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Mom’s Meat Loaf for 2

If you're looking for a hearty meal, just follow Michelle Beran's lead. The Claflin, Kansas cook whips up this delicious loaf when she's looking for a downsized main course. You'll love the pleasant sage flavor and scrumptious sauce. Plus, it's easy to double for sandwiches the next day.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    2 mini meat loaves


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup crushed saltines
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat egg. Add the milk, cracker crumbs, onion, salt, sage and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2 loaves; place in a shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Combine the ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; spoon over meat loaves. Bake until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°, 40-45 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 337 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 162mg cholesterol, 898mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • Mary
    Jun 17, 2020

    This was great. My grandson loves meatloaf and this is just the right size for the two of us. It's easy to make.

  • rmbarr059
    Mar 19, 2020

    I love this recipe. It’s easy and delicious. I’ve made it before exactly as written, but this time I doubled it and used 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 ground pork. So good!! Also - some reviewers mentioned that the sauce is too sweet, but I think it’s excellent! Maybe because I have a bit of a sweet tooth :)

  • Larry
    Jan 5, 2020

    I made this in a 6 inch black iron skillet. Put tomato sauce in the meat and spread on top. Turned out great. Also added bell pepper and chopped garlic.

  • Trish
    May 23, 2019

    LOVED this recipe! I used panko in place of the saltines and added a dash of Worcestershire in the meat mixture in place of the sage. The sauce mixture was the perfect combination of savory and sweet. Quick and easy, and cooked perfectly through. This is my new go-to weekday meal.

  • Wesley L.
    Feb 12, 2019

    Very good, quick and easy, didn't change a thing.... and the sauce complimented the meatloaf ! Yummy :)

  • gunslinger
    Oct 19, 2018

    Really tasty meatloaf! I love the fact that it makes just enough for two. The topping was delicious. I will be making this on a regular basis!

  • John
    Jan 29, 2018

    Perfect! Add-nothing-subtract nothing! Thank you!

  • Millieee
    Jan 20, 2018

    I made this tonight for my husband and I. We both thought it was good. I doubled the recipe, made 4 meatloaves and baked them in a convection oven 45 min. While I normally leave the sugar out of a ketchup topping, this time I added it but I use an all natural brown sugar that has no calories, doesn't raise your glycemic index and it isn't quite as sweet as regular brown sugar but it was still very sweet. It was good for a change but we are just as happy to leave the sugar out.

  • miriIammart09
    Feb 17, 2016

    Great recipe however I add 1/2 cup chop green peppers and chop red peppers

  • dirios99
    Jun 4, 2015

    This was very good meat loaf. I also added a splash of steak sauce and some ketchup to the meatloaf. I didn't use sugar in the glaze that is how I like it. The meatloaf was simple and delicious, great beefy flavor. I will definitely make this again.