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mini meatloaves with mashed potatoes and green beans on plate

Cute & Cozy Wholesome Mini Meatloaf

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This equally adorable and delicious Mini Meatloaf recipe delivers tender, flavorful, and scrumptious mini meatloaves. Equal parts beef and pork with aromatics, spices, and cottage cheese for extra protein goodness, and a swoon-worthy glaze to coat! It’s the perfect meal prep-friendly dinner or fun meatloaf recipe for entertaining or enjoying with the little ones. Pair with mashed potatoes or your favorite sides!



For the meatloaf mixture:

  • 1 lb ground beef (I use 85/15)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ small yellow onion, grated on large holes of a box grater
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ⅔ cup whole milk cottage cheese (we use Good Culture!)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste (or 4 cloves pressed/finely minced)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the meatloaf glaze:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze


  1. Preheat & prep. Place an oven rack in the center position, and then preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a large-rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and then set aside.
  2. Combine the meatloaf mixture. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, grated onion, eggs, cottage cheese, ketchup, garlic, worcestershire sauce, dried oregano, dried parsley, smoked paprika, and salt/pepper- to taste. Use your hands (fitted with disposable gloves, if desired) to bring the mixture together until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix the meat mixture.
  3. Shape the mini meatloaves. Then use a ⅓ cup measuring cup to scoop the meat mixture into individual portions. Use your hands to shape the meat mixture into an oval shape, and then place the loaves onto the large baking sheet with a bit of space between each one. Repeat the process until all mini meatloaves are shaped- you should have 12 mini loaves.
  4. Make the meatloaf glaze. In a medium bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and balsamic glaze. Stir the mixture well until thoroughly combined. Then use a pastry brush to brush the glaze over the top of each mini meatloaf. Note: I like to save a little glaze for brushing the meatloaves again after baking- optional.
  5. Bake the meatloaves for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature registers at least 165°F when checked with an internal thermometer for doneness.
  6. Serve. If you have any remaining meatloaf glaze, brush the meatloaves again with a clean utensil. Divide the mini meatloaves among serving plates and serve with mashed potatoes and green beans for a complete meal, if desired. Enjoy!


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