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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins


The secret ingredient in these turkey meatloaf muffins? Pickles!

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday 2002


  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium onion)
  • 2 slices sandwich bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 chopped dill pickle (1 medium pickle)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup ketchup with the remaining ingredients until well combined. Divide mixture among 6 cups of a 12-cup (4 ounce) muffin tin, spacing them evenly and gently compressing and mounding the tops. Brush tops with remaining 1/4 cup ketchup.

  2. Transfer tin to oven; bake until inside temperature registers 170 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 45 minutes.

  3. Remove from oven; let rest 5 minutes before removing from tin. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes

Baking meatloaf in a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan helps reduce the cooking time.

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  • MS11828857
    28 MAR, 2017
    Great recipe . Made these for toddlers but adults also enjoyed these muffins. I adjusted the recipe slightly by sautéing the onion & garlic. Also I wasn't sure about dill pickles so added some relish . They were delicious ! They also made 12 nice size muffins. Definetly a repeat .
  • MS11558248
    28 NOV, 2016
    I made this knowing that I had leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge, along with dinner buns, after Thanksgiving. They made excellent sandwiches. Rather than mustard powder, I mixed Dijon, Katchup and Worcestershire together-both in the mixture and on the tops. I also put a pan of water in the over while baking to keep them moist. Next time I will not use pickles. Not a good ingredient, in my opinion.
  • MsKris1128
    26 AUG, 2015
    Um. Amazing. I sautéed the onion and garlic in a tiny bit of vegetable oil, let cool, then added to mixture. I also minced the pickle. This is a go to meal prep meatloaf ! Very tasty. I highly recommend it!
  • MS10593083
    9 MAR, 2015
    We quite liked this many ways to make meat loaf, it's always nice to try something new. I liked the pickle and would not have thought of adding it. I used half turkey, half pork, and for the glaze I mixed the ketchup with some barbecue sauce and a bit of brown sugar.
  • MS11309135
    31 MAR, 2014
    I like the recipe - it was good but I don't understand the addition of the pickle because that's all I can taste. I didn't even add as much as the recipe suggests. Needless to say the next time I make it I'll delete that ingredient.
    • MsKris1128
      26 AUG, 2015
      Try to halve it and mince it !
  • witcher01
    18 MAR, 2014
    first I would like to say ... this is my first time EVERY commenting on a recipe. I made this recipe for my family last night and they ALL loved it - my husband and son both took one to work for lunch. So Gooooooooood..thanks so much for the recipe. I would love to know how many calories?
  • StarMtl
    17 MAR, 2014
    This recipe sounds great. Do you think that I can double the recipe and freeze some?
  • MaryOH_436
    16 OCT, 2013
    I come back to this recipe time & time again...especially like the muffin style presentation, however, I find this recipe makes 12, not 6 meatloaf muffins.