Diner Meat Loaf Muffins Recipe

Meat Loaf Muffins Recipe are a hearty main dish that is a comfort food at its finest, with a fresh new look!

I love the fact that these muffins are cooked in muffin tins – that way you can freeze the leftovers easily!  Molding meatloaf into muffin tins yields a perfectly portioned main attraction that even children love as they consider them awesome!

two Meat Loaf Muffins dressed with ketchup on a white plate

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Diner Meat Loaf Muffins Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Diner Meat Loaf Muffins Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 139 kcal
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, finely-chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, finely-chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef (hamburger)
  • 1 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1 cup saltine crackers, finely-crushed (about 20) or fine bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly-ground
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Heavily spray 12 muffin cups with non-fat cooking spray.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion, carrot, oregano, and garlic, and saute 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let onion mixture cool.

  3. In a large bowl, combine onion mixture, ground beef, 1/2 cup ketchup, crushed crackers or bread crumbs, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, and eggs.  NOTE: I like to use my hands for mixing meatloaf.

  4. Spoon meat mixture into prepared muffin cups.  Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup.  

    Meatloaf Muffins ready to bake
  5. Bake approximately 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.  Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.

  6. Yield: 6 servings (serving size = 2 muffins).

Nutrition Facts
Diner Meat Loaf Muffins Recipe:
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Source:  This Diner Meat Loaf Muffins Recipe is from Cooking Light Magazine, March 2006.  I slightly adapted the recipe.

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