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Meat Loaf in a Mug

Here's a quick, delicious single serving of meat loaf. This smart take on a classic gives you traditional meat loaf flavor with hardly any cleanup and no leftovers! —Mrs. Ruby Matt, Garnavillo, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1 serving


  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon onion soup mix
  • 1/4 pound lean ground beef


  • In a small bowl, combine milk, ketchup, oats and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Pat into a microwave-safe mug or custard cup coated with cooking spray.
  • Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 3 minutes. If desired, serve with additional ketchup.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 248 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 440mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • AltRockLover
    Nov 24, 2020

    I got my very first microwave oven in the 80s. I'm on my 4 or 5th, my latest is just under a year old, and it's still not a very useful appliance imho, and food cooked in it just doesn't compare with the old fashioned way. However, I had some chopped meat that I needed to use up, I didn't want to wait a long time for it to be done, which led me to this recipe! I followed it to a T, although I doubled all ingredients for a half pound loaf. I had all the ingredients and got to work. I cooked it in a large mug for 4 minutes on high, and the internal temp rose to 165F. Perfect! After it cooled a bit I removed it from the mug and sliced it into 3 thick slices. No it wasn't the tastiest meatloaf, but it wasn't half bad, it was quite moist, and the directions were perfect. For ease of preparation and minimal cooking time I give this recipe ****.

  • MarineMom_texas
    May 22, 2019

    We had these meat loaves tonight and they are a 5-star winner. I doubled the recipe only because I did not want an extra ½ pound of ground beef around and I added ketchup to the tops before cooking. They cooked completely in 4 minutes on high in the microwave. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Volunteer Field Editor

  • shereeder
    Nov 7, 2015

    OMG!!! I just made this! What a great meal for one person. I have extra mashed potatoes that I freeze and I defrosted some to go along as a side. It was just the right size for me. Highly recommend it for a busy weeknight dinner.

  • emayfieldz
    Nov 3, 2015

    This sounds great - I've already begun using oats as a filler this year and they work just great and add healthy touches to the food; I'll take one of my ground turkey pounders out of the freezer and make 4 or 6 of these at once and freeze the extras...thanks!

  • Jeannineinsd
    Aug 20, 2015

    Made this recipe today for lunch and it was really tasty. I am the only member of the family who likes meatloaf, so I will be making this for myself often.

  • StoneSoupGirl
    May 4, 2015

    Awesome, I used my favorite meatloaf recipe divided it into 6 portions and froze 5 for later. Love it, thanks for sharing

  • timeandspace13
    Jan 31, 2015

    This is a great recipe for anyone not feeling like cooking or maybe in college and only have enough space for a microwave in their dorm room. I didn't have onion soup mix so I just added whatever seasonings I thought would work. I added onion and garlice powder, salt and pepper, and dried parsley and oregano. It turned out great. I also used 1/3 pound of hamburger instead of a 1/4. The only thing I had were these premade hamburger patties. I thawed one of them out and put it into a mug. I added a little bit more milk, ketchup and oats. Maybe a teaspoon each? I just sort of guessed.My cooking time had to be adjusted a little bit, but it still came out great. This is definitely a recipe anyone can make. I will definitely be making this again!

  • MissHeather84
    Oct 3, 2014

    I consider myself a pretty good & fairly experienced cook. Normally, I go thru quite an ordeal to make dinners & end up feeling proud of the results. However, last night I was not up to the task of making dinner. My husband and I had just come home from a vacation & we had next to no fresh ingredients in the house. I ended up giving this a try. I was thrilled with the results!! I doubled the ingredients to make enough for two & followed the recipe as closely as I could. We didn't have milk, so I used an egg (unless you use half an egg, I would not recommend this for a single serving) and I used ground turkey, and a burger seasoning mix & onion powder for the spices. When my husband found out I was cooking meatloaf in a mug, he was pretty appalled (lol) but I insisted it would be good. I finished off the meal with frozen veggies (broccoli for him, green beams for me) and a microwaveable pouch of parmesan noodles. Dinner was pretty good and prepared in minutes! We both were impressed & finished our plates. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  • radoice
    Jun 15, 2014

    I love the "Meatloaf in a Mug" meal. I used my own personal recipe and I doubled the recipe, which of course I had to use a bigger mug (soup size) and it took longer to cook (about 5-6 minutes) and it came out great. Then I tripled the recipe and I don't recommend doing this - simply too much to cook in the microwave. And as earlier review from molly1955 said this allowed me to alter/specialize the meatloaf.Thanks for this!PS - this recipe will be great for single meals...especially bachelors. :)

  • 1stsgtspouse
    May 11, 2014

    Outstanding recipe. This recipe is so easy and taste delicious. I bought a set of 4 12 oz. oval silicone pots with lids from QVC and they are just right for this fabulous recipe. I make extra and freeze.