Oct 15, 2015

Bacon Topped Petite Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce


Bacon Topped Petite Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce – healthy and kid friendly, and I even snuck some zucchini inside!

If you like the smoky-sweet flavor of BBQ sauce AND the taste of bacon, then you'll love these petite turkey meatloaves with some hidden zucchini inside!


I'm reviving this from the archives because I made a batch of my homemade BBQ sauce to make for pulled pork, and had extra, perfect for making these meatloaves. I made them in a petite loaf pan but you can also make them in a muffin tin.

I love adding zucchini to the mix because it adds moisture to otherwise dry turkey. I've done this before in my turkey burgers and meatloaf cupcakes and it turns out great and no one knows it's in there! I've made this with both 99% lean turkey and 93% percent lean and we all like the 93% lean best. You can use either, the points remain the same. I used my homemade BBQ sauce, but you can certainly use any BBQ sauce you like. If you are watching your sodium, you could cut back on the bacon or eliminate it all together. Hope you enjoy!


Bacon Topped Petite Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5  Serving Size: 1 loaf • Points+: 7 pts • Smart Points: 8
Calories: 259 • Fat: 10 g • Carbs: 17 g • Fiber: 1.2 g • Protein: 25 g • Sugar: 7.6 g
Sodium: 940 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel
  • 2 tbsp onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp diced red pepper
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (you can use gluten-free crumbs too)
  • 1/4 cup Kansas City BBQ Sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.3 lb raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 5 slices center cut bacon, cut in half
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Kansas City BBQ Sauce


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly spray the petite loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix the zucchini, onion, red pepper, breadcrumbs, BBQ sauce, egg, paprika and salt. Add the turkey and combine until mixed through.


Create 5 equal loafs and place them into the loaf pan. Place the 2 bacon halves over each loaf and top each with 1/2 tbsp additional BBQ sauce.


Bake about 25 minutes or until cooked through. 

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Bacon Topped Petite Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce – healthy and kid friendly, and I even snuck some zucchini inside!

80 comments :

  1. I found your site last week, and am so impressed with your use of "forbidden" ingredients (like yummy bacon!) in healthy moderation. Especially with a blog that has "skinny" in the title :) There are so many recipes on here that I can't wait to try, thank you so much!

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  2. So excited to make this! I do not have a petite loaf pan and would like to make this tomorrow-- would I use the same temp and time to make it as one large loaf?

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    1. Yes, but it will take longer to cook. You can look at my turkey meatloaf recipe for the time.

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  3. Made this tonight, it was fantastic...thank you so much. The whole family loved it...

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  4. Gina,

    We are going camping this weekend. How do you make it on a grill? Also, can you suggest some recipes that are easy for camping trips?

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    1. Make sure the foil has a tight seal, like little tents. Do them individually and I would put them on indirect heat so they don't burn. Open it after 25 minutes, and cut into one to see if it's cooked, if not leave it another 10 minutes or so.

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  5. For those who don't have the mini meatloaf pan, I've seen mini meatloaves done in muffin pans with great results. I have no idea how it affects the cooking time, but its definitely an idea!

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    1. How about the large (texas) size muffin tins? They would work but not sure on cooking time.

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  6. Could you make this into patties?

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  7. For those without a pan I just form the meatloaf into a similar shape and bake on a cooling rack on a foil lined cookie sheet. It works great and any fat just drips below.

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  8. I made this last night in a muffin tin - my husband said it was "the best meatloaf he's ever had in his life"... and he loves meatloaf! I made it with baked rice w. peas AND beet salad -- both recipes from this very site. It was a Skinnytaste dinner and was a WINNER!!

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  9. Made this for dinner tonight and it is very good! My picky teenager even liked it! Thank you for another great recipe!

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  10. Love your recipes! Made this last night and it was a hit! Mahalo for sharing your awesome recipes...

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  11. If I do it on the grill, Do I cook the bacon before hand or will it cook on the grill? I am grilling on coals, so how long does the meatloaf need to grill and how hot? Love this idea!

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    1. I would make sure the foil has a tight seal, like little tents. Do them individually and I would put them on indirect heat but at a high heat so they cook. You may need to move them a bit onto the coals at the end.

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    2. Oh and don't cook the bacon, it will bake in the foil.

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  12. Could you replace the breadcrumbs with something else to eliminate some carbs?

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    1. You can use oats instead, still has carbs but it's good for you!

