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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed PotatoesMy kids and I were shopping at Trader Joe’s and they were passing out samples of their frozen turkey meatloaf muffins that were topped with spinach and mashed potatoes. We all really loved them so I decided to re-create them at home for dinner. It was a fun recipe to make and they tasted even better than the store-bought version.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes:


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 7 button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 3 (yellow, red, orange) small baby bell peppers, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp garlic and herb bread crumbs
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Fresh spinach
  • Roasted garlic mashed potatoes (click for recipe)
  • Chives, chopped

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onions, and red pepper for 5-7 minutes or until softened; add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Combine the mushroom mixture with the ground turkey, bread crumbs, milk, egg, and parsley together in a bowl until well combined.

Scoop the meatloaf mixture evenly into the muffin tray, pushing down to flatten the meatloaf into the tray. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

While the meatloaf is baking, make the roasted garlic mashed potatoes (don’t forget to make the roasted garlic earlier). Right before you take the meatloaf out of the oven, wash the spinach and place it in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the spinach with a touch of water, making sure to season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, for 1-2 minutes.

Remove the turkey meatloaf muffins from the tin, add wilted spinach on top of the meat then spoon mashed potatoes on top of the spinach then sprinkle the chives on top of the potatoes. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Recipe inspired by Trader Joe’s



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  1. So funny, I just tasted these the other day at Trader Joe's. They were good but I bet I'll love your recipe even more!

  2. Love it. I make "meatloaf Cakes" often for my family. Next time I will have to top with some mashed potatoes. I keep them on the side!

  3. Meatloaf muffins are so much fun! I love that spinach is added into the recipe. I made meatloaf muffins with mashed sweet potatoes once. They were a big hit with my kids. I would love to give this one a try.

  4. I am sure your home made muffins taste better than the Trader Joe ones. They look delicious. Diane

  5. Hi Pam
    Congratulations, this post is absolutely outstanding.
    Such elegant presentation and great flavours ♥

  6. How adorable! I bet your children loved them! I LOVE mini food! What is it about mini food that makes us love them so much?

    Kim in MD

  7. Firstly Pam, well done for making your own version instead of buying them readymade. Secondly, the presentation is fantastic! These would make a great hors doevre in mini muffin form.

  8. Wow, Pam, this is such a creative idea, and I think this is the cutest I have ever seen meatloaf look! Bravo!

  9. Hi Pam,
    I just printed this recipe and can't wait to try it. When I tried to get the printable recipe for the potatoes, all I got was a picture. Do you have another link for it? Thanks,

  10. Debbie,

    I just fixed the printable link for the mashed potatoes. Thanks for letting me know it wasn't working.



  11. I've been wanting to make turkey meatloaf forever but couldn't find a recipe I wanted to make…until now!

  12. When I was younger, my mom used to make meatloaf that had a thin layer of bacon on top. Do you think that would work for this, just small slices on top? Or eve wrapped around the sides?

  13. I'll definitely try this myself. Thanks for sharing your clever and cool ideas. By the way, I found a food social networking site that currently runs a photo contest for food lovers. Fun and prizes awaits food loving people. See for yourself! Thanks.

  14. At first I was like Turkey muffins???? I was literally scratching my head at his for a moment, but now that I see this awesome creation of yours…I'm bookmarking it. Love it!!!!

  15. Not only does the recipe sound like it would taste delightful, the presentation it makes is sensational. Superb, Pam!

  16. i used to think that cream cheese frosting was the ultimate topper, but now i'm thinking mashed potatoes should definitely be in the running… 🙂

  17. Greetings! These look so delicious that I have decided to make them for my entire office! Quick question: how many “muffins” does this 1 recipe make? (i.e. I will be serving 10 people and am wondering if I should double, triple, etc. the recipe)

  18. I just made these tonight and Mr. Picky pants, aka DH, loved them and even commented on how nice the presentation was. 🙂