Easy Mini Meatloaf muffins are made with ground beef or ground turkey and topped with a delicious meatloaf sauce.  They are easier and healthier than traditional meatloaf.
I love to these mini meatloaf an even healthier dinner by serving it roasted vegetables and a small side salad.
Two mini meatloaf muffins with meatloaf sauce on them on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Mini Meatloaf

My mom made us meatloaf in a muffin tin all the time when I was a kid. It’s so yummy cooked this way and it’s also way easier to make and faster to cook the regular meatloaf! I particularly love that this recipe can be prepped in the morning, or even the night before, making dinnertime way less stressful.

I LOVE mini meatloaf because:

  • Faster cook time
  • Individual portion sizes
  • Easy to make ahead, store and freeze
  • More fun to eat!

Mini Meatloaf in 5 easy steps:

  1. 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.
  2. Press into muffin tins. Divide the meat among the 12 cups in a standard muffin tin, pressing them down to fill the cup.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Make the sauce.  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Once muffins have cooked for 15 minutes, remove them and blot out any grease in the muffin cups. Spoon the sauce over them.
  5. Return to oven for 10-15 minutes.  Serve muffins with a side of Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Four process photos for making mini meatloaf muffins including the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl, mixed, added to a muffin tin and sauce being spooned on top.

I love the meatloaf sauce in this recipe because it’s delicious and couldn’t be EASIER, with only four simple ingredients: ketchup, brown sugar, dijon mustard, and nutmeg. You can prepare it up to one week in advance, stored in the refrigerator.

A photo of the ingredients for meatloaf sauce, including ketchup, brown sugar, dijon mustard and nutmeg, next to another photo of a glass bowl with the meatloaf sauce mixed together with a spoon.

Healthy Meatloaf?

These 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.

Freezing and Storing Mini Meatloaf:

  • To store: place the cooked muffins in a container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • To freeze: prepare the meatloaf and press it into the muffin tin.  Cover the muffin tin with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer to “flash freeze.”  After about 1 hour, remove the raw, partially frozen meatloaf muffins and place them in a freezer safe resealable bag.  Freeze for up to 3 months.
    • To re-heat: remove the muffins from the freezer and place them in the muffin tin, in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, remove them from the oven and top them with sauce.  Bake again for 10-15 minutes.

A mini meatloaf muffin on a plate with a bite taken out of it and another meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans in the background.

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Recipe

Two mini meatloaf muffins with meatloaf sauce on them on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 40 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup onion , chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten

Meatloaf sauce:

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl (using your hands 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.

Notes

Our make traditional meatloaf!

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 13gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 2mg

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I originally shared this recipe September 2013. Updated August 2019.

 

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    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.

    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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 5 stars
    I have made these several times and everybody loves them. Won’t make meatloaf any other way now. Thank you!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.
    Thanks!

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

  25. 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!)

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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 ..

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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?

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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!!

  45. 5 stars
    Hubby says this is the best meatloaf he has ever eaten, and he LOVES meatloaf! This is a keeper for sure!

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

  48. 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!