The Deen Bros. Lighter Speedy Mini Meat Loaves

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Servings: 4
Cook Time: 30-60 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup plain unseasoned bread crumbs
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons milk
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce





Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, bread crumbs, eggs, milk,  garlic, onion, salt, thyme, and pepper. Divide the meat mixture among the 12 muffin cups, pressing the meat firmly into the pan.

Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the meat is almost cooked through—the “loaves” will be firm when pressed lightly in the center, but not set.

While the meat loaves are baking, whisk together the ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. After baking for 20 to 25 minutes, remove the pan from the oven. Brush the tops of the loaves with the glaze, using it all up, and return the pan to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes more, or until the glaze has thickened and the meat is completely cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes total. Run an offset spatula or butter knife around the edges of the muffin cups and pop out the meat loaves. Serve hot.

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Reader Comments:


I made this tonight with just a few minor changes. Instead of the bread I used one sleeve of wheat saltines, I added an extra clove of garlic and used my homemade bar-b-que sauce for the top. Yummy!

By jeanhehn on July 23, 2013


My husband and son love when I make these! So easy and so good!

By Tammy on September 25, 2012


Delicous just like all of your recipes ,

By Margaret Noland on September 04, 2012


Ground turkey is wonderful meat, instead of hamburger, unless it's grain fed. All the fller's make alot of people sick. Paula I love all your shows and your son's. Lot's of great wonderful food, that we all love. It's good to see all of you happy and healthy, wish all of us could be that lucky. Thank you from my kitchen to yours.

By char-le on July 22, 2012


Dear Paula and Family, I sure love all over your show's and recipe's. Hopefully one day I will get to meet you, before we all go to heaven. Everyday is a good day when you have good recipes and family. Thank you for being a part of mine. From my kitchen to your's love and good food.

By Char-Le on July 22, 2012


Yummy yummy yummy! My picky kiddo loves these! smile Paula's recipes never fail!

By Amanda on May 22, 2012


Delicious, easy, and now a favorite!

By on October 30, 2011


I am hooked on these recipes, for Mac and Cheese, Mini Meatloaf loaves, fried chicken, and those famous biscuts. I wrote down so many recipes that all I do is wake up and go to sleep thinking about what I am going to try next. I come from a family of eight, and in this day and age, a lot of women are not home cooking, they are still buying products that are oven prepared bcuz of their work schedule. Thanks Paula, Dean brothers and all the other cooks who still take the time to make home cook meals and share it with the public. My guests appreciate it so much. God Bless & continue to do what u do best.

By Martha A. Peeler on February 25, 2011


I love this recipe. However, I have never actually made it with ground beef, but rather, have always used ground turkey. The entire family loves it.

By MK on January 10, 2011


Really good...I think you can make it in a regular meatloaf pan too, not only in the muffin tins (easier clean up) My hubby loved it, just NO left over meatloaf, so make enough to be eaten all at once smile We LOVED the glaze, nice touch...used heavy cream instead of milk.

By Debbie Pelichowski on December 30, 2010


Thought these might be cute. -g

By debbie on December 15, 2010


We love this recipe! The kids love it too! Thank you!

By Anonymous on August 10, 2010


My 7,3 and 1 year old loved the mini loafs! Thank You!

By Anonymous on February 08, 2010


By Anonymous on January 29, 2010


Excellent and great for company

By Anonymous on January 18, 2010


it was great, usally i have to put half of a pan away for another day, it always goes bad. The way this recipe went, it was good, and gone at the same time.. thanks jannnette

By jannette on November 08, 2009


I thought this recipe was very good and thought my kids would love the idea of their own mini meatloaf. They were luke warm about them. I think the glazing may have been what it was. They are very moist and tasty though.

By Anonymous on November 03, 2009

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