Meatloaf: you either love it or you hate. I love it, and this one pan mini bbq meatloaves recipe will change your mind. I never understood why it always got a bad rep. I mean, I guess it’s weird that you’re compressing a pound or so of meat together to be cooked like a loaf of bread, but there are wayyy weirder things to be consuming. I just think meatloaf has been done wrong, but I’m here to change that!
When I lived in NYC, I would always buy pre-made BBQ meatloaf from Fairway Market (it only required me to reheat it in the oven for 10 minutes) with a side of either mashed or roasted potatoes and whatever prepared greens they had that day. Those were my “I’m Carrie Bradshaw living in the big city and don’t have time to cook or know how to cook” days. I miss it, but I digress.
I personally prefer using BBQ sauce over ketchup or tomato sauce whenever I make meatloaf. I really like the smokey flavor it gives it. So you better believe this One Pan Mini BBQ Meatloaves has a ton of bbq sauce in it! The bbq sauce also helps it from drying out. So it’s definitely necessary.
Also, making the meatloaf mini will also ensure it doesn’t dry out or be tough. If dry meat is your thing, do you boo. I won’t judge. This recipe is also great because I turned it into a one pan meal, and you can totally customize it to your liking.
I paired my one pan mini BBQ meatloaves with roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts because I was feeling nostalgic of my NYC days. If that combo isn’t your thing, choose something else but make sure the veggies can cook at the same rate as the meatloaves or adjust the cooking time and/or method accordingly. These would also be great with garlic cauliflower mash!
I hope I can change your mind when it comes to meatloaf, and hopefully this recipe becomes a part of your rotation when it comes to your weekly meals!
One Pan Mini BBQ Meatloaves
- 1 ½ lb lean ground beef
- 1 lb baby potatoes halved
- 1 lb brussels sprouts trimmed & halved
- ½ onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 egg yolk beaten
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 1 ½ tbsp BBQ seasoning
- 2 tbsp avocado oil divided
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp paprika powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In a bowl, toss baby potatoes and brussels sprouts with avocado oil, salt and pepper. Spread evenly on baking sheet.
In a skillet, preheat avocado oil over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic until onions are tender and garlic becomes fragrant, roughly 5-7 minutes.
In a bowl, add onions and garlic with ground beef, egg yolk, almond flour, ¼ cup BBQ sauce, and BBQ seasoning. Mix until well combined.
Shape ground beef into 4x2 mini loaves. Place on baking sheet in between potatoes and brussels sprouts. Brush each loaf with remaining BBQ sauce.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until meatloaves are cooked through, toss potatoes and brussels sprouts half way through.
Mix spices and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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