Mini Meatloaves

The Kid Cooks love meatloaf. But if you have made it yourself, you know there is some pre-planning involved because of the time it needs to cook in the oven. Also I get nervous teaching my cooks with special needs about making sure it is completely done on the inside. So we decided to go the mini meatloaf route for three reasons:

  • They cook more quickly
  • They cook more evenly
  • Portion control is part of the recipe

Adapting our own meatloaf recipe and researching other mini meatloaf recipes online, here is what we came up with. Enjoy!

Mini Meatloaves                                                                          Makes 6 servings


Muffin tin(s) – 12 cups

Large mixing bowl

Cooking Spray


  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ of a medium onion
  • ground beef (85%) or ground turkey, 1 – 1 ½ (1  – 1.5) pound package
  • In a small bowl, place
    • Two ⅓ cups dried bread crumbs
    • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • In another small bowl, mix together
    • 1 cracked egg
    • ¼ cup milk
    • ¼ cup ketchup


  • Lightly spray cups of muffin tin
  • Chop garlic cloves finely or use garlic press.
  • Chop onion.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In large mixing bowl, break up the meat (use fork or hands).
  3. Sprinkle over the meat:
    1. Breadcrumb mixture
    2. Garlic
    3. Onions
  4. Pour egg mix over meat mix; use hands to mix completely.
  5. Use ⅓ measuring cup to scoop meat into each muffin cup. (If any left, spread evenly to all of the muffin cups.)
  6. Drizzle 1 teaspoon ketchup over each muffin cup of meat.
  7. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until done (no longer pink inside).
  8. Remove from oven; Turn oven off.
  9. Let rest in muffin tin for 5 minutes. Serve 2 meatloaves each.

pdf version of recipe >> Mini Meatloaves

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