Cheesy Mini Meatloaves

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These Cheesy Mini Meatloaves are a delightful twist on the classic meatloaf dish, perfect for individual portions and packed with flavor. Simple to make and bursting with cheesy goodness, these mini meatloaves are sure to become a family favorite.

Why Make This Recipe

Making mini meatloaves instead of one large loaf allows for quicker cooking time and easy portion control. The addition of cheddar cheese adds a gooey, melty texture that kids and adults will love. These mini meatloaves are perfect for meal prepping or serving at gatherings.

How to Make Cheesy Mini Meatloaves


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or line with silicone muffin liners.
  2. Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture: Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, onion, bell pepper, garlic, egg, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Shape the Mini Meatloaves: Divide the mixture among muffin cups, pressing down lightly. Make an indentation in the center of each mini meatloaf.
  4. Add the Topping: Mix ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard in a bowl. Spoon over each mini meatloaf and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake the Meatloaves: Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through and cheese is melted.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Cool slightly, garnish with parsley, and serve.

How to Serve Cheesy Mini Meatloaves

Serve these mini meatloaves hot, straight from the oven. They pair well with mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, or a side salad for a complete meal.

How to Store Cheesy Mini Meatloaves

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in the oven at 350°F (180°C) until warmed through.

Tips to Make Cheesy Mini Meatloaves

  • Use lean ground beef to reduce excess fat in the mini meatloaves.
  • Don’t overmix the meatloaf mixture to keep the meatloaves tender.
  • Customize the recipe by adding your favorite herbs or spices to the meat mixture.


For a twist, substitute the cheddar cheese with mozzarella or pepper jack cheese for a different flavor profile. You can also add diced vegetables like carrots or zucchini to the meat mixture for added nutrition.


  1. Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?
    • Yes, ground turkey can be used as a leaner alternative to ground beef.
  2. Can I freeze these mini meatloaves?
    • Yes, you can freeze cooked mini meatloaves for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  3. Can I omit the cheese for a dairy-free version?
    • Yes, you can leave out the cheese or use a dairy-free alternative for a lactose-free option.

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