Meatloaf in a Muffin Pan

Friday, November 8, 2013
These tasty little single-serve meatloaves bake quickly for an easy weeknight dinner and these make the perfect size with leftovers for a delicious sandwich.

I think everyone has a favorite meatloaf recipe whether you make mom's, grandma's, or tweak your own recipes.

This is a basic recipe idea that the kids love, nothing fancy meatloaf, and very versatile for any weeknight.

You can even make these ahead of time and freeze them, then just pop them in the oven to reheat, or mix it quickly in the morning before heading out to work.

Scroll down to make this easy recipe or try your favorite in a muffin tin, easy fun and terrific for hosting parties even as an appetizer!

these are miniature meatloaves made in a cupcake tin for individual servings. These are on a white plate with ketchup and baked green peppers on top

Easy Meals

I am all about making easy meals.

I love the fact that you can get this made in hardly any time.

The best thing about meatloaf is it really tastes even better the next day!

these are miniature  raw meatloaves made in a cupcake tin for individual servings. These are on a white plate with ketchup and baked green peppers on top

Easy Step-by-Step

  • mix your favorite meatloaf recipe or mine
  • spray a muffin tin
  • scoop out around 3 tablespoons of meatloaf mixture and shape it into a ball 
  • place the raw meat in the prepared muffin tins
  • make an indentation on top fill with some ketchup and a piece of sliced pepper
  • bake at 350 for 30 minutes

meatloaf mixture in a bowl

Fun Serving Suggestions

  • top the meatloaf with a dollop of mashed potatoes and corn a little gravy and make mini shepherd pies
  • fill the center with refried beans and salsa
  • use leftovers in a sandwich with melted cheese
  • make other shaped muffin tins like a heart for Valentine's Day
  • bake them in a mini muffin tin for appetizers

collage of meatloaf we made

Check Out My Fun Recipes For The Kids!

Maybe you remember my Halloween Meatball Ghoul? Or my Mexican meatloaf cupcakes, then I also make an Italian-style Egg stuffed meatloaf. I even made a meatball-style meatloaf!

these cupcake tins are filled with how to make miniature raw meatloaves made in a cupcake tin for individual servings. These are on a white plate with ketchup and baked green peppers on top

Other Meats To Substitute

  1. ground chicken or turkey
  2. ground lamb
  3. ground pork
  4. ground venison

Try Some Of These Cupcake Tin Ideas

Kielbasa Muffins

Mexican Meatloaf Cups

Cupcake Tin French Toast

Cinnamon Roll Muffin Cups

Baked Egg Cupcakes

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Meatloaf Recipes

This basic recipe for meatloaf is so versatile but you surely can use your own recipe you prefer.

You can change it up if you are not a beef eater by making a vegan-style meatloaf.

Either way, you make this basic comfort food, this meatloaf is easy to make and it's such a fun easy meal for dinner!

Meatloaf in a Muffin Pan

Meatloaf in a Muffin Pan

Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Single serving meatloaf made in a muffin pan is such a deliciously fun way to serve this classic favorite. Here are our recipe and tips.


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, ground turkey or venison
  • 3/4 cup dry Italian style flavored bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce or ketchup
  • 1/4 grated cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish:
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • ketchup
  • Tools:
  • cupcake tins
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef or turkey, eggs, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, grated cheese, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Add oregano, basil, garlic powder, half the diced peppers.
  4. Roll into balls to fit and place in greased cupcake tins.
  5. Make an indentation in the middle of each one and squirt some ketchup in the middle top with sliced bell peppers.
  6. Bake till crispy looking on top for around 30 to 35 minutes.



  • Use bone-in chicken parts
  • Cook low and slow
  • Always use fresh ingredients for herbs
  • Fresh plum tomatoes make a big difference in flavor
  • Use leftover sauce and debone the chicken for another meal
  • Always brown the chicken first
  • Cast iron skillets and saucepans were used back in the 1960s
  • Serving suggestions sop up the sauce with hard-crusted Italian bread, over pasta, rice or even a baked potato

Cooking Methods

  1. Stovetop: cast-iron or porcelain cast iron pan
  2. Dutch Oven: use for oven baking method
  3. Instant Pot: Sear chicken first then use the pressure cooker mode for 45 minutes or refer to your instruction booklet
  4. Slow Cooker: brown the meat first on the stovetop, set the slow cooker for 6 hours on low

Note: Although this recipe was only made on the stovetop, through modern technology I have tried every method of cooking, cast iron on the stovetop is still my first choice.

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Don't forget to try my other meatloaf fun recipes!

Halloween Meatball Ghoul
Mexican meatloaf cupcakes
Italian style stuffed meatloaf

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  1. I love these mini meatloaves. Perfect to freeze for a busy day!

  2. These look so easy to make and they would be great at a party food buffet.

  3. I love these mini meatloafs! It's a lot more fun than a big loaf pan :)

  4. I can't wait to give this recipe a try. My kids are going through a picky stage as well but I think they are going to love these meatloaf cupcakes. Thanks for helping a momma out!

  5. I'm so excited to try these for our neighborhood block party. Such a great idea. I love that I can make them in advance and the day of the party I just have to defrost and reheat. GENIUS.

  6. I bet these are a hit with kids! So fun and the perfect portion size.

  7. Oh yum! My whole family would go crazy for these mini meatloaves. This recipe looks super easy and full of ingredients my family loves. Looking forward to trying soon.

  8. A great snack idea. I like the presentation, it's really a great job. This looks sooooo good! Yummy! This made me drool. Cannot wait to try this. Thank you for a great recipe!

  9. I love that these are individual servings! No one else in my family will eat meatloaf but I love it - this is perfect!

  10. Any kind of food in cupcake form is going to be a winner with families! Such a good idea.

  11. Love finger foods and these little meatloaf cupcakes would be great at a party. They would even be ideal as a light snack. Better these cupcakes then something sweet. Cute idea -- I'll be making some during the holidays.

  12. So cool to make these in cupcake pans. How simple and easy. I bet the kids got fascinated that they were made like cupcakes.


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