Meatloaf balls with Brown Rice

It’s Fiesta Friday time!  That’s right, I am headed over to Angie’s, The Novice Gardener.  I will be enjoying delicious food and drinks with some great people, please do join me!

Meatloaf was always served regularly at my house growing up.  It was a weeknight favorite, especially with the men in our house.  I think there are just some recipes that are more man pleasin’ and some that are more suited to us women folk.  Don’t get me wrong though, none of the women in our family passed up my mom’s meatloaf either!  Years later I am still using mom’s recipe and preparing this for my family.

What do you do when your son wants meatloaf and you want spaghetti and meatballs?  The compromise …make meatloaf meatballs with brown rice, yummy!  🙂

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Meatloaf balls with Brown Rice

  • Servings: 24 meatballs
  • Difficulty: easy
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1lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

1/2 cup  bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cheese
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons prepared mustard

1/3 cup ketchup


Heat oven to 400°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.

In large bowl, mix all meat ingredients. Shape mixture into 20 to 24 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs. Place 1 inch apart in pan.

Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink in center.

In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and spoon over the meatballs; place meatballs back in the oven and bake for 5 more minutes.

Serve with brown rice.

Happy Fiesta Friday and weekend!


46 thoughts on “Meatloaf balls with Brown Rice

  1. What an awesome and creative combination! I never would have thought of putting them together but for some reason I think it would really work deliciously! Thanks for bringing this to the party 🙂


    1. Hi Jess! Thanks! My son will not eat meatballs. So I had to tell him …”okay, this is just like the meatloaf I make in the pan. The only difference is instead of the loaf I made balls” 🙂 He loved them. I have to be creative with a picky eater. Ha! Happy Fiesta Friday!


  2. There you go again!!! (with much vi “voice inflection”) Ooooooh, the flesh is sooooooo weak!!!!


  3. What a great idea to put meatloaf balls on brown rice! A nice twist on a classic. Thanks for sharing. Happy Fiesta Friday and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂


    1. Haha! Thanks Lori! My son does not like meatballs, so this is what I told him. “This is just like my meatloaf, it will taste just the same …the only difference is I made balls instead of a loaf” He loved them. I have to be creative Lori with a picky eater. 😉


  4. Hi Arlene, Happy Fiesta #20! You can never go wrong with meatballs! When I see meatballs, I cannot control myself. I like them fried, drop cooked, grilled or baked. Over brown rice? Priceless! 😛


  5. I love love love meatloaf. Can you believe my dad wouldn’t eat it for years… Until I made meatloaf meatballs – which he proclaimed delicious. Sneaky sneaky!


    1. I understand! My son doesn’t like meatballs. Will not eat them in spaghetti. So I told him “this is just like the meatloaf mom makes, only difference is instead of the loaf they are meatloaf meatballs. But they taste exactly the same.” He loved them! You have to get creative. Ha!


  6. Oh, such a perfect combo, Arl! I’m loading up my plate as we speak! I hope no one will be upset if I just stand here and chow down on this perfect comfort food! Thanks so much for bringing this to FF! Yum!


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