This easy Mini Meatloaf recipe is made with ground beef or ground turkey and topped with a delicious meatloaf sauce. They cook faster, are easier and healthier than traditional meatloaf.

Looking for more kid-friendly meals? Try Hawaiian Meatballs, American Goulash, or Chicken Pot Pie!

Two easy mini meatloaf with sauce on a plate next to a green salad, ready to be enjoyed.

Why I love this meal:

  • Fast – Making meatloaf in a muffin tin is easier to make and faster to cook than regular meatloaf.
  • Make Ahead – This meatloaf is easily prepped in the morning or even the night before, making dinnertime way less stressful. I also like to make extra and freeze the individual portion sizes for future quick meals.
  • The Sauce – The homemade sauce only has four simple ingredients and couldn’t be easier to whip up. It takes this meal over the top with how delicious and flavorful it is!

How to make Mini Meatloaf:

Combine Meatloaf Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl (using your hands or a large spoon), combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, barbecue sauce, mustard, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and egg.

Two images showing all of the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl, and then all of it mixed together for Mini Meatloaf.

Press Into Muffin Tin: Divide the meat among the 12 cups in a standard muffin tin, pressing them down to fill the cup. Bake for 15 minutes.

A scoop of meatloaf mixture in each compartment of a muffin pan.

Make the Sauce:  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Once meatloaf has cooked for 15 minutes, remove them and blot out any grease in the muffin cups. Spoon the sauce over them.

Two images showing brown sugar, ketchup, dijon mustard, and nutmeg in a bowl to make a meatloaf sauce, and then that sauce being spread on top of mini meatloaf.

Return to oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.  Serve mini meatloaf muffins with a side of Perfect Mashed Potatoes or this Apple Pecan Salad.

Three mini meatloaf with a fork cutting into one, with a simple green side salad on the plate next to it.

Healthy Meatloaf?

These easy mini meatloaf muffins are only 140 calories made with lean ground beef or about 120 calories made with ground turkey (that’s including the sauce!). I often use ground turkey instead of ground beef because once I add the sauce, my family really can’t tell the difference.

Make Ahead, Freezing, and Storing Instructions:

  • To Make Ahead: Combine meatloaf ingredients and then press into a muffin tin. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to bake, or up to overnight.
  • To Freeze: Grease muffin tin and press meatloaf mixture into each. Cover and “flash freeze” for about an hour.  Carefully remove each partially frozen meatloaf muffin and place them in a freezer safe container.  Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, place the frozen servings back in muffin tin and allow them to thaw completely in the fridge. Then bake as instructed.
  • To Store: Place the cooked muffins in a container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Two mini meatloaf with sauce on a plate with a green salad, ready to be enjoyed!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 35 minutes
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Meatloaf sauce:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl (using your hands, meat chopper, or a large spoon), combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce, mustard, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and egg.
  • Divide the mixture among the 12 cups in a standard muffin tin, pressing them down to fill the cup. Bake for 15 minutes.
  •  In the meantime, in a small bowl mix together all of the ingredients for the sauce.  
  • Remove the meatloaf from oven and use a paper towel to soak up any grease on the meatloaf.
  • Generously spoon sauce over each mini meat loaf. Return to oven for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes and any extra sauce.


Love it? Try our traditional meatloaf!
Store Leftover meatloaf in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
To Make Ahead: Combine meatloaf ingredients and then press into a muffin tin. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to bake, or up to overnight.
To Freeze: Grease muffin tin and press meatloaf mixture into each. Cover and “flash freeze” for about an hour.  Carefully remove each partially frozen meatloaf muffin and place them in a freezer safe container.  Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, place the frozen servings back in muffin tin and allow them to thaw completely in the fridge. Then bake as instructed.


Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 13gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the second time I have made these! They’re fantastic and definitely in the rotation! Love them!

  2. 3 stars
    The meat was good but i found the sauce a bit too sweet… Maybe i have miscalculated the brown sugar ? One sure thing, if i do it again, I’ll put less brown sugar.

  3. 5 stars
    First time making any meatloafs and these are SO good. I only used 1lb so didn’t quite make 12 big ones but definitely will use 1 1/2 next time. I ate 5 of them lol

  4. 5 stars
    My kids LOVE these. They are already meatloaf eaters, but they love these little individual ones. I use my homemade BBQ sauce in this recipe and substitute it for the sauce on top as well. So yummy and I love how it cooks so much faster than typical meatloaf.

  5. 3 stars
    I can’t figure out what I did wrong, mine came out so greasy but I followed the recipe to the letter. I even removed them from the tin after the first 15 min, drained off the pooled grease, then returned them to the oven again as directed. They didn’t get any nice crispy edges like I’d hoped because of the steaming effect.

