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Meatloaf Muffins

Meatloaf Muffins are so easy to make and they're topped with a zesty ketchup and brown sugar glaze! These are a kid favorite and they freeze well.

Meatloaf muffins on a plate with butterbeans and tomato.

One of the simplest entrees you can make for supper is Classic Meatloaf. And it's versatile—you can use ground beef or ground turkey, and you can hide vegetables in there too—think spinach or ground carrots.

For these easy meatloaf muffins, I just use my classic meatloaf recipe, and using a muffin tin cuts the baking time in half!

The meatloaf muffins are smaller so they get a little more brown and crispy around the edges. Even though I use the same recipe, my husband prefers the meatloaf cooked this way!


Helpful Tools and Ingredients

  • Ground chuck or turkey
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper

Sauce

  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Yellow Mustard

How to make easy meatloaf muffins

Step 1. Mix up the meatloaf as you normally would: meat, onion, pepper, egg, bread crumbs, ketchup all in a large bowl.

**Cook's Tip: Don't mix too much or the meatloaf will be tough but mix well enough to blend everything.

Step 2. Scoop mixture into muffin pans. My muffin pans are non-stick, but I still spray the pan and then slightly overfill each muffin cup.

**Cook's Tip: I use an ice-cream scoop and put a heaping scoop in each muffin cup.

The meatloaf mixture will shrink down just a bit so you don't want to under-fill. I can usually get 18-24 meatloaf muffins out of one recipe batch.

Step 3.Bake!

Step 4. Remove and brush with sauce using a silicone pastry brush. Then bake a few more minutes before taking the meatloaf muffins out of the oven.

A muffin pan full of easy meatloaf muffins after they have baked.

**Cook's Tip:This recipe makes enough to freeze so you can have muffin pan meatloaf anytime. Just thaw and reheat. So easy!

How to freeze meatloaf muffins

  • Place the muffins on a baking sheet overnight in the freezer.
  • The next day, put the frozen muffins in a bag and store in the freezer. This method keeps most of the sauce on the meatloaf. You'll lose a little bit to the bag but not much.
  • And it's easy to make a little more sauce when you thaw out your meatloaf muffins anyway!
Overhead view of meatloaf muffins on a plate with butter beans and tomatoes.

Serving suggestions:

Southern Green Beans - traditional green beans with bacon

Summer Vegetable Gratin - perfect way to use those fresh summer vegetables

Quick Weeknight Mashed Potatoes - these are so quick and easy!

Fudge Pie - the name says it all -- except that you can have it on the table in less than one hour!

A white plate with three meatloaf muffins covered in ketchup sauce.

Meatloaf Muffins

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Meatloaf muffins—classic meatloaf with onions, peppers, eggs and seasonings baked in convenient, serving-size muffin pans.
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prep time: 15 mins
total time :50 mins
servings :9 servings
author: Lucy

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Sauce:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking oil.
  • Mix meats and other ingredients (except for the sauce ingredients) gently in a large bowl. You can saute the onions and green pepper in a little olive oil first if you want them to be completely tender. Place meatloaf mixture in muffin cups, mounding slightly above each cup. This recipe should fill about 18 muffin cups.
  • Place meatloaf in oven and bake for 25 minutes. While meatloaf is cooking, mix the sauce ingredients. After 25 minutes, remove muffin pans from oven and spread sauce on the top of each meatloaf muffin.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes and then remove from oven and let rest for fifteen minutes.

Notes

Tips for Making the Best Meatloaf Muffins:
  • Don't mix too much or the meatloaf will be tough but mix well enough to blend everything.
  • Use an ice-cream scoop and put a heaping scoop in each muffin cup.
Tips for Freezing Muffin Tin Meatloaf
  • Place the meatloaf muffins on a baking sheet overnight in the freezer.
  • The next day, put the frozen muffins in a bag and store in the freezer. This method keeps most of the sauce on the meatloaf. You'll lose a little bit to the bag but not much.
  • And it's easy to make a little more sauce when you thaw out your meatloaf muffins anyway!
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Nutrition
Serving: 9servingsCalories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 702mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g
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Update Notes: This post was originally published October 6, 2014, and on October 3, 2018, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

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Recipe Rating




Bkhooyer

Sunday 9th of February 2020

When I make meat loaf i put bread in the bottom of the pan to soak up grease. Is there a way to do that when using a muffin tin?

Lucy Brewer

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

If you use the recipe as specified, the meatloaf muffins are not that greasy.

DJ

Friday 3rd of May 2019

This is just like my recipe. But I also add some milk with egg mixture. It adds moisture. And cooking the onions & bell pepper first helps if you indigestion. It's so good. Even my Mother would ask me to make it for her.

Kristen

Sunday 20th of January 2019

My two young boys LOVE this and ask for seconds! Very easy to have leftovers to send to grandparents! So easy and very yummy. It’s now one of our staples!

Kristen

Sunday 20th of January 2019

My two young boys LOVE this and ask for seconds! Very easy to have leftovers to send to grandparents! So easy and very yummy. It’s now one of our staples!

Diana harrington

Friday 14th of September 2018

This works very well for my elderly sister and brother in law, he can pop a few in the microwave for a quick meal, I also bake a few sweet potatoes and potatoes, split those in half and freeze them also. Easy peasy?