The Perfect Mini Meatloaf Recipe for Busy Weeknights

Get the perfect mini meatloaf recipe for busy weeknights that is easy to make, packed with flavor, and only requires 45 minutes in the oven.

“What the heck is Meatloaf?!” That question has plagued the majority of my life. Because I never found a satisfying answer I never tried Meatloaf on the numerous occasions that it was offered to me. I guess it is the idea of a huge loaf of meat…with cornflakes on it. It doesn’t sound appealing. Recently I came across a Food Network recipe that featured Mini Meatloaves cooked in a skillet. Okay, a mini loaf of meat doesn’t seem as bad. So I went to the store and got what I needed and the results were great, absolutely delicious. Now, do I like Meatloaf? Only if it is a mini one!

Delicious Rating: Easy preparation went into this easy delicious recipe. If you don’t mind the feel of raw meat in your hands, it will be no problem. I only used ground beef for this recipe. Some may like to use ground pork, veal, turkey, or mix them all up together for a combination of flavors. I was really surprised at how good it was. Flavorful and juicy, all the while satisfying any meat craving you may have. One change I would make is to saute the onions beforehand so they are fully cooked & soften before added to the meat. I made some Buttered Parsley Potatoes and Cornbread to go along with the Mini Meatloaves and it created a great warm meal.

Mini Meatloaf

This mini meatloaf recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require much time in the oven. Plus, it’s packed full of flavor.
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 6 mini-loaves
Calories 409 kcal


  • cup breadcrumbs
  • cup milk
  • cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion- finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • pounds ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • Combine in a large bowl: breadcrumbs, milk, parsley, egg, Worcestershire sauce, onion, chili powder, and garlic.

If you don’t want to use beef, try a chicken and turkey combo or mix and match with pork.

  • Add the meat, season with salt and pepper, and mix with your hands until fully combined.
  • Shape into six 3-to-4-inch oval loaves.

Next time I think I will dice the onions a little thinner and maybe cook them for a couple of minutes before adding them to the mixture. Although they did cook enough I don’t like to really ‘feel’ onions in my mouth (yes that sounds dumb). But it is up to you and what you prefer!

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat.
  • Add the loaves and brown about 3 minutes per side.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the ketchup, sugar and vinegar in a bowl and brush a few tablespoonfuls over the meat.

I cheated with the cornbread and used a box mix, super easy!

  • Add ½ cup water to the skillet, cover and simmer over low heat until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

The sauce is soooo good, make a little extra for those too much meat bits.

  • Transfer the loaves to a plate.
  • Add the remaining ketchup mixture to the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring, until thick, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve the meatloaves with the hot glaze.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 22gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 617mgPotassium: 588mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 654IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 4mg
Keyword meat, meatloaf
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There’s nothing better than a delicious, hearty mini meatloaf recipe that can be cooked in a hurry on busy weeknights. This recipe is easy to follow and will result in a delicious and succulent mini meatloaf that everyone will love.

First, preheat mini oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Mix well until everything is well combined. Next, shape the mixture into mini loaves and place them on a greased baking sheet. Be sure to brush each loaf with barbecue sauce before baking – this will add an extra layer of flavor to your dish!

Bake the mini meatloaf for 25 minutes – it should be cooked through when it’s done. Serve hot with mashed potatoes or rice – you won’t regret trying this delicious recipe!

FAQs about The Mini Meatloaf

Mini Meat Loaf Sheet-Pan Meal Recipe: How to Make It

1. What is The Mini Meatloaf?

The Mini Meatloaf is a delicious, bite-sized version of the classic American dish. Made with ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, and onions, they are perfect for a quick and easy meal.

2. How do I make The Mini Meatloaf?

The Mini Meatloaf is very easy to make. Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, shape into small Meatloaf, and bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.

3. Can I make The Mini Meatloaf ahead of time?

Yes, The Mini Meatloaf can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Just bake them for a few minutes longer if you are making them from chilled.

4. What can I serve with The Mini Meatloaf?

The Mini Meatloaf is great served with mashed potatoes and a simple green salad.

5. Can I freeze The Mini Meatloaf?

Yes, The Mini Meatloaf can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

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Tips for Perfection:

  • Use a lean fat ratio of 85% lean to 15% fat for the best flavor and moisture balance without excessive fat.
  • Soak your breadcrumbs in milk to create a panade that adds moisture and helps bind the meatloaf together.
  • Rest the meatloaf after cooking to allow the juices to reabsorb, ensuring a moist result.
  • Consider adding pureed beans to bulk up the meatloaf and add more protein.
  • If you prefer less sweetness in the sauce, adjust the sugar to taste.

Serve your mini meatloaves with a side of mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a traditional potato salad for a complete and satisfying meal. Enjoy the ease of preparation and the delightful flavors of this classic dish, now perfectly portioned in mini form!

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