    Will try again to see if I can solve the problem by doing the second bake out of the muffin pan. Really love the idea of portioned meatloaf because my two guys eat an entire loaf otherwise, and then we have no leftovers for meal prep!

  6. 5 stars
    I only had 1lb beef and replaced the other 1/2lb with Italian sausage and it turned out great!

    Thank you for the recipe!

    We enjoyed with some mashed potatoes, stir fried green beans and mushrooms.

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It was excellent, as is. I didn’t make any changes. We’re empty nesters, so no picky kids to accommodate, but I make this for my Mom who has the beginnings of dementia and no longer cooks. She loves it, and I love that it’s easy to make, serve and freeze. I’ve always used oatmeal in my meatloaf recipes, and the Panko bread crumbs in this make it more dense and less crumbly. It’s a keeper!

  8. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I made it with chicken. I’ll definitely make this again. I made this for your January challenge but I totally forgot to take a picture.

  9. 5 stars
    My family LOVED these! I usually make a cheese-stuffed meatloaf so I didn’t know if they would go for these, but they were a hit! Very easy to prepare, perfect little serving sizes, and great with mashed potatoes. The sauce was perfect!

  10. 2 stars
    Unfortunately didn’t love this recipe – my family found that the meatloaf itself wasn’t very flavorful, although the sauce was tasty.

  11. 5 stars
    This version of meatloaf is perfect! We loved the individual loves so everyone gets crunchy edges and a nice coating of sauce. The bonus is they freeze well and are just right for pulling out one or two for lunch prep later in the week. Our family highly recommends this recipe.

  12. This was great! I don’t think I will ever go back to actual full meatloaf again. This was so much easier, and I tried to tell the kids I was making cupcakes for dinner (they caught on, but worth a shot). I thought the sauce was delicious and no one complained about the nutmeg!

  13. Delicious! My family also preferred omitting the nutmeg. Easy to make and I love how it cuts down the cook time of our regular meatloaf recipe.

  14. My whole family loved these mini meat loaves! They were easy to make, cooked in a LOT less time, i didn’t have to worry that the middle wasn’t done while the outside was buring to a crisp (which too often happens with my traditional meat loaves) The only thing my family didnt care for was the sauce that goes on top. I personally loved it though, so I’ll keep making that for me and the rest of them can have ketchup!

  15. We love these mini meatloaves! They are easy to make and take a lot less time than traditional meatloaf. They are convenient small and my kids gobble them up! I usually make them with baked potatoes. They keep well and are delicious for lunch the next day!

  16. Thank you for this recipe! I made this for my family a couple of days ago and we ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!

    I used North Carolina BBQ Sauce, and I used a Gold BBQ Sauce instead of mustard. It turned out awesome!

    Thanks again for this recipe Lauren!

  17. Meatloaf! A favorite way to serve ground meat and mini is perfect to preserve the juicy essence of the flavors!

  18. 5 stars
    This is the BEST meatloaf & so easy to make!! My husband loves it, and even my kids who usually don’t like meatloaf.

  19. 5 stars
    These are easy to put together and yummy!
    I used lean turkey, which wasn’t as moist as beef would be, but they were still very good. The sauce is a bit sweet, but a good compliment to the meatloaf itself.

  20. 5 stars
    These are a favorite in our household!! We make them often and everyone goes back for seconds. It is easy to make and will change any negative thought you have about meatloaf!

  21. 3 stars
    This mini meatloaf is delicious, but 25 minutes is too long. Also, leave the nutmeg out of the sauce. My family did not like it.

  22. 5 stars
    This recipe was easy and relatively quick. I prefer these mini sizes to a whole loaf of meatloaf. Went over well with the kids too!

  23. 5 stars
    Love these minis! They cook up so much faster than traditional meatloaf and stay so nice and moist inside. They also make the best meatloaf sandwiches the next day! Delicious!

  24. I made this recipe last night for dinner. It was a big hit. The taste was delicious and on a cold winter’s night it was perfect. I served it with mashed potatoes and creamed peas accompanied with warm home made whole wheat bread. The cold weather leaves me with extra time to cook.

  25. 5 stars
    I am entering the baking challenge for January. I made this recipe and really enjoyed it. I love meatloaf and how moist it was.

  26. 5 stars
    5 stars to these easy mini meatloaves. I love how they cook faster than a traditional meatloaf. For a busy family, these are a great. We paired this with the recommended mashed potato recipe and green beans we froze from our garden. Satisfaction all around the table.

