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Easy Weeknight Meal: Mini BBQ Meatloaf

Mini BBQ Meatloaf is an easy meal with big bbq flavor without having to fire up the grill. These individual meatloaves are filled with bbq sauce, pepper jack cheese and caramelized shallots for a flavorful dinner.

Mini BBQ Meatloaf from What The Fork Food Blog

May was national BBQ month and, as usual, I’m a little late to the party. Story of my life. (Cue One Direction here).

Speaking of One Direction, do you guys have that one band or one song that you love but you feel like you’re too old to listen to? For me that would be any One Direction song that’s ever been on the radio.

I hear a new song in the radio and think, “ooh, I like this song. Who sings it?!” One Direction. Every. Single. Time.

So I guess that makes me a closet 1D fan…

However, don’t ever expect me to identify one of their songs based on just the music. Or any other song for that matter. That’s like, my kryptonite. I’m TERRIBLE at identifying songs based on the tune or even just names of songs in general.

Mini BBQ Meatloaf from What The Fork Food Blog

For example, I love Bruno Mars. When he did the Super Bowl halftime show, I was all excited and exclaimed “I love his songs!” We had gone to my parents house to watch the game and my dad, who is not familiar with Bruno Mars, asked what he sang.

My answer “ummm…” Crickets. I couldn’t think of a SINGLE song even though I had been listening to his cd on repeat for approximately 4 months straight in my car. Bad.

Not bad? This Mini BBQ Meatloaf. The meatloaves are full of great bbq flavor, pepper jack cheese and caramelized shallots and then smothered in MORE bbq sauce. SO.GOOD.

I like to use my homemade bbq sauce, it’s perfect for flavoring your meatloaf.  On the side, try these Oven Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese made by Taylor at Food Faith Fitness!

Mini BBQ Meatloaf from What The Fork Food Blog

You can also use 2 egg yolks instead of one egg if you have a couple egg yolks leftover that need to be used up. I had made a Baked Alaska so I had a few yolks begging to be used. So this particular time, I used two egg yolks instead of a whole egg and it worked fine.

This is a great way to enjoy the flavors of bbq sauce without having to get outside and grill. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting outside and grilling but sometimes you can’t. I hate grilling in the rain and I’m not a fan of grilling when it’s zero degrees outside so I love having recipes like this mini bbq meatloaf on hand that I can bake in the oven and still use my beloved bbq sauces.

I like to serve these little mini meatloaves with roasted broccoli or cooked peas and always a potato baked potatoes or my slow cooker ranch potatoesGluten free macaroni and cheese would also be super tasty with these! These would even be great with some spicy potato wedges from my friend Erin over at Texanerin. So good! Enjoy!

Mini BBQ Meatloaf from What The Fork Food Blog

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Mini BBQ Meatloaf from What The Fork Food Blog

Mini BBQ Meatloaf

5 from 6 ratings
Mini BBQ Meatloaf is an easy meal with big bbq flavor without having to fire up the grill. These meatloaves are filled with bbq sauce, pepper jack cheese and caramelized shallots for a flavorful dinner.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
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  • 4 small shallots finely chopped (about 2/3 C)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 C gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 C + 2 Tbsp bbq sauce divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 C shredded cheese cheddar or pepper jack
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the shallots and season with a pinch of salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir to coat the shallots with butter and continue to cook over medium low heat (stirring occasionally) for about 10-15 minutes or until the shallots are golden brown.
  • Heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, add the ground beef and bread crumbs and mix them together a bit. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 C bbq sauce, the egg, Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the beef and mix well to incorporate then mix in the shredded cheese.
  • Divide the meat into 6 portions and shape into mini loaves. Top each meatloaf with 1 tablespoon bbq sauce and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until the meatloaves are cooked through.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 23g


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  1. April Gordon says:

    Am gf and I have IBS. Beef is a trigger food, so I stay away from it. Would this work just as well with ground chicken or turkey? And would there be any adjustments needed in cooking temp or time? TIA

    • Sharon says:

      Hi April, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with chicken or turkey. You can add a bit more moisture to your meatloaf mix (more bbq sauce!) to make sure it doesn’t get too dry and I would make sure the meatloaf reaches at least 165 degrees in the center. Let me know how the poultry version comes out ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean says:

    These look great!! My kids love mini meatloaves so I will definitely give this a try.

  3. I can’t wait to try this Sharon! I don’t know why, but I’ve never thought of making BBQ mealoaf, and these mini ones are just so cute!

  4. BBQ sauce is my life ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And omg! Haha! I am HORRID at remembering song names! I can sing a song from heart and I “know” the song when it comes on, but forget me ever being able to tell you the name!

  5. I hope your kids read this one day and see you referencing one direction.

    These look so good and I reckon meatloaf is without a doubt, one of the hardest things to photograph but you killed it.

    One way, or another.

    • Sharon says:

      I’m young at heart so I think we’ll always have some music in common haha. Plus, Kelsey already loves everything I listen to – we’re golden! Also I’m still slightly embarrassed about admitting that tidbit about 1d…

  6. 5 stars
    Gorgeous little meatloaf. Love these!!! Also love Stubb’s BBQ sauce!

  7. Amanda Paa says:

    we loooooove Stubbs. But I’ve never used it with meatloaf. and i love the idea of little mini ones. would be so fun for a party instead of meatballs!

    • Sharon says:

      Yes it would be, plus mini if you say “I made you a mini meatloaf” it sounds way cooler than “I made you guys some meatballs” right?

  8. I LOVE Stubb’s! And my hubby just so happened to recently (like yesterday) ask if I could make him some meatloaf to bring in his lunch….HOW DID YOU KNOW?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinning!

  9. Paula says:

    I am a meatloaf fanatic and a Stub’s barbecue sauce fanatic…I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of putting the two together, but I’m definitely going to now!

  10. It’s been too long since I’ve had meatloaf! This looks perfect!

  11. Catherine says:

    Dear Sharon, I love the idea of mini meatloaves. These look wonderful. xo, Catherine

  12. Valerie says:

    5 stars
    Meatloaf is one of my weaknesses. Your meatloaf looks so very tasty!

  13. My kids have never had meatloaf before! I’ve never been a fan of it, but seeing this recipe makes me think I should make it so they aren’t missing out anymore!

    • Sharon says:

      What?! I can’t believe they’re never had meatloaf! Although, they’re probably happy because I hated meatloaf as a kid, ha!

  14. Heather says:

    5 stars
    First of all, I had no idea Stubbs was gluten-free! I need to grab a bottle.
    Secondly, you are a genius for adding cheese to this! Cheese makes everything better.

  15. Becky says:

    Have you ever tried making mini meatloaves in a muffin tin? I love the idea, but haven’t tried it…I may have to with this recipe!!

  16. Celeste says:

    5 stars
    I LOVE Stubb’s! Pinned this so we can try it, looks so good!

  17. Debbie says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.