Mini Meatloaf Muffins: Perfect for Small Hands


Bring a twist to a classic comfort food with these Mini Meatloaf Muffins, perfectly sized for small hands! These bite-sized treats are not only adorable but packed with flavor and nutrients, making them an ideal meal or snack for kids. Easy to make and fun to eat, these mini meatloaves will become a new family favorite.

Mini Meatloaf Muffins: Perfect for Small Hands

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Serving Size: 1-2 muffins per child


  • Ground beef, 450 grams (1 pound)
  • Onion, finely chopped, 50 grams (1.75 ounces)
  • Garlic, minced, 1 clove (about 5 grams)
  • Carrot, grated, 50 grams (1.75 ounces)
  • Whole wheat breadcrumbs, 60 grams (2.1 ounces)
  • Egg, beaten, 1 large
  • Ketchup, 30 grams (1 ounce)
  • Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon (0.5 ounces)
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon (0.03 ounces)
  • Black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon (0.01 ounces)
  • Optional: Cheese for topping, 50 grams (1.75 ounces)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat Oven & Prepare Muffin Tin: Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with muffin cups.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine ground beef, chopped onion, minced garlic, grated carrot, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Fill Muffin Cups: Evenly divide the mixture into the prepared muffin cups, pressing gently.
  4. Add Cheese Topping (Optional): If desired, top each mini meatloaf with a small amount of cheese.
  5. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the meatloaves are cooked through and the tops are slightly browned.
  6. Serve: Let the mini meatloaves cool for a few minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Lean Meat: Use lean ground beef for a healthier option.
  • Veggie Boost: Feel free to add more grated vegetables like zucchini for an extra nutritional boost.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with a side of mashed potatoes or a simple salad for a complete meal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef? Absolutely! Ground turkey or chicken can be a great substitute.
  • How do I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Can these be made ahead and frozen? Yes, they freeze well. Just reheat in the oven or microwave when ready to serve.