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We really like meatloaf in our house, but sometimes it feels like it takes forever to cook- so using a muffin tin is great for individual servings- plus takes a little less time.  This meatloaf does have eggs, but is dairy free.

 Elk burger is great for combining with other things, and the  nettles really add a wild feel to these muffins.  (learn more about Nettles here) It’s also a fairly ketogenic dish.  

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 lbs elk burger
  • 1 cup button or crimmini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic tomato paste or sauce
  • 2 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (or sharp cheese if you do dairy)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 cup steamed nettles, chopped

Eggs from the Sthealthy chickens

Eggs from the Sthealthy chickens


  • Saute the chopped onions with butter in a heated skillet, add mushrooms after onions are soft and saute till browned then remove from heat and cool. 
  • Lightly blanch fresh nettles in a small amount of water till soft.   Remove and drain. 
  • In large mixing bowl, add burger, eggs, salt, tomato paste, herbs, nutritional yeast, and nettles. Combine with hands or spoon.  
  • Add onions and mushrooms once cooled to meat mixture. 
  • In a muffin pan, add meat mixture up to top of each tin.
  • Cook in oven for 45-50 minutes.  
  • When cooled slightly remove muffins and top with sauce / or no sauce / of choice.  
  • Enjoy! 



Fresh nettle buds. 

Fresh nettle buds. 

Dr. H with muffins before popping in oven. 

Dr. H with muffins before popping in oven. 


  • Lydia says:

    I just cooked this tonight and it was delicious. I found that the jumbo muffins were cooked just right and the regular size muffins were a little too done at 45mins. I did not have time to go forage for nettles, so I omitted this ingredient. I also made few other adjustments: 1t liquid smoke and 1t kitchen bouquet, extra mushrooms, and a whole posy of fresh herbs including sage, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.

    • Ryan Lampers says:

      Hi Lydia! That sounds like wonderful substitutions! Cooking is all about experimentation, and we are not professionals by any means!