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Grilled Mini Meat Loaves

These healthy, gluten free Grilled Mini Meat Loaves are the answer to your “quick dinners for busy weeknight meals” prayers. The meat loaves only have 5 simple ingredients and the sauce takes all of 5 minutes to stir together.
Author: Laura Marzen, RD

Ingredients

Meat Loaves

  • 1/3 cup gluten-free quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground black pepper or crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef

Sauce

  • ¼ cup tomato paste*
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger (optional)
  • Chopped fresh chives (optional)

Instructions

  • For the meat loaves, in a large bowl combine oats, onion, coconut aminos, and pepper. Add beef; mix well. Shape meat mixture into 8 patties, each about ¾-inch-thick. For the sauce, stir together tomato paste, coconut aminos, honey, vinegar, water, and, if desired, ginger. If desired, transfer 1 to 2 tablespoons of the sauce to a separate bowl for brushing on the meat loaves after they are finished grilling.
  • For a charcoal or gas grill, grill patties directly over medium coals or heat for 16 to 20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into sides of patties registers 160°F, flipping** patties once halfway through grilling and brushing tops with sauce for the last 5 to 7 minutes of grilling.
  • If desired, brush meat loaves with any sauce you had set aside before grilling. Garnish tops of meat loaves with chives if desired.

Notes

* If you use no-salt-added tomato paste, add 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt to the sauce.
** If the patties don’t release from the grill rack easily when you try to flip them, don’t force flipping them or they will stick. Instead, allow them to grill 1 to 2 minutes more or until they release easily from the rack.
Quick Prep Tip: When I make these, I like to shape the patties and get them on the grill before I make the sauce. While they are grilling for the first half of the cooking time, I stir together the sauce so it’s ready to go when I need it!
Yield: 8 servings (1 meat loaf per serving)