Appetizer Recipe: Meatloaf Bites

Football and The South – have two greater pairings ever been made? Southerners loveeeee football – whether it’s basking in the Friday night lights of the local high school team (go Wildcats!) or hanging out to watch a super college bowl game. Of course, when you’re spending Sunday on the couch cheering on your team, you need some snacks, right? If your man fits in the “meat and potatoes guy” category, you can place bets on this easy appetizer recipe: meatloaf bites. And, bonus, you can feel better about making it, since it’s a healthier version of the old dinner standard.

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Meatloaf Bites Recipe

For this recipe you will need:
1 pound of ground beef
1 pound of ground turkey (breast is best)
1 egg
1/2 cup ketchup, plus another cup or so for garnish
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 egg
1 cup of oatmeal
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder

You’ll also need:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Now let’s start on the ingredients.

Take your oatmeal and ground it up in either the food processor or a blender. I use my blender because it’s always on my counter, so if you don’t have a food processor, then it works just fine. Grinding it up makes the texture of the meatloaf much better than leaving the oatmeal whole.

Put the oatmeal and all the other ingredients in a bowl, and mix them together by hand until everything is incorporated well, just like making regular meatloaf.

Using a small portion scoop, or a tablespoon, and portion out the mixture onto a baking sheet. Then roll it like you would a meatball, and slightly flatten it just a bit.

Put ketchup on top of each one using a condiment bottle. It only takes a little. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Since they’re so tiny they cook lightening fast!

Put your meatloaf bites on a platter and you’re done. You can do the whole shebang in about 30 minutes, and you’ll be the MVP of the appetizer team!

Like this meatloaf recipe? You might also enjoy…

Meatloaf Cupcakes – Personal portions of meatloaf, topped with mashed potato “frosting”.

Mini-Meatloaf Pepper Rings – stuffed peppers meets meatloaf with creative culinary.

Classic Meatloaf – Ina Garten’s recipe. How good is that?

Meatloaf Quesadillas – just in case you want to take a bite on the wild side.

For more great recipes for the big game, visit these amazing blogs who are sharing their ideas:

Twice Baked Potatoes from The Country Chic Cottage
Assorted Appetizers from Mural Maker
Sausage and Cream Cheese Pockets from Mom 4 Real
Bacon and Cheese Fries from A Step in the Journey
Charleston Cheese Dip from Unskinny Boppy
Jalapeno Chicken Spirals from Setting for Four
Greek Veggie Pizza from Mrs. Greene
Creamy Pizza Dip from Just Shaken Together
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers from Mad in Crafts
Appetizer Recipe from Dreaming In Color
Meatloaf Bites from The Shabby Creek Cottage
Ham and Cheese Roll Ups from Mom Endeavors

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Great idea…thinking we’ll do mini-meatloaf for dinner. I cook them in a muffin tin and my sauce has a touch of added brown sugar and vinegar.

  2. getting aaaall hungry while reading this! I never tried to make “minis”.

  3. Oh my, that looks so yummy yummy! I am on a diet now… ;-(
    Thanks for sharing!
    Best wishes from icy & Snowy Germany
    Anita over at Country Cottage

  4. Oh man, my husband would LOVE these. Pinning this one for sure! They look so good! Happy to be sharing this recipe swap with you ladies! 🙂

  5. YES – football and the South. Best things to ever go together. I miss my good old home in Georgia. *Sniff. I’m going to have to bake these for a get-together asap.

  6. Hi,

    These look and sounds really good.

    We are having our first link party and would like to invite you to link up.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  7. These are great finger foods!Great for any party!

  8. Oh my….mouth is watering…love the ketchup squeeze bottle tip!

  9. Those look perfect for a Super Bowl Party!

  10. I was scrolling through Google Reader and my husband looks over my shoulder and goes “Oooo! Those look good!” You definitely have a winner here! 🙂


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