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This Mini Meatloaf recipe is a great way to make homemade meatloaf during the week! Use a muffin pan to make small individual-sized meatloaf muffins that cook in half the time as a regular one. They are an easy dinner that is perfect when you’re craving something comforting and hearty.

Six mini meatloaves on a plate with cheese on top


The Best Mini Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf used to be a once in a while dinner at our house because, holy cow, have you ever baked a full-sized meatloaf? It takes forever. Mini meatloaf is the answer!

Making mini meatloaf is a genius idea. Instead of forming a large loaf, you divide the mixture and press it into a muffin pan. The meatloaf muffins bake in half the time, but they still taste like the classic version.

This method makes this classic comfort food dinner totally doable during the week. The mini loaves are tender, juicy, and full of flavor. You can do this with pretty much any meatloaf recipe, but I love to make mine Italian-style with Italian seasonings and mozzarella cheese.

This is such an easy recipe, and you don’t need a ton of ingredients to make it!

Overhead shot of mini meatloaves in a muffin tin ready to be baked

Ingredients in Meatloaf

  • Meat: I used lean ground beef but you could also use turkey
  • Stuffing mix: Most recipes call for some kind of breadcrumbs, and stuffing mix works really well because it’s dried bread crumbs mixed with seasoning. It makes gives the mini meatloaves the best flavor.
  • Italian seasoning & Pasta sauce: for flavoring – and it’s easy to change up the flavors to suit your mood!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

How to Make Mini Meatloaf

  • Place the beef, stuffing mix, water, and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix them until well blended. The easiest way to do this is with your hands – it’s the fastest way to mix it thoroughly.
  • Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and then divide the meat mixture evenly. Press the mixture into the molds and make and well in the center. Spoon the pasta sauce in each well.
  • Bake the meatloaves for 30 minutes at 375°F. Once they are cooked through, top them with the shredded cheese and bake them for five more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Let them stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
Overhead shot of baked mini meatloaves covered in cheese still in muffin tins

Variations

  • Use BBQ Sauce and cheddar cheese to make BBQ meatloaf.
  • Use salsa and Monterey jack cheese
  • Pesto Sauce would be fantastic too!

These cheesy mini meatloaves are one of our favorite comfort food dinners. The Italian flavors really work, and I love that I can make them on a weeknight. Now you don’t have to wait to treat yourself to homemade meatloaf – you can make these even when you don’t have much time. I hope you give them a try!

Side shot of mini meatloaves on a plate with veggies on the side

Expert Tips

  • Substitute ground turkey for a lighter dinner.
  • Use a cookie scoop for easy measuring into the muffin tin!
  • No need to use a muffin liner, but you can if you want to.
  • You could also make these in 3 mini muffin pans.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze mini meatloaves for up to 3 months.
Close up shot of two mini meatloaves stacked on eachother

FAQs

How do you know when meatloaf is done?

Whether you make a big one or mini meatloaves, they are done when the internal temperature is 160°F. You can check the temperature with a meat thermometer or cut into the center of one loaf if you don’t have one. It’s done when the meat is no longer pink in the center.

How long to cook mini meatloaf muffins?

If you use a standard muffin pan to make twelve meatloaf muffins, they should only take about 30 minutes at 375°F. It’s always good to check on them before the end of the cooking time since some ovens run hotter than others.

Why did my mini meatloaf fall apart?

Did you add and measure all of the ingredients accurately? Meatloaf needs a binder like eggs and breadcrumbs – without them, there’s nothing to hold it together.  The other issue could be overbaking. If you over bake the mini meatloaves, they will be dry and can fall apart. So, be sure to check your oven temperature and baking time.

Close up shot of two mini meatloaves stacked on eachother

Mini Meatloaves Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Make this EASY Mini Meatloaf Recipe for dinner – you can bake meatloaf in muffin tins to cut the time in half! This is an easy quick recipe made with stuffing. Our whole family loves these!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 6 ounce package stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¾ cup pasta sauce
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and seasoning until well blended in a large bowl.
  • Press evenly into 12-cavity muffin pan. Make an indentation in the center of each with the back of a spoon. Spoon a bit of pasta sauce in each indentation.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until the meatloaves are cooked through. Top evenly with cheese; continue baking 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Substitute ground turkey for a lighter dinner.
  • Use a cookie scoop for easy measuring into the muffin tin!
  • No need to use a muffin liner, but you can if you want to.
  • You could also make these in 3 mini muffin pans.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze mini meatloaves for up to 3 months.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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This Mini Meatloaf recipe is a great way to make homemade meatloaf during the week! They are an easy dinner that is perfect when you’re craving something comforting and hearty.

Last Updated on February 14, 2023



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  1. These sound simple and delicious! I’m curious though, what kind of stuffing do you use? Are we talking stove top?