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Bacon-Topped Mini Meat Loaves

Here's all the savory deliciousness of Mom's meat loaf in a single-serving size! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 5 bacon strips
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Drain on paper towels; set aside.
  • Combine the egg, milk, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, green pepper, crackers, 1/2 cup cheese, onion and seasonings in a large bowl. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into five loaves. Arrange around the edge of a microwave-safe deep-dish pie plate; top each with a strip of bacon.
  • Cover and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°. Spread ketchup over tops and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes.

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  • Adele
    Jun 19, 2020

    For those of you who wondered about doing this in a conventional oven, I would be inclined to just make one meat loaf and cook it at 375°F for 45 to 50 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F. HTH!

  • pajamaangel
    Feb 18, 2015

    I love this meatloaf! I made mine in the oven and had to omit the red onion as I didn't have any on hand. Instead I added dried minced onion (1 Tbsp) to the recipe. We'll make this again!

  • plainpatty
    Feb 15, 2014

    How hot of an oven for how long?

  • mal_paint
    Feb 26, 2013

    Oops! Forgot to add i made this in the oven...

  • mal_paint
    Feb 26, 2013

    LOVE this meat loaf! Got it out of the Simple & Delicious Magaizne and don't make meat loaf any other way!! A MUST!

  • Hdezb333
    Jan 10, 2013

    This is a very delicious meat loaf, i made mine in the oven, i'm not sure i would add the bacon next time, but great flavor. You can leave out the onions and bell pepper and it still taste great.

  • PeytonsMimi_NC
    Nov 26, 2012

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