Mini Meatloaf Muffins {Freezer Meal}


These mini meatloaf muffins are a kid and parent favorite! #freezermeal #realfood

These Mini Meatloaf Muffins are a newer recipe that has already made its way into the regular rotation of family meals in our house. Everyone loved them! Plus, they have some sneaky nutrition in them with some added fresh herbs and veggies.

I serve these with a combination of mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, and some steamed broccoli or green beans. As with so many of our recipes, you can make a double batch and freeze a muffin pan for later (before baking), too.

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Mini Meatloaf Muffins
 
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These mini meatloaf muffins are a kid and parent favorite! Kids love the delicious taste. Parents love the healthy additions of herbs and veggies.
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Serves: 12 meatloaf muffins or 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion (about ⅓ cup), finely diced
  • one small carrot (about ⅓ cup), finely diced or grated
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1¼ pounds lean ground beef (preferably grass-fed) or ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced (plus more for garnish, if you'd like)
  • 1 extra-large eggs, beaten with a splash of milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs or almond meal (gluten-free option; I often do a mix of the two)
  • ½ cup all-natural ketchup (for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Cook the onion, carrot, garlic, salt, and pepper until vegetables are softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Mix well. Remove from heat and allow to cool to the touch.
  4. Cooking Note: You can skip Step 2 and 3 if you don't want to precook the onions and carrots, but I find that the muffins have a better texture in the end if you do. If you decide to skip those steps, simply mix all of those ingredients into the meat mixture in Step 4.
  5. In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the cooled veggie mixture, ground beef, parsley , egg, and bread crumbs. Do not over mix. Wash up.
  6. Next, generously grease a 12 hole muffin tin with baking spray. Use an ice cream scoop to help fill meat evenly into each tin. Gently press to fit into muffin tin mold.
  7. Top each mini meat loaf with a spoonful of ketchup.
  8. Bake about 20 minutes. Cut open a muffin to test that the middle is cooked through (no more pink). Sprinkle with a little chopped parsley at the end, as garnish.
Notes
Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze:
Follow instructions through Step #6, but DO NOT bake. Then, wrap the muffin tin well with plastic wrap and a layer of foil and freeze.
To prepare:
Thaw in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Set muffin tin out on the counter for about 20 minutes before baking. Bake according to directions, but increase baking time if muffins are still partially frozen or really cold. They should be 160 degrees F internally when done.


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Comments

  1. Jane says

    This look great but what’s the best way to freeze for a family of 2? Hubby would probably eat 2 meatloaves and me 1. Do I cook them and freeze individually maybe? Thanks for your reply Polly & Rachel!

    • Rachel says

      Sure, you could do that and just reheat in the microwave on defrost. Or, just the meatloaf muffins, don’t bake, and freeze as the directions indicate. Then pull out however many you need one night and save the rest for later. That would be my preferred method, because sometimes reheated something that’s already cooked can overcook it.

  2. Sheri says

    These were delishous!!! It was my first experience with ground turkey (not a huge turkey fan). I am attempting to make meatballs with them since I don’t have the room nor an extra cupcake tin. I made and froze before baking. I plan on cooking them either in a mini-muffin tin or just on a cookie sheet. Either way, can’t wait to have this again. Thanks for a great, and super easy recipe.

  3. Sarah says

    Hi there. My husband really enjoys this recipe-thank you! I would like to make this a regular meatloaf. What would you suggest for cooking time?

    • Rachel says

      What a great idea. I’ve made it once before as a big meatloaf, but to be honest, I didn’t write down what I did. Wish I could be more help.