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BBQ Meat Loaf Minis Recipe

BBQ Meat Loaf Minis Recipe

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. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Additional hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce, optional


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Freeze option: Cover and freeze cooled meat loaves on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer meat loaves to a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. 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. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 mini meatloaves (calculated without additional sauce): 330 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 668mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 254185
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1393337 253545
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"Good and easy to make on a busy weekday night."

kfnb User ID: 8771061 253540
Reviewed 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 User ID: 98373 252548
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8721992 247896
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8526795 232682
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

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

lsmith9180 User ID: 8250110 227941
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"This was easy enough for my 9 year old to make. Wonderful recipe, the whole family loves it!"

mocalcook User ID: 7633888 227829
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"kids can't get enough of this (and neither can my husband)"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 222595
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"So good and so quick and easy to make! Only complaint I have is that you could really taste the stuffing. I will definitely make these again."

wyomingcowchick User ID: 6510652 218286
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"These are a favorite at our home. My favorite stuffing to use in it is the cranberry stuffing that came out about Christmas time, it was really GOOD!"

lvarner User ID: 35803 216820
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"Nice, easy recipe! I like using herb stuffing mix. Next time will add chopped onion and chopped celery for added flavor and texture."

Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 214936
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"I made this recipe frequently throughout college because it was fast and easy to make in a small apartment kitchen. My friends loved this recipe!"

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 182654
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"A great recipe for a quick weeknight meal. I substituted about 1 cup of gluten free bread crumbs for the stuffing mix and the meatloaves turned out perfectly!"

Cymira User ID: 5569876 149384
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

"So easy and fast to put together! No need for the extra BBQ for the side., and added some chopped red onion. This will fast become a standard as there can be so many variances!"

newgrandma User ID: 1077052 116088
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"it is easy and it is certainly a meat stretcher. However, we found them a little mushy and bready tasting."

trow User ID: 7345048 114667
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"good fast and easy. do recommend adding some chopped onion, and a little salt and pepper. used corn bread stuffing first time believe will try the herb stuffing next time"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 149383
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"We loved these! Used Stove Top Stuffing, the sage kind. Also, be sure to remove them from the pan right away. My hubby was mowing the lawn when they came out of the oven, so we waited to eat. They kind of stuck to the pan. But, I will make these again!"

cmb1940 User ID: 1028862 124193
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"Nice and easy to prepare. Used Savory Herbs stuffing mix and honey BB sauce. Instead of making 12 muffins, I used my pan that makes 6 large muffins. Very good. . My husband's comment was, "interesting way to use chopped beef". Will make these again for sure."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 194174
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Good and easy! I used chicken stuffing and made as directed. I did add a topping on them the last 5 minutes which consisted of a ketchup/brown sugar/ mustard combo. :-)"

masterofmyfood User ID: 7393004 177226
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"I made this meatloaf it is a keeper. I used cornbread stuffing add onio and honey barbecue sauce. My family love it."

DebbieLynnH User ID: 4066018 194172
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"Made it exactly like written except used a bbq sauce without hickory as my husband doesn't like hickory. Turned out great. Very easy and also easy to modify if you want to experiment. Will definitely make again. Like the muffin tin idea, easier than slicing a meat loaf."

lakewales User ID: 6668310 182652
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"I msde these exactly luke the recipe posted. We did not like them at all. Will not make them again."

1FarmGirl User ID: 6214326 116087
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"This was a hit in my house! I liked the fact it was super fast and easy. I shaped them into meatballs and placed them evenly spaced into a pyrex glass baking dish lined with foil (easier clean-up!) It made 15. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 177225
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"This recipe & all its variations was given to me by my occupational therapist when I was in a multi-year recovery program after a severe shoulder injury that left me with only one functional arm & hand. She recommended that I try making this as part of my therapy. Our whole family loved it! It allowed me to make a meal for my family again, & everyone loved the flavor! The variations are available on, I think, the Kraft Foods website. All of them are quick, delicious, & easy to make!"

