Friday Food:  Individual Muffin Meatloaf Recipe

Friday Food: Individual Muffin Meatloaf Recipe

personal meatloaf recipe

I am probably one of the few people that never ate meatloaf growing up.  I don’t know if my mom didn’t like meatloaf, or meatloaf just wasn’t one of her family’s recipes, or what – but we never ate meatloaf. 

It probably wouldn’t have occurred to me to make meatloaf, but recently I was on a kick to switch up our meals and my husband suggested it. Since I had deprived him for 11 years hadn’t cooked it during our marriage, he was ready for some meatloaf.

Hubs was on board, but the deal breaker in our family is my picky eater 7 year old son. He loves ketchup and recently decided that he likes hamburgers so I was optimistic that meatloaf may actually pass his this doesn’t look too weird so I’ll at least try a bite meter.

I was on twitter and Scott (@thisdaddys_blog) suggested mini meatloaf muffins that his wife (@_mycrazy4) made for their family and was a hit with the kids.

I hadn’t ever thought of making individual meatloafs, but knew immediately that it would be a hit, so started googling recipes.  Basically, I took a little of this and a little of that – smashed it all together and baked it in popover pans (basically a tall muffin pan).

The meatball muffins came out really good (slightly sweet even) and was a hit all around. They were asking for more – always a sign the meal was a hit!


  • 1 lb Ground Beef (mix with ground turkey for lower fat)
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Medium Minced Onion
  • 2 cloves Diced Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Mash it all together (you will need to get your hands dirty to do it right).
  2. Place in popover tins (or muffin tins).
  3. Top with ketchup.
  4. Bake at 350 deg for about 40 min.

 Are you a meatloaf family?  Have a family meatloaf recipe to share?

Please add it to the comments below or add a linky to your post. Thanks!

7 Responses to Friday Food: Individual Muffin Meatloaf Recipe

  1. WOW, Thanks. I know Tracy will be glad you all liked them. Isnt it funny how kids love meals when you change it up and they might not have eaten it before. Great. Time to do some more creative cooking

  2. We love meatloaf in my house. I make it about once a month and use a mixture of ground turkey and lean sirloin. Because I always have to sneak veggies into things, I add baby bella mushrooms, baby spinach and shredded carrots to mine. The veggies cook down and give the meatloaf a really nice texture (and extra vitamins). I keep seeing different recipes for putting them into muffin tins so I think I need to finally try this out. Great for portion control! Thanks for sharing.

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