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Favorite Meat Loaf Cups

My family enjoys meat loaf, but sometimes I can't spare the hour or more it takes to bake in the traditional shape. A quick alternative is to divide the meat mixture into muffin cups for individual servings that are ready in less than 30 minutes. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 4 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional ketchup, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • Press into 12 foil-lined or greased muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer reaches 160°. Drain before serving. Drizzle with ketchup if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 302 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 146mg cholesterol, 699mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein.

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  • Deana
    Oct 9, 2020

    OMG! This is the first recipe I tried. WE LOVED IT! I am looking forward to adding my own touch to the next batch.

  • gunslinger
    Jul 4, 2020

    I made this as directed and it was so easy and delicious! A keeper for sure!

  • Mona
    Dec 5, 2019

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  • jenrsnyder
    Dec 5, 2019

    I have only made meatloaf this way for years. I use breadcrumbs instead of cornflakes and add a little horseradish to the mix with shredded carrot and parsley. No ketchup or mustard in the beef mixture, but I make a mix of ketchup, mustard and brown sugar as the topping for the last 5 minutes of baking. So good and so much quicker than traditional meatloaf!

  • Debglass11
    Mar 7, 2018

    Such a great and easy recipe! Made as written, except used fresh minced onion instead of dried and panko crumbs since I didn't have any cornflakes. They came out moist and tender and family loved them. I did add a little brown sugar and mustard to the additional ketchup and brushed it on before baking. A keeper for busy weeknights....or anytime!

  • jeanemed
    Jul 26, 2017

    I used it as a filling for stuffed peppers. In this case, I'd lower the temperature and cook longer so the peppers would be soft as butter. Very good.

  • swh60
    May 30, 2017

    I always use Chili sauce instead of ketchup, it has more twang, also use breadcrumbs instead of cornflakes.

  • Val634
    May 10, 2016

    I will never make the traditional way again. This was so good! I used 1 lb. ground beef, 1/2 cup crushed saltines & adjusted the remaining ingredients since it's just my husband and I. I combined brown sugar, ketchup and a dab of mustard for a topping. YUM!

  • lovelies
    Jun 13, 2015

    Made 2 1/2 batches and served a family of 8 with very few leftover. They went over great. Moist and delicious. The 4 yr. Old and 2 yr. old ate without a fuss.

  • Jo-nana
    Feb 16, 2014

    I added grated carrot and minced fresh onion (omitted dried onion) . Very easy to make ahead and freeze for the week ahead as the family is often on different schedules.