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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 Feb. 5, 2016

"We did not care for these. I love the idea of muffin cups and we really liked the ketchup sauce on top of the muffins, but the meatloaf itself had too strong of a cereal flavor. The Crispix cereal overwhelmed the meatloaf. If I were to make again, I would substitute bread crumbs instead."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"Due to husband's heart surgery, we use 3lbs of 93% lean ground beef, so I adjusted for moistness by using 1/4 c ketchup plus 1 bottle (12oz) chili sauce. We use a scant 3 TBSP of brown sugar; rest of ingredients as given on recipe above. Super successful using silicone muffin cups (we found these at Walmart) in the muffin pans and a scoop to measure meat evenly. This yields 24 meatloaf muffins. These freeze and reheat so well. An absolute 5-Star favorite!!"

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"Flavorful but the CLEANUP was HORRENDOUS! Way too many good recipes to make this one again using muffin cups! And I used 95/5 ground beef. Very upsetting."

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!!"

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