BBQ Meatloaf Muffins

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Meatloaf muffins are the perfect single-serve dish for barbecues, potlucks, and make-ahead lunches. These barebcue turkey meatloaves are delicious, easy to make, and so much fun!

212 CAL 17g CARBS 8g FAT 17g PROTEIN
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These BBQ meatloaf muffins are perfectly portioned meatloaves! Top them with mashed potatoes and some green peas on the side, and you have a yummy lunch or dinner.

I love baking and cooking in muffin tins! There are literally endless amounts of things you can make with a simple 12-inch muffin tray. Remember these Lasagna Muffins.

For this recipe, I used a basic meatloaf recipe and added some smoky barbecue sauce and whole grain mustard. This is a really fun way to make meatloaf and kids love it. The leftovers also make a great option for packed lunches.

We ate them with a cucumber salad last night, and they were a hit! Today, I am planning on stuffing one in between bread for a meatloaf sandwich.

Turkey meatloaf muffins in a baking dish and served on a plate with mashed potatoes and peas.

What You’ll Need For Meatloaf Muffins

If you have ever made meatloaf before, you might already have most of the ingredients on hand. Here is a bit more information about what I used to make these savory mini meatloaves.

  • Ground Turkey: Use 93% lean ground turkey for some extra moisture, no one wants a dry meatloaf. You can also use a mixture of ground chicken or turkey with ground beef or all ground beef. Ground turkey sausage is another tasty option and you can use marinara sauce instead of barbecue.
  • Bell Pepper and celery: Any bell pepper will work just fine. I used red pepper, but green or yellow will taste just as delicious. Use as much celery as you want. I ended up cutting up 2 celery ribs. You can leave it out if you don't like it, but it's a fantastic source of fiber, so try it!
  • Garlic: Mince fresh cloves for the best taste. If you don't have garlic cloves, you can substitute them with garlic powder.
  • Onion: Any type of onion is perfect in the meatloaf muffins. White, yellow, or red - just make sure that you mince it really small to avoid biting into large pieces. This also adds moisture so it’s important not to skip it.
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite BBQ sauce. If you are trying to cut back on sugar, use sugar-free BBQ sauce. You could also take these in an Asian direction with teriyaki sauce or Italian with marinara sauce.
  • Mustard: Whole-grain mustard has more fiber and flavor, so I suggest using that. Yellow or Dijon mustard can work as a replacement.
  • Bread Crumbs: Use seasoned bread crumbs. If you use plain, then I suggest adding more spices to the meatloaf mixture.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: You don't need much, but it really does add a lot of taste to the meatloaf.

What To Serve With Meatloaf Bites

These little single-serving meatloaves are the perfect entree for dinner or even to eat for lunch. If you are going to serve them for dinner, I suggest adding a healthy side dish along with it.

These garlic bacon Brussel sprouts are topped with parmesan cheese and have the most amazing flavor! Or, add a sweet taste to the table with honey roasted sweet potatoes.

If you are going to eat these meatloaf muffins for lunch, then serve them with a salad. Fresh broccoli salad is creamy and adds a delightful texture to your meal. You can also enhance the sweet BBQ notes with the sharp taste of an easy arugula salad.

Recipe Tips And Ideas

Follow these tips to make sure that this meatloaf turns out savory every single time!

  • Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray. These little muffins tend to stick to the pan if you don't. You can also use a muffin liner.
  • Use a pastry brush to add the BBQ mustard sauce on top of the raw muffins. You can also use a spoon, but a brush really adds it evenly.
  • Check doneness with an instant-read food thermometer. Meatloaf should be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • try this recipe out with different vegetables and seasonings. Just make sure to cook vegetables that have a lot of liquid like mushrooms or zucchini so the meatloaf still have a nice texture.
  • Make things spicy by choosing a spicy barbecue sauce or adding a chopped chipotle pepper to the meatloaf mixture.

Barbecue turkey meatloaf muffins in a muffin tin with green onions and barbecue sauce on the side.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions I frequently get asked about by some readers…

What type of BBQ sauce is the healthiest?

The healthiest type of BBQ sauce depends on your individual health goals. If you are counting calories, then I suggest using a sugar-free version. BBQ sauce is a pretty safe condiment, but some varieties have more sugar and calories than others. There are also some great paleo barbecue sauces out there made with natural sugars like honey and maple syrup.

How do you store leftover meatloaf muffins?

The best way to store leftover meatloaf muffins is in an airtight food storage container or bag in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

These muffins also freeze well. Let them cool completely and then freeze them on a baking sheet for 3-4 hours until they are solid on the outside. This prevents sticking. Then add to a freezer-safe bag. Defrost overnight in the fridge or gently in a microwave at a lower power.

Can I omit the BBQ sauce?

If you don't like the taste of BBQ sauce, try to replace it with ketchup. Yes, you can leave it out and just use mustard - or don't use any topping at all.

How do you make gluten-free meatloaf muffins?

If you want to make gluten-free meatloaf muffins, I suggest using crushed pork rinds instead of bread crumbs and a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce!

Single serving meatloaf muffins with ground turkey topped with barbecue sauce and mustard in a muffin tin.

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BBQ Meatloaf muffins with ground turkey, red pepper, celery, and a barbecue and mustard sauce in a muffin tin.

BBQ Meatloaf Muffins

212 CAL 17g CARBS 8g FAT 17g PROTEIN
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  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey (or 99% lean)
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and spray a 12 holed muffin tin with cooking spray.


In a small bowl, stir together the barbecue sauce and whole grain mustard.


In a large mixing bowl combine the ground turkey, celery, red pepper, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 of the barbecue sauce and mustard mixture. Mix until just combined to keep the meat from toughening up.


Fill each muffin tin with the meat mixture to create 12 meatloaf muffins. Then, using a spoon or pastry brush, brush a layer of the barbecue sauce and mustard mixture on each muffin.


Bake for 18-22 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned. Top with extra sauce if desired.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 87mg
Sodium 676mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 7g
Protein 17g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


If you were planning on using these for a more substantial meal, consider using a 6 cup muffin tin to create larger servings. You could also easily use ground beef or turkey.
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