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  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 10 ounces of mushrooms diced (we used mini portabellos)
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • ⅓ cup low-sodium spicy tomato juice (V-8)
  • ⅔ cup of plain panko bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.5 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoons of dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon or so cayenne pepper


We use the homemade BBQ sauce that we use for Milwaukee Pork Chops. Or, you can use your favorite store-bought sauce.


  1. Set the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 375º. Place parchment paper at the bottom of the sheet pan. Spray a cooking rack with cooking spray (Pam) and then cover it with foil. Pierce the foil in several spots to allow and grease to pass through to the sheet pan. We do this to make clean up easier and the meatloaf isn’t cooking in grease.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat and add the onion cooking until softened (about 8 minutes). Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid (about 5 minutes). Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the liquid is evaporated. Next, add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Let the mixture cool while doing the next step.
  3. Whisk egg, soy sauce, mustard, salt, pepper, parsley, and tomato juice in a large bowl. Add the ground beef and combine. Next, add the onion/mushroom mixture to the bowl and mix by hand until evenly combined.
  4. Form the mixture into equal-sized mini loaves (about 7 ounces) and place them on the prepared baking sheet pan.
  5. Place in the oven and cook until the internal temperature is about 150º.
  6. Remove the meatloaf and apply the glaze of your choice.
  7. There are two ways we do the next step; broiler or higher oven temperature.
    • Broiler: Turn the broiler on and broil the meatloaf until the glaze begins to bubble (about 3 minutes).
    • Higher oven temp: Increase oven temperature to 425º. Cook the meatloaf for an additional 5 minutes or until the glaze starts to bubble.
    • Note: with both methods, the meatloaf will continue to cook and will reach an internal temperature of about 160º.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving with your favorite sides.