  27. 5 stars
    This was easy and mine looked just as pictured. Made in my Breville countertop oven, and taste was delicious. It’s a keeper. Loved that it cooked so much faster, and the meat loaves are so cute!

  28. 5 stars
    my family & i loved this recipe! i had everything on hand & it came together easily.. my parents usually dont like ketchup on their meatloaf but LOVED this one! my 2 toddlers who dont eat any type of ground beef finished a cup! next time i will probably add shredded carrots for some extra veggies!

  29. 4 stars
    This recipe is a winner. My hubby loved the tiny meat loved and especially loved the sauce. He scraped out the rest of the sauce and used on his fries.
    I will be saving this recipe!

  30. 4 stars
    These were very simple to make, using ingredients I had on hand. Everything mixes in one bowl! Love that. They were very good, I made a double batch, the sauce makes A LOT, I think next time I would double the mini meatloaf recipe and keep the sauce a single recipe. I do think I over baked mine, I baked for 15, out for topping, then 15 more minutes, ours were very well done. Haha. But we still gobbled them up. The main reason I didn’t give 5 stars was clean up!! It was not fun getting all that grease out of the muffin pans or washing the pans out after. Other than that, it was a very simple, hearty, tasty recipe.

  31. 4 stars
    The meatloaf was super easy to prepare and make. I liked the idea of the muffin tin because it felt like your own smaller serving instead of cutting into a big loaf. I’m not a huge sauce person, so a little went a long way. My husband isn’t a huge fan of meatloaf, but he said this recipe was good!

  32. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night. I think that the sauce really makes this meatloaf recipe stand out from other meatloaf recipes! It is yummy! Thanks for a delicious recipe! Happy 2024!

  33. 5 stars
    This is the easiest and BEST meatloaf I have ever made! Thank you! Delish! A little bit messy, getting up the grease, but so worth it! This is going to be a staple.

  34. 5 stars
    Husband says this is a definite keeper! I made it with ground elk. The sauce is so easy and delicious. Had all the ingredients on hand so no need to buy specialty items.

  35. 5 stars
    Made these for dinner last night with some roasted vegetables and mash potatoes and oh my goodness they were so yummy. The sauce that goes on top was one of the best I’ve tasted on a meatloaf in ages even with how simple the ingredients are. Don’t think I’d change anything about the recipe and I love the mini loaf idea. Makes things a littler easier and they remained juicy and moist. I’d recommend giving the recipe a try if you love meatloaf, but want to keep it simple and delicious.

  36. 5 stars
    This recipe was super easy and super delicious. My three year old loves helping me in the kitchen and she enjoyed making this one with Mommy. Will definitely be making again.

  37. 5 stars
    Love it! So easy and fast to cook. I used my square brownie pan so they were a fun square shape! Two were perfect for dinner and one for lunch the next day.

  38. 5 stars
    These were so good and easy to make! The flavor was different with the meatloaf sauce with nutmeg but we all loved it! I’ll definitely be making these again!!

  39. 5 stars
    When I received your cookbook this was the first recipe I had to try, I love making mini meatloafs. I loved your recipe it had so much flavor and the meat was tender. I plan on making this more often and I’m excited to try more recipes out of your cookbook!

  40. My entire family loves these, especially my kids. Not to mention they cook so much faster! They also love when there is leftovers to pack in their lunches.

  41. 5 stars
    When my 33 year old son was a little boy I would get home from work, make a quick batch of drop biscuits from scratch, make the filling usually with ground turkey then line the tins with the dough and fill them up with the seasoned ground meat, and top with a slice of sharp cheddar. We called them Burger Biscuits!

  42. 5 stars
    This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes. Since it’s just the two of us, we halve the recipe, and it always turns out great. We usually add half the sauce when we first put the loaves in the oven; then, we add the rest about ten minutes before it’s ready to come out of the oven. Five stars!

  43. 5 stars
    This is always a hit in our house. So much better than making a loaf and my kids love it! Thank you kindly for sharing.

  44. 5 stars
    Very good recipe! And much easier than making a full meatloaf and worrying about it being cooked the way through. I made it with mashed potatoes, carrots and peas. Definitely will be sharing this recipe and will be making it again.

  45. 5 stars
    Sooo good!
    I had to adjust cooking times slightly as mine looked a little bigger than yours. I used a thermometer to make sure the internal temp was 165f. These are super greasy. I did pre-spray the pan which after the amount of grease left behind I don’t think it was necessary. My boyfriend ate one before it even got to the dinner table. I will for sure be adding this to my weekly rotation.

