Monday, June 27, 2011

Meat Loaf - Hunk of Meat Mondays

A quick and easy beef recipe. 

I wanted to share this awesome meat loaf recipe with you as part of the Hunk of Meat Mondays community, because we know at that a Hunk of Meat is way better than Meatless Mondays. I love this recipe because it is easy, the leftovers freeze really well and it uses lean ground beef - an awesome way to load up on protein, iron and zinc while staying healthy.

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups Crispix cereal, crushed (a great way to do this is stick in a plastic bag and go over it with a rolling pin or beat with you fist.)
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean is what you want.)

In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Remove 1/2 cup for topping - set aside. (If you really like the ketchup topping you might consider making a little extra.) 

Add the eggs, Worcestershire sauce, cereal and seasonings to remaining ketchup mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Crumble beef over cereal mixture and mix well. I find that using you hands works the best to get it all mixed up. Be careful though not to over work the ground beef, otherwise it doesn't stay stuck together as it cooks.

Press meat mixture into 18 muffin cups - a 1/3 of a cup is the prefect amount. I experimented this time and did some with muffin liners and some without. Definitely recommend the muffin liners and it makes clean up much easier.

Bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink. The perfect way to tell this is by using your meat thermometer. Hamburger needs to be cooked to a minimum of a 160 degrees. A second option is to bake for 18-20 minutes then spoon some of the topping on and bake again for another 10 minutes. Again make sure your meat thermometer reads 160 degrees to know that they are done. 

All done! 

Your meal is served. I couldn't believe how moist these mini meat loaves were Throw the leftovers in the freezer and pullout for a quick supper idea or easy lunch to take to work.  

For more Hunk of Meat Mondays recipes from other blogs check out the Beyer Beware Blog
This one from Life's a Beach... Wish I Was on One - Tex-Mex Chiaco Burger 


  1. What a fantastic idea! This is for sure a must-try! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, sounds yummy and crispix... never would have thought of that. Now I need to try this!

    btw I linked mine back to you as well :)

  3. What a great idea to put them in the muffin pan!! I love it! The boyfriend doesn't like meatloaf, so I have never made it but this sure does look tasty!

  4. This is perfect for the little people at my house. Meat loaves that are just their size! Be sure to come enter the link up at Hunk of Meat Monday!

  5. I LOVE the "Hunk of Meat Monday!" I'm definitely going to try this recipe - maybe tonight!

  6. Looks good! I love meat loaf but have never heard of making it in muffin tins - great idea. I'll have to try it.

  7. Haha that looks great and EASY!!!

    and it also looks like little muffins, but they are NOT!




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