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Mini Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

by Aggies Kitchen on April 29, 2013

Mini Cheddar BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins | Aggie's Kitchen

I don’t make meatloaf – of any kind – very often, for no other reason other than it just doesn’t come to mind when I think of what to make for dinner. That’s probably because I didn’t really grow up eating meatloaf, so it doesn’t really fall into the everyday comfort food category for me. Does it for you?

There are two meatloaf recipes that I have made over the years when I have made meatloaf and they have become my go-to meatloaf recipes. They are both very different from each other and it just depends on whether or not I want a more traditional recipe like this copycat Boston Market Meatloaf recipe, or a lighter but oh so delicious one like Barefoot Contessa’s Turkey Meatloaf (I love this one!!). Anytime I do make meatloaf, my meat loving husband is a happy man. And after making these Mini Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins apparently now I know that my children are both fans as well. I guess I know whats going into the dinner rotation more frequently.

I was inspired to make this mini versions of meatloaf from my friend Liz, who writes the blog The Lemon Bowl (I’ve been finding myself stalking her blog for dinner ideas quite frequently, along with Melanie’s blog, Nutritious Eats). It’s nice to get ideas from other busy moms that like to eat food you like to eat, and have to still feed young children food that they will like as well – I’m always inspired by both ladies! These mini turkey meatloaves came together super easily and quickly, using ingredients I always have on hand. I served them alongside this Corn, Tomato and Basil Saute and my kids and husband enjoyed every bite of dinner that night.

Mini Cheddar BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins | Aggie's Kitchen

Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Yield: makes 12 mini meatloaf muffins

My kids would normally groan if I said we were having meatloaf for dinner. However, meatloaf muffins got a different type of response! I love that they are portion controlled, makes for great leftovers too. These were easy to make and my family loved them. Recipe inspired and adapted from The Lemon Bowl's Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worcerstershire sauce
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 15oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained well (give them a good squeeze to get all the moisture out)
  • 3 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • topping:
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the meatloaf mixture into a large bowl and using your hands gently combine. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non stick spray. Add meatloaf mixture evenly among cups.
  3. In a small bowl, combine honey, barbecue sauce and mustard. Spoon or brush evenly over meatloaf muffins. Bake for 20-25 minutes until you see the muffins bubbling and start to slightly separate from sides of muffin pan. Turn broiler on for 2-4 minutes to get the tops nice and browned.
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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

Love the Panko and diced tomatoes!!! These look so good- my husband is a meatloaf lover too. :-) xoxoxo

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Tasha @ Thatssoyummy April 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

These look so good, will have to try them.

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

Until recently I hated meatloaf of any kind. That was until I discovered the mini versions which are basically meatballs. Since I don’t like the overly mushy-ness of meatloaf the smaller ones have more surface area and are therefore less mushy. These are right up my alley!

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

My family loves meatloaf, we have it often but I’m like you I didn’t grow up eating it. This looks fantastic!

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Erica April 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

This has been bookmarked! My Mom never made meatloaf growing up, so the first time I had it is when I first made it ;). I don’t make it often, but Josh really likes it…so maybe its time again! Plus your version looks super good

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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I am not a big meatloaf lover either but these look cute and I could see how they would go over really big with kids!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day April 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

These look amazing, Aggie! I love meatloaf but rarely make it because, like you said, I just never think about it. Think I’ll be adding it to this week’s meal plan!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

These sound like the ULTIMATE comfort – yum!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

How fun! Definitely need to try this for myself!

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Oh wow!! I love this Aggie!!!

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Tracey April 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

We actually make meatloaf fairly often but I’ve never done it in muffin/cupcake form. This flavor combo sounds delicious!!

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Aggies Kitchen May 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

I need to start making it more often! I really do love a good leftover meatloaf sandwich with ketchup the next day :)

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! April 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Mmmmm, these look fantastic and would make a totally great family meal. Love the corn, tomato and basil saute too…wonderful combo!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles April 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

My family adores meatloaf, but I have yet to make it with turkey. These meatloaf muffins remind of a recipe I used to make, and now I’m wondering where that recipe is, must find it!! I just printed off your recipe, will be enjoying it soon – thanks, Aggie! :)

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Kelly @ Life made Sweeter April 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

My hubby loves meatloaf too but I don’t make it very often either since I am not a big meat eater but these mini’s look and sound perfect! Our son would definitely love this too. Thanks for sharing Aggie!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks April 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

YU-FRICKIN’-UM.

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Bree {Skinny Mommy} April 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

These look awesome and I bet my boys would devour them!

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Jen @ Savory Simple April 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

I am intrigued! My husband loves meatloaf but I’ve never made it for him.

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Angie April 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

What a great idea! I think my family would be more into meatloaf if I made muffins like this!

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Tara @ Unsophisticook April 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I grew having meatloaf about once a week, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve made it. I bet my kids would adore meatloaf muffins though!

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Aggies Kitchen May 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

something about the muffins…

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Minnie@thelady8home April 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I am not for meatloaf either. But the muffins looks interesting, my boys will love it.

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katie May 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

I love meatloaf but am not a fan of ground turkey! ha! I do have some in the freezer… maybe I should defrost it and give these a try!

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Aggies Kitchen May 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

We use ground turkey so much it’s a treat to cook ground beef :) If you season it right it turns out great – let me know if you try it out!

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Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts May 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Aggie,
When we lived in Hawaii I rarely cooked anything heavy, and never anything like a meat loaf. It didn’t take my little kids very long to adapt to meatloaf once we moved away, and now they clamor for it–even when my meatloaf has 48.3% meat in it!
Your meatloaf muffins look absolutely adorable, and what a great way to portion out the protein!

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven May 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

These sound so comforting! And I love the mini-size! :)

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Nutmeg Nanny May 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Oh wow, these look wonderful! I love meatloaf when it’s made right and yours sounds amazing!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles May 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I made these the other night and my family thought they were great. I just finished off the last one for lunch, with some eggs and sauteed mushrooms, yum! I hadn’t made meatloaf with turkey before, and this proved to be a nice light version, perfectly lunch portioned. Thanks!

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Chrissy September 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Do you use mini muffin tins or the regular sized tins?

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Aggies Kitchen September 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

regular sized muffin tin

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Chrissy September 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Thank you! I made these last week and they are wonderful! I take two with me for lunch and I’m set!

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Aggie September 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

That’s great! The size does make them great for lunch! :)

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