Mini Turkey Meatloaf Sheet Pan Dinner
This Mini Turkey Meatloaf sheet pan dinner is for those meat and potato lovers out there! This is a complete meal, all on one sheet pan! You’re going to love this for an easy weeknight meal!
Every time I mention to someone that I have this little recipe website of mine, people always ask for easy recipes. Well luckily for them (and you…and me, actually!), Rachel Cooks is full of easy recipes!
I like to cook, but I also don’t really like to cook. Do you know what I’m saying? I enjoy creating and developing recipes and I really enjoy eating, but on a Thursday evening when I’ve been flying around all day and I’m exhausted? I’d just rather not, you know?
That’s why you’ll find so many quick and easy recipes here. Oh, and I don’t like to do dishes either – enter one pan meals and sheet pan dinners.
I know without a doubt that you guys all feel the same way. With that all said, even though this meatloaf isn’t the most seasonally appropriate, it is going to become one of your favorites for busy weeknights. It doesn’t take long at all to throw together and then it’s almost all hands off. You can help the kids with their homework or throw in a load of laundry while it cooks.
Tip: Choose ground turkey with a 93/7 fat percentage for the best results with this recipe. If you go for the extra-lean ground turkey breasts, your mini meatloaf will be much drier.
To make this recipe even quicker and easier, I used fun “petite” rainbow carrots (got mine from Trader Joe’s – they come already peeled!) and small potatoes so the prep time for the vegetables was minimal. You could of course use large potatoes and regular carrots, just make sure to cut them all into approximately equal sizes, and not too large or they won’t cook in time before the mini turkey meatloaf finish cooking.
Make this Mini Turkey Meatloaf sheet pan dinner your own!
- Make it Whole30 Compliant: Use almond meal/flour instead of breadcrumbs, or skip the breadcrumbs completely. Use a Whole30 compliant ketchup (I used Tessamae’s – not sponsored, just love it – it’s sweetened with dates!).
- Use different vegetables: No one says you have to do carrots and potatoes. Try sweet potatoes, radishes (roasted radishes are delish!), green beans, asparagus, or any of your favorites. Keep in mind that green beans and asparagus only take about 10 minutes to roast, so add them at the end.
- Use Different Breadcrumbs: You could use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs and omit the Italian seasoning. Panko would also work in this recipe, and whole wheat breadcrumbs are always a great idea! I also like to use oats for a gluten-free alternative.
- Use a different kind of meat: We love turkey but if you prefer chicken, beef, pork, veal, or a combo, feel free to do it that way! Make sure to keep the fat content relatively low, though, or your vegetables will be cooking in a pool of fat and won’t get nice and golden brown and crisp.
- Cheese is always a good idea! Try mixing 1/2 cup of shredded cheese into your meat mixture for extra flavor and moisture. Cheddar, Parmesan, and Mozzarella would all be solid choices.
When you guys make these, make sure to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #RachelCooks and/or come back and leave a comment! I want to see what twist you put on them!
More Sheet Pan Dinners:
- Roasted Romaine Salad with Crispy Chicken
- Whole30 Chicken Thighs Sheet Pan Dinner with Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Walnut Crusted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
- Baked Chicken Parmesan and Broccoli Sheet Pan Dinner
- Roasted Pineapple with Honey and Pistachios – from Bon Appetit for dessert!
For the Turkey Meatloaf
- 1 pound ground turkey (I recommend 93/7 fat percentage)
- 1 small onion, grated or finely minced
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup ketchup, additional for topping if desired
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the vegetables:
- 1 pound small potatoes, cut in half
- 16 oz carrots, cut into 1/2-inch rounds (or whole “baby” carrots)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Combine ground turkey, onion, egg, ketchup, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, and bread crumbs. Mix until just combined (I use my hands). Do not overmix.
- Divide meat mixture into 4 even-sized mini meatloaves and place on a rimmed baking sheet (sheet pan).
- Toss the potatoes and carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl or a zip-top bag. Arrange potatoes and carrots around meatloaves in an even, single layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes, stir potatoes and vegetables carefully, and return to oven. Continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature of meatloaves registers as 165°F on an instant read thermometer and potatoes and carrots are tender. If desired, top meatloaves with additional ketchup in the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time.
- To make Whole30 compliant: Use almond meal/flour instead of breadcrumbs, or skip the breadcrumbs completely. Use a Whole30 compliant ketchup.
- To make gluten-free: Use oats or oat flour instead of breadcrumbs.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 610 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 167mg Sodium: 1096mg Carbohydrates: 54g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 13g Protein: 36g
Husband’s take: Ben loved this! I think it is one of his new favorites.
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but make it your own in the ways I mentioned above!