Homemade Individual Meat Loaves Recipe
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Homemade Individual Meat Loaves Recipe

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I've made this hearty entree many times over the years, and it's always so good. Plus, these single-serving loaves bake much faster than one large loaf.—Norma Erne, Albuquerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 333 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Shape into six loaves, about 4-in. x 2-1/2-in. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine the ketchup, sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Individual Meat Loaves in Taste of Home August/September 1995, p19

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mlworden User ID: 3943617 245728
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"My family loves this recipe. On occasion, I have substituted Italian style bread crumbs for the oats."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 3899
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"I love meat loaf and these were quite good. I did cut two slices of raw bacon into thirds, and put a piece on each individual loaf before baking which I think added a lot to the flavor. The ketchup and mustard and brown sugar are also another important part of the goodness of these loaves, and I may increase the topping by one half...or double it....the next time. A good recipe, simple, and they cook up fast."

kimb0 User ID: 7108367 198957
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"This was tasty--I made one big loaf and cooked it a little over an hour."

MY REVIEW User ID: 92755 1343
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"This is the only meat loaf recipe I make! Everyone in my family loves it!"

MamasitaWendy User ID: 6151144 198956
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"This was made frequently until I lost the recipe. How grateful I was to find it exactly on Taste of Home. Not only does it cook faster than a regular meatloaf, it looks more pleasing, enough to serve to company."

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 2811
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"Although I'm not a meatloaf fan myself, I really liked these. They were easy and didn't require a lot of ingredients. I really liked the sauce on top and will probably double it next time. Very good though!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 92755 1532
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"This has been the only meat loaf recipe I have made since I made it years ago. My family cheers each time I make it. I've made these individual meat loaves for 100+ people at church or when we've had people over to our home for dinner. I usually make additional sauce for the top. We love it!"

HydeeShrader User ID: 3724893 3517
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"The ketchup mixture on top was not a hit with my family. However, I really liked the ease of the recipe and how quickly it cooked. I'll experiment with some different toppings to fit our family... Thanks!"

brittanymarie User ID: 1601773 1340
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"Tastes great! It's sweeter than I expected, but a good kind of sweet! My husband devoured the leftovers for lunch the next day=)"

amycollette User ID: 3360791 5135
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"This is a great recipe. They're moist and delicious!"

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