BBQ Meat Loaf Minis Recipe
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BBQ Meat Loaf Minis Recipe

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Kids can have fun helping to prepare these mini meat loaves in muffin cups. For extra spice, we sometimes add 2 teaspoons chili powder and 1 cup of salsa. —Linda Call, Falun, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Additional hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 mini meatloaves (calculated without additional sauce): 330 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 668mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine stuffing mix, water and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Press 1/3 cup mixture into each of 12 ungreased muffin cups.
  2. Bake, uncovered, 18-22 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Sprinkle tops with cheese; bake 2-4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. If desired, serve with additional barbecue sauce.
  3. Freeze option: Cover and freeze cooled meat loaves on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer meat loaves to a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place meat loaves on a greased shallow baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until heated through. Top with cheese as directed. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as BBQ Meat Loaf Minis in Taste of Home April/May 2013

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Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 254185
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"easy, versatile recipe! Since I didn't have stuffing mix, I substituted a mixture of Italian bread crumbs and panko and used one egg instead of the water. I used about 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef, so I increased the barbecue sauce to about 1/2 cup. I also added finely chopped onion, and a bit of ketchup and kosher salt. Everyone loved them!"

apschwartz User ID: 1393337 253545
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"Good and easy to make on a busy weekday night."

kfnb User ID: 8771061 253540
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"I have made these many times. I like them because they really stretch out pound of ground beef. I always serve them with a mixed vegetable casserole. Very tasty."

Susie77 User ID: 98373 252548
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"These are really tasty and easy. One thing that appeals to me is the ability to add/subtract ingredients. For instance, my husband loves jalapenos so his little meat loaves get them, diced finely. I love onions, so mine get extra. I did cut back on the cheese though since neither of us care for it that much."

lisahughes User ID: 8721992 247896
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"This was yummy and really easy to make. Very quick, too! The stuffing added just the right amount of seasoning. Next time I would definitely generously grease the muffin tin cups ahead of time. I found they were hard to get out of the tins after they were done. My picky kids loved these.!"

hkays User ID: 8526795 232682
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"This was inedible. The stuffing mix didn't go well in the recipe. Threw all of them away!"

lsmith9180 User ID: 8250110 227941
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"This was easy enough for my 9 year old to make. Wonderful recipe, the whole family loves it!"

mocalcook User ID: 7633888 227829
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"kids can't get enough of this (and neither can my husband)"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 222595
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"So good and so quick and easy to make! Only complaint I have is that you could really taste the stuffing. I will definitely make these again."

wyomingcowchick User ID: 6510652 218286
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"These are a favorite at our home. My favorite stuffing to use in it is the cranberry stuffing that came out about Christmas time, it was really GOOD!"

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