Mini Turkey Meat Loaves with Walnut-Parsley Gremolata


For an easy meatloaf recipe that cooks quicker than most others, portion out mini meat loaves. This lightened-up mini meat loaf recipe calls for just 20 minutes of oven time.

Mini Turkey Meat Loaves with Walnut-Parsley Gremolata
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1 ½ cup chopped fresh mushrooms

  • cup rolled oats

  • ¼ cup finely chopped dried tomatoes (not oil pack)

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 8 ounce lean uncooked ground turkey

  • 8 ounce extra-lean uncooked ground turkey breast or lean uncooked ground turkey

  • cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • 2 teaspoon walnut oil or olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil; if using foil, coat with cooking spray. Set pan aside. In a large bowl beat egg whites with a fork. Stir in mushrooms, rolled oats, dried tomatoes, onion, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Add ground turkey; mix well.

  2. Divide meat mixture into four equal portions. Shape each portion into a 4-inch oval that is about 2 1/2 inches wide in the center. Place in the prepared baking pan, leaving 2 inches between loaves.

  3. Bake about 20 minutes or until internal temperature in center of loaves registers 165°F.*

  4. Meanwhile, for gremolata, in a small bowl stir together parsley, walnuts, oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, and the 1/8 teaspoon salt. To serve, transfer each meat loaf to a serving plate. Top evenly with gremolata.


The internal color of meat loaf is not a reliable doneness indicator. A turkey loaf cooked to 165°F is safe, regardless of color.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
12g Fat
10g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 479mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 11.2mg 56%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 338mg 7%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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