Main Dish | May 7, 2020

The Very Best Mini Meatloaves

Tender mini meatloaves – made with lean ground beef, seasoned bread crumbs, tomatoes sauce, and simple seasonings.  This classic meal made mini will cook up fast and stay tender for the perfect weeknight meal.

This post was originally sponsored by Redmond Real Salt.  It has been re-photographed and updated.  We still stand behind the product and use it daily.

Mini meatloaves on a wire cooling rack, with a side of peas.

What Are Mini Meatloaves?

I know that a lot of people have strong feelings about meatloaf…and it is usually disdain. I’m here to challenge you to try this one.  This is not your – throw in everything but the kitchen sink recipes.  This is a basic, flavorful, and simple recipe.  Think of this as a large meatball.  It is full of all the things you love, and lacks the things you don’t.  We’ve taken the classic meatloaf and made it mini.  Making them into smaller loaves allows the cooking time to be reduces, and you will never have a dried out meatloaf.

Mini meatloaves on a wire cooling rack, with a side of sugar snap peas.

What Do I Need To Add To My Grocery List?

  • ground beef
  • tomato sauce
  • egg
  • bread crumbs
  • onion salt
  • black pepper
  • parsley

Ingredients for meatloaf.

How Do I Make Mini Meatloaves?

  1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, half of tomato sauce, bread crumbs, egg, and seasonings.
  2. Using clean or gloved hands, mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Divide between mini loaf pans.
  4. Evenly distributer remaining half of the tomato sauce to the tops of mini meat loaves.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 350 degrees.

How to make mini meatloaves.

Pro Tip: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meatloaf.  You don’t want it undercooked, and you don’t want it dried out – so check the temp before you serve.  We recommend Thermoworks when it comes to thermometers.  They are truly the best on the market.

Meatloaves in a mini loaf pan.

The Importance of Seasoning & Salt

One of the prominent seasoning in this recipe is my VERY favorite onion salt made by Redmond Real Salt.  I was introduced to Real Salt many years ago at a conference.  I was amazed at the taste and I’ve never looked back. Real Salt is the only brand of sea salt harvested here in the United States – near Redmond, Utah. I’ve found them in most grocery stores, and I promise that not all salt is created equal.  Skip that store brand salt – and give Real Salt a try the next time you’re spice shopping.

 

Mini meatloaves on a wire cooling rack, with a side of sugar snap peas.

Mini Meatloaves Q&A

Do I Cover Meatloaf While Baking?

For this recipe – no.  These mini loaves cook much faster than a traditional loaf, so there is no need to cover these little guys while baking.

Does this meatloaf stay moist?

It sure does.  Another perk to making your meatloaf mini, is that it stays nice and moist.  Another trick is including tomato sauce in the meatloaf.  It combines with the breadcrumbs creating moisture while it is baked.

Can I add ingredients?

Don’t feel like you have to leave this recipe as is.  If you like onions, or shredded carrots in your meatloaf – add them in.  This recipe is truly the base for a customized meatloaf of your choice.  Leave it as is for more of a meatball taste, or toss in the veggies and sneak them to your kids.

What should I serve with mini meatloaves?

Serve with mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots for the perfect home cooked meal.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes!  This recipe is a great one to double.  The recipe as is, makes 3 mini loaves.  Double to make 6.

Mini meatloaves on a wire cooling rack, with a side of sugar snap peas.

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5 from 2 votes
Mini meatloaves on a wire cooling rack, with a side of peas.
The Very Best Mini Meatloaves.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This recipe is truly the base for a customized meatloaf of your choice. Leave it as is for more of a meatball taste, or toss in the veggies and sneak them to your kids.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf
Servings: 6
Calories: 250 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce divided
  • 1/2 cup italian bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers
  • pepper
  • onion salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, half of tomato sauce, bread crumbs, egg, and seasonings.
  2. Using clean or gloved hands, mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Divide between 3 mini loaf pans.

  4. Evenly distributer remaining half of the tomato sauce to the tops of mini meat loaves.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 350 degrees.
Recipe Notes

Mini Meatloaves Q&A

Do I Cover Meatloaf While Baking?

For this recipe - no.  These mini loaves cook much faster than a traditional loaf, so there is no need to cover these little guys while baking.

Does this meatloaf stay moist?

It sure does.  Another perk to making your meatloaf mini, is that it stays nice and moist.  Another trick is including tomato sauce in the meatloaf.  It combines with the breadcrumbs creating moisture while it is baked.

Can I add ingredients?

Don't feel like you have to leave this recipe as is.  If you like onions, or shredded carrots in your meatloaf - add them in.  This recipe is truly the base for a customized meatloaf of your choice.  Leave it as is for more of a meatball taste, or toss in the veggies and sneak them to your kids.

What should I serve with mini meatloaves?

Serve with mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots for the perfect home cooked meal.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes!  This recipe is a great one to double.  The recipe as is, makes 3 mini loaves.  Double to make 6.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Mini Meatloaves.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 393mg17%
Potassium 362mg10%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 223IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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  1. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Two questions; what would Be a good sub for saltines if trying to avoid processed foods, and does this freeze well? Hoping to bring some mini-freezer meals to my grandma next month & she loves mEatloaf ?

    1. I add oats to my meatloaf-that could
      Possibly work as a sub for the Saltines. I think the purpose it to soak up some of the moisture that comes out when meat cooks. My recipe calls for a handful of oats and 4 saltines, so maybe you could try a couple handfuls of oats! We also add a couple slices of bacon laid aCross the top for some more flavor! Haven’t made this in forever-now i’m feeling like the need for some comfort food ?