    1. I use to make mine like this too and agree too greasy…I now just shape mine in mini loaves and bake them on a cooling rack tha sits inside a rimmed cookie sheet lined with foil. The fat drips off and foil makes easy clean up. They came be frozen too
      Thanks for posting the recipe.

  46. 5 stars
    Didn’t make these in tins (I have cupcake tins and was thinking muffin tins were larger) but I love Tastes Better From Scratch recipes and just made little loaves.

    So. So. So. Good.

    It is kind of a sweet meatloaf (which is just fine for my sweet tooth!), but i definitely understand if some would prefer to cut on the sugar in the sauce. I served it with lemon pepper green beans and while it might sound like a weird combo, it actually went really well together. I’ll make it with potatoes next time, but I was just working with what I had on hand tonight.

    So happy for another winner! Feels a lot lighter than regular meatloaf, too 🙂

  47. 5 stars
    I just stumbled upon this recipe after not being able to find the one I typically use. I am so glad I saw this one. We just had it for supper. It’s definitely my new favorite! The nutmeg is the secret ingredient that makes it stand out!

  48. I found this recipe about a year ago and make it often, definitely have added it to my repertoire. My husband is a chef and does most of the savory cooking (I am the baker in the family) – he enjoys this recipe when I make it and adds the mashed potatoes. I have even used the mini mini muffin tin when I use 2 pounds of beef and a little left over. Just like little poppers, they are actually really yummy if you are looking for a protein snack. I enjoy the sweetness of thr sauce topping, but I can understand those that think it’s too sweet. Thanks for sharing it!

  49. 5 stars
    This was the quickest and best turkey meatloaf I have ever cooked! I have a great recipe for cooking turkey meatloaf that my family loves, but it just takes too long to prepare and too long to cook. This recipe is amazingly delicious and it only took 25 minutes to cook! My family loved it! Second helpings all around!

  50. LOVE this recipe! This is the second time I’ve made them this month. Our kids requested them again for supper tonight!

  51. 5 stars
    My family loved it ! Even my toddlers , no leftovers with this meal. Would even be a great maindish for a holiday

  52. 5 stars
    This was a great idea for many meatloafs. Usually I’ll just make mini meatloafs and put it on a baking sheet. The only thing that I would do differently is there’s too much sugar in here. I followed the topping part and even left out some of the sugar especially that brown sugar and it was still too sweet. So if you are looking for a sweet recipe for meatloaf this is the one for you. If you’re looking for a recipe that tastes like regular meatloaf this is not the correct way to do it. I think what I did was the barbecue sauce had sugar in it the ketchup had sugar in it everything had sugar in it in terms of sauces that you added to the meatloaf or the topping. I would do probably no sugar and then add that brown sugar in there. Overall I’m still going to give it a 5-stars for the fact that I never thought to use a muffin pan. The meatloaf part other than the sauce was excellent. I think the sauce added too much sweetness even though I only added a few tablespoons. I will continue to use this recipe because it was great but modifying the sauce with other no sugar condiments. Thank you! 🙂

  53. Followed the recipe except I added a little Worcester to the sauce & I topped it with bacon that I precooked during the first 15 min. Loved the sauce.

  54. Do we spray/oil up the muffin tin before adding the mixture? Sounds delicious. Trying this week!

  55. This turned out very good. Just a couple substitutes. Instead of ketchup I used Bear’s breath (so good!) it has just a touch of spice. And less than half the brown sugar. Turned out great!

  56. 5 stars
    These got rave reviews from my family. My kiddos who doesn’t love meatloaf loved these. I discovered didn’t have BBQ sauce so used A1 sauce and then at the last minute omitted the chili powder because I wasn’t sure if it would be weird with A1 sauce. I did a mix of regular sized muffin tins and mini muffin tins just because they are cute.

  57. 5 stars
    These turned out *fantastic,* this is our new go-to meatloaf recipe. I did not have BBQ sauce, so I used A1 instead. The only thing I’d do next time is do 1 1/2 times, or double, the sauce to heat and add on top of mashed potatoes. These are going into regular rotation in our house, thank you for sharing this recipe!

  58. I don’t have a standard muffin pan as mine or jumbo size I guess but that should be fine right? It will just make fewer of them and I’m sure you could also use those aluminum mini loaf pans as well?
    Also, do you think it would be OK to open the egg? Or keep the egg and omit the breadcrumbs? I have different reasons for both of those questions.
    Anyway, looking forward to trying this For a freezer meal.

    1. Yes, that will work with a larger man (just cook slightly longer). The egg and breadcrumbs just act as binders. You could omit one of the other and be fine, or use a replacement like a “flax-egg” for the egg and gluten-free bread or cracker crumbs.

