Man Pleasin' Mini Butter Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe Like Mom Used to Make by Bill Heleine

Beef Dinner Budget-friendly
2 months ago

Man Pleasin' Mini Butter Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe Like Mom Used to Make

There are so many different ways to make meatloaf. From Amish sauerkraut meatloaf to steak sauce meatloaf to gochujang meatloaf to firefighter's meatloaf to turkey and stuffing meatloaf, there's a meatloaf for everyone. This mini meatloaf recipe is actually my mother's recipe with a few tweaks from me!

The mini meatloaves are simply ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, chopped green pepper, chopped onion and ketchup all mixed together. The butter barbecue sauce is prepared with butter (of course), chopped onion, ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper. The sauce simmers quickly on the stovetop and then is poured over the meatloaves before they're baked. Amazing.

We enjoy this butter barbecue meatloaf recipe with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Slice the leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Butter Barbecue Sauce

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Recipe Notes

  • Try this recipe with ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  • Adjust the amount of chili powder to fit the level of spice you enjoy. 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. To make the meat loaves, combine the beef, egg, breadcrumbs, onion, green pepper, ketchup and salt and pepper, to taste. Shape into small loaves (about six or so). Place in an aluminum foil-lined baking pan. 
  2. To make the butter barbecue sauce, melt the butter in a saucepot. Add the onions and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer about 3 more minutes. 
  3. Cover the meat loaves before baking with the barbecue sauce. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 45 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 491

Total Fat: 30.7g

Saturated Fat: 17.1g

Cholesterol: 281mg

Sodium: 1340mg

Total Carbohydrate: 33.4g

Dietary Fiber: 2.6g

Total Sugars: 27.2g

Protein: 19.4g

Vitamin D: 33mcg

Calcium: 78mg

Iron: 10mg

Potassium: 448mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Mmm! This recipe reminds me of the meatloaf sandwiches I'd eat with my dad when I was a kid. Thanks for bringing back the memory, and a recipe, so I can try!
Cute little baby meatloafs...
Hi Bill, how much breadcrumbs did you use.
Bill Heleine
Andrew, I put about a cup of bread crumbs in. I do it by feel. When they start holding together, you have enough in.
Hoft Home
What exactly do you mean by “chopped green pepper”? Is that bell pepper, jalapeño, what exactly (please spare NO details!)?
Bill Heleine
I use green bell pepper but you could use any pepper you are comfortable with.

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