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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 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."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"I made this last night for a ladies group. I real hit. I filled them half way baked for 10 minutes. I tested temp and they were done. I removed from muffin pans to a paper towel to drain, then put them back into a new muffin pan lined w foil cups. Then topped them w mashed potatoes and a little sprinkling of cheddar cheese. Put back in oven until we were ready to serve. I will make these again for sure."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"very good"

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