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  13. How do you think it would be if you subbed torn pieces of bread soaked in the egg for the bread crumbs?

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  14. This was so good, I made it for dinner last night and everyone loved it. I added graded carrots and a lot more veggies than what it called for, so good. Thank you

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  15. Can it be done without breadcrumbs (gluten free)?

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  16. What is the cooking time if you do it in muffin pan (the 12 muffin ordinary size pan)?

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  17. I'm not really that fond of ground turkey....could i use 96% lean ground BEEF instead???

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  18. Made these last night, and we're a complete hit. Also I found the multi loaf pan at William - Sonoma too.

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  19. Can you make this as one whole loaf? I don't have that pan and I want to make this soon?

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    1. I made it as a loaf and cooked it for an hour at 350. Delicious! Just finished the leftovers tonight :)

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    2. Thanks!! Making this tomorrow!

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  20. Can this meal be prepped ahead of time and then baked the following day? Thanks Gina!

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  21. I made this tonight and it was amazing! I didn't want to heat up my kitchen with the oven so I grilled them on the grill like I would a hamburger and just basted with the BBQ sauce after I turned them. The flavor was so good! Hubby loved them and I will be adding this to the rotation! Thank you!

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  22. I made these last night and they were amazing. The boyfriend said they are on the make again list. The only thing that I had an issue with was the bacon did not get as crispy as either of really like it. So next time we will pre-cook the bacon a little bit. We made this w/the Roasted Parmesan Green Beans which was an excellent combination!

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  23. I made this last night as one whole loaf, baked at 350 for an hour. Worked fine. The zucchini is GENIUS. I had tried turkey meatloaf with 99% fat free meat before and it was disgusting. This was tender, juicy and very tasty. Thanks so much for a great idea!

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  24. Any suggestion on substitutions for the egg? My little guy is deathly allergic.
    Thanks!

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    1. Try it without and see if it works.

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    2. How about milk or applesauce for more moisture to hold it together if no eggs. My mother's meatloaf recipe used milk. I know it sounds strange.

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  25. I just made these tonight in a muffin tin and they were FANTASTIC! Moist and loaded with flavor. I divided the meat into the 12 tins and cooked for 20 minutes; I then set the oven to broil, moved the rack up and broiled for 2 minutes to get the bacon crispy. Fantastic! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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  26. This was delicious! The zucchini really helped the turkey stay moist, and it was full of flavor. Thank you for all the great recipes you share!

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  27. Yes, please!! The next meatloaf I make definitely must be this one!! Have a great week!! :D

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  28. Found you on pinterest and have made a couple recipes - all really good :) Thanks for sharing recipes that I feel good about giving my family! I made this turkey meatloaf last night for dinner - it was so good! Used muffin tins, but I might have to get a petite loaf pan - so cute :) Anyways, I switched a couple things because I didn't feel like loading the kids up for a trip to the store, but it was amazing anyways. I have tried a TON of meatloaf recipes for my husband...he's just never liked it. His exact words on this one? "That's pretty good." A glowing recommendation from him :) And both of my super picky kids ate it. My little guy even asked for more. I don't know that he's ever done that before. Thanks again for sharing!!

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  29. do you have to use smoked paprika? will regular do?

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  30. Do you think it would be ok to make these ahead of time and freeze? I want to taken them on vacation but do the work before I leave. Wasn't sure because of the veggies...

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  31. We had these tonight for the first time - definite do-over! I made your zucchini tots tonight as well, since I had to grate zucchini anyway! They're a do-over, too!
    Thanks!

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  32. Made these tonight and they were WONDERFUL! Made them in a cupcake pan and they turned out great. Will definitely be making often.

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  33. This was Yumtastic. Thank you :)

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  34. This was ridiculously good. I made in one big loaf (cooked for a little under an hour) since I don't have the mini loaf pan. My boyfriend, who usually dislikes it when I use ground turkey for things he thinks should be made with ground beef (like meatloaf, meatballs, etc), really really liked it, and even yelled THIS IS DELICIOUS while eating haha. He also mentioned it again the next day about how good it was.

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    1. I literally lol'd at the exclamation by the bf - I live with the same type; this recipe is definitely a winner at our house, too!

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  35. This was really tasty. Even my confirmed meatloaf-hating son ate it.

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  36. What would you suggest as an egg replacement in this recipe? Thanks!

