Meatloaf In A Muffin Tin – Individual Mini Meatloaves Recipe

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These delicious individual size mini-meatloaves are baked in a muffin tin!  Muffin pan meatloaf is perfectly portioned, cooks twice as fast and tastes amazing!

Meatloaf In A Muffin Tin

Have you ever used your muffin pan for anything that’s not sweet? There is always the first time for everything!  Muffin pan is a perfect tool for making individual size meatloaf!  Yes, meat DOES belong in a muffin tin!

How To Make Meatloaf In A Muffin Tin

Some people also call these mini-meatloaves “meatloaf muffins” or “meatloaf cupcakes”, but I’d like to pass on the whole muffins association.  I like my muffins and cupcakes to be traditional sweet baked goodies, and I’d like to have them stay that way.  So I’ll never refer to muffin pan meatloaf as meatloaf muffins or cupcakes – that just doesn’t sound appealing.  Do not insult my muffins or cupcakes :) These things are called “mini-meatloaves”, period.  The muffin pan is just a tool to make them – perfectly portioned, juicy and delicious meat.

Meatloaf mixture in a muffin pan

The main advantage of making a meatloaf in a muffin tin is the cooking time is cut in half.  Regular size meatloaf cooks in a an hour and 15 minutes, but when you put the same amount of meat in a muffin pan, it will cook in just 35 minutes!

Meatloaf Cupcakes

If you want to have meatloaf on a weeknight, you won’t have to wait for over an hour for it to cook.  Just stuff the meatloaf mixture in a muffin tin and dinner will be on the table in 35 minutes!

Mini Meatloaves Dinner

Like these yum-yums on a plate next to my mini-meatloaves above? Those are slow cooker mashed potatoes and Mexican street corn salsa!  Just click on those links to grab the recipes :)

Meatloaf Muffins On A Plate

Individual muffin tin meatloaves are perfectly portioned and you don’t even have to slice the meatloaf.  Not having to transfer crumbling meatloaf slices to a plate also makes life just a tiny bit easier :)

Individual Size Meatloaf In A Muffin Pan

Just grab a personal mini-meatloaf and dig in!  Two mini-meatloaves is the right portion for a hungry person!

Meatloaf Baked In A Muffin Pan

Another awesome thing about individual muffin pan meatloaves is that they are easy to freeze. Make your own frozen dinners! Just put each cooked mini-meatloaf in a ziploc bag, squeeze the air out and put in a freezer.  You can thaw it in refrigerator overnight or in a microwave when you have a spontaneous meatloaf craving.  Meatloaf on demand – perfectly portioned and waiting for you!  Did you know that you can freeze regular big meatloaf too? See my article on how to freeze meatloaf.  It’s not as easy to freeze as the individual meatloaves though :)

Mini Meatloaves Recipe In A Muffin Pan

Enjoy this delicious meatloaf in a muffin tin!  Now since you got your muffin tin out, here’s your excuse to make some REAL MUFFINS! I have several amazing muffin recipes that make huge bakery-style muffins!  Here you go:

Gluten-Free Blueberry Oat Muffins – super-healthy muffins that are low-fat, gluten-free and naturally sweetened with honey! Healthy muffin that tastes amazing – you owe it to yourself to check it out!

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe – so soft and giant!

Sweet Potato Muffins – yes, sweet potato is an awesome addition to the muffins, it creates amazing texture!

Chocolate Chip Muffins – bakery-style muffins loaded with chocolate chips!

Easy Banana Muffins – it’s like a banana bread in a muffin tin!

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Meatloaf In A Muffin Tin - Individual Mini Meatloaves Recipe

Have you ever made mini meatloaves in a muffin tin? Try in once and you'll be a convert forever! It cooks in half the time of traditional meatloaf and it perfectly portioned! These muffin pan meatloaves taste amazing!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf, meatloaf cupcakes, muffin tin meatloaf
Cooking Method: Oven
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 515kcal

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  • 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs or Parmesan cheese for Keto option
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

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  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a non-stick muffin pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix ground meat, egg, onion, milk, bread crumbs, Worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Put the meat mixture in the muffin cups.
  • Spread the ketchup on top of the meatloaf mixture.
  • Put the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
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Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 798mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. I don’t have a normal muffin pan but I have the jumbo size and the tiny mini ones. I’m pretty sure the cooking times for these would be different then the normal sized but I’m not sure by how long. Any ideas?

  2. Is the milk necessary? My son has a dairy allergy. I have almond milk but I’m wondering if it’s okay to skip the milk all together. Otherwise, these sound great. I’m planning to freeze some for quick weekday meals.

  3. I put a little bit a twist to this. I used bbq sauce instead of milk, water or ketchup. Used oats instead of bread crumbs and added bacon. My family loves them.

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve been making meatloaf with ground turkey and oatmeal for years! One of my family’s favorite things I cook.

  4. Just made these for the 1st time. I love them & was so easy. When they were done, i noticed there was a lot of “grease” in each of the muffin cups. Has anyone else ran into this? Suggestions of what can be done to not have this happen?

    1. I use ground turkey instead of beef and don’t get grease. I also add diced colored peppers and onions, and sometimes mushrooms. We do Keto, so I toast low carbohydrate bread for crumbs and use almond milk.

  5. 5 stars
    Love this recipe . I have used it several times. It did make a lot of grease but I read the solution to that above

  6. 5 stars
    This was so good! Had to sub a couple things tho. Only had beef/pork mix and husband doesn’t like ketchup on meat. He loved it with leftover bourbon chicken sauce glaze. Will make again lots!

  7. 5 stars
    These are so delicious that I’m going to make a big batch to freeze. Is it best to leave the glaze off when baking these to freeze , and place it on when it’s time to reheat in the microwave OR freeze with glaze?

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