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Mini Meatloaf Recipe

Tender and juicy oven baked mini meatloaf is topped with a sweet and tangy glaze. It's easy to make and filled with flavor. Best of all, it's the perfect amount for one!

Sliced meatloaf on a plate with mashed potatoes and a small side salad in the background.

This classic meatloaf recipe is the absolute best one you'll find. Filled with flavor, this meatloaf for one is so easy to prepare. If you're cooking for just you, I think you'll find this to be a good amount for one person. You may even find yourself with a very small amount of leftovers to enjoy the next day, especially if you serve a side dish along with it.


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

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  • olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • garlic
  • dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • ground beef
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • egg
  • breadcrumbs (homemade or store bought)
  • ketchup
  • molasses

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

A forkful of meatloaf from a plate with mashed potatoes and a side salad

Tips For Making The Best Meatloaf

Meatloaf might just be one of the very best comfort foods. It calls for humble ingredients and the process is simple. Be sure to follow our tips for making a really great meatloaf:

  • Meatloaf can turn out dry if you use a super-lean meat, like ground chicken or ground turkey. If you use a very lean meat, consider blending it with ground pork which has a higher fat content or a 80% ground beef. I use between 85-90% lean ground beef in my meatloaf recipe.

Pro Tip: The numbers on a package of ground beef at the grocery store, like 80/20 or 90/10 refer to the ratio of lean meat to fat. When you see 80/20, that means the meat is 80 percent lean meat and 20 percent fat.

  • Be sure to cook the vegetables before adding them to the ground meat. It might be tempting to just toss the onions, garlic and spices into the meatloaf mixture - but don't. Take a few minutes and sauté the vegetables, they will add more flavor and moisture to the meat.
  • Leave a little room in the baking dish or pan when baking the meatloaf. I use a 5-inch baking dish or one that is slightly larger. You could even use a small sheet pan. Giving the meatloaf some space helps the edges caramelize nicely.
  • Don't forget the glaze. I like to use a combination of ketchup and molasses for my meatloaf glaze. I love the sweet and tart flavor. For a sweeter sauce, feel free to add a bit more molasses. If you prefer a more tangy flavor, simply reduce the amount of molasses. Barbecue sauce also makes a great meatloaf topping, feel free to use your favorite sauce instead.
  • Let the meatloaf rest after taking it out of the oven. Tent it with a sheet of foil to keep the meatloaf hot before slicing. This helps the loaf set up for easier slicing and locks in the delicious juices.

How To Make Meatloaf

See below for complete recipe instructions.

If you've been subjected to a dry, tasteless meatloaf in the past, it's time to revisit this classic comfort food dish. Follow these easy steps for making the best tasting, tender meatloaf.

  1. Season the onions and garlic with thyme, salt, and pepper and cook them in a small skillet until the vegetables are soft.
  2. Place the ground meat in a medium sized mixing bowl and pour in the cooked vegetables, Worcestershire sauce, the egg, and the breadcrumbs; mix until the ingredients are fully combined.
  3. Place the meat into a small baking dish and shape the meat into an oval.
Uncooked meatloaf in a baking dish.

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) oven for 30 minutes.

Making The Sauce

After 30 minutes, remove the meatloaf from the oven and whisk together the ketchup and molasses. Spoon over the top of the meatloaf and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

After baking, remove the meatloaf from the oven and cover it with a sheet of aluminum foil to allow the meatloaf to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Meatloaf topped with sauce in a small baking dish on a wooden trivet

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this mini meatloaf recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Slices of meatloaf topped with sauce in a small baking dish on a wooden trivet

What To Serve With Meatloaf

Best Dish To Use

In the pictures shown, we use a 5-inch square baking dish. You can use any size dish that comfortably holds the meatloaf.

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meatloaf for one

Mini Meatloaf | Single Serving

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keywords: ground beef, meatloaf
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 658kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

For The Meatloaf Glaze

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

How To Video


  • Heat oven to 350° F (177°C).
  • Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for 2 minutes. 
  • Add in the chopped garlic, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for an additional minute. Remove skillet from the heat and set aside.
  • Place the ground beef in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the seasoned vegetables over the meat. Add in the Worcestershire sauce, the egg and the breadcrumbs. Using a large spoon, mix the meat and all of the ingredients together until fully combined. Shape into an oval and transfer to a lightly greased small baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and whisk together the ketchup and molasses in a small bowl. Spoon over the top of the meatloaf and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • After removing the meatloaf from the oven, cover with aluminum foil or a plate and let the meatloaf rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 291mg | Sodium: 2078mg | Potassium: 1281mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 8mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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25 thoughts on “Mini Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. Carolyn Harrison

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe 5 times and am having it again today. It and all of your other recipes that I have made are so good. Whether online or in your excellent cookbook, you have such great recipes. Thank you for providing these recipes to us.

      1. 2 stars
        Love your recipes, but found this a bit bland, I felt the meat loaf needed more flavour. Treacle worked quite well!

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