Cheesy ground turkey meatloaf muffins are sure to be a hit. The best part is that they come pre-portioned with no need for slicing!
The easiest thing to do is to use a different kind of meat. The traditional ground beef can be replace with chicken, turkey, or pork. But I also like to use ground venison a lot in mine.
My family also likes the addition of cheese and I thought it would be fun to make mini sized loafs in a muffin pan rather than a bread pan. That's why I decided to try some cheesy ground turkey meatloaf muffins to see if it would be a winner.
Why it works
The best thing about making meatloaf as muffins versus a loaf is that there's no slicing. And, it's so easy to remove the muffins from the pan to serve. Plus, the smaller loaves cook faster than one large one!
I also love the perfectly sized portions you get with the mini meatloaves. And many choose turkey over beef because it's more lean. But, most ground turkey is made from the dark meat so it often contains more fat and calories which makes it more filling.
Choosing the right pan
The process for making meatloaf muffins is basically the same as a regular loaf. It's the baking pan that's the primary difference. And when I make mine, I like to use a seasoned stoneware pan because the muffins pop right out.
Although you can use a metal or silicone pan instead, I like the way stoneware because it holds heat in better. This tends to do a better job browning the bottom of the muffins. Stoneware bakeware is also chemically stable so there's no worry of toxins leaching into food.
There's nothing fancy in the recipe. But you can certainly dress up the recipe by adding mushrooms, spinach, or different herbs and spices.
The ground turkey meatloaf muffins contain the following ingredients:
- coconut oil
- ground turkey
- shredded cheese
- chopped onion
- crushed pork rinds
- Worcestershire sauce
- dried oregano
When serving the mini meatloaves, I also like to have some sugar free ketchup available for topping them off. And, I make sure the Worcestershire sauce used is gluten-free.
How to make ground turkey meatloaf muffins
Meatloaf is one of the easiest things to make. That's why it's been such a popular main dish to serve for busy families for generations. And these days people love stuffing it with cheese for a low carb stuffed meatloaf.
All you do is mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and then divide the mixture between 12 lightly greased muffin tins. Then they are baked until fully cooked and browned. That's it! So quick and easy.
Prep time isn't much either. And if you have a hand chopper, that makes chopping the onion go quickly. I also keep a bag of crushed pork rinds in the freezer so I don't have to crush them every time I need them in a recipe.
Any ground meat can be used in the recipe. In fact, a combination of different meats can be used too. And you don't have to stick with all poultry or all red meat either. Why not use half turkey and half pork?
We also like to change up the cheese. Simply use whatever you like or have on hand. Different herbs and spices can be used as well to change up the flavor.
I like to use pork rinds like bread crumbs because I keep a bag of crushed pork rinds in the freezer for that purpose. But you can do the same with keto bread. Simply crumble up some extra low carb bread and store it in the freezer to use as bread crumbs.
Are these Turkey Meatloaf Muffins Weight Watchers Friendly
The fat content in these meatloaf muffins may not make them ideal for Weight Watchers which is a diet based on calories and saturated fat. But calories can be reduced by replacing the pork rinds with ¼ cup coconut flour, using the leanest ground turkey, and using low fat cheese.
So, if you are following a low carb Weight Watchers plan and need less fat and calories, it's quite simple to change the recipe for that. However, I've found that higher fat diets work much better and there's no need to worry about calories as you become accustomed to eating until full.
We hope you and your family enjoy these mini meatloaves. Let us know what you think or tell us how you modified the recipe in the comment form below.
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
- ½ cup onion chopped
- ¾ cup crushed pork rinds
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce see note
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- sugar free ketchup optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 muffin tins with coconut oil.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended.
- Divide meat mixture evenly between the 12 greased muffin tins.
- Bake at 350°F for about 55 minutes or until meat is fully cooked and browned.
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