Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce

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These little gems have been very popular on my site… Have you tried them yet?  They are yummy, yummy, yummy! The whole family will love them and so will you because they are super easy to make. What a fun way to present meatloaf. Even meatloaf haters love them! The skinny for each muffin, 115 calories, 2 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  So low in calories and fat, you can easily enjoy 2 of them!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients for Meatloaf Muffins:

1 package (~1.25 pounds) 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

1 slice whole wheat or multigrain bread (I used Milton’s Multi-Grain) or ½ cup store bought bread crumbs

1 cup onions, finely diced

1 egg, I used Egg-Land’s Best eggs

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

½ cup Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce or your favorite

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Topping:

⅓ cup Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce or your favorite


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a regular (12-cup) muffin pan with cooking spray.  Since this recipe makes 9 meatloaf muffins, you’ll only fill 9 not 12. Set aside.

2. To make bread crumbs: Toast 1 slice whole wheat or multi-grain bread. Place in blender and pulse until made into crumbs.

3. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, bread crumbs, onions, egg, Worcestershire sauce, ½ cup barbecue sauce,  salt and pepper.  Using your hands or a large spoon, thoroughly mix together until well blended.

4. Add meatloaf mixture to the 9 muffin cups, flattening out the tops. Top each meatloaf muffin with ¾ tablespoon barbecue sauce and spread evenly over top.

5. Bake for 40 minutes. Run a knife around each muffin to loosen it from pan. Remove to a serving plate.

Makes 9 meatloaf muffins (1-2 muffins per serving)

Shopping Tips

I love Milton’s Multi-Grain bread and used it to make the bread crumbs. It’s sold in most supermarkets and Trader Joe’s.

Sweet Baby Rays is such a delicious barbecue sauce. You’ll find it in most supermarkets where other barbecue sauces are sold.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4
Weight Watchers
(old points) 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 meatloaf muffin with barbecue sauce
115 calories, 1.6g fat, 0.2g sat. fat, 19mg chol, 18g protein, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, 317mg sodium, 3g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 Rachel Ray’s Meatloaf Muffins with barbecue sauce
417 calories, 11g fat, 37g protein, 39g carbs, 2g fiber, 852mg sodium

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73 Responses to “Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce”

  1. Tami @Nutmeg Notebook Says:

    I have everything on hand to make these. They would be awesome with some oven roasted butternut squash. Thanks for the reipe.

  2. admin Says:

    Tami, how wonderful to have it all on hand. I love your idea of serving with roasted butternut squash…Mmm!

  3. Run DMT Says:

    I love meatloaf but I can’t seem to win my family over with it. I love the individual portions. Can you freeze the leftovers? (You know, in case know one but me like them. lol)

    I wuold love for you to link up and share you mini skinny meatloaves at my Friday Food Fight. :-)

  4. admin Says:

    Denise, these little meatloaf muffins freeze great. But, I bet your family will love them! Thanks so much for the invite. I’d love to post them on your link party this coming Friday.See you then!

  5. Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with BBQ Sauce » Nutmeg Notebook Says:

    […]  Using lean ground turkey keeps the calories and fat down but don’t worry these meaty muffins score high on flavor. The Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce adds a nice smokey taste and a little sweetness. Even hubby Tom who isn’t a huge fan of ground turkey was pleased with these for dinner. This recipe was found at Skinny Kitchen. […]

  6. admin Says:

    Tami, you did a wonderful job with my recipe. I’m so happy you and your hubby enjoy it. Thanks for sharing my recipe in your post!!!

  7. Diane Balch Says:

    These are adorable and I love how portion controlled they are too. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks Diane for another terrific party!!!

  9. Michelle Says:

    These look delicious. I love that they are individual serving sizes. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Michelle. I’m so happy to share my recipes on your Creative Thursday link party!

  11. Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain Says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe at Cast Party Wednesday! Have a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks for hosting such a great link party Sheryl!

  13. Turkey Meatloaf Muffins » Nutmeg Notebook Says:

    […]  Using lean ground turkey keeps the calories and fat down but don’t worry these meaty muffins score high on flavor. The Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce adds a nice smokey taste and a little sweetness. Even hubby Tom who isn’t a huge fan of ground turkey was pleased with these for dinner. This recipe was found at Skinny Kitchen. […]

  14. admin Says:

    You made my recipe look really gooood. I’m so happy you and your hubby enjoyed it!!!