  59. Made this last night omitting onion. Very delicious and no leftovers. This will be my go to meatloaf especially for the topping.

  60. 5 stars
    This is my go too since I made it last year!! My picky eaters loved them and my hubby loved them too!! Simple and delicious!! Definitely worth it thanks for sharing this recipe with us!!

  61. 5 stars
    Made this tonight exactly as written and it was so delicious! And quick and easy for a weeknight meal. Thank you for this recipe!

  62. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight using venison burger. Huge hit for my whole family!! My wife cooks professionally and she was very impressed with dinner tonight. We will be making these regularly from now on. Thank you for the idea.

  63. I added celery for a bit more texture. I will definitely make these again. My husband loved them. served with potatoes and sweetlet pas.

  64. 5 stars
    Running back here to say THANK YOU! This was amazing for the whole family especially my extremely picky 2-yr old, he housed a whole one by himself! Will definitely be making again and might try sneaking some veggies in there too! He doesn’t like burgers but these were sweet and delicious!

  65. 4 stars
    These are delicious but I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong. I use the leanest ground beef that’s available and I still get lots of grease in the cups. The ones in the video don’t look greasy at all.

  66. 5 stars
    These are perfect for my husband to take to lunch. I take some to our parents and share with neighbors as well.

  67. 5 stars
    We made this last night and we all loved it. We only had a pound of ground beef and cornflake crumbs rather than panko – but all of us loved the flavour and was super easy to put together. Will definitely make again! My 9-year old even asked for the leftover for her school lunch.

  68. 5 stars
    This recipe has become an instant favorite! The kids absolutely love it, I always try to make extra to freeze but they never seem to make it that far. Thank you for a real crowd pleaser!

  69. My family all loves these! Instead of using the muffin tin I make them into patties of the same size and bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet (it makes cleanup so much easier!) Also I always make a huge batch and freeze the extras; they bake perfectly from frozen without thawing first!

  70. 4 stars
    The meatloaf was great! Cooked in the amount of time as said in the recipe. But the sauce on top was far to sweet for me. I would do half the brown sugar next time. Will definitely make this again though!

  71. 5 stars
    Delicious! Used real garlic, Colby jack cheese, and onion powder (since I didn’t have any onions). Next time I’ll use less brown sugar cause the glaze was very sweet. Easy and tasty recipe!

  72. 5 stars
    This came out AMAZING. So moist, so flavorful, so fast!
    Took much less time than a regular meatloaf and our 6yo loved it. We paired it with a cauliflower mash. I only gad a pound of ground beef so I adjusted the other ingredients accordingly. Delicious!

  73. 5 stars
    I didn’t have brown sugar, so I used a scant half-cup of palm sugar. Excellent results. This is a clever way to serve meatloaf. We loved it!

  74. 5 stars
    So delicious. I only used 1/4 cup brown sugar for sauce and it was just right. The bake time is half the time so helpful for summer when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen!!

  75. 5 stars
    These mini meat loaf’s are SO delicious!!! No wonder why they are 5 stars. Will be making more of these for sure. Thank you for sharing.

  76. 5 stars
    Making this for the second time because it was SO delicious! Whole gang loved them. Easy,quick and tasty! I made extra to freeze for quick lunches. Definite recipe keeper. I did add slightly less sugar and still amazing.

  77. This is like my 5th time making these and they are such a hit. My son is a truck driver and I can freeze these and he can warm them up while on the road. Love them

  78. 5 stars
    Making these again! Hubby loves them and He takes the leftovers for lunch. All of your recipes are fabulous. I have yet to not like one and I have been using your recipes for about a year. There’s just the two of us so leftovers make a wonderful lunch the next day. Thank you for making my life so easy!

  79. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe, it was so easy to make and baked so quickly. We’ll definitely be having it again! Thanks so much for sharing it ❤️

  80. 5 stars
    I made these for my family and they were a huge hit, and they were quicker bake time than traditional meatloaf. The glaze on top gives it that extra hit. I will make these again.

  81. OMG! This was the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. It was so easy to make my kids loved it and there was nothing left on their plates. I will definitely make this again. I will give this a 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟

  82. 5 stars
    Super easy, super quick and super tasty!
    I used extra lean ground beef and there was very little fat! Will for sure make again!

  83. 5 stars
    This is now my go to meatloaf recipe! Its so good!!! An added plus is that this recipe is quick and easy with ingredients I usually have on hand. I make it with 1lb of ground beef in 9 of the muffin tins and adjust other ingredients. I served this with twice baked potatoes and green beans.

  84. 5 stars
    How is the best way to warm up the leftover meatloaves? I want to make these for a Christmas party, but only have a microwave at work to warm them up. Can these be made ahead of time and then baked the next day?

