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Mini Meatloaf Bites Recipe

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Do you need a quick and easy meal? This Mini Meatloaf Bites Recipe is perfect for bite-sized perfection! Easy beef recipes like this are an excellent option for simple weeknight dinners.

You’ll make these individual meatloaves quickly with just a few easy ingredients! They’re perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Bite-sized perfection!

The recipe card below gives steps to make mini meatloaf bites and BBQ meatballs – double recipe goodness!

This simple meatloaf mini recipe puts a fun spin on this classic dish. While I don’t mind making a bigger meatloaf for the family, everyone seems to like eating their own!

That means less for me to dish and portion out – and I will count that as a win!

Mini Meatloaf Bites Recipe

Making meatloaf in a muffin tin pan might sound unique, but trust me when I say it’s a breeze. Once you make them, you just might be hooked.

I always top my baked meatloaf with ketchup, but some add BBQ sauce and mustard. I say add what you want to add and enjoy the flavor!

If you want to take this simple recipe up a notch, make a double batch and freeze them. When you’re ready to eat, take them out of the freezer, reheat, and enjoy!

Why is my meatloaf dry?

Firstly, selecting lean meats without sufficient fat content can cause the meatloaf to lose moisture as it cooks. Secondly, overmixing the ingredients can lead to a dense and dry texture.

Additionally, not adding enough wet ingredients like eggs, ketchup, or even grated vegetables, which help to lock in the moisture, can result in a drier loaf.

Furthermore, cooking meatloaf at a high temperature for too long will evaporate the juices, making it moist and tender. To avoid this, it’s crucial to use a meat thermometer to cook the meatloaf to the recommended internal temperature of 160°F, ensuring it remains juicy while safely cooked.

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Best Beef Recipes:

Once you make this Muffin Tin Meatloaf Recipe, use some of these other easy recipes for your beef. Here are a few of my favorites for simple meals!

This Creamy Tomato Beef Noodle Skillet Recipe is fast and delicious. I love how it tastes.

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You’ll love every bite of this Braised Beef Burgundy Recipe!

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Is it possible to overmix meatloaf?

One can overmix meatloaf, leading to an undesirable outcome. When meatloaf is mixed too vigorously or excessively, the meat’s proteins become overly compacted, resulting in a dense and tough final product.

Optimal mixing should combine ingredients until they are just integrated. This ensures the meat retains its natural texture and moisture, allowing for a juicy and tender meatloaf once cooked.

Overmixing also risks emulsifying the fats too much, further contributing to a heavy, greasy feeling rather than the light and flavorful experience most seek in a meatloaf.

Remember, a light and gentle touch will yield a far superior meatloaf.

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Mini Meatloaf Bites Recipe

Mini Meatloaf Bites Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This Mini Meatloaf Bites Recipe is the perfect way to make individual loaves for all to enjoy! I've also included steps for making BBQ meatballs!


Mini Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 finely chopped small onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • ¼ cup ketchup plus 2 tablespoons to add later to the top
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 egg

BBQ Meatballs Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning I use Mrs. Dash
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use Italian flavor)
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

BBQ Meatballs Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 TBS Mustard
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Mini Meatloaf Bites

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add non-stick cooking spray to the muffin pan.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix well. Separate the meat mixture into six balls of the same size.
  3. Put the balls in the individual muffin cups and press the meat mixture down in the cup.
  4. Add a bit of ketchup to each one, and place the muffin pan in the oven.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes to fully cook the meatloaf.

BBQ Meatballs:

  1. Mix meat ingredients together, shape into 1-inch balls, and place in baking dish.
  2. Mix sauce ingredients and pour over meatballs.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, basting occasionally
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 915mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 44g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 4/13/2024

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Wednesday 11th of April 2012

These look so good! Do you use lean beef? I'm afraid the fat will pool in the dish.

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