  15. robin Says:

    I made these wonderful little meatloaves..they are just so delicious…!! thankyou thankyou!! for the great ww recipes…skinny…love them…they have helped me get to lifetime at ww!!! yay.
    keep them coming!

  16. amy Says:

    I have made these several times (with and without the BBQ sauce) and I just love them. I make extras and freeze them for quick meals later.

  17. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for your terrific feedback Amy! I love your freezing tip too.

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  19. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Heather for sharing one of my all time favorite meatloaf recipes, Skinny Meatloaf Muffin with Barbeque Sauce!

  20. Robin Says:

    I always have these ready to go…a package of them in my freezer..they are so easy and delicious!! and LOVE LOVE LOVE the points plus! a surefire hit!!

  21. Diane Says:

    This meatloaf muffins sound awesome. I want to make them so bad. I have one question? What size muffin pan? Mini or regular size? And do you fill it to the top? Thank you for this recipe and your help.

  22. admin Says:

    I used a regular 12-cup muffin pan. They look smaller than a muffin since they don’t rise at all. I hope you enjoy them Diane!!!

  23. Rose Says:

    Made these tonight after finding the recipe at work. Had a long workout and wanted something easy. This couldn’t be simpler and I love the portion ease of it all. Now i can freeze them or take to work for a quick lunch. Thanks for a great and tasty idea !

  24. admin Says:

    Oh that’s so great to hear Rose. I’m so happy you enjoyed these yummy meatloaf muffins!
    With best wishes,

  25. Jeannette Says:

    Made these tonight and had them with mashed sweet potato on a bed of wilted baby kale and baby spinach. The meatloaf muffins were AWESOME. My husband loved them too and we have enough left for tomorrow night!

  26. admin Says:

    Wonderful feedback Jeannette!!! Thank you so much for letting me know. And, the side dishes you served with the meatloaf sound yummy and so healthy too. Enjoy your leftovers tomorrow!
    With best wishes,
    Nancy :-)

  27. Julia Kendrick Says:

    These look good and I am so glad that they are healthy because we are trying to eat better! Thanks for sharing! Julia @

  28. admin Says:

    My pleasure Julie. Thanks and have fun skinny cooking! Thanks for hosting.
    All the best,

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  30. admin Says:

    Jayme, thanks so much for sharing my Skinny Meatloaf Muffins recipes.I hope you enjoy them!
    Your weekly meal plan sounds yummy.
    Wishing you all the best,

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  32. admin Says:

    Jayme, thanks so much for including my Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with BBQ Sauce this week!
    Wishing you the best of luck,

  33. Kerstin Says:

    I usually make my meatballs using turkey meat. My kids love them! So for us, the only difference is the bbq sauce, which is so very yummy!

  34. admin Says:

    Thanks Kerstin!

  35. Heather Says:

    What a great idea! I would never think to make meatloaf in muffin tins. I would love for you to share this at what i am eating

  36. admin Says:

    Thanks Heather. And, many thanks for the invite!

  37. Janet Says:

    To get the nutrition info stated, are you using regular (12) or large (6) muffin/cupcake tins? I make egg omelet muffins in the large. Thank you for the clarification.

  38. admin Says:

    Janet, I used the regular (12 cup) muffin tin. Enjoy!:-)

  39. Miz Helen Says:

    What a great idea, this looks awesome! Hope you are having a great summer weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  40. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Miz Helen. I love sharing at Full Plate Thursday each week!
    My best,

  41. Caitlin Says:

    Just one questions. Do you need to cook the meat first?

  42. admin Says:

    Catlin, you don’t cook the meat first. First you mix together all the ingredients with the raw turkey, then bake in muffin cups.
    I hope you love this recipe!
    All the best,

  43. The Better Baker Says:

    I sure would love these…I love it all – the meatloaf, the single serving sizes, and the BBQ sauce. May have to try these very soon. Thank you soooo much for sharing, and linking back, at Weekend Potluck. Way to go Girl! =)

  44. admin Says:

    Thanks Sweet Lady! I always love to share one of my skinny recipes at your link party each week. See you Friday Marsha!
    With my best wishes,

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  46. admin Says:

    What a fun post. All the recipes look so good…Thanks so much for including my Skinny Meatloaf Muffins in your collection!

  47. Cathy Chester Says:

    Oh, that sounds delicious, and I know my family will love it!

    Plus it’s easy peasy for me – the non-cook.

    Thanks, Nancy. I do hope I can find that BBQ sauce near me.

  48. admin Says:

    Thanks Cathy. If you can’t find Sweet Baby Rays, just use one you like.

