Mini Bariatric Sized Meatloaf

Steph Wagner

September 7, 2012

Mini Bariatric Sized Meatloaf


Bariatric Size Mini Meatloaf! Perfect sized meal after Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass. #bariatriceating #foodcoachme

I was given this recipe by a weight-loss surgery patient and modified it a tiny bit. I love the idea behind using a muffin pan to create a smaller portion that reheats quickly! Not to mention, meatloaf can be made in several different varieties. This is a traditional meatloaf but can be modified with different veggies and spices. Substituting parmesan cheese instead of breadcrumbs keeps the starch content down without changing the texture.

Bariatric Size Mini Meatloaf! Perfect sized meal after Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass. #bariatriceating #foodcoachme

Mini Bariatric Sized Meatloaf

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
Makes 12 mini meatloaf or 8 medium meatloaves
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  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg slightly beaten or 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp low sugar ketchup or try it with bbq sauce


  • Preheat over to 375 degrees. Lightly spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • Add ground beef, salt, pepper, onion, bell pepper, parmesan cheese and egg to a bowl.
  • Add diced tomatoes and part of juice until the consistency you want – not moist enough to fall apart.
  • Using clean hands mix ingredients together.
  • Divide mixture into muffin pans and top with ketchup or bbq sauce.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes; let cool before serving.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 307mg | Sodium: 1255mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 628IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 5mg
Nutrition Facts
Mini Bariatric Sized Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 307mg102%
Sodium 1255mg55%
Potassium 722mg21%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 628IU13%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 210mg21%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

32 thoughts on “Mini Bariatric Sized Meatloaf”

  1. This is a fantastic idea! ;)
    Would be even better with Mashed Garlicky Cauliflower on top! just sayin

  2. Made these the other night but used ground turkey and added a small ball of baby mozzerella cheese to the center of each one. Took a while to find a low sugar Bar BQ sauce used Head Country Hickory Smoke it has just 4 gm of sugar per serving,

  3. I made this last night for my family, and they all loved it! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  4. This may be a dumb comment but does the Greek yogurt get mixed in or is it a topping? I don’t see it in the steps?

  5. Not dumb at all Sara – what’s dumb is that I’m sitting here reading the recipe and thinking “I put Greek Yogurt in this??”

    I still can’t figure it out but I think when I was updating this recipe in a new recipe plugin I must have copy and pasted that ingredient in? It doesn’t belong!! I’m 99% sure I didn’t put Greek yogurt in it!!! LOL. I’m updating this recipe to exclude the yogurt but everything is should be good. I’m SO glad you commented!

  6. I was wondering if the 29g of protein is in the 8 muffin size or the 12 mini muffin size

  7. Hi Ana! The 29 grams of protein is for one serving…and this recipe makes 4 servings. If you make 8 muffins, then 2 muffins would make one serving (2 muffins = 29 grams protein). If you make 12 muffins, then 3 muffins would make one serving (3 muffins = 29 grams protein). Thanks for your message!

  8. Thank you so much! Im hoping this helps me to eat a bit more protein. I’m having a lot of trouble getting my daily protein and water in. I’m only about 2 months out and my stomach doesn’t like much lol

  9. Also, I subbed ground turkey since I’ve been having trouble with beef and it came out very wet so I added a toasted slice of a bread I bought that is made out of whey protein and only has 2 carbs

  10. I made it last night. So good! Mine made 6 mini meatloafs. How many calories and protein etc in that. Thanks.

  11. @Barbara I’m so glad you enjoyed them! The nutrition info is listed under “recipe notes” for the recipes here on FoodCoach.Me. This recipe, if prepared as listed above, will yield an estimated 29 grams protein, 7 grams carbohydrate and 15 grams fat per serving.

  12. I’m seeing in the instructions to add bell pepper, but it isnt listed at all in the ingredients….

  13. @Amy you’re absolutely right, thank you for finding my error! I’ve made them so many times and change it depending if I have any bell pepper :) I appreciate your comment and have updated the ingredients!

  14. Do you have the calories calculated for this recipe? We had it for dinner tonight and it was amazing!

  15. 3 Mini Muffin cups would be an estimated 260 calories depending on the brands of ingredients used. (About 87 calories per mini meatloaf)

  16. Could this be considered a pureed food?? Even if you throw it in the blender and blend it for a few seconds.

  17. @Amanda M that’s a good question. Yes, you could blend it with warm beef broth as an option. You might run that by your dietitian as in my counseling I’ve never put patients on a pureed diet so there may be some variation on the approach. Best of luck in your pureed stage!

  18. @Lanette Long if you make 12 mini meatloaves it is 3 per serving. If you make 8 medium meatloaves it is 2 per serving.

  19. I have always put bread or crackers in my meatloaf. I see you do not? Does it hold deep together? I know bread is out but I thought maybe saltines. What do you think?

  20. @Tony William Bump Great question! That is what the grated Parmesan cheese is for! It does the binding without the starch.

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