Mom's Meat Loaf for 2 Recipe
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Mom's Meat Loaf for 2 Recipe

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If you're looking for a hearty meal, just follow Michelle Beran's lead. The Claflin, Kansas cook whips up this delicious loaf when she's looking for a downsized main course. You'll love the pleasant sage flavor and scrumptious sauce. Plus, it's easy to double for sandwiches the next day.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup crushed saltines
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 337 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 162mg cholesterol, 898mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, beat egg. Add the milk, cracker crumbs, onion, salt, sage and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two loaves; place in a shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; spoon over meat loaves. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°; drain. Yield: 2 mini meat loaves.
Originally published as Mom's Meat Loaf in Cooking for 2 Fall 2005, p25

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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miriIammart09 User ID: 8774726 244018
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"Great recipe however I add 1/2 cup chop green peppers and chop red peppers"

dirios99 User ID: 1717133 227422
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"This was very good meat loaf. I also added a splash of steak sauce and some ketchup to the meatloaf. I didn't use sugar in the glaze that is how I like it. The meatloaf was simple and delicious, great beefy flavor. I will definitely make this again."

ahd605 User ID: 2867335 220921
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"loved it, I did make a change after reading reviews I used less than one tbsp brown sugar and added little more Worcestershire and a little less ketchup to the sauce. plus i added a little Worcestershire to the meat. will make again"

gail ann User ID: 1230878 216205
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Very tasty. I only added 1 tsp brown sugar to the topping though, so can't rate the sauce (don't you hate when people do that). Seems as if the other cooks really like the sauce as per the recipe was written so I may give it a try it sometime. I also squirted a little ketchup into the meat mixture. This will go on my rotation as hubby gave it a thumbs up."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 59761
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"Really good!"

KikiVon User ID: 7188822 129043
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"This came out perfect and the sauce was great too. I'll surely be adding this to my dinner rotation."

walraan User ID: 5539384 147673
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"The husband loves this one!"

Katielabonte User ID: 4997099 93983
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Very good recipe !!!I like the sauce on top"

ervinandmarie11 User ID: 4892478 75925
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"I made this into meatballs and doubled the sauce.It was delicious!"

galhall User ID: 5787404 206756
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Very tasty. I would add a little dry mustard to the sauce gives it a nice flavor. Yummy to the tummy."

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