I have a friend, Muffin, who calls all of her friends Muffin. So, when we cook together, we often make muffins. Sweet, savory; it doesn’t matter.

One of my favorite recipes born out of my friendship with Muffin is for turkey meatloaf muffins. This recipe is adapted from my mom’s meatloaf – which is the only meatloaf I’ll eat. This is the healthier, easier-to-control-your-portions little sister of my mom’s meatloaf.

It’s tangy. It’s easy to make. It’s delicious. And, did I mention, it’s healthy?

Here’s the recipe:

1 pound extra lean ground turkey breast
1 slice of whole wheat bread, crumbled
1/2 white onion, diced
1 egg
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
Salt and pepper

You can also sneak in some veggies – carrots, peppers, mushrooms, etc. – but, I’m a bit of a meatloaf purist and don’t include these.

In a bowl, mix together turkey, bread crumbs, onion, egg, garlic, 1/2 bottle of chili sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. It works best to mix with your hands.

In a greased muffin tin, divide mixture into 10-12 muffins. Cook for 30 minutes on 375, or until muffins are cooked through.

Cover muffins with remaining chili sauce and cook for another 10 minutes.

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11 Comments on Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

  1. elizabeth-flourishinprogress
    June 9, 2011 at 7:10 PM (6 years ago)

    bless you.

    i love meatloaf. so much. more than so much. only cupcakes top it. only thing is, when i make a loaf, it looks great until i try to cut and serve it and then it just looks like a pile of something totally unimpressive. this is the reason i never serve it when we have guests.

    you have just put meatloaf back on the “things i can serve guests” list.

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    • Julia
      June 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM (6 years ago)

      I should probably win the Nobel Peace Prize or something for putting meatloaf back on the dinner party menu. Just a thought.

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  2. Muffin
    June 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM (6 years ago)

    Muffin, meat, and broc in the background…that photo is so us. Sadly, your food is more photogenic than me.

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    • Julia
      June 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM (6 years ago)

      I think we’re both way more photogenic now that not all of our photos are of us walking home from happy hour or an event we crashed. Free booze + walking in DC humidity = bad pictures.

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  3. Kristin Murdock
    June 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM (6 years ago)

    I LOOOOVVVEEE turkey meatloaf! I honestly think it’s even better than regular meatloaf and these look like the *perfect* individual meatloaf muffins. Thanks for sharing the recipe. mmm!

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    • Julia
      June 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM (6 years ago)

      I totally agree that turkey meatloaf is better. You can taste the non-meat ingredients so much better without the heavy flavor of fatty beef.

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  4. Tres Delicious
    August 28, 2011 at 1:15 AM (6 years ago)

    That muffins look delectably enticing. I love its appearance.

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  5. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?
    August 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM (6 years ago)

    These meatloaf muffins look delicious! And not to mention the fact that they’re super cute =) Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ll definitely have to give these a try.

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  6. Mary Lehan
    March 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM (6 years ago)

    I have cooked for years and never thought of putting the meatloaf in muffin tins. However, I have Texas muffin tins and this past week cooked the portions that way. What a blessing, and it is so easy. Thank you for the suggestion.

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  7. Sherry
    April 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM (6 years ago)

    These are both simple and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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