if they see a piece of onion)
- 1¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ⅓ cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp mustard
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine ground meat, oatmeal, milk, egg, onion, salt and pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Using your hand, incorporate everything into the meat. This only takes 30 seconds or so. You do not want to over-mix.
- Fill each cup of a 12-cup muffin tin with the meat mixture to the top and press the mixture down, so it is nice and packed into the cup.
- For the glaze, mix ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard in a small bowl. Spoon evenly onto each mini meatloaf.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes minutes.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. To serve, carefully remove each mini meatloaf with a fork.
- If you like this meatloaf recipe, do yourself a favor and try myStuffed Meatloaf. You will LOVE it!