Easy Single-serving Meatloaf (in a toaster OR oven!)

Guess who’s back again already! It’s me! But you already knew that. ‘Cause this is my blog. Duh.

Anyway, I picked up some lean ground beef the other day on the chance that the cafeteria would be lacking some good lean protein for dinner (as it very often does) and I was forced to fend for myself. Well guess what? It’s Saturday, and so the Commons staff assume that a lot of people will be eating out, so the menu is spectacularly disappointing when compared to usual. It’s time to break out the ol’ toaster oven, then.

What you’ll need is:

  • 1/4 lb of lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup (+ a squirt for on top)
  • Big pinch of brown sugar
  • A couple saltines
  • A splash of egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garlic and onion powder to taste

Start by preheating your toaster to 350°F. I made it a little hotter for mine because that’s just what worked. Honestly, if you feel that your toaster or oven works like a normal oven, stick with 350°F.

In a bowl, mix together your meat, ketchup, sugar, seasonings, and spices.

Crack an egg and, into your meat mixture, pour a little splash of egg. 

Next, take 2 or 3 saltines and crush them using a plastic baggy and something hard and heavy, like a rolling pin. Add the crumbs into your meat mixture.

Form your meat into a loaf or, perhaps, a heart (’tis the season!).


Now squirt on some ketchup!


Pop it in for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven. When the inside looks cooked, that’s when you’re done.


Tonight, I’m enjoying it with some homegrown (and mother-canned) string beans and garlic mashed potatoes. Feel free to enjoy it however you like, but I highly recommend potatoes.

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