Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup mashed potatoes and 2 mini meat loaves)

Make a small indentation with your thumb in the center of each meat loaf before baking. This keeps the proteins from shrinking too much, which could result in a dense, dry meat loaf.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Place potatoes in a medium saucepan filled with water. Bring to a boil; cook 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan. Add buttermilk, salt, and cheese; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Keep warm.

Step 3

Coat 8 muffin cups with cooking spray. Combine sausage, sirloin, carrot, green onions, panko, black pepper, and egg in a large bowl, stirring just until combined. Divide sausage mixture evenly among prepared cups. Make a (1/2-inch-deep) indentation in the center of each meat loaf. Top each meat loaf with about 2 teaspoons barbecue sauce. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 160°.

Ratings & Reviews

Repeat Dinner!

December 11, 2015
Both the meat loaf muffins and potatoes were packed full of flavor!  Definitely making this recipe again!!


December 07, 2016
Even my picky teen loved this (so long as I gave her potatoes without blue cheese).  Definitely a comfort food meal and one I will prepare again.


September 12, 2016
Loved the potatoes and the meatloaf! Definitely doing this again. My husband complimented it as well. 

Simple, family friendly!

January 26, 2016
Quick and easy to make.  My 6 year old was able to make it with me and enjoyed eating it.  I made some with spicy Italian sausage and preferred them and a few with mild sausage and no BBQ sauce for the kids.  I didn't use buttermilk for the potatoes, I used a little bit of sour cream and low-fat milk -- they turned out delicious.  I used gorgonzola because I didn't have any blue cheese in my fridge, it substituted well.  They did need a little salt, so I added some garlic salt.  Yum!Like another reviewer, I had to cook them for about 25 minutes to get the temperature to 160.

Easy and tasty!

December 11, 2015
This looked like such a tasty recipe from the ingredients - and so glad I tried it.  I usually make the Italian-Style Meat Loaf, but it sometimes takes way too long to make it on a weeknight.  I whipped this up in about 45 minutes - both the mashed potatoes and the mini BBQ meat loaves.  I needed to cook the meat loaves a little longer as it wasn't reaching 160 degrees on my thermometer after 17 minutes.  I served it with a side salad, and it was well received by husband and picky six-year-old (although he liked the meat more than the potatoes.)  Only differences I did was add a little bit of butter to the mashed potatoes and I added one minced garlic clove to the meat loaf From the picture, it seemed that they peeled the red potatoes, but I left the skin on as well. I also used Cambozola cheese - which is a blue cheese brie.  Will definitely make it again!