Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey for a lighter option)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce of your choice, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • Sauté the onions: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and slightly caramelized, around 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Make the meatloaf mixture: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef (or turkey), beaten egg, panko breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cooled onions, cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, and optional garlic powder. Mix gently until just combined (do not overmix).
  • Form the loaves: Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape them into mini loaves. Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top with BBQ sauce: Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce evenly over the top of each meatloaf.
  • Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the meatloaves are cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Rest and serve: Allow the meatloaves to rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy with your favorite sides!

Tips:

  • Don’t overmix: Overmixing the meatloaf mixture will make it tough. Mix ingredients until just combined.
  • Choose your BBQ sauce: Use your favorite BBQ sauce for a flavor you’ll love.
  • Spice it up: Like a little heat? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a slightly spicy kick.
  • Prevent sticking: Lining the baking sheet with foil and using cooking spray helps prevent sticking.
  • Customize: Feel free to add other mix-ins like finely chopped bell peppers or herbs.

Side Dish Recommendations

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Green salad
  • Macaroni and cheese

Enjoy this tasty and satisfying meal!

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