Mini Turkey-Bacon & Cheddar Meatloaves

Mini Turkey Cheddar Bacon Meatloaves appetizer
This can be a part of a meal, or finger food!

Cooking Time:
Approx. 25 minutes (oven and microwaved used)


1 lb. lean ground beef (thawed)
1 beaten egg
6 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 T minced onion
1 T dried celery
1.5 tsp Italian seasoning
1/3 cup Quaker (1-minute) instant oatmeal
6-8 pieces of turkey bacon
6-8 cheddar cheese slices (strips)
Optional: A lot of times I use my food processor to puree and mix in a vegetable in my meats (or sauces or rice, etc.) because I have a very picky eater who won’t eat veggies. So, pick your favorite, or least favorite, veggie to disguise in this loaf!


  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients (except bacon and cheese) together in a bowl by hand.
  2. Shape into 6-8 mini meatloaves.
  3. Put in a microwave-safe dish and cover.*
  4. Microwave for 5 minutes, then turn loaves upside down. Re-cover.*
  5. Microwave for 5-7 minutes until cooked through.*
  6. Allow loaves to cool to touch. Then top each loaf with a strip of cheddar and wrap bacon around each.
  7. Put in baking sheet and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes (until bacon is cooked and cheese has melted).
  8. Serve alone or with your favorite sauce (ketchup, BBQ sauce, etc.).
*If you don’t want to use the microwave, it takes 35-40 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees, uncovered.

(it’s hard to see the cheddar but it’s in there!)


  1. 1

    This would make for great little appetizers! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2
    Jessica Beard says:

    This looks yummy. I’ll keep it in mind for Christmas parties.

  3. 3
    Sandy VanHoey says:

    I think I must be suppose to make this dish. This is the second time today and so early in the morning I have seen similar recipes with the turkey bacon wrapped around. My daughter would certainly love it, she loves turkey bacon. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4

    G’day and YUM, TRUE!
    I could go for one or two of these right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  5. 5

    These sound so good! I great appetizer! Thank you for sharing.

  6. 6

    Anything wrapped in bacon will grab my attention. These little mealoves are too cute!

  7. 7

    That looks SO good…. I love meatloaf. Pinned it!

  8. 8

    We are always looking for exciting recipes to serve at adult parties!


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