This post may contain affiliate links and/or images. My mini turkey meatloaf muffins with mashed potatoes are one of my favorite comfort foods. It reminds me of my Gram’s meatloaf. She had a knack for making it so moist and flavorful that you would slap your mamma because it was that good!
Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins With Mashed Potatoes
Now that I am worrying about things like my weight and high cholesterol, I have taken my favorite recipes from my Gram and made them healthier. I have tweaked my Gram’s meatloaf recipe and created my mini turkey meatloaf muffins with mashed potatoes.
Instead of ground beef, we use turkey. I also use other healthy swaps than you would use in a traditional meatloaf recipe. I promise you will still get all those flavors just without the extra calories.
Getting The Kids To Eat Vegetables
As with most kids, mine don’t always like to eat their vegetables. With this kid-friendly meatloaf recipe, I have hidden the veggies!
The kids have no idea there are carrots and zucchini in this recipe! My kids ask for this recipe just as much as my sister and I asked for my Gram’s meatloaf! Another favorite “muffin” recipe is my Sour Cream Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. So easy and so good!
Here are the ingredients you need to make your meatloaf:
- 1 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini
- 1/2 cup grated carrots
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp sea salt
Here are the ingredients you need to make your potatoes:
- 1 lb baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1 stick light butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
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Here are the instructions to make your meatloaf recipe:
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray your muffin tin with vegetable oil.
- Step 1: In a large bowl, add in all the meatloaf ingredients, but only 1/4 cup of the ketchup. Place meatloaf mixture into mini muffin tins filling them almost to the top.
- Step 2: In a small bowl, mix the remainder of the ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar. Brush onto the top of the meatloaf muffins.
- Step 3: Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven.
Here are the instructions to make your mashed potatoes recipe:
- Step 1: Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to medium heat; simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Step 2: Drain and return potatoes to the pot. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. cooked through, add potatoes to the top and enjoy!
Here are a few more of our favorite recipes:
Chocolate Mint Shortbread Keto Cookies
Lemon Poppy Seed Gluten Free Sour Cream Poundcake Recipe
Do you have a favorite family recipe you have made healthy swaps in? I would love to hear about it!
Kung Phoo saysMarch 7, 2015 at 2:36 am
Cool recipe.. at first i was thinking huh.. but then drilling into it i like it..
Ricci saysMarch 7, 2015 at 2:59 am
These are adorable and I bet they taste amazing too!! I love trying nee healthy recipes! Thanks for this one!!
Catherine S saysAugust 3, 2016 at 5:14 pm
I agree, I bet they are amazing. I am going to make these for dinner on Friday night,
Robin Rue saysMarch 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm
We make these all the time, but yours look a lot better than mine usually do LOL 🙂
Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com saysMarch 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm
Wow. I have never heard of this. This is amazing. My kids love meatloaf and potatoes, so why not put them together like this! Too cool!
ElizOF saysMarch 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm
That’s a very smart way to control portion sizes. It’s amazing what one can make with a cupcake tray. 🙂
Nancy saysMarch 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm
I love how ‘pretty’ they turn out! Something good to make it you want to impress the guests.
chubskulit saysMarch 7, 2015 at 7:24 pm
Wow, that looks so delicious! What an inventive way to prepare meatloaf!
ronley saysMarch 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm
Gotta love this recipe! Quite easy to make yet the end result looks really tasty. Can I copy this? 🙂
Amby Felix saysMarch 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm
OMG!!! We’ve made these SO many times! I don’t think mine were skinny though lol! I’d love to try your version! We love making our food cute haha!
Krystal saysMarch 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm
This is just SO unique! I am obsessed. I need to give it a try!
Kori saysMarch 8, 2015 at 1:28 am
We haven’t made these in awhile. I just might have to give your version a try though.
Candy Olivares saysMarch 8, 2015 at 3:33 am
Oh my goodness gracious! The mashed potato topping is fantastic! Beautiful pictures and recipe!
Beth saysMarch 8, 2015 at 3:21 am
Oh wow, I need to try these! I love anything even more when it’s in cupcake form.
Chrystal | Nevermore Lane saysAugust 3, 2016 at 10:16 pm
I am with you on that. There is just something about it! No words can describe.
mail4rosey saysMarch 8, 2015 at 3:47 am
This is a practical way to serve the meatloaf. I think it’s especially awesome for the kids.