  85. 5 stars
    This Mini Meatloaf Muffin is so delicious! And since my ingredients are limited, I have only used my favorite CJ Hot and Spicy Korean BBQ Original Sauce Chicken & Pork Marinade that I bought from Karman Foods. It’s perfect! Best paired with Cold Barley Tea.

  86. 5 stars
    Hands down the BEST meatloaf!! Even better than my moms!! Super easy to make and the whole family LOVED them! Definitely a family favorite!

  87. 5 stars
    I made these exactly the same but doubled up and in mini loaves in a 18 loaf pan and cooked for 20 min each time and they were FANTASTIC. So much so that this is my first review on Pinterest ever. Loved by my eaters including myself. Thank you.

  88. 5 stars
    First time trying this, I put together a weekly menu so I can watch my budget at the grocery store, today was meatloaf or meatballs with side dishes. My son said meatballs sounded good and I didn’t have the energy for meatballs so I compromised, mini meatloaves and my son loved it and so did I

  89. 5 stars
    Yum. If you use lean meat make sure to add a little extra sauce to the meat. This recipe was delicious and I used a little olive oil spray, I was surprised it didn’t stick to the pan at all. Great recipe!

  90. 5 stars
    OMG I loved this recipe!
    I do not enjoy cooking AT ALL, but this looked so good! I have always loved the ends & edges of regular meatloaf so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see this version!
    I did change it up a bit as I only had Progresso Italian bread crumbs. I also did not add mustard. Lastly, I also cut up a green bell pepper to add like my grandmother used to!

    I changed the sauce as well. Again, like my grandmother I just used ketchup & a whole lot of brown sugar.
    I never comment on recipes but this was FABULOUS!! I will definitely cook this again! I also appreciate the info on freezing as it will come in handy! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  91. 5 stars
    Great recipe, very easy and quick to bake. My one substitution was celery instead of onions. I thought the sauce was a bit too sweet, will cut down on the sugar next time or try BBQ sauce instead of sugar as others have suggested. I liked the chili powder in the meat mixture very much!

  92. 5 stars
    I cut the recipe in half since there is just the two of us. And I substituted impossible burger for the ground beef. Came out great. Got a thumbs up from my husband who also ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.

  93. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! This was definitely a quick, 30-minute meal and I really appreciated that. I will definitely save this to my favorites list. 🙂

  94. 4 stars
    These were fun to make and eat, but not fun to clean up the muffin tins afterwards (I almost threw them away!!!!) I also did not have the ingredients for the sauce but made my own up and was delish – used a small Spicy Sriracha sauce from Chickfila in it!

  95. 5 stars
    Soooo good! The sauce is boss! My brother said it was better than mom’s (but of course we didn’t tell her that 😉 I used regular breadcrumbs that I had on hand and made mini loaves on a sheet pan. I’ll definitely make more sauce next time as everyone wanted more for both the meatloaf and baked potatoes I served it with. I’m a newbie with cooking, and this is definitely one to add to my recipe stash. Simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing it!

  96. 5 stars
    Very flavorful! Perfect size for me since I don’t eat much. For the topping I did half ketchup and half BBQ sauce. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  97. 5 stars
    Hubby says this is the best meatloaf he has ever eaten, and he LOVES meatloaf! This is a keeper for sure!

  98. 5 stars
    Really easy and delicious. I appreciate how they are portioned, and how they keep well. The sauce on top was soooo good! My husband isn’t a big fan of meatloaf, except for your recipe and now this one! I am always looking for more quick and easy recipes to throw together with a toddler running around. Thank you!!

  99. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. My kids scarfed it down with no complaint. I did substitute onion powder (2 tsp) for the onion for a kid who won’t eat something if she thinks she can see an onion. It’s going into my monthly rotation. Super easy for portion! I didn’t use the sauce, and it was still really good, and we didn’t miss it.

  100. 4 stars
    Awesome ide.Even my Italian wife from Calabria Italy loved it.Wish we could edit the serving quantities by editing it like many other sites.

  101. 5 stars
    Very good. Did add a little more salt but other then that they were good per the recipe. I liked how easy and how delicious they turned out. Will be using this recipe again.

  102. 5 stars
    This recipe was fast, easy to make, and tasted even better than the regular, full-sized (loaf-sized) meatloaf. Thanks for the recipe!

  103. 5 stars
    Made these for the second time today! So easy and so delicious!! My husband is a huge meatloaf fan and he loves these! I love the idea of making these in a muffin pan! Perfect portion size for me (I am a calorie counter)!! Thank you for the great recipe!

