30-Minute mini meatloaf

Claire Gallam

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Meatloaf gets a bad rap. It's one of those foods that seems to take forever to make and is often too dry, too moist or too salty. To give this all-American classic the cred it deserves, we whipped up tiny meatloaf bites that are bursting with flavor and only take 30 minutes to make!

30 Minute mini meatloaf

In just 30 minutes flat, you can have perfectly portioned meatloaf bites that are moist and filled with zest and spice. Add a dab of ketchup and serve with your favorite mashed potatoes for a modern twist on this classic diner dinner.

30-Minute mini meatloaf

30 Minute mini meatloaf

Yields about 12 meatloaf bites


  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix (half ground beef and half ground pork)
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can of Italian tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil


  1. Liberally grease a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the meatloaf mix, half of the tomato sauce, brown sugar, eggs, Worcestershire sauce and basil. Using your hands, mix it all together until a sticky "dough" forms. Add the breadcrumbs in, 1/4 cup at a time, and mix after each addition.
  3. Fill each muffin cavity with meatloaf mix, about 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes uncovered. Then, remove from oven and carefully drain the muffin cavities. Add about one tablespoon of remaining tomato sauce to each meatloaf bite and return to the oven. Bake for another five minutes or so.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.