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Muffin-Pan Meat Loaves Recipe

Muffin-Pan Meat Loaves Recipe

I used to have a catering business, and my specialty was comfort food. I once needed a gluten-free meat loaf, and my clients went nuts over this recipe. I often use an 8x8-in. pan or a loaf pan, but a muffin tin really cuts the cooking time. —Vangie Panagotopulos, Moorestown, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Add beef and turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly. Place 1/3 cup mixture into each of 12 ungreased muffin cups, pressing lightly.
  • 2. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; spoon over meat loaves. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°.
    Freeze option: Bake meat loaves without topping. Cool meat loaves, and freeze, covered, on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer meat loaves to resealable plastic freezer bags; return to freezer. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place meat loaves on a greased shallow baking pan. Prepare topping as directed; spread over tops. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 mini meat loaves equals 304 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 147 mg cholesterol, 706 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Reviews for Muffin-Pan Meat Loaves

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Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"I like this quick and easy way to make meatloaf. I used all ground beef, and it did increase the grease a bit. Also, I think because of the lack of bread crumbs, they were more like hamburgers than meatloaf, but still good!"

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

"Easy to make, and quite tasty. I didn't have the turkey on-hand, so I used ground beef only, which made it a bit greasy, but no more so than regular meatloaf. I'll probably make these again."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"These were delicious but a bit greasy. That's not usually a problem but when I made them I took them to my husbands work for a "truck picnic" and they were a bit messy. Wonderful taste though, I was skeptical about no breadcrumbs but I vowed to try each recipe as is before I tweaked it. I probably won't do that with this recipe. They were lighter and I didn't have as much "repeat" as usual meatloaf. Very good idea and very tasty!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"I left out the hot sauce and chili powder. They came out dry after baking, not sure if I am going to do these again."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"Review by volunteer field editor: I have a party coming up, and decided these mini meatloaves just might be the ticket. Make ahead, freeze and just reheat for the party = goo party idea. I took it one step further and used the mini muffin tins, twice, so I will have 48 mini loaves for the event. I already had a meat loaf mixture of ground beef and ground pork so I used that instead of the ground turkey, with the same excellent result.. PS, I just had to sneak one to taste test before I put them in the freezer! I rate this recipe a nice five stars."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"This recipe has been enjoyed by many, many people! I had a part-time catering business - my specialty menu items were ?comfort-food? inspired. There was one job that I cooked for our church once a week - every week for a couple of years straight. This group varied from 75 people to 200 people weekly. When cooking for number of people and the same people week after week - it was difficult to be creative. In addition, I was challenged with several people in the group each week that had a gluten intolorance. That?s how this recipe was inspired. In place of the breadcrumbs in a typical meatloaf - cheddar cheese is replaced as a binder. Which allows this dish to be completely gluten free. In my opinion & the opinion of those who enjoy it - the cheddar cheese rocks this dish!! Instead of it being a firm meatloaf - it?s extremely moist & satisfying! = YUM!

Another twist is the chili powder & instead of Cheddar Cheese - use a Mexican blend cheese - that gives it another depth of flavor with a little kick - but not too much that the most pickiest of eaters can still enjoy.
Not only is it delicious - it?s SUPER SIMPLE! Just throw it all into one bowl?mix?bake! Another tip to make your preparation even easier - is to use liquid eggs!
This recipe can also to cut in half or doubled?tripled or more to accommodate any size dinner."

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