BBQ Meat Loaf Minis Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
Reviews for BBQ Meat Loaf Minis
"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!"
"Good and easy to make on a busy weekday night."
"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."
"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."
"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.!"
"This was inedible. The stuffing mix didn't go well in the recipe. Threw all of them away!"
"This was easy enough for my 9 year old to make. Wonderful recipe, the whole family loves it!"
"kids can't get enough of this (and neither can my husband)"
"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."
"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!"
"Nice, easy recipe! I like using herb stuffing mix. Next time will add chopped onion and chopped celery for added flavor and texture."
"I made this recipe frequently throughout college because it was fast and easy to make in a small apartment kitchen. My friends loved this recipe!"
"A great recipe for a quick weeknight meal. I substituted about 1 cup of gluten free bread crumbs for the stuffing mix and the meatloaves turned out perfectly!"
"So easy and fast to put together! No need for the extra BBQ for the side., and added some chopped red onion. This will fast become a standard as there can be so many variances!"
"it is easy and it is certainly a meat stretcher. However, we found them a little mushy and bready tasting."
"good fast and easy. do recommend adding some chopped onion, and a little salt and pepper. used corn bread stuffing first time believe will try the herb stuffing next time"
"We loved these! Used Stove Top Stuffing, the sage kind. Also, be sure to remove them from the pan right away. My hubby was mowing the lawn when they came out of the oven, so we waited to eat. They kind of stuck to the pan. But, I will make these again!"
"Nice and easy to prepare. Used Savory Herbs stuffing mix and honey BB sauce. Instead of making 12 muffins, I used my pan that makes 6 large muffins. Very good. . My husband's comment was, "interesting way to use chopped beef". Will make these again for sure."
"Good and easy! I used chicken stuffing and made as directed. I did add a topping on them the last 5 minutes which consisted of a ketchup/brown sugar/ mustard combo. :-)"
"I made this meatloaf it is a keeper. I used cornbread stuffing add onio and honey barbecue sauce. My family love it."
"Made it exactly like written except used a bbq sauce without hickory as my husband doesn't like hickory. Turned out great. Very easy and also easy to modify if you want to experiment. Will definitely make again. Like the muffin tin idea, easier than slicing a meat loaf."
"I msde these exactly luke the recipe posted. We did not like them at all. Will not make them again."
"This was a hit in my house! I liked the fact it was super fast and easy. I shaped them into meatballs and placed them evenly spaced into a pyrex glass baking dish lined with foil (easier clean-up!) It made 15. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!"
"This recipe & all its variations was given to me by my occupational therapist when I was in a multi-year recovery program after a severe shoulder injury that left me with only one functional arm & hand. She recommended that I try making this as part of my therapy. Our whole family loved it! It allowed me to make a meal for my family again, & everyone loved the flavor! The variations are available on, I think, the Kraft Foods website. All of them are quick, delicious, & easy to make!"
"love this new recipe"
"Good recipe. Next time I will try baking it in mini-muffin pan - looks like they would be a good appetizer or party snack."
"Great weeknight dinner. Quick and very good. Used herb stuffing. Loved the crusty pieces on the top."
"This was an awesome recipe! I made by own sauce instead of the bbq (1cup ketchup, 3 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp ground mustard). I put a tablespoon of the sauce on each meatloaf after 18 minutes and thwn cooked another 5 minutes. I also had greem onions on hand, so I threw some into the meat mixture as well. The savory herb stuffing was delicious, so I think I may stick with that. Also, I didnt use the cheese which took a lot of self control on my part, lol."
"Since this had many positive reviews I felt comfortable changing some of the ingredients. I replaced the water and BBQ sauce with a chunky medium salsa. It was great. The texture of the stuffing gives it a little something extra. I appreciated the tip another reviewer gave about not mounding the tops so the cheese stayed on top. I took it a step further and slightly indented the middle. This 'well' was a great way to add extra cheese. Reheated nicely the next day for a quick snack."
"Super easy, a nice way to add flavor to meatloaf without adding ketchup (which my family isn't too fond of). It makes for part of a really casual meal, and I've introduced several friends to the recipe as well. As far as stuffing mix goes, I've used just about every flavor (chicken, savory herb, turkey, pork) and each one is delicious. They also reheat very well, highly recommended!"
"These are a HUGE hit with my family. They are so easy and fun to make that my 4 and 6 years old enjoy it. These are also a hit with my hubby. Being that these are made in muffin tins, we can make of several different flavors of meatloaf in one batch. Some of us like no BBQ sauce, others like a ton. We can custom make everyone something that they love."
"This was ok, but my family didn't really like the stuffing mix in there."
"My husband's favorite meal is meatloaf and we he saw me adding bbq sauce to the mix he wasn't so sure about it... Well he LOVED them and now we will be making these a lot. Thanks for the recipe. Great flavor,quick and easy."
"Good and really fast and easy. It's a keeper."
"For just two of us, I thought first I'd cut the recipe down, then thought "hey, these will freeze well," so I made the whole batch. Instead of water, I used beef broth, and was happy with the results. I served them with mac n cheese and a simple salad. Easy dinner."
"quick, super easy and delicious!"
"Definitely will make again. Very tasty and goes together quickly. One tip...make them more flat on top than round so the cheese stays on better."
"The barbeque sauce was a nice change from using ketchup. I don't buy stuffing mix so I just used two homemade rolls that I tore into small pieces and added a few dashes of parsley, garlic powder, and sage. This recipe was very easy to throw together. It seemed a little wet so next time I'll use half the amount of water. I will be making this again since more than half of us liked it."
"These were great! My 3 y/o son actually helped a little bit. They were so quick and easy to put together and get in the oven - absolutely perfect for a week night. My husband shies away from anything different so when he saw meatloaf in a muffin pan he was skeptical. He told me they were "ok" and that he prefers "regular" meatloaf. And then he ate four of these, so I would say he liked them just fine. These are definitely going into my regular weeknight dinner rotation."
"These are super easy to do and taste great! They only need to be in the oven 18-20 min. and that is great at the end of a long day."
"Very easy to make, and satisfies a hungry crowd. The individual portions make it easy to serve. This recipe could easily be doubled and some could be frozen for later use. Cook once, eat twice!"