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, 0 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 User ID: 3816447 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 User ID: 7673988 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 User ID: 6442440 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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1026169 55883
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 User ID: 5313810 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 User ID: 4469395 63902
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

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

efbk46 User ID: 2634072 52321
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009

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

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