Recipe: Meatless Meatloaf

Meatless Meatloaf Muffins

makes 9 patties


  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • (2) 14 ounce cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Vegan Meatloaf Ingredients

Preheat over to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup marinara (not the whole thing) and the flax seed. Stir and set aside to thicken.


In a large bowl, mash pinto beans with fork or potato masher (leave chunky).

Smashed beans

Add the remainder of ingredients to smashed beans (onion, oats, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, nutritional yeast, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper).

Mix ingredents with beans

Stir well and then add in marinara/flax seed mixture. Stir again to fully mix.

Bean mixture

Scoop mixture into a muffin pan (make sure to grease muffin pan prior).

Bean patties

Bake for 15 minutes.

Take the pan out of the oven, top patties with a spoonful of marinara. Return to over and bake another 10 minutes.

baked beans with marinara

Serve it up with some veggies and enjoy!

Vegan Meatloaf with peas

Original recipe found at Better Homes & Gardens

About the Author

By , on May 16, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. I just made this–really good! These will become a standard menu item in our house. Thanks!

    • Andy says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. They were good but weren’t one of my favorites. If you’re ever curious about the best dishes then let me know and I can recommend a few.

  2. That looks sooooo flipping good! I’m definitely going to try that one out as I’m always looking for something different…. and I love meatloaf…so this should be good! I love that you have recipe posts on here… they’re even ‘better than crack’ sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow. That looks really good, and they don’t look too difficult to make. I like the cupcake pan idea…that’ll definitely help with the portion control.

  4. Carrie Smith says:

    Have you been reading my mind lately? Lol. I’ve been searching/brainstorming for ways to cut back on the expense of buying meat at the grocery store, and looking for cheaper veggie options. I especially love the idea of individual size meatless loaf by using a muffin pan – Genius! Sneaking the flax seed and beans in there makes it really nutritious too. So glad you shared this, I’m saving it to my recipe board on Pinterest then I’ll cook it up this weekend. Thanks Andy!

  5. Thanks so much for posting this. Those look awesome. Being a vegetarian this kind of recipe is right up my ally. I think what I like most is the small size. Great for packing to go camping etc.

  6. Amy @ Jobcred CV Builder says:

    What an awesome recipe with a hilarious name. I’m surprised that it’s not even in the form of a loaf. What a clever idea. Thanks.

  7. Michelle says:

    Oh my gosh…you made meatloaf CUTE!! Just curious, do you eat less meat for health benefits, financial benefits, or another reason? I love all your meatless recipes. While breastfeeding (hope I don’t make anyone uncomfortable…guys hate talking about breastfeeding, right? Sorry…pretend I said “while skiing often” instead), I’m supposed to get a LOT of protein, like 70g a day! I don’t know how I could do that without meat, but I have been trying to eat less RED meat at least, since my dad had colon cancer. Anyway…was just curious. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andy says:

      Really good question! Ummm…there are a lot of reasons that we don’t eat meat. One, I don’t think we could eat it all of the time because of financial reasons, but really we just choose not to for health purposes.

      The China Study (book) had a pretty serious influence on our viewpoint regarding meat and it’s correlation to diseases/cancer in affluent countries. Furthermore, movies such as Food, Inc. had some influence as it discussed how meat is no longer raised on a farm rather mass produced to fulfill the demands of restaurants, fast food chains, etc. The lengths they go to clean meat because of this mass production is rather scary (they literally run most beef through ammonia to get it clean).

      With that said there are TONS of ways to get protein without meat. Quinoa has a lot of protein, brown rice, beans, lentils, nuts (peanuts, almonds, etc), butters from nuts, and protein powders.

      With that said we still eat some meat. If we do we typically go with chicken or fish (maybe some tuna or salmon). We rarely eat beef, and if a recipe calls for ground beef we’ll go with turkey instead.

      • Michelle says:

        Great tips! Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely try those. Quinoa is kind of expensive ( as far as grains go), so we haven’t tried it yet. I’d like to, though. Your comment might be just the push I need to try something new. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Shilpan says:

    This looks very yummy Andy. I am going to let my daughter know as she is a muffin fanatic.

    • Andy says:

      Well, Shilpan, I can’t say these are the tastiest muffins I’ve ever tried. I’d must prefer blueberry or something along those lines.

  9. Katie says:

    That’s very creative and looks great. You and your wife put my meals to shame. I need to step it up a bit.

    • Andy says:

      We’ve cooked liike this for awhile. I think it’s kind of fun to put a bunch of random things together and have it come out as one awesome meal. It’s just enjoyable for us…we’re weird, I know.

  10. LOL at Nick’s comment. They do look weird but they look DELICIOUS!!!! The herbs and everything mashed up together look so good… Why must you post these when I’m starving at work, why!

    • Andy says:

      When you mash everything up it actually looks like beef. It was kind of strange because most people wouldn’t notice the difference.

  11. Nick says:

    those look so weird… tasty but weird! Maybe we’ll try them. My wife makes turkey meatloaf muffins and they’re really good too. They’re made with Stove Top stuffing mix, though, and everything with Stove-Top stuffing is tasty…

    • Andy says:

      Stove-top stuffing is pretty amazing. Our “real” meatloaf recipe calls for part turkey and part beef. I never thought about making muffins though.

  12. Looks awesome – not sure why, but meatloaf was never a part of my life growing up, nor my wife’s, so we don’t eat it.

    Is this the new camera in action? Pictures look great!

    • Andy says:

      Thanks John! This IS the new camera! I’m not sure if I have any recipes left from the old camera.

      I can’t believe you’ve never had meatloaf…if you didn’t grow up with it I’m not sure you’d like it though. It’s not the tastiest dish in the world. Well, except my wife’s meatloaf of course (hopefully we’ll post that recipe sometime in the future; it’s absolutely AMAZING!!)

  13. In all my years and all the cooking shows that I’ve ever watched, I have never come across a meat dish that involved using a muffin pan. Maybe it’s just me, but this is about as creative as you can get. This looks like such a delicious dish, and it’s obviously easy and fun to make. This is definitely one that I’ve got to try.

    • Andy says:

      Yeah, when my wife told me about them I assumed we’d make them in some sort of dish that we normally cook meatloaf in…I wasn’t really expecting the muffin pan. lol

  14. Nice, I’m going to try these! Say, did you take these photos with the new camera? They’re very crisp.

  15. Looks like something worth a try. I just smoked a meatloaf a couple weeks ago. Thought it was weird the first time I heard about doing it but it was pretty awesome tasting.

    • Andy says:

      I’ve definitely never heard of smoking a meatloaf! My wife makes a meatloaf that is the best I’ve ever tried…we haven’t posted it on here yet, but we will eventually. Actually, the meatloaf is just meatloaf…it’s all in the sauce that we put on top. Yummmmmmmm. Prob one of my fav meals.

  16. Modest Money says:

    I like the idea of making meatloaf in a muffin tin. I might try that with regular meaty meatloaf. One of these days you’ll convince me to have some vegetarian meals though lol.

    • Andy says:

      This wouldn’t be the meal I recommend you start on if you haven’t tried vegetarian stuff. I definitely have posted some better ones that this that would be better to start with.

  17. Meatless meat loaf? Looks good, sounds funny.

    Hey, you won the giveaway at ThadThoughts!

  18. Michelle says:

    Looks good! Adding this to my meal plan now ๐Ÿ™‚

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