Bacon-wrapped meatloaf 'muffins' make an old standby more fun

Feb 13, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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Keeping these little meatloaf cups perfectly portioned means the entire family will love them.

Lean ground turkey is combined with breadcrumbs and seasonings, wrapped in slices of applewood-smoked bacon and baked in muffin tins for perfectly poppable bites. Give these individually portioned meatloaves a hint of sweetness by glazing them with pure maple syrup before baking.

My family likes these meatloaves served with cheesy mashed potatoes or a side salad, but any side dish will work. You can even prep the turkey mixture the day before so it’s ready to bake after work.

maple bacon meatloaf cups
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Mini maple bacon-wrapped turkey meatloaves recipe

Yields 8

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes


  • 8 slices uncooked applewood-smoked bacon
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup minced sweet onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F, and spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Line the inside of each muffin cup with 1 strip of bacon in a circular motion.
  3. In a bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients except for the maple syrup, and mix well.
  4. Divide the meatloaf mixture among the muffin cups.
  5. Using a small pastry brush, lightly glaze the top of each meatloaf cup with maple syrup.
  6. Bake uncovered for 23 – 25 minutes or until the turkey and bacon are completely cooked.
  7. Serve the meatloaves warm with your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, a salad or a green vegetable.

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