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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 serving (1 each) equals 333 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 670 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 27 g 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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Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

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

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."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

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

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

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

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."

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