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BBQ Meat Loaf Minis

Kids can have fun helping to prepare these mini meat loaves in muffin cups. For extra spice, we sometimes add 2 teaspoons chili powder and 1 cup of salsa. —Linda Call, Falun, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Additional hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine stuffing mix, water and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Press 1/3 cup mixture into each of 12 ungreased muffin cups.
  • Bake, uncovered, 18-22 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Sprinkle tops with cheese; bake 2-4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. If desired, serve with additional barbecue sauce.
  • Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place meat loaves on a greased shallow baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until heated through. Top with cheese as directed.
Nutrition Facts
2 mini meat loaves: 330 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 668mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • barb7478
    Jan 3, 2021

    Delicious but I would grease the muffin pan ahead of time. Very difficult to et out of the pan.

  • glotry
    Apr 14, 2020

    I followed the directions and we did not care for these at all. I will not be making again.

  • Lindsey
    May 22, 2019

    No comment left

  • jkcoach98
    Apr 11, 2018

    I followed the directions as is and my family thought this recipe is terrible. There was no flavor and it was really mushy. I will not be making it again..

  • Debglass11
    Sep 16, 2016

    Easy, versatile recipe! Since I didn't have stuffing mix, I substituted a mixture of Italian bread crumbs and panko and used one egg instead of the water. I used about 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef, so I increased the barbecue sauce to about 1/2 cup. I also added finely chopped onion, and a bit of ketchup and kosher salt. Everyone loved them!

  • apschwartz
    Sep 1, 2016

    Good and easy to make on a busy weekday night.

  • kfnb
    Sep 1, 2016

    I have made these many times. I like them because they really stretch out pound of ground beef. I always serve them with a mixed vegetable casserole. Very tasty.

  • Susie77
    Aug 12, 2016

    These are really tasty and easy. One thing that appeals to me is the ability to add/subtract ingredients. For instance, my husband loves jalapenos so his little meat loaves get them, diced finely. I love onions, so mine get extra. I did cut back on the cheese though since neither of us care for it that much.

  • lisahughes
    May 5, 2016

    This was yummy and really easy to make. Very quick, too! The stuffing added just the right amount of seasoning. Next time I would definitely generously grease the muffin tin cups ahead of time. I found they were hard to get out of the tins after they were done. My picky kids loved these.!

  • hkays
    Sep 11, 2015

    This was inedible. The stuffing mix didn't go well in the recipe. Threw all of them away!