When you need an easy weeknight meal or a tasty packable lunch look no further than these turkey meatloaf muffins topped with a sweet chili ketchup glaze. They are a great dinner for two option during the pre and post-holiday chaos!
Besides being great comfort food, I always find meatloaf to be a good choice for a quick and easy weeknight meal. When you transform meatloaf into these lovely little meatloaf muffins you still get the quick and easy part, along with making them super easy to pack for lunch the next day. And with a little creativity, you can turn them into a fun party appetizer too!
If eating a bit more on the healthy side is on your list of New Year’s resolutions – I know it will be on mine after all the holiday treats I’m probably going to consume – then these muffins are great to add to your list of tasty options. In muffin form, these have built-in portion control, at least in theory! Though I know I can manage to eat quite a few of them in one sitting!
For this meatloaf, I combined ground turkey breast and turkey thigh to give it an extra pop of flavor. Then they get topped with a sweet chili ketchup glaze for a fun little kick! They keep and travel well which makes them super versatile!!
When cooking ground poultry I always recommend using a meat thermometer to check the temperature and ensure the meat is done. While the cooking time listed should ensure it’s the correct temperature, you really want to be sure it’s thoroughly cooked and ovens can vary in temperature too! To check the doneness of these, insert the thermometer in the middle of a muffin, being sure not to push it all the way down to touch the muffin pan. It should register 160 – 165°F.
If you are entertaining or have kids in the house, you can top the meatloaf muffins with some of these Parmesan Truffle Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes to make them into little “cupcakes” which will be a big hit with the kids, and are very fun for adults too!
Meal Prep Tips
Your best option for prepping these is to make and cook them ahead of time then freeze them. You can defrost them when you are ready to eat and then reheat them in the microwave or a toaster oven. The sweet chili ketchup will keep for about a week in the refrigerator so you can also make that ahead of time if you know these muffins are going to be on the menu for the week.
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
- ½ pound ground turkey breast
- ½ pound ground turkey thigh
- ⅓ cup diced onion
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried minced garlic
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ⅓ cup ketchup
- 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 6 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray, being sure to coat each cup thoroughly.
- Place the turkey, onion, pepper, salt, oregano, garlic and Worcestershire in a medium mixing bowl and mix until combined. Add egg and panko; continue to mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Divide the meatloaf mixture among the 6 muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes, until a meat thermometer registers 160°.
- While the meatloaf muffins are cooking, combine the ketchup and sweet chili sauce in a small mixing bowl.
- When the muffins are done, remove from muffin cups and top each with the sweet chili glaze. Serve immediately.