  49. Helene Cohen Bludman Says:

    Mmmm mmmmm! Another amazing sounding recipe to try. Can’t wait.

  50. admin Says:

    I hope you get a chance Helene. It’s so simple and they freeze great too!

  51. Julia Says:

    I made these last night. As one of my first foray’s into the kitchen they turned out … edible. (Burnt and missing an egg but still good!) Thanks for the recipe!

  52. admin Says:

    Good for you Julia! The more time you spend in the kitchen, the more comfortable you’ll feel.
    Best of luck to you!

  53. Andrea May Says:

    Could you make these with the mix for your skinny BBQ meatloaf? How much would it change the nutritional facts to use just 1 lb. of turkey and a full cup of bread crumbs instead of making some from scratch. I was planning to make the regular meatloaf tonight but this sounds fun if it is similar in nutritional value…

  54. admin Says:

    Andrea, I’m not sure since I’ve never made my skinny BBQ meatloaf recipe into muffins. I would still only make it using 1/2 cup bread crumbs and not 1 cup. That would be too much and make it taste too dry. Using 1 pound of turkey will probably make a few less muffins but I’m just not sure without trying it. Sorry!

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  56. Ellen Says:

    As my minis are cooking, I was rereading the recipe and at the beginning it says spray 12 muffin tin with spray and set aside. Later it says to fill each cup, etc. Then as I got to the very bottom, it says makes 9 mini meat loafs. I filled all 12 openings. This was a bit confusing. I suppose I’ll have to check them before 40 minutes to make sure they’re not too done since only 9 would take longer to cook than the smaller 12. May need to clarify this on your recipe. Looks good and sounds good….hope they turn out ok.

  57. admin Says:

    I’m so sorry this recipe confused you Ellen. I just fixed it to be more clear on how many muffin cups to fill. I still hope they turned out and you enjoyed them!
    My best,

  58. Heather Says:

    I made these tonight and used gluten free bread crumbs. After they baked in the oven for 40 mins. They were still soupy. Do you think it was the bread crumbs or maybe something else. They were very tasty though. Just wish they had stuck together like they are supposed to

  59. admin Says:

    I’m sorry to hear it Heather. I make them all the time but have never tried these meatloaf muffins with gluten free bread crumbs. I’m thinking that was probably the problem but don’t know for sure. Maybe you need to add more next time.

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  61. Anne Itri Says:

    This recipe is amazing! My whole family cleaned their plates. Will definitely make this again, but double and freeze some for later.

  62. admin Says:

    Thanks for the yummy feedback Anne. I like to double it and keep some in the freezer too. :)

  63. Arlinel Says:

    made these tonight and they were delicious! I am on a heart healthy diet and have been searching for recipes using ground turkey breast.This is a keeper,they were moist and tasty,added some garlic and used whole wheat unseasoned bread crumbs.So yummy my husband ate 3.Will make more tomorrow.Thank You!

  64. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback Arlinel! I’m so happy you and your husband really enjoyed it.
    Best of luck to you!

  65. Rachel Says:

    They were too moist. I used a half cup of breadcrumbs. Do you think I should add more or use less liquids? Great taste, just terrible consistency. Thanks.

  66. admin Says:

    Geez Rachel. I’m so sorry to hear that. I make these all the time and haven’t had that problem. The recipe calls for 99% fat free ground turkey breast. Maybe you used one with more fat which could add to the moisture problem you experienced. It that wasn’t the case, you could add a little more breadcrumbs, if desired.
    All the best,

  67. RaChel Says:

    Nancy, I bet that’s it! I really loved the taste so I will try again and make sure it’s the 99% fat free turkey. Thanks!

  68. admin Says:

    Oh good. Give it another try and let me know if it worked better for you!
    Thanks Rachel.
    My best,

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  71. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my recipe Rita. I’m so happy this one works for you.
    All the best,

  72. Jymie Says:

    These are amazing !! I did enter the recipe into my Weight Watchers recipe builder and it does show them to be 4 Smart Points each, not 2. How did you come up with 2 Smart Points?

  73. admin Says:

    Jymie, I did my Skinny Facts and SmartPoints based on using Milton’s Multi-Grain Bread for the bread crumbs.
    Each slice has 110 calories, 0g sat. fat, 5g protein and 5g sugar.
    I just did all my calculations again and I still get 2 SmartPoints per muffin.
    I hope this helps.
    So happy to hear you enjoyed them!
    My best,

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