Meat Loaf Bites

individual meat loaf bites ina garten inspired dinner

Loafers are so hot right now.
Sadly, as delicious as it may be, the word "meatloaf" is a bit off-putting. Most people that give it a whirl really enjoy meatloaf, but some can't overcome the weirdness of the word. So we shall call these individual delights "meat loaf bites" instead. Sounds cuter to me at least ;) Light, fluffy, and incredibly delicious. Chow down!

Meat Loaf Bites 

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 40 mins | Makes 5-6 Individual Loaves


  • 1 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 tbs. Worcestershire
  • 4 tbs. ketchup, plus 1 tbs. for topping
  • 1/2 tbs. salt
  • 1/4 tbs. pepper
  • thyme for garnish (optional)

The Steps

Saute onion: Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a separate skillet over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil and place the onions in the pan. Cook for about 10 mins (stirring every once and a while, of course) until the onions are translucent but not browned. Turn the heat down to low-low and add in the balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

Combine meatloaf ingredients: In a separate large bowl, place in the ground beef, whisked egg, Worcestershire, ketchup, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper. After the onions have cooled, add into the bowl and mix lightly... you can use your hands (they are your best tool!) or a small fork, just make sure to not over-mix. You want these little heavens to be light and fluffy!

Now it is time to shape. First, take a sheet of aluminum foil and cover a baking sheet- you can spritz it with some cooking spray if you have some. Take about two handfuls of the mix and mold into a small potato or large dinner roll shape (you'll want to make six of these so separate accordingly!). Place on the tin foil & top with some ketchup. You should be about here:

Bake in oven: Place in the oven for about 40 minutes. That's it! Easy peasy and so yummy. Let rest about 10 minutes before devouring. Enjoy!

If you make this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, let me know what you think + be sure to tag any pictures with #TheSavvySpoon on Instagram!


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