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Muffin Tin Meatloaf {Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free}

Muffin Tin Meatloaf is delicious, homemade comfort food at its best. These meatloaf muffins are an easy dinner loved by the whole family!

Anything in miniature form seems more delicious, don’t you agree? Not only that, but these mini meatloaf muffins can be picked up and eaten for an easy harvest field meal.

Reasons to Love Muffin Tin Meatloaf

  • These mini meatloaves are made with wholesome ingredients found in your kitchen.
  • All recipes in miniature form seem to be a hit with the whole family
  • Because these meatloaves are cooked in muffin tins, they’re cooked in a fraction of the time
  • These muffin tin meatloaves can be made ahead of time and frozen to bake later. Instructions on how to do that will follow!
muffin tin meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • lean ground beef
  • minced garlic – I like to use refrigerated minced garlic to save time but if you have fresh garlic, go for it!
  • dried parsley flakes, pepper, salt – for seasoning and a little color.
  • honey – adds a touch of sweetness and helps the meatloaf muffins bind together.
  • panko breadcrumbs Use gluten free panko to make this recipe gluten free – to help structure our meatloaf muffins
  • balsamic vinegar – gives a little tang to our meatloaf
  • ketchup – for a touch of sweetness and to balance out the balsamic vinegar

How to Make Muffin Tin Meatloaf

Step 1: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Generously grease a 12 cup muffin pan.

Step 2: Prep the meat loaf mix. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, garlic, parsley, honey, panko crumbs, salt and pepper. Use hands to gently mix to combine all ingredients. Form into balls and place in a muffin tin.

muffin tin meatloaf

Step 3: Top the mini meatloaves with the prepared glaze. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar and ketchup. Brush the balsamic and ketchup mixture over the tops of the meatloaf muffins.

unbaked mini meatloaf

Step 4: Bake. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

To Make as a Freezer Meal

Freezer meals are one of my favorite ways to get ahead of our busy seasons. For us it’s generally back to school time and harvest, but for your family it may be something entirely different.

When I have a few extra minutes, I love to prepare the ingredients for muffin tin meatloaf and have it unbaked but ready to go. Here’s how I make these as a freezer meal:

  1. Prepare a sandwich sized bag and a gallon sized bag and label. I like to label my bags with a sharpie marker or freezer tape. Whatever you do, label, label, label! Trust me on this.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, garlic, parsley, honey, panko, salt and pepper, just as you would if you were making them fresh. Use your hands to gently mix to combine all ingredients.
  3. Form into balls and place in gallon sized bag. Remove excess air and lay flat to freeze.
  4. Add balsamic vinegar and ketchup to the sandwich sized bag. Remove excess air and lay flat to freeze.
  5. When you’re ready to cook these, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bake as instructed in the recipe card.
a bite of meatloaf

What to serve with Muffin Tin Meatloaf:

I like to serve muffin tin meatloaf with make ahead mashed potatoes and Oven Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan.

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muffin tin meatloaf
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Muffin Tin Meatloaf

meatloaf in a muffin tin

Muffin Tin Meatloaf is delicious, homemade comfort food at its best. These meatloaf muffins are an easy dinner loved by the whole family!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (can substitute gluten free)
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Generously grease a 12 cup muffin pan. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar and ketchup. Mix and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, garlic, parsley, honey, panko crumbs, salt and pepper. Use hands to gently mix to combine all ingredients. Form into balls and place in a muffin tin.
  3. Brush balsamic and ketchup mixture over the tops of the meatloaf muffins.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

Notes

Use gluten free panko to make these gluten free

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 631mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 33g

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Danielle Kudera

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

This is a quick go to for my family! Such a time saver!

Deanne Frieders

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Yes! Totally agree!

Wanda

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

We make these all the time! They are the perfect, delicious bite on busy nights!

Deanne Frieders

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

I totally agree Wanda!

Traci

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Always so easy and delicious! These are a winner for dinner and lunch...thanks for sharing :)

Deanne Frieders

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

My pleasure Traci! Thanks for stopping by!

Toni

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

I really love how easy it is! Can't wait to try it!

Deanne Frieders

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

I know you'll love it as much as we do!

Kushigalu

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

What a great portion size recipe. Love the idea here. Pinned to try this soon.

Deanne Frieders

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Yes! So easy when you're tracking calories and macros!

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