Cherri Megasko saysMarch 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm
YUM – MY! These look fantastic! I always make a double batch of meatloaf and then use the leftovers to make Shepherd’s Pie. These remind me of that.
Bradley Finnearty saysMarch 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm
Okay, so you now have me wanting meatloaf and mashed potatoes. These look great.
HilLesha O'Nan saysMarch 8, 2015 at 10:49 pm
I’ll definitely have to pass this recipe to my mother. She loves meatloaf, and I’m sure she’d love this unique, delicious recipe!
Chrystal M. saysMarch 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm
I have been wanting to try meatloaf cups for a while. I am not a big fan of regular meatloaf. Mostly because I am not really the biggest beef fan, but I also dont like how long it takes to cook. These little cups would be a nice change. Smaller pieces.
Cara of Stylish+Geek Blog saysMarch 9, 2015 at 4:05 am
Love this recipe and it looks so fabulous too! Thanks for sharing. I have yet to try cooking meatloaf using a cupcake pan. They really turn out great!
Lynn Dee saysMarch 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm
Meatloaf and mashed potato together? It gets no better than that. We love both! Delish!
Roselynn787 saysMarch 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm
I never thought I would use the word delicious to describe meatloaf, but this looks so insanely good. I do love mashed potatoes, however, so perhaps the combination will make me a meatloaf lover for sure. And they look like perfect portions as well!
Life as a Convert saysMarch 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm
I have seen this idea somewhere before and thought it was cute but forgot all about it. I love how yours turned out.
Notorious Spinks saysMarch 12, 2015 at 2:37 am
These will probably make a great party snack. I’m not sure the girls will eat it though. LOL! They are so picky.
Tingting Rimart saysMarch 15, 2015 at 2:43 am
It does look good. i will try to prepare this one of these days.
April Decheine saysMarch 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm
Oh wow, these look so good, my husband would love this recipe, he loves mashed potatos. They just look so pretty on the platter.
Catherine S saysAugust 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm
This looks like an amazing dinner. I love my mom’s lasagna recipe and I have started making it with gluten free noodles.
Pam saysAugust 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm
My husband loves meatloaf. These meatloaf muffins look good. I like that they’re the perfect size!
Paula Schuck saysAugust 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm
My family loves meatloaf, too. And of course, we always have it with mashed potatoes. This has to be the most fun way I’ve ever seen of making it.
Lindsey Paris saysAugust 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm
I loathe meatloaf, but it’s my boys’ favorite. These are easy and portioned for dinner.
Jeanette saysAugust 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm
Those look really good. The presentation makes them almost look like cupcakes with frosting! Super cute and I bet they taste delicious!
Kita Bryant saysAugust 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm
These are a perfect lunch OR dinner meal! I love when it works for both because that means leftovers!
Rachelle saysAugust 3, 2016 at 5:49 pm
Oh my goodness those look SO good! My daughter would love these. I think I will try these out for dinner tonight!
Liz Mays saysAugust 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm
Oh this is such a cool idea! They’re so cute! I’d love to try meatloaf with those ingredients.
Sherry saysAugust 3, 2016 at 6:19 pm
What a great way to hide the veggies. These sure do look good. My Grandma used to make tomato macaroni when we went camping. I could definitely try adding shredded veggies to the sauce.
Candy o saysAugust 3, 2016 at 8:35 pm
I’ve been wanting to try to make meatloaf in a muffin tin. Kids love eating finger style food. This should be awesome!
Heather saysAugust 3, 2016 at 8:37 pm
I’ve seen this concept before. I like it but my kids wouldn’t!
Kristi saysAugust 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm
I am pinning this to add to our meal rotation during school. Thanks for the idea… looks delicious!
Kathy saysAugust 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm
This is such a great idea. I love meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I’m sure these taste amazing too!
Brandy saysAugust 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm
These look so good! My mom used to make meatloaf muffins all the time!
Melisasource saysAugust 3, 2016 at 10:15 pm
Those are so cute and they sound tasty. I will have to give these a try!