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  37. Amazing meatloaf! Definitely a hit in my family. I ended up making a Big loaf and using beef because I didn't have the ground turkey. I also had to make it Gluten Free and made GF breadcrumbs with 2 heels of Udi's GF bread. Turned out AMAZING!!! My three boys ended up fighting over the last piece. Making it again tonight and doubled the recipe in hopes of having leftovers. Thank you for your amazing site and recipes. You are the first place I go when looking for a recipe.

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  38. My beef-loving husband went back for a second mini meatloaf! He said his only complaint was my little tins weren't big enough. Compliments to the chefs!! I got those zucchini shreds by him soooo stealth-like, too!

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  39. This was amazing. I made it with your Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes. My husband was whining about using ground turkey instead of ground beef and after he started eating it, he said "ya know, I think this is better than regular meatloaf". Plus, my extremely picky 3 year old ate it without complaint. He even asked me to make it again. Winner!

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  40. I made this tonight and my whole family enjoyed iy. My 17 y.o. who hates meatloaf decided to try it because of the bacon and he loved it!

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  41. Oh wow! We had this last night and loved it. The Lovely Boyfriend said he likes it better than "regular" meatloaf. He's not on a diet, so he helped himself to two! lol Thank you!

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  42. Wowza...glad I stumbled upon this gem from before!! What are your thoughts about cucumber instead of zucchini? Hmmm...

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  43. Excellent!!!! The kids said it was delicious and moist. This will be a permanent recipe for me and my family.

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  44. Another awesome recipe! I've made this recipe a few times and my recommendation would be use cheese cloth to drain the zucchini, fluff with a fork and then measure. This has saved me a lot of paper towels and is a bit neater. Thanks for adding bacon!

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  45. I love this recipe, but am now trying to go grain free. Do you think I can make this with Almond meal instead of bread crumbs? not as concerned about the points as whether it will work. Thanks.

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    1. I made it last night and just left out the bread crumbs and it worked fine. it was so moist and flavorful. I didn't have any red pepper so I finely chopped a carrot instead. Very moist!

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  46. def. made this for dinner tonight with mashed potatoes and strings beans. My husband loved it and suggested that I double the recipe next time. Gina, you make weight watchers doable and delicious. thanks again. BTW def go for the chew weight watchers chef. your meals are too amazing and the nation needs to know!

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  47. I made these last night and they were quite good! My husband loved them!! I also added 1/2 c 2% sharp cheddar cheese. Next time I will broil it at the end to crisp the bacon up a bit and also add a T of worcestershire for a bit of a kick.

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  48. These taste great! Made them for dinner with my great aunt and my dad. My dad hates everything healthy and his only attempt is to leave the whipped cream off his banana split. Both of them loved it and my great aunt even asked for the recipe:) So easy and freezes well

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    1. Yes, freezer friendly too! Good point!

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  49. This really does look wonderful. I can't remember the last time I had meatloaf, but that's probably because I'm allergic to tomatoes and have never found a BBQ or ketchup-less recipe to tackle.

    Would you happen to have any ideas of something I could substitute for BBQ sauce?

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  50. This looks delicious! I love the addition of the zucchini to give it some added nutrients, too.

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  51. look delicous for hallowen party

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  52. made these last weekend and my husband and son devoured them! Keep those awesome recipes coming.

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  53. love this idea but wanted to ask, what can I substitute for the red peppers - can't eat any peppers.

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  54. We like ketchup on meatloaf. Do you think it would taste alright instead of BBQ sauce?

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  55. Doesn't it defeat the purpose of using lean turkey meat when you top it with fatty bacon? Bet it tastes good though.

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  56. Heidi Pukaluk10/19/15, 3:22 PM

    I made this for dinner last night. My husband ate 4! I say that is a winner! Making the turkey/bacon meatballs tonight with some wild rice and I expect that to be gobbled up just as quickly! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes.

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  57. i made this for dinner tonight - sans the bacon - but i made the bbq sauce home made from your recipe. it was such a HUGE hit. my boys loved it and my husband. thanks so much! i doubled the recipe so now we have lunch tomorrow.

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  58. I made these tonight and didn't have bacon, but instead I subbed in a little ground beef and ground pork.

    75% ground turkey
    25% ground beef/pork mixture

    I wanted to keep the fat content low so I kept it mostly ground turkey. Really good!

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  59. Can this be made the night before?

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