Turkey Meatloaf Muffins – Just 5 Ingredients!

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins get a zesty infusion of Mexican flavor with the addition of salsa and cheese..and, maybe cilantro!

It’s a variation of Turkey Burgers with Mango Chutney. Both of these recipes prove that healthy turkey meatloaf does not have to be boring and you don’t need a lot of ingredients either.

It’s also a sound strategy to combat “Practice is at 5:30…what’s for dinner?”

Just heat up a protein-packed “muffin” made with ground turkey and pair it with simple, healthy sides.  It’s the same thinking that’s behind Gourmet Meatloaf and Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf Cups.

Make all of these recipes ahead of time and freeze them before or after cooking.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins Recipe on plate

How to make Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

To make ground turkey meatloaf, combine oatmeal (or breadcrumbs,) shredded cheese, diced onion, salsa, salt, pepper and cilantro (if using) in a large bowl.

Tip: Combine all the other ingredients before adding the meat to ensure even distribution.

Next add ground turkey to the bowl and combine.

Tip: To avoid “tough” muffins, don’t handle and mix more than you have to!

Ingredients in Healthy Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

There are 5 basic ingredients in these muffins, not counting salt and pepper. Cilantro is optional because it’s controversial. I love it. Some people hate it. I get it!!!

  • Ground turkey breast – It’s leaner so we use it. Ground turkey will work too!
  • Salsa – the type of salsa used will completely transform the flavor of these turkey meatloaf muffins. I love Newman’s Own Peach Salsa.
  • Cheese – try Colby Jack, Monterey Jack or Cotija cheese.
  • Oatmeal – we make our turkey meatloaf with oats, the old fashioned kind. There’s no need to grind it, but you can. Or, use breadcrumbs.

This recipe is low in carbs, but I’ve seen crushed pork rinds used to make meatloaf no-carb. Check out Low-Carb Mini Meatloaf to see this technique in action.

How Long to Cook Turkey Meatloaf

Cook turkey meatloaf to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. We highly recommend using a meat thermometer to get it right (see our Amazon store.)

The length of time it will take to cook turkey meatloaf in a 350 degree F oven depends on the packaging. Make this recipe into muffins, a traditional loaf, mini loaves, burgers or meatballs.

It also depends upon the oven. Muffins cook quicker than a loaf, which is the main reason we love them. Bake turkey meatloaf muffins for 20 minutes, uncovered. Check to make sure they are cooked through.

If you opt for the regular-sized meatloaf, it will take about an hour.

Healthy turkey meatloaf in muffin tin

How to Make Ahead and Freeze Ground Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

This brings me to exactly how these little muffins help with the 5:00 p.m. rush and meal planning.

Double or triple the recipe and freeze these individual “muffins” for a healthy, protein-packed main entree in minutes, which comes in handy for the chauffeur as well. They are portable!

Freeze uncooked turkey meatloaf in the tin it will bake in. Wrap the tin in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Be sure to label it.

For best results, use within 2 months of freezing. Defrost in the refrigerator and cook according to the directions.

Or, freeze the cooked turkey meatloaf and reheat in the microwave.

Ground Turkey Meatloaf Muffins stacked on a plate

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins - Just 5 Ingredients

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins get a zesty infusion of Mexican flavor with the addition of salsa and Monterey Jack cheese. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 muffins
Calories: 87kcal


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/3 cup salsa plus about 3 Tablespoons to spoon over the tops (I used peach salsa!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, optional chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add all ingredients, except for turkey, to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Add the ground turkey to the bowl and fold in the other ingredients so that they are evenly distributed throughout the meat. Don't over-mix or the meat will be tough when cooked.
  • Portion about a 1/4 cup of mixture into a muffin tin coated in cooking spray. Press mixture into muffin tin with the back of a spoon.
  • Top each meatloaf muffin with a teaspoon of salsa.
  • Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.


If making a traditional loaf the cook time will be about 1 hour.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 197mg | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. Love the salsa ! We just had turkey meatloaf tonight – next time I’m trying out your twists for a new flavor profile –

  2. Turkey meatloaf is such a favorite in our house. I love your twist on it.

  3. Love the addition of sweet peach salsa on top of these meatloaves. It’s the perfect bite of sweet.

  4. I love these meatloaf muffins – such a cool idea!

  5. Oh man, these look delicious – and what a fantastic grab-and-go idea. I mean, I’ve made meatloaf in a muffin tin before, but this just looks better – must-try!

  6. What a yummy combination of flavors! Pinning!

  7. I love perfectly portioned food!

  8. No ordinary meatloaf indeed! And the peach salsa is the perfect compliment to these flavors.

  9. What a great idea! I bet my kiddos would love this. I’m always looking for kid friendly recipes. This one is perfect!

  10. I am in love with the idea of making savory meat dishes with a complimentary sweet salsa on top. Turkey + Peach Yummm

  11. These personal sized meatloaves sound perfect any time!

  12. I love making turkey meatloaf muffins! They are the perfect size! I love this version!

  13. Love these perfect portions & that salsa – yep yep

  14. These are SO cute!! My daughter makes something similar with rice and veggies inside. Sometimes what we do to get a decent meal on the table QUICK deserves an Olympic medal!!

  15. These look so tasty — I love the pop of salsa! And the fact that these are perfect for those rushed nights makes ’em all the better!

  16. These are freaking fantastic. I love turkey meatloaf, you took this one over the top. Awesome.

  17. Meatloaf is a favorite in my house, but I never thought to make it in muffin form. My kids will love this recipe!

  18. Ashley Fehr says

    My kids love these! They’re perfect for lunches!

  19. Mini Frericks says

    Looking forward to making up these for busy week night meals and as appetizers!
    Freezing ahead!!

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