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Mini Meatloaf Recipe, BBQ-Style

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Forget the breadcrumbs and ketchup; these keto-style mini meatloaves are packed with flavor and skip the processed ingredients. 

If you’re craving meat but don’t want to make a big fuss, meatloaf is always the answer. It’s incredibly easy to make, and you can’t mess it up. 

These little mini meatloaves are fantastic as a main dish, or they can be packed up for a small portion-controlled snack. 

The best part?

This recipe has a cook time of only 30 minutes, which means you can have dinner on the table in less than an hour.

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  • These mini meatloaf muffins are:
  • Warm
  • Savory
  • Satisfying
  • Delicious

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The main ingredients are:

  • Ground beef
  • BBQ sauce
  • Egg

Optional additional ingredients:

  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce

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Health Benefits of This Mini Meatloaf Recipe

Protein-Rich

These BBQ meatloaves make the perfect meal when you’re short on time but craving some protein. Two mini meatloaves contain 16 grams of protein, and only two net carbs — which is an excellent macronutrient ratio for keto. 

Consuming enough protein is essential for weight management; it not only increases satiety, but it also enhances calorie burning due to it’s “thermic effect” — meaning it takes more energy to break it down than other macronutrients like carbs and fat[*].

Supports Immune Health

Another benefit of protein is its positive impact on the health of your immune system[*]. 

Research shows that getting enough protein can have a significant impact on the development of immune and inflammatory-related diseases[*]. 

But this meatloaf doesn’t just support immunity through its protein — garlic has also been shown to enhance immunity and may help you fight off the common cold and other infections[*]. 

Mini BBQ Meatloaf

For a quick and easy weeknight beef recipe, look no further than this delicious low-carb BBQ meatloaf. 

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Before you start preparing your ingredients, preheat your oven to 375 degrees f, and coat either four mini loaf pans or a muffin tin with non-stick spray. You could also use muffin cups if you prefer.

Next, gather your ingredients along with a small bowl and a large bowl. 

In the small bowl, crack your egg and add in the black pepper, salt, smoked paprika, dry mustard, celery salt, garlic powder, and chopped parsley. Mix all ingredients until they’re well combined.

Add your ground meat into a large bowl, and then pour the contents of the small bowl into the larger bowl. Using your hands, massage the egg mixture into the meat until it’s evenly distributed. 

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Divide the mixture into your loaf pans or muffin tin, and brush the tops of each with barbecue sauce. 

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Place in the oven, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meatloaf is firm and cooked through. 

Finally, remove from oven and garnish with fresh parsley.

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Recipe Notes:

If you want to mix it up with the herbs, you can add in Italian seasoning or any other spices that you enjoy in savory dishes. 

You can also add cheese to this recipe by mixing in some parmesan or cheddar cheese to the ground meat.

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Mini Meatloaf Recipe, BBQ-Style

This mini meatloaf recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner with a cook time of only 30 minutes. The keto secret is replacing ketchup with sugar-free barbecue sauce.

  • Author: Corina Nielsen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup no sugar added BBQ sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½  teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½  teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and coat four mini loaf pans or a muffin tin with non stick spray.  Set aside.
  2. Add egg and all seasonings to a large bowl.  Whisk well to combine.
  3. Add ground meat.  Using your hands, massage egg mixture into meat.  Mix until evenly distributed.
  4. Divide meat mixture into loaf pans or muffin pan.  Brush the tops of each with BBQ sauce, place on a baking sheet, and bake for 25-30 minutes until firm and cooked through.  Remove from oven and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 mini meatloaves
  • Calories: 122
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (Net: 2g)
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 16g

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