Skillet Harissa Turkey Meatloaf

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Skillet Harissa Turkey Meatloaf is a dinner game changer. Making meatloaf in the skillet is perfect for busy weeknights because it’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

Skillet Harissa Turkey Meatloaf – making them in the skillet means ready in less than 30 minutes! These got RAVE reviews on Skinnytaste!

I took my basic turkey meatloaf recipe, and swapped the ketchup for jarred Mina Harrisa (or you can use homemade). I also added shredded zucchini to the mix and made them in the skillet. The results were juicy, quick, delicious round meatloaves with a little kick! I served it with a simple chopped cucumber and tomato salad which I tossed with a little olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.

You can purchase Mina Harissa on Amazon and Whole Foods carries it as well, it’s a bright red Moroccan condiment that can be used with couscous, vegetables, meats or whatever you want.

If you prefer to make this in the oven as a large loaf, you can! Bake it at 350°F for 1 hour.

Skillet Harissa Turkey Meatloaf – making them in the skillet means ready in less than 30 minutes! These got RAVE reviews on Skinnytaste!
Making meatloaf in the skillet is perfect for busy weeknights – it's ready in less than 30 minutes! I took my basic turkey meatloaf recipe, swapped the ketchup for jarred Mina Harrisa (or you can use homemade), added shredded zucchini and made them in the skillet.
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Skillet Harissa Turkey Meatloaf

254 Cals 25 Protein 11 Carbs 11 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Making meatloaf in the skillet is perfect for busy weeknights – it's ready in less than 30 minutes!


  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel
  • 2 tbsp onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp diced red pepper
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs, use plain for dairy free
  • 1/4 cup Harissa, such as Mina
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.3 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Harissa Sauce for topping
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup


  • In a large bowl, mix the zucchini, onion, garlic, red pepper, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Harissa, egg, paprika and salt.
  • Add the turkey and combine until mixed through.
  • Form the meat into 5 round patties.
  •  Combine the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp Harissa with the ketchup in a small bowl.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium. Spray with oil and cook covered until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes per side, reducing the heat if they start to get too browned.
  • Brush the Harissa-ketchup mixture on top during the last few minutes of cooking.


Serving: 1loaf, Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 498mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g
WW Points Plus: 6
Keywords: Harissa Meatloaf, Skillet Harissa Turkey Meatloaf, Skillet Meatloaf

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  1. Delicious! Five of us total ate it (over two different batches), and everyone liked it!

  2. What can i substitute for zucchini?  I am currently out of it and am worried a sub might make it drier.  

  3. GINA- I want to try this in the air fryer. How long would you cook it for?

  4. Love your recipes but often they are 1.3 lbs of meat rather than just 1 lb. Why is that?


  5. Sent to Amazon for the Harissa as no one around here seems to carry it. Loved this recipe. I made it for the first time today and cut back a bit on Harissa as I am spice challenged and was not sure how hot it would be, but in this case the mild Harissa was wonderful and I can use the whole amount without trepidation. My husband said I can make this anytime. We loved it. I am always intrigued how changing just the seasonings makes the recipe completely new. My cooking is to sear it in the skillet on both sides-this case for 2 minutes plus on each side then I finish covered in the oven at 350. Juicy and wonderful. I tend to make any burger or steak this way.

  6. Most flavorful turkey burger I have ever had! Thanks, Gina!

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  8. Another winner!! I baked it instead of skillet. My family loves it. 

  9. I have made this recipe several times. Usually I make 10 patties instead of 5; they are a little easier to cook. Now that WW has introduced the Freestyle program, I like to make this with 99% lean ground turkey. With 10 patties, that brings the smart points down to 2 for 2 or 3 patties! I probably add a little more veggies than the recipe calls for and it comes out great every time. I use Trader Joe’s Harissa.. Great flavor, beautiful color. Thanks, Gina!