  104. 5 stars
    The hubs and I both loved this recipe. Just made a few changes. I added some garlic powder, a little bit of lemon pepper, and a little Kitchen Bouquet and omitted the chili powder, since I only like that in my chili.
    Otherwise I kept the rest the same as recipe.
    It was delicious! And will be on my menu rotation.

  105. 5 stars
    Loved these! My kids said this one is a keeper! I added some garlic and onion powder to the sauce for a little tang. So easy and pretty quick!

  106. I’ve made these several times and we love them! However, my husband wants it as a full meatloaf so he can slice it up for sandwiches the next day. Any suggestions on cook time?

  107. 5 stars
    I used ground turkey. Also, I didn’t have nutmeg so I substituted ground ginger. I like that it is simple and quick! Tastes delicious!

  108. 5 stars
    This was so delicious. My picky kids were quiet and ate every bite. I made one small modification adding a small pocket of cheese in the middle.

  109. 5 stars
    Let me tell you this meatloaf was soooo easy to make and very delicious, my grandpa is extremely picky with his food and he said this is one of best meals he had all year . Highly recommend delicious!

  110. 5 stars
    Super super tasty. Easy to make and fast. I am planning to make them regularly. The only thing the sauce on top is a bit too sweet /umhealtby and covers the taste of the tasty meatloaf ..

  111. 5 stars
    Made this tonight – DELICIOUS! My husband said that sauce is so good you could bottle it. The only modification I had to make was dark brown sugar instead of light.

  112. These were perfect! My family enjoyed these and I will definitely make again. The portions are just right and so much easier to get out than the usual loaf. Yum!

  113. Wife and I loved the recipe. I usually make 8 lbs at a time cause my adults kids are single and i freeze them and they take them back home with them and always text me after a long day at work and come home to a tasty dinner made with love by dad.

    1. Do you freeze them after they are all done cooking? With the sauce on top? We made these tonight and loved them. I’d love to make a big batch and freeze!

    2. Do you cook them prior to freezing ? If not do you freeze with the sauce on top? Trying to figure out the best way to freeze because we LOVE these- thanks!

  114. I made this for dinner for my family and surprised my sister and made it for her family , it was delicious
    I served it with mashed potatoes, and broccoli, and Hawaiian rolls , very pleased that it was so easy to make and didn’t take forever to cook all the way through. Will be making this regularly.

  115. I made this delicious recipe. We had steamed lemon pepper green beans and pasta shells with cheese. What an amazing combo. Simple and quick. Loved it.

  116. 5 stars
    These mini meat loaves were very tasty and easy to make. I used sriracha ketchup and it gave it a very nice kick.

  117. A great idea! I used my own meatloaf recipe but your topping :). The mini meatloaf portions were very convenient and came out perfectly done according to your cooking instructions! And if any of you have kids who count and debate “how many pieces did you get?” this helps! (My teenage son tends to eat the lion’s share of every meal! Ha!)

    1. 5 stars
      Very simple recipe. Easy to make! The flavors blended perfectly (especially the sauce), and we loved the texture of the finished product.

  118. You can also add a box of stovetop dressing for. Chicken to add extra flavour. Yummy!!! Even meat loaf haters will eat this and look for more.

  119. WOW !!!! 😋 How awesome is this recipe! It’s the perfect recipe to make for a single person as well. I quit making meatloaf because i had too much for leftovers.

  120. Love this. I decided to give meatloaf another shot because I haven’t hated it since I was a child. Wow!! I loved it, my husband loved it and my 4 & 7 year old picky eaters couldn’t get enough!! Thanks!!

  121. 5 stars
    Just made these for dinner! They were AMAZING!!! I didn’t have Dijon mustard so I just used regular but yum! Approved by my 2 year old, 6 year old, and hubby!

  122. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe with a side of crunchy potatoes aka hash browns. The meatloaf is hands down delicious! I can’t get enough of the sauce either! Thank you for sharing.

  123. Made these about a week ago (sorry for the delay) and they were terrific. The sauce was a little sweet for our taste, but I can sure adjust that! We ate two meals and a lunch from them! Can’t wait to try this again!

  124. 5 stars
    Made these 4 or 5 times now. everybody loves them, including my mother-in-law who comes for over for dinner just to eat these. Maybe I should make them less…

    I experimented with turkey gravy, but not as good as the barbecue sauce in the recipe.

    I did stuff the meatloaves with a third of a cheese stick and/or a babybel, for molten cheese when you cut into them. It’s really yummy. Kids love them.

  125. 5 stars
    It was delicious! I made it without mustard because I didn’t have any, and used Italian breadcrumbs instead of panko. Turned out great!

