Favorite Meat Loaf Cups Recipe
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Favorite Meat Loaf Cups Recipe

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My family enjoys meat loaf, but sometimes I can't spare the hour or more it takes to bake in the traditional shape. A quick alternative is to divide the meat mixture into muffin cups for individual servings that are ready in less than 30 minutes.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 4 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional ketchup, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 302 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 146mg cholesterol, 699mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0g fiber), 32g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  2. Press into 12 foil-lined or greased muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 160°. Drain before serving. Drizzle with ketchup if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Favorite Meat Loaf Cups in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p27

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Val634 248044
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"I will never make the traditional way again. This was so good! I used 1 lb. ground beef, 1/2 cup crushed saltines & adjusted the remaining ingredients since it's just my husband and I. I combined brown sugar, ketchup and a dab of mustard for a topping. YUM!"

lovelies 227896
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"Made 2 1/2 batches and served a family of 8 with very few leftover. They went over great. Moist and delicious. The 4 yr. Old and 2 yr. old ate without a fuss."

Jo-nana 22295
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"I added grated carrot and minced fresh onion (omitted dried onion) . Very easy to make ahead and freeze for the week ahead as the family is often on different schedules."

Reviewed May. 25, 2011

"I live alone now so I cut all recipes in half. This is easy, tastes good, and I have 4 to freeze. I did substitute oatmeal for the corn flakes and topped the little loaves with extra ketchup and shredded cheddar. Would probably be good with bead crumbs as well."

martini971 52323
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"Great recipe for our family dinner. Definitely quick and will like having their own little meatloaf "cupcake". Plus, we freeze the leftovers for a meal the next week!"

Elaine316 63902
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"These are easy to make and really yummy!!"

efbk46 52321
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009

"Will these freeze well so that you can make them ahead?"

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