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Meatloaf Muffin Tin Recipe

Meatloaf muffin tin recipe that is fun and kids love! Make plain or like a bite size handheld meatballs sub surrounded with refrigerated biscuits inside the cup. Perfect meatloaf muffin tin recipe dinner to try. Seriously, this is probably our favorite muffin tin recipes yet!!

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Ok, so I’m a sucker for this meatloaf muffins recipe! We’ve made our quick meatloaf recipe of course year after year but sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit. Add some bread and cheese to just about anything and it makes it that much better right??!! (originally published 6/16, affiliate links present)

Muffin Tin Meatloaf

When my girls were younger they were all about fun food. If I could make “regular” food smaller so they could pick it up they would eat it, no matter what. That is why I started using this pan for all the things. One of the favorite things I created back in the day were meatloaf muffins.

We combined our favorite Ninja Foodi meatloaf recipe, made them into meatballs instead, and packed all the flavors of a meatball sub inside a muffin cup…delicious. You can wrap them in a biscuit or leave plain and pipe mashed potatoes on top instead. Both mini meatloaf muffin ways are so fun.

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Meatloaf in Muffin Tin

I have a recipe below you can use to make homemade meatballs without breadcrumbs but you can certainly use your own combination if you have a secret family recipe for those as well.

Love how your Onion Lipton Soup Meatloaf Recipe comes out? Use that and just divide the hunk of meat into smaller pieces to fit inside each hole in your tin. I mean it tastes the same, yes, but it cuts down the cooking time and the edges will get crispy delicious too!

Want to use ground turkey or chicken? NO problem, like I said the mixture is your own or you could use our suggestions in the printable recipe card below but with your choice of protein. As long as it is ground it will work. I’ve used half a roll of spicy sausage + ground beef and that lends itself to a bunch of flavor and spice too.

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Meatloaf Muffins

You don’t have to include the refrigerated biscuits we wrapped them in. If you wanted a low carb version, just put about 1/2 cup of mixture into each hole. It depends on what I have on hand as to which way I make it. Yes I do make loaves the “usual way” too but I love that these bake in a fraction of the time.

If you have your own favorite recipe you can by all means use your own. We talk all about how long to cook meatloaf here, these are the fastest by far though. These are the ingredients I typically combine;

  • Ground beef
  • 1 pkg French onion soup mix, the dry stuff
  • Some Worcestershire sauce
  • A room temp. egg
  • Some bread crumbs, I like Italian seasoning
  • 2 packages or rolls of refrigerated large biscuits
  • I like to put some grated parmesan cheese in between the biscuit and the meat
  • 1 tbsp spaghetti sauce per serving

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

We have made turkey meatloaf in Instant Pot before and it’s pretty darn killer. My kids don’t even notice that it is “different” than any other. If you add all the same things into your meat mixture that you normally would like Worcestershire sauce, egg, binder, etc… A pinch of brown sugar adds sweetness.

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You use the oven twice to make these because you want to precook the meatballs before putting them into your muffin. I cook them 75% of the way because they will continue to cook once they are in your biscuit as well. Use your mom’s recipe, our spicy version or Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf.

How Long to Cook Meatloaf in Muffin Tins

I know it is easier to understand how to make something if you see it with your own eyes so here is a quick rundown of how you make this easy meatloaf muffin recipe.

  • First in a bowl you’re going to combine your egg, bread crumbs, seasonings and sauces, meat and soup mix for meat mixture.
    • Add bread crumbs if meat is still too wet. 
    • Could add finely diced green peppers or bell peppers too.
  • Make into mini meatloaves. You should get about 8 per 1 lb. of meat.
    • Preheat oven and bake on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or so or until about 75% cooked.
    • Flatten refrigerated biscuits one at a time and push into muffin tin holes (spray pan before starting). 
  • Add 1 tbsp. spaghetti sauce, bbq sauce, or our Spicy Meatloaf Recipe sauce to bottom of biscuit + parmesan cheese.
    • Put meatball into hole and bake at 350 for about 5 minutes or until biscuit is fully cooked. 
  • Add mozzarella cheese to tops about 2 min. before they are done. Top with dash of oregano if desired

Serve it with a side salad and you’re good to go, or serve them as an appetizer at a party or potluck…they’re a hit at those! If you love this muffin tin dinner idea, you should give our chicken pot pie muffins a whirl too!

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This is meat loaf muffin tin recipe is super quick and easy to bake in about 15 minutes. Kids love this recipe because they can pick up their dinner and that just makes things “fun”. Once you cook all things mini they will ask for more like the savory pies above.

Meatloaf Muffin Recipe

If you do have some left you can use them in other recipes. Use our leftover meatloaf recipes to find one you want to try with it. You will need to remove the breading and just save the protein inside for these but it works great for casseroles, adding into rice and more.

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Muffin Tin Meatloaf

Muffin tin meatloaf recipe that is fun and kids love! Tastes like handheld meatball sub muffins. Perfect muffin tin meal to try.
Course Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword meatloaf, muffin tin, muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 183kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Muffin tin meatloaf with biscuits – Combine egg, bread crumbs, w. sauce, meat and soup mix in a bowl and mix well. Add bread crumbs if meat is still too wet. 
  • Make into meatballs, about 8 per 1 lb. of meat. Cook on a baking sheet or in muffin tin at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or so or until about 75% cooked.
  • Flatten refrigerated biscuits one at a time and push into muffin tin holes (spray pan before starting). 
  • Add 1 tbsp. spaghetti sauce to bottom of biscuit + parmesan cheese. Put precooked meatball into hole and bake at 350 for about 5 minutes or until biscuit is fully cooked. 
  • You can add mozzarella cheese to tops about 2 min. before they are done. Top with dash of oregano if desired.
  • Muffin tin meatloaf – If you don't want to wrap with biscuits it is even easier. Combine first 5 ingredients on the list in a bowl until you get meatloaf texture. Preheat oven to 350. Fill each hole 3/4 of the way full with meat and bake for 15 minutes (this will leave just a tad of pink in the center)
  • If you want to add ketchup or bbq sauce to the top of each to bake on and caramelize slightly do this after minute 12.
Nutrition Facts
Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Kim Smith

Monday 25th of July 2016

These look so good. I want to make them NOW! Yummy.

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