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Meat Loaf in a Mug Recipe

Meat Loaf in a Mug Recipe

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. YIELD:1 servings


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


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the 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.
  • 2. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  • 3. Let stand for 3 minutes. Serve with additional ketchup if desired. Yield: 1 serving.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional 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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shereeder User ID: 1853566 236873
Reviewed 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 User ID: 495748 236270
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4905555 231505
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8359925 225858
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8240079 219377
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5739128 208981
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7849550 208980
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4752267 166396
Reviewed 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."

molly1955 User ID: 7237430 97755
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"Great recipe! Been making microwave meatloaf cups for yrs. One daughter does not like onions so I substitute powdered beef bouillon in hers or sometimes Worcestershire sauce. The resting time brings these right up to perfect temperature and allows the meat to reabsorb the juices. Now that she's away at college, these are simple enough for her to make with minimal cleanup."

annie1992 User ID: 2246916 168119
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"Although the recommended temperature for ground meat is 165F, I believe that cooking this meatloaf to 160F and letting it stand for 3 minutes will bring it above the minimum 165F which the safety experts recommend. Anyone who does much cooking realizes that if you allow meat to "rest" after cooking and before cutting or eating, the meat is improved. Juices are retained and the temperature will continue to rise a few degrees. That's why most recipes call for cooking meats to a slightly underdone point, so you don't have dried out and overcooked meatloaf, chicken breast, etc. And, although I'm not a big fan of meatloaf, I'm giving this one 5 stars, as it's something my 10 year old granddaughter can make for herself and her little brother after school or on weekends when she "gets to cook"."

silverfox2951 User ID: 6536833 96220
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"Give me a break wwedum! It's only 5 degrees difference. By the time it's cool enough to eat it will be at the correct temp."

wwedum User ID: 6939338 68621
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"The correct temperature for cooking hamburger is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything lower and you run the risk of potential food pathogens making you sick. This comes straight from ServSafe safe food handling guidelines."

Michelle_Leona User ID: 7633977 97749
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I am a college student who lives in the Residence Halls. I am staying on campus during a week where dining options are limited. So, I decided to try this as the only appliance I am allowed in my room is a microwave.

THIS WAS SERIOUSLY AMAZING! It was the perfect portion size and filled me right up! I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially college students!"

smurph1998 User ID: 4041886 97747
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I love this recipe. It is very easy to make and delicious!"

mighead User ID: 3822464 154301
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"Substitute for onion soup mix: any grill seasoning that you like."

k8blujay User ID: 3332598 97746
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"does anyone have any idea what I can use instead of onion soup mix... my husband is very allergic to onion even in dried or processed form. :/"

mighead User ID: 3822464 166391
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"Just great. First time I've cooked meat in the microwave and I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how good it was!

Didn't have quick oats so I had to use problem!
Was out of ketchup so I used cocktail sauce! Might do that permanently! The horseradish in it is great with meatloaf!
Used extremely lean ground turkey and there wasn't any grease left in the nice...
Didn't trust my mugs in the microwave so I just made it in a one-cup pyrex measuring cup. Didn't look as great but it worked perfectly.
Didn't have onion soup mix so I used grill seasoning which worked well.
Think I'll quadruple this recipe and cook one mug while I line 3 other mugs with plastic wrap and freeze them. When frozen I'll bag them up and save them for a rainy day!"

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