Individual Turkey Meatloafs

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This is the perfect way to make your meatloaf a little more elegant and refined. Is that possible with meatloaf? The name kind of kills any chance at sophistication, doesn’t it? How about…… Hmmmm. Nope. Can’t think of another name for it.

But it sure is tasty. I make these turkey meatloaf cupcakes every year for April Fools Day. My kids think that its hilarious to have cupcakes for dinner, only to find out(to their delight, of course) that those cupcakes are made of a savory turkey meatloaf and the frosting is actually mashed potatoes.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins/Cupcakes |

These meatloaf cupcakes(or muffins, if you’re not too keen on mashed potatoes) start with a ground turkey meatloaf base, loaded up with carrots, onions, parsley. They are glazed with a sweet ketchup sauce and then baked. After they are done they can be topped with a piping of whipped mashed potatoes and a garnish of parsley.

Even though these make an excellent April Fools meal, I like to make them any time of the year. The potatoes served on top of the meatloaf just make it all that more of an easy to eat “all in one” meal. And the meatloaf is killer. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite meatloaf recipes of all time.

I just wish it wasn’t called meatloaf.

But, I guess ‘savory ground turkey mixed with other delicious ingredients that are all smooshed together and baked’ doesn’t really work either.

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A few years ago I threw an April Fools dinner party where dinner was all dessert but nothing was as it seemed. For fun and deceptive food ideas, check the post out HERE.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins/Cupcakes |

Individual Turkey Meatloafs
Serves: Makes about 6 Mini Meatloafs
  • 1 C. Ketchup
  • ½ C. Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 T. Olive oil
  • 1 C. Onion, diced
  • 1 t. Garlic, minced
  • ¾ C. Carrot, grated
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2½ t. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ C. Parsley, chopped
  • 1 C. Bread Crumbs
  • ⅓ C. Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 LB. Ground Turkey
  • Whipped Mashed Potatoes(for topping, if desired)
  • Parsley, for garnishing
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease 6 muffin tins.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and 1 t. of the Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet and saute the onion, garlic, and carrot until the onion and carrot are soft. Stir in the pepper, salt, and remaining 1½ t. Worcestershire sauce and then transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Pour the breadcrumbs, milk, and parsley into the bowl.
  5. Add in the eggs, turkey, and 2 T. of the ketchup mixture. Mix everything together until well combined(I prefer to use my hands).
  6. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions. Form each portion into a ball and pat down into a greased muffin tin, filling the tin with the mixture and leaving the top domed.
  7. Spoon a bit of the remaining ketchup mixture on top of each muffin and spread evenly. Reserve the remaining sauce to serve along side the meatloaf.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until turkey is fully cooked.
  9. Remove muffins from tins(I find its helpful to run a knife along the inside of each tin and use a spoon to help lift them out.
  10. If desired, pipe whipped mashed potatoes on top of each muffin and garnish with a bit of parsley.
  11. Serve along with the remaining sauce.
*Don't worry about the muffin tins overflowing with grease and the meatloaf shrinking. Using ground turkey means that there is a much lower percentage of fat and it will keep its shape and not shrink noticeably when cooked.
*If you use ground beef in place of the turkey, expect it to shrink quite a bit...the muffins will not be as tall and shapely as ones made with ground turkey would be.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins/Cupcakes |


    • says

      Thank you Crystal! I didn’t tell anyone the first time I served the cupcakes and everyone totally thought they were about to dig into a sweet cupcake! It was pretty fun!

  1. Emily says

    I actually made these tonight — they were a big hit! Best meatloaf I’ve ever had! My kids loved it too. Thanks for the recipe!

    • says

      You’re welcome! I’m glad they were a hit! I love that kids always seem to like it, my 6 year old cooked-carrot hater always gobbles them up 😉

  2. Gregg says

    I’m a 25 year old dude and just made this for my girlfriend like a boss. I’ll admit I had an existential moment as I stared at my reflection in the metal bowl I was shredding the carrots into, but I pushed through and it was totally worth the couple minutes of housewifing. I couldn’t go full Martha though, and for the sake of hanging onto my man card I just spooned the mashed potatoes on top of the muffincakes to keep them rugged.

    Next time I’m gonna stack a layer of stuffing in between the potatoes and turkey and then garnish that poor man’s Thanksgiving with some homemade cranberry sauce.

    Thanks for the recipe :)

    • says

      Gregg, this may be my favorite comment that I have ever received on this blog. Glad you could keep these “rustic”, haha! =) so glad you liked these!

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