LOUISE254 User ID: 5109374 194171
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"love this new recipe"

BigBelle User ID: 7404678 123108
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Good recipe. Next time I will try baking it in mini-muffin pan - looks like they would be a good appetizer or party snack."

cbybee User ID: 3897502 114665
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"Great weeknight dinner. quick and very good. Used herb stuffing. Loved the crusty pieces on the top."

michelle2984 User ID: 5654072 177223
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"This was an awesome recipe! I made by own sauce instead of the bbq (1cup ketchup, 3 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp ground mustard). I put a tablespoon of the sauce on each meatloaf after 18 minutes and thwn cooked another 5 minutes. I also had greem onions on hand, so I threw some into the meat mixture as well. The savory herb stuffing was delicious, so I think I may stick with that. Also, I didnt use the cheese which took a lot of self control on my part, lol."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 123100
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Since this had many positive reviews I felt comfortable changing some of the ingredients. I replaced the water and BBQ sauce with a chunky medium salsa. It was great. The texture of the stuffing gives it a little something extra. I appreciated the tip another reviewer gave about not mounding the tops so the cheese stayed on top. I took it a step further and slightly indented the middle. This 'well' was a great way to add extra cheese. Reheated nicely the next day for a quick snack."

bunnygirl6489 User ID: 2598839 212246
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Super easy, a nice way to add flavor to meatloaf without adding ketchup (which my family isn't too fond of). It makes for part of a really casual meal, and I've introduced several friends to the recipe as well. As far as stuffing mix goes, I've used just about every flavor (chicken, savory herb, turkey, pork) and each one is delicious. They also reheat very well, highly recommended!"

randcbruns User ID: 828588 194157
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"These are a HUGE hit with my family. They are so easy and fun to make that my 4 and 6 years old enjoy it. These are also a hit with my hubby. Being that these are made in muffin tins, we can make of several different flavors of meatloaf in one batch. Some of us like no BBQ sauce, others like a ton. We can custom make everyone something that they love."

basketmom15 User ID: 1743108 193140
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"This was ok, but my family didn't really like the stuffing mix in there."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 190599
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"My husband's favorite meal is meatloaf and we he saw me adding bbq sauce to the mix he wasn't so sure about it... Well he LOVED them and now we will be making these a lot. Thanks for the recipe. Great flavor,quick and easy."

blue_eyes998 User ID: 5762850 212245
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Good and really fast and easy. It's a keeper."

Beema User ID: 446601 131634
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"For just two of us, I thought first I'd cut the recipe down, then thought "hey, these will freeze well," so I made the whole batch. Instead of water, I used beef broth, and was happy with the results. I served them with mac n cheese and a simple salad. easy dinner."

recipestoh User ID: 7234966 116086
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"quick, super easy and delicious!"

mamabear223 User ID: 5434065 212244
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"Definitely will make again. Very tasty and goes together quickly. One tip...make them more flat on top than round so the cheese stays on better."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 191810
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"The barbeque sauce was a nice change from using ketchup. I don't buy stuffing mix so I just used two homemade rolls that I tore into small pieces and added a few dashes of parsley, garlic powder, and sage. This recipe was very easy to throw together. It seemed a little wet so next time I'll use half the amount of water. I will be making this again since more than half of us liked it."

ekm8224 User ID: 7197309 190598
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"These were great! My 3 y/o son actually helped a little bit. They were so quick and easy to put together and get in the oven - absolutely perfect for a week night. My husband shies away from anything different so when he saw meatloaf in a muffin pan he was skeptical. He told me they were "ok" and that he prefers "regular" meatloaf. And then he ate four of these, so I would say he liked them just fine. These are definitely going into my regular weeknight dinner rotation."

amandamomof6 User ID: 7183451 190547
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"These are super easy to do and taste great! They only need to be in the oven 18-20 min. and that is great at the end of a long day."

smartin67 User ID: 6998374 212243
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"Very easy to make, and satisfies a hungry crowd. The individual portions make it easy to serve. This recipe could easily be doubled and some could be frozen for later use. Cook once, eat twice!"

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