Mini Meatloaf Sheet Pan Dinner


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This mini meatloaf sheet pan dinner is very much an ugly duckling recipe on my website

Ugly photos, ugly because hand formed meatloaf is not pretty to start with, and ugly becuase these photos were taken in a hurry at 5pm when I was not only making dinner but also running the 5pm guntlet with my 4 kids

I was thinking I shouldn't post this meatloaf recipe yet, I should hold off until I manage to get better photos, the problem with this though, is it could be months

So I'm going to bite the bullet, run with it, and get the recipe out for you guys

Image for pinterest, meatloaf with a text overlay

Why meatloaf can be a beautiful swan!

Because like I said this is an ugly duckling recipe, and just like the ugly ducking allusion there is a beautiful swan aspect to this family dinner

It's beautiful because it's easy (I mean heck I managed to stop and take photos during the 5pm panic hour and still get dinner on the table)

It's a sheet pan dinner, a dinner where everything bakes in one tray, the type of dinner I'm such a fan of, as it's the type of dinner that fits into my crazy hectic mum life schedule.

If you also love dinners that you throw in the oven and walk away from, then my new recipe category sheet pan dinners is just for you! Because I'm right there with you, in the thick of mum life, no time for stirring and watching and recipes with a million steps!

My kids like it, it might be because getting their own little mini meatloaf makes them feel a bit special.

Even if my kids choose to eat none of the side veggies (ie the potatoes and broccoli,) there is still carrot and onion actually in the meatloaf, so that's a hidden veggie win!

Meatloaf without breadcrumbs

These are the ingredients that go into my meatloaf recipe

image labeling the meatloaf ingredients, minced beef, mustard, chia seeds, tomato paste, carrot, onion, herbs and spices
My meatloaf ingredients

The secret to making meatloaf with no breadcrumbs is the chia seeds! You will notice this meatloaf recipe is also egg free. Chia seeds gel when they are moistened, in this meat loaf recipe the chia seeds take the place of the usal binders in meat loaf (bread and egg)

I use chia seeds A LOT in my recipes, in baking, chia puddings but also in savoury dishes like my burgers

Tomato Paste, Garlic Powder, Italian Herbs

I am an ambassador for Countdown Supermarkets, they support my blog by gifting ingredients for recipe creation. I wanted to share these three things that I keep in my pantry

  • Tomato Paste Sachets - So handy to have single serve tomato paste ready to go for recipes like this meatloaf
  • Italian herbs - I nice mix of dried herbs that I find works well in tomato based recipes
  • Garlic powder - I'm a little new to garlic powder, but I am a convert! It is literally 100% dried garlic, really handy and adds a great flavour to meatloaf, burgers etc.

Meatloaf and Potatoes

This meatloaf meal is a sheetpan dinner, this means the veggie sides all cook together in one tray with the meatloaf

I usually serve my mini meatloaf with potatoes, it just seems kind of traditional, but you could switch out the potatoes for any root vegetable

Same as you could switch out the broccoli for another green vegetable, green beans works well

4 mini meatloaves toped with melted cheeseon an oven tray roast potatoes and broccoli
meatloaf topped with tomato ketchup and grated cheese with roast potatoes and broccoli

Mini Meatloaf Sheet Pan Dinner

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy meatloaf recipe, a sheetpan dinner that is perfect for busy families


  • 500g minced beef
  • 2 medium carrots (grated)
  • 1 medium onion (grated)
  • 50g tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon mixed herbs
  • 4 tablespoon Tomato Ketchup / Sauce
  • 1 Cup grated cheese (optional)
  • 600g roasting potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • Salt & Pepper as desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  2. Take the grated carrot and squeeze out the excess liquid
  3. In a large bowl add the beef mince, carrots, onion, tomato paste, chia seeds, wholegrain mustard, soy sauce, garlic powder, herbs image labeling the meatloaf ingredients, minced beef, mustard, chia seeds, tomato paste, carrot, onion, herbs and spices
  4. Use your hands to combine these ingredients
  5. Form the meat into 4 or 5 mini meat loafs
  6. Place on a lined baking tray (make sure the tray has a lip as there may be some juices during cooking)
  7. Chop potatoes into 2-3 cm chunks, toss in olive oil, then arrange evenly in the tray around the meatloaf 4 mini meatloaves and potatoes on a lined baking tray ready to go in the oven
  8. Bake for 15 minutes
  9. While the meat loaf and potatoes are baking prepare the broccoli by cutting into florets, toss in some olive oil
  10. Remove the meatloaves and potatoes from the oven, Spread a tablespoon of tomato ketchup or tomato sauce on the top of each meatloaf, Top each meatloaf with some grated cheese if desired
  11. Add the broccoli to the tray
  12. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes or until everything is cooked


I use a good roasting potato for this recipe, ie one with a floury texture. My favourite is Agria

Add seasoning ie salt and pepper to taste, I add this at the table so that I can serve my young kids first without the added salt

You can sub the soy sauce for Worchestershire sauce for a little more kick

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 686Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 999mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 9gSugar: 11gProtein: 47g

Please know this nutrition analysis is based on the ingredients only, this recipe has not been sent to a laboratory for independent testing

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