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Meatloaf in a Mug

Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 13 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Most meatloaves bake in pans in ovens for hours. But these bake up quick using microwave powers!


  • 1 pound extra-lean (92% lean) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (5 1/2-ounce) can vegetable juice (we used V-8)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Nutrition Information

  • calories 246
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • fat 11.1 g
  • satfat 4.6 g
  • monofat 4.6 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 25 g
  • carbohydrate 13.6 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 114 mg
  • iron 3.5 mg
  • sodium 653 mg
  • calcium 28 mg

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 8 ingredients in a big bowl. Divide mixture evenly into 4 portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place each ball into an 8-ounce microwave-safe coffee mug.

  2. Line the bottom of the microwave with a big sheet of wax paper in case juices from the meatloaves bubble out. Place mugs in a circle on top of wax paper. Cover mugs with another big sheet of wax paper. Microwave at MEDIUM-HIGH (70% power) 11 minutes. Cut into meatloaves with a knife and fork. If any are still pink inside, microwave them 30 seconds more and recheck for doneness. Carefully remove each mug from the microwave using oven mitts.

  3. Spread 1 tablespoon ketchup over each meatloaf; cover with wax paper, and let stand 2 minutes.

Cook's Notes

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