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Gluten-Free Barbecue Meatloaf Muffins

Barbecue meatloaf muffins full of flavor, made with lean ground beef, quinoa, and lots of cheese. These gluten-free single-serving mini meatloaves are fast, easy, and delicious!

photo of two mini meatloaves with cheese and broccoli

This is not yo mama’s meatloaf! I think I’ve made meatloaf about a hundred different ways. I’ve made it with breadcrumbs, quinoa, brown rice, oats, you name it, I’ve probably tried it. It’s such a versatile dish and the whole family loves it. Even if my kids like to drown it in ketchup, they still enjoy eating it. It’s like having a flavorful burger without the bun.

Speaking of burgers without the bun, have you seen my burger salad recipe? That’s another low-carb dinner to love!

I love making personal mini meatloaves in muffin tins. It helps with portion control and they are fun to serve, so my kids are more interested in eating them. This gluten-free meatloaf recipe is a winner in our house. Not to mention, making mini meatloaves doesn’t get much easier than this!

How To Make Barbecue Meatloaf Muffins

two barbecue meatloaves topped with cheese on a plate with broccoli

Mix all ingredients, except some of the cheese for topping,  in a large bowl with your hands. Don’t be afraid to get messy. Dig in and get it all mushed up together.

mini meatloaves mixture

Now grease 12 muffin tins with olive oil spray and fill each cup evenly with the meatloaf mixture.

mini meatloaves ready to bake

Top with remaining cheese and bake according to recipe directions below. Look at that cheesy goodness!

mini meatloaves are single sized portions of meatloaf. perfect for packing into a lunch box!

Dig in and enjoy with your favorite green veggies.

mini meatloaves with quinoa and cheese on a plate with fork

How To Freeze Meatloaf

You can freeze these mini meatloaves by wrapping them individually and storing them in an airtight container for up to three months. Defrost the frozen meatloaves, overnight, in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Barbecue mini meatloaves topped with cheese on a plate with a fork and cooked broccoli spears

Cheesy Barbecue Meatloaf Muffins

Barbecue meatloaf muffins stuffed to the gills with barbecue flavor, ground beef, quinoa, and lots of cheese.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Amee


  • 1 lb lean ground beef such as sirloin
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar freshly shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce your favorite kind
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, using only half the cheddar
  • Mix well with your hands (don't be scared)
  • Spray 12 muffin tins with olive oil spray
  • Divide meat mixture, evenly, in all cups
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then top with remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes longer until cheese is bubbly and melted


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 653IU | Calcium: 292mg | Iron: 3mg
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