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Mini Meatloaf Recipe

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Mini Meatloaf Recipe is the perfect classic meatloaf flavor in just the right individual servings. Ready in only 35 minutes from start to finish, everyone will love these little cheddar meatloaves that are filled with cheddar cheese and topped with plenty of sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Mini Meatloaf with a red checkered napkin.

Mini Meatloaf

We so enjoy these Mini Cheddar Meatloaves for dinner with a side of mashed potatoes and a green veggie, like peas or green beans. This is a wonderful quick and easy dinner recipe that even picky eaters will enjoy!

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The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make Mini Cheddar Meatloaves (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • Shredded cheddar cheese – you can use pre-grated cheese or grate it fresh.
  • Milk – we used whole milk, but skim, 1%, or 2% will work as well.
  • Onion – be sure to chop the onion finely, otherwise, large chunks of onion may not soften fully as the meatloaves cook.
  • Quick oats – it is important to use the quick-cooking oats and not old-fashioned rolled oats that will not cook well in the meatloaves.
  • Egg – we used one large egg. The egg serves as a binder to keep the meatloaves formed as they cook.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lean ground beef – the leaner the better. We used 90/10 organic ground beef, but use any lean ground beef you prefer.
  • Ketchup – the ketchup is the base of the sauce and gives the meatloaves that familiar flavor.
  • Brown sugar – either light or dark brown sugar can be used.
  • Yellow mustard
ingredients to make Mini Cheddar Meatloaves.

How to Make Mini Meatloaf

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheddar cheese, milk, onion, quick oats, egg, salt, and pepper.

onion, cheddar cheese, oats, egg, and milk in a clear bowl with a wooden spoon.

Add the ground beef and mix in very well. Form the meat mixture into 8 small loaves and place on the prepared baking sheet.

formed meatloaves on a sheet pan.

In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Spoon the sauce over the meatloaves, covering the whole top and sides with the sauce.

spooning the ketchup sauce over the meatloaves.

Bake the meatloaves at 350F for 25-30 minutes, or until the center is no longer pink and the internal temperature reaches 160F.

freshly baked Mini Meatloaf.

Serve the mini meatloaves hot with side dishes like mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, a salad, fresh bread with butter, peas, green beans, carrots, etc.

a white plate filled with mashed potatoes, green beans, and meatloaf.

Variations

Spicy – for a spicy sauce, add hot sauce and some cayenne pepper to taste.

Sausage – try using half ground beef and half ground sausage.

Extra sauce – the sauce is so good, we make extra! Double the sauce ingredients, use half to coat the meatloaves, then cook the other half in a saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the sugar is melted into the ketchup. Serve the extra sauce on the side with the meatloaves.

How to Store the Leftovers

Keep the leftover meatloaves in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave.

Mini Meatloaf on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

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Mini Meatloaf

Mini Meatloaf Recipe

Published By Jill
Mini Cheddar Meatloaves are the perfect classic meatloaf flavor in just the right individual servings. Ready in only 35 minutes from start to finish, everyone will love these meatloaves that are filled with cheddar cheese and topped with plenty of sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup onion peeled and very finely chopped
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheddar cheese, milk, onion, quick oats, egg, salt, and pepper. Add the ground beef and mix in very well.
  • Form the meat mixture into 8 small loaves and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Spoon the sauce over the meatloaves, covering the whole top and sides with the sauce.
  • Bake the meatloaves at 350F for 25-30 minutes, or until the center is no longer pink and the internal temperature reaches 160F.
  • Serve the meatloaves hot.
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