Mini Turkey Meat Loaves

Meat loaf always gets a bad rep, but these cutely presented meat loaves always were a hit at my house growing up! My mom would make them all the time!

I’m so glad that I’m able to share these will you. It certainly brings me back to my childhood.

Speaking of childhood. Today is Liam’s 2 month doctor’s appointment. His pediatrician warned me at his last appointment that there is a national shortage of one of the combination shots. This shot is a 3 shots rolled into one, meaning with the combo shot, he’d only have to have 6 shots. But, if the doctor doesn’t have the combo, he’ll have to have 8.

I’m crying just thinking about my poor baby being poked so much. I know he won’t remember it, but I sure will. I don’t like seeing those alligator tears. Any words of wisdom for a mommy? This is the first time I’ll have seen him get a shot. Boo.

Anyway. Enough bummer news. Onward to this great meal. I think it’s just the comfort food that we’ll be needing tonight! 🙂


Mini Turkey Meat Loaves

adapted from Taste and See That the Lord is Good: A Collection of Recipes by Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard
  • 4 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2-3/4 cup chopped bell pepper (I used an assortment of red, yellow, and green)
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 pounds organic lean ground turkey


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 24 count mini muffin tin with canola oil spray. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and powdered mustard. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
  5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the ketchup mixture to the meat mixture.
  6. Spoon the meat mixture into the mini muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Spread the ketchup mixture on top of the meat loaves.
  9. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  10. Serve!


  1. These are so perfect. I love anything mini. BTW don’t hesitate to ever ask to push back shots. Appointments in the early days are so frequent that it’s easy to play catchup with shots. I try to never do more than 3 total jabs in a visit.

  2. Oh, my! That’s way too many shots at once!!!! I suggest reading up on all of them before deciding what he even really needs. As for us our Dr. allowed us to pick ONE shot at a time and just go in every month, see the nurse and get the next one on the list. Our new Dr. even recommends one at a time and doesn’t even recommend all of the shots (He refers to the Dr. Sears book) The concern is 1) their little body is still developing (liver mainly) and can’t handle the high amount of “ingredients” in vaccines 2) If they do happen to have a reaction to one, how would you ever pinpoint which one it came from? I’m thankful we chose the 1 at a time route. One of my Daughters had a pretty severe reaction linked to the vaccine and we spent time in the ER for it. Thankfully she was ok, and non of my other children had reactions. Better to err on the side of caution.

    And as for those meat loaves, my girls would LOVE them. They actually call meat loaf: Meat Love 🙂

  3. Oh, my goodness, I just saw where you got your recipe from. I think I actually have that cookbook. I have NO idea where I got it (probably a garage sale when I was in college) but that is crazy!

  4. I’ve been CRAVING meatloaf, so I might have to make these little mini guys.
    Have you read ‘The Vaccine Book?’ It’s an awesome book for moms, just to learn about all the shots and the options to spread them out. To minimize side effects AND to minimize crocodile tears 🙁

  5. Oh poor Liam…but honestly, poor you is more like it. Shots are so hard.

    I almost think it’s harder when they’re babies, because once they are toddlers, you can explain what is going on and bribe with an ice cream cone afterwards. Just hold him tight OR have your husband take him in. Sometimes, honestly, that is for the best.

    Mini meatloaves are my husband’s FAVORITE dinner. I love this version!!

  6. I totally adore meatloaf, always have! I started making it with turkey in college and I love it that way. These look perfect Caroline!

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