This is a quick and easy recipe that is good for any kind of get together. Whether it's a small family get together, or a game-day blow out, these are sure to delight food lovers of all ages. For the sauce I like to use stone-ground Dijon mustard. Feel free to experiment with different types of mustard, each one changes the flavor of the sauce. Regular yellow mustard makes the sauce slightly sweeter.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Sauce:
Meatloaf:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups with vegetable oil or line with paper liners.

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  • Whisk ketchup, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until sauce is chilled, about 30 minutes.

  • Knead ground beef, milk, 8 ounces Cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, onion soup mix, chili powder, and paprika together in a large bowl until well-mixed. Fill prepared muffin cups with meat mixture, pressing down to remove any air pockets.

  • Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Spread chilled sauce over each meatloaf 'cupcake'; return muffin pans to the oven and cook until no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  • Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese over 'cupcakes'; let cool for 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you don't like Dijon mustard but don't want a sweet sauce, add half a can of tomato paste, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

457 calories; protein 28.6g 57% DV; carbohydrates 25.3g 8% DV; fat 26.8g 41% DV; cholesterol 127.1mg 42% DV; sodium 898.4mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2016
This was a easy and great idea for a quick dinner! I kept the recipe the same but I just added some cubed cheddar cheese. YUMMY!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2015
Meat Lover's Cupcakes Haiku: "Way too sweet topping 'cupcakes' sit in lots of grease but still cute to eat." I reduced the ingredients for 1 lb. of ground beef and got 9 "cupcakes" - followed the recipe entirely other than forgetting the last sprinkle of cheddar cheese at the end. The directions and timing were spot-on (also very easy in that there were no veggies to saute beforehand) and the meatloaf itself was very good in texture and taste but the sauce on top was too sweet for me too "wierd" for my daughter and just unnecessary for my husband who would rather drag his meatloaf through a condiment of his choosing. I also am not a fan of meatloaves that bake in constricted spaces like loaf or muffin pans so that they're just sitting in pools of grease so if I make these again I'll free-form it as a loaf in a 9X13 dish and tool around w/ the sauce ingredients if not drop the sauce entirely. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2015
Meat Lover's Cupcakes Haiku: "Way too sweet topping 'cupcakes' sit in lots of grease but still cute to eat." I reduced the ingredients for 1 lb. of ground beef and got 9 "cupcakes" - followed the recipe entirely other than forgetting the last sprinkle of cheddar cheese at the end. The directions and timing were spot-on (also very easy in that there were no veggies to saute beforehand) and the meatloaf itself was very good in texture and taste but the sauce on top was too sweet for me too "wierd" for my daughter and just unnecessary for my husband who would rather drag his meatloaf through a condiment of his choosing. I also am not a fan of meatloaves that bake in constricted spaces like loaf or muffin pans so that they're just sitting in pools of grease so if I make these again I'll free-form it as a loaf in a 9X13 dish and tool around w/ the sauce ingredients if not drop the sauce entirely. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2016
This was a easy and great idea for a quick dinner! I kept the recipe the same but I just added some cubed cheddar cheese. YUMMY!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2017
I will make these again. I made a few changes just because I like garlic and instead of milk I added almond milk and Italian bread crumbs. I didn't add the cheese suggested but instead added Mozzarella sticks (4) cut into chunks adding them after filling the square loaves pan 1/2 full added 4-5 pieces cheese added more meat then a few pieces of cheese on top (3). Added the sauce after cooking for 15 mins but omitted the brown sugar in the sauce. These were very tasty and all the family liked them. These are a keeper for us! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2015
These were really good and very easy to put together. Will probably be making these again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2015
This was really good. My friend Baylee would love this. Read More