Audrey saysAugust 4, 2016 at 12:01 am
I bet my kids wold eat meatloaf in the form of a muffins like this!!! I love that this is a lower calorie recipe too for the kids.
Rachel Ferrucci saysAugust 4, 2016 at 12:33 am
These would be great to pop in the freezer and take out as needed. What a great idea!
Nicole Escat saysAugust 4, 2016 at 4:49 am
Oh, I am going to try this, My son will surely like this, so as my hubby.
Reesa Lewandowski saysAugust 4, 2016 at 7:44 am
These looks so delicious! I love the idea of using the turkey and of course the shredded veggies inside. So much good in such a small little muffin.
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com saysAugust 4, 2016 at 8:06 am
I need to make these ASAP! My family will go crazy over these!
Alicia saysAugust 4, 2016 at 9:15 am
We love making meatload “cupcakes” for our kids. It’s a fun meal. We tried it for the first time on April Fool’s Day and told them we were having cupcakes for dinner lol
Crystal saysAugust 4, 2016 at 11:19 am
YAY! Those look awesome and so perfect for my family. The hidden veggies, the adorable serving=sizes, and the healthy swaps all make me so happy.
Amanda West saysAugust 4, 2016 at 11:55 am
I love how practical and cute these are! I’ve never gotten my kids to eat meatloaf before, maybe this will entice them 😉
Ann Bacciaglia saysAugust 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm
This looks like a fantastic recipe. My kids are going to love it. They look like cupcakes.
Tammi Roy saysAugust 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm
I would love to give this recipe a try. We love meatloaf for dinner. These look so delicious.
Tess saysAugust 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm
Thanks so much for this. I like to make meatloaf alot.
Melanie Burbage saysAugust 4, 2016 at 4:29 pm
These look so good! My kids would really love them!
Karlaroundtheworld | Karla saysAugust 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm
Though having it with turkey sounds like a great idea, I’d like to try it with just my own beef at home. My niece has a problem eating mashed potatoes, this idea should spark up her interest.
Toughcookiemommy saysAugust 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm
These meatloaf muffins are such a great idea. I think kids would be more inclined towards finishing their dinner with these on their plates.
Rosey saysAugust 4, 2016 at 10:16 pm
Those are really cute. I wonder if my youngest would want to try them this way!
Nikki Wayne saysAugust 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm
Wow, I will try this! My son will surely like to have this treat! It looks so yummy.
janis saysAugust 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm
I’ve never seen anything like this before. I love this idea, it is so cool!
CourtneyLynne saysAugust 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm
Omg those meatloaf cupcakes look amazing!!! I’m definitely going to be giving these a try!
christina aliperti saysAugust 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm
I have to make these! We make meatloaf, also my grandma’s recipe but I have to try it like this. Too cute!
Elizabeth Lampman saysAugust 6, 2016 at 10:54 am
Thanks for the great recipe idea. I am always looking for new ways to make our favorites. I will give this a try this week.
Hannah C saysMarch 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm
This looks so yummy! I love meat loaf and mashed potatoes!
mycraftingworld saysMay 20, 2017 at 6:49 am
I really like putting the vegetables in there. My meatloaf is dense and dry, I think this will be a much better version for my family. Thank you for this recipe.
Dana Rodriguez saysJuly 3, 2018 at 11:15 am
What a great idea and so sneaky! These looks really good!
Sarah L saysJuly 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm
I think it is such a good idea to sneak veggies into something yummy like this. You’re right about kids not knowing they’re in there.
Peggy Nunn saysJuly 4, 2018 at 8:37 am
I really like this because it is portion control. It is cute so the kids will like it too. Thank you for the idea and the recipe.
Mary Songer saysJuly 6, 2018 at 12:32 am
I haven’t had much luck with making recipes lighter in calories. Most of my attempts have not resulted in anything edible. These look good though. I might have to try them.
stella methvin saysJuly 31, 2018 at 7:39 am
I love the single serving sizes. They look fun which helps with getting all the kiddos to eat,,, and really!!! who don’t love mash potatoes LOL
Lynne B saysAugust 12, 2018 at 3:59 pm
These little bites would disappear so fast in my house! I love the icing of mashed potatoes.
Denise Low saysAugust 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm
This looks delicious. I would love this one and I know the kids would too. Thank you for sharing we will try this one out also.