  126. I’ve made mini meatloaf many times but all of my family agreed this was the BEST EVER! So delicious and so easy!

  127. 5 stars
    Made these for dinner and they were a hit! Everyone loved them including the kids 🙂
    I also precooked onions with garlic and added 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese to ingredients.

    1. Did you use fresh garlic when you sautéed it with the onions or the garlic powder called for in the recipe?

  128. 5 stars
    I made these for the first time last week & they were amazing. My boys are very picky eaters & they both cleared their plates.

  129. 4 stars
    I make these and love the technique since I’m a single person. I always use cooked white rice instead of bread crumbs. This is a trick I picked up in the Pontiac Press in the 70s where a page had recipes for picnicking at Meadowbrook Theater.

  130. 4 stars
    Hi! I’m not a very good cook but I haven’t given up yet on finding a recipe for meatloaf that I can make and enjoy. I’ve been trying to find one that’s not only easy j to make, but tastes good so I don’t have to waste it. I found this one on Pinterest. I only have a mini loaf pan, so I just used that. I have to say, I could actually really enjoy this one!! There is only one change I will have to make with the next batch is to just don’t add any chili powder. I’m a big wimp when it comes to spice.

    I also enjoyed the glaze. Thanks for the tip to remove the fat the has come up to the top. The glaze stayed where I told it to 😁 and it came out perfect. It wasn’t too sweet and no one ingredient overwhelmed another. Thank you so much for a recipe that I look forward to making again and again!

  131. 5 stars
    I have made these several times and everybody loves them. Won’t make meatloaf any other way now. Thank you!

  132. 5 stars
    My husband was in the mood for meatloaf so we decided to try this recipe and we are so glad we did. First let me say that I did not grow up eating meatloaf so I definitely have my reservations regarding any meatloaf. These meatloaves came out perfectly and they we’re all quickly gobbled up. This is a wonderful recipe and convenient for making sure everyone gets fair portions. This recipe is a definite keeper!

  133. 5 stars
    Thanks for such a quick & easy recipe that I used in a pinch and that my entire family really enjoyed! I didn’t have any panko or bread crumbs so I just crushed up some Ritz crackers really fine and omitted the salt. I also spooned more of the jarred bbq sauce I used in the recipe (Head Country original) on top of the loaves since it’s a family favorite. I served it with peas and mashed sweet potatoes and the meal was a hit! I will definitely be making it again and again.

  134. Yum! These were so good and easy. All 7 of us liked it a lot. What a clever way to make meatloaf! I may try adding fresh parsley next time. But it is delicious without! I didn’t add any extra salt. Was perfect! Thank you!!

  135. 5 stars
    These were delicious! Love all of your recipes – thank you for always being my “go-to” when coming up with what to make for dinner!

  136. 5 stars
    We had these last night. Very good! I had something similar in the past that were large patties on a baking sheet. I was a little hesitant to do these in my muffin tin, but they cooked so well (very evenly). I chose not to make the sauce as directed, because I felt like it was a lot of sugar (just personal preference). Instead, I just eyeballed some Worcestershire sauce and ketchup, but next time I think I’ll give the sauce in the recipe a try.

  137. Hi there! So excited to try this delicious recipe! Just a couple questions. In the instructions, you mention garlic powder. But I don’t see garlic powder in the ingredients list. You also mention egg whites in the directions, but in the ingredients, it just says eggs. Which is it? Thanks in advance!

  138. I know this is a weird question, but is it possible to make using muffin tin liners? I was just trying to make clean up easier? What are your thoughts about this? Thanks!

  139. 5 stars
    So good and easy to make. Even my picky ones loved it. I substituted onion power for diced onions since my kids don’t like the texture of onions.

    1. Hi Sara,
      Thanks for pointing this out. It has been fixed and you should be able to add it to your meal plan now!

    1. Definietly! You will need to increase the cook time significantly. I would check it at 50 minutes but it may take closer to 60+ minutes.

  140. My husband loves meatloaf, but I had not found a recipe that I was happy with. Made this for dinner last night, and it was even better today in sandwiches. Now, we’re both happy. Delicious. Thank you!

  141. Oh my goodness, this made me laugh because my husband hates meatloaf too (and we’ve been married for 4 years too!) and he always tells me the Christmas story line too!!!! That’s too funny!!! I happen to love meatloaf and try to sneak it in at least every couple of months…. yours looks wonderful, I’d definitely have it for dinner!!!! 🙂

    1. Hahahaha no way, that’s too funny! I was happy to prove him wrong, because I knew he would love it if he gave it a chance!