Main Course, Small Bites

Meatloaf Muffins

What’s better than a home-cooked, savory meatloaf? Mini meatloaves!  Meatloaf cooked in a “traditional” meatloaf pan can take up to an hour to bake in the oven, but these meatloaf muffins, cooked in a muffin tray, cuts that time in half. Still delicious and moist, yet half the time it takes to cook! Who knew your muffin pans (probably collecting dust in your cabinets) could be used for things other than cupcakes.  Or, if you’ve already donated your old muffin pans, we use this one from Amazon–its super sturdy, non-stick, and easy to clean.

PLUS, you can tailor these fabulous meatloaf muffins to your tastebuds. Dad likes carrots, mom likes bell peppers, and grandma likes broccoli and mushrooms?  No problem. Just separate the ground turkey or ground beef (whichever you decide to use), and mix some with bell peppers, some with grated carrots, some with broccoli and mushrooms, or some with all four. Be creative, the sky is the limit. Our choice of veggie was green bell pepper all the way.

We usually serve meatloaf muffins for dinner as a main course, with veggies and a starchy side, such as rice or sweet potatoes, and the leftovers are packed in lunches the following day. BUT, since these are the perfect portion, grab n’ go type food, serving  meatloaf muffins for a party appetizer is totally acceptable.  Beware: friends may ask for the recipe!




  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef (we used ground turkey)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped or 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped (or whichever veggies you like- broccoli, grated carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup oatmeal, blended in blender or breadcrumbs (we used oatmeal)

Directions: (extra healthy version)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. In a skillet, cook ground turkey halfway extracting excess grease. Only cook halfway. We took out about 2 tablespoons worth. This step is totally optional, but great for a healthier version.
  3. In a medium bowl, knead together halfway cooked or raw ground turkey (if you skipped step 2), and the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Divide the ground turkey if you are doing some with bell peppers, and some with your own veggies. Or go straight to step 5.
  5. Spoon into lightly greased muffin pan tray. Mine had twelve muffins. Top it off with a dollop of ketchup.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes (if you did step 2). Or, bake for 30-35 minutes (if you skipped step 2).
  7. Serve 2-3 per person. We added a shake of chili powder and oregano on topfor some added flavor.
  8. Comment below your favorite veggie or bean combination!

    Meatloaf Muffins

    Servings: 12 meatloaf muffins

    Make meatloaf an entirely new way in a muffin pan! Cuts cooking time and delicious as ever.

    Tailor to your own tastebuds by replacing green bell peppers with your favorite veggies.

    Serve 2-3 meatloaf muffins per person. 

    Course Main Course
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    Servings 5 person
    110 kcal



    • 1 lb Ground turkey Or substitute: ground beef
    • 1/2 Yellow onion, chopped about 1/2 cup
    • 1/2 Green bell pepper, finely chopped about 3/4 cup
    • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 cup Oatmeal, blended Or substitute: breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 tsp Salt
    • 1/4 tsp Grounded black pepper
    • 1/4 cup Ketchup
    • 1/4 cup Tomato sauce


    1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.

    2. In a skillet, cook ground turkey halfway to extract extra grease. Remember only halfway, so part of it is still raw.

    3. Knead together ground turkey and the rest of the ingredients. 

    4. Spoon into lightly greased muffin pan tray (12 count). Top it off with a dollop of ketchup on each muffin.

    5. Bake 20 minutes (if you did step 2). Or, bake 30-35 minutes (if you skipped step 2).

    6. Serve 2-3 per person. Add a shake of chili powder or oregano on top before serving for some added flavor.

    Recipe Notes

    Feel free to add in 1/2 tsp chili powder and a 1/2 tsp oregano before cooking if you like a lot of flavor.

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