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Meat Loaf Miniatures Recipe
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Meat Loaf Miniatures Recipe

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I do not usually like meat loaf, but my family and I can't get enough of these little muffins topped with a sweet ketchup sauce. They are the perfect portion size. This recipe requires no chopping, so it's quick and easy to make a double batch and have extras for another day. They're great to give to new moms, too. —Joyce Wegmann, Burlington, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups Crispix cereal, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 165 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 305 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Remove 1/2 cup for topping; set aside. Add the eggs, Worcestershire sauce, cereal and seasonings to remaining ketchup mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Crumble beef over cereal mixture and mix well.
  2. Press meat mixture into 18 muffin cups (about 1/3 cup each). Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes. Drizzle with reserved ketchup mixture; bake 10 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Serve desired number of meat loaves. Cool remaining loaves; freeze. Transfer to freezer bags; seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen meat loaves: Completely thaw in the refrigerator. Place loaves in a greased baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through, or cover and microwave on high for 1 minute or until heated through. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Meat Loaf Miniatures in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 165 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 305 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 16 g protein.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"Quite a bit more than 18 muffins."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"made these for my family!! they where awesome! with some mashed potatoes and English peas!! my family loved them!!"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Grate a large carrot and onion in it. Omit the cereal and use small amount of Panko bread crumbs. I use Peter Lugers Steak sauce instead of ketchup."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"I saw this recipe on my Facebook feed and made it for dinner last night. I don't usually like ketchup based meatloaf but followed the recipe and I'm glad I did. By far the best meatloaf ever. So glad that I did so simple and very good. Instead of the muffin pan I used mini loaf pans that I have. Yielded 24 mini meat loafs. And the recipe made enough for another meal, freezing the leftovers.

Thanks for the great recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"Delicious recipe. I substituted Morning Star crumbles for the ground beef. I mixed in the Rhubarbecue Sauce that was featured in the April/May Taste of Home Issue. I served it for lunch with a mixed green salad."

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