  10. Do you think I can substitute Sirracha in place of Harrissa sauce for the Turkey meatloaf?

  11. I’m going to try this with gochujang since I have it in the fridge. Then next time I see harisa, I’ll buy it and try the recipe again. Love the idea of meatloaf burgers!

  12. I LOVED this recipe! I made the Harissa based on the jar’s ingredients and I loved it. I have no idea how Harissa tastes like, but I liked my version 😉 The meat loaves were done very quickly (I made on a cast iron skillet). It was easy, quick and delicious!  Will definitely make again.

  13. How do you make it yourself?

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  17. Gina… What is the salad that you have featured in the photo? I want to make both. Looks great!

  18. I'll be trying these substituting ketchup or mild salsa for harissa because my family is not a huge fan of spicy. Also, in some of the recipes, it's very difficult to find anything different (like harissa) because we live in a small rural community with a basic grocery store and I don't want to always have to order specialty items online, so have to find substitutes. I love that you include calories in each of your recipes, because that's what we track. Down 57 lbs now since December, in part thanks to your great ideas! 🙂

  19. WOW! We just finished these and they were GREAT!!!! Thank you so much!!

  20. It really looks great, I would like to know how to make these.

  21. I made these tonight and they were delicious! I made extra harissa/ketchup mix so that I could have something to dip my roasted baby potatoes in!

  22. Just made this tonight! Very tasty! I found that if I made 5 patties it would be way too much meat…made 6 and it still took way longer then the suggested 6-8 min cook time. Any suggestions?

  23. These were to die for! I have harissa powder that I got at a gourmet store, but it is available at the bulk store too. I mix it with equal parts olive oil and lemon juice to make the sauce. 3 T of each is perfect for this recipe.

  24. Amazing flavor – LOVE this recipe!

  25. I love harissa, and my picky dad loves meatloaf, so I thought this was worth a try. I made the recipe as written and they were awesommmme. They were so moist and delicious! The 4 of us ate all 5 meatloaves 🙂 I will definitely be making these again!

  26. Hi Gina ~ you mentioned you make the Moroccan sauce from scratch, might you have the recipe? Thank you 🙂

  27. I decided I HAD to make this recipe today, but couldn't find harissa (shame on Trader Joe!). I thought of what I had that was closest and ended up using thai red chili paste in its place and getting roasted red peppers. It came out great! Thanks for this and all of your wonderful recipes.

  28. This was so, so good! I was curious if you had any idea how I could go about baking this as a whole loaf? I know that defeats the purpose, but I was just curious.

  29. I made these last night, using a bit of Siracha (for kick) instead of harissa, and ketchup. I served with a size of shaved zucchini salad, with dried mint, EVOO and lemon juice. Delicious, thanks for the inspiration! Even my beef loving son enjoyed the meat.

  30. Made this tonight with the salad, so yummy and filling. My daughter and husband loved it, and they are all about red meat. Thanks for your great recipes!!

  31. I made this tonight and holy crap it was good! I could only find the mild hirassa, but that was still super flavorful without the heat. (It took a few stores, but I ended up finding it at Whole Foods.)

  32. Love that you gave a suggested side dish! I have the hardest time trying to figure out what to have with a yummy main dish.

  33. I made this last night for my family in mini muffin tins. It made 6 perfect portions! It was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes.

  34. Do you have a recipe for harissa?

    • YES! I would love a recipe for harissa. I can't find it locally and I don't want to purchase it off Amazon just to try. I'd love a Skinnytaste approved harissa recipe.

      • Yes, I have one in my cookbook! Do you have my book? It’s with the lamb kebabs.

  35. How about broccoli slaw instead of the shredded zucchini? This looks like such a quick dinner if you don't have to shred . . .

  36. What's the salad? Looks great!!

  37. Ah I love the looks of these, they look fantastic! Can't beat a bit of meatloaf, scrumptious 😀 I bet the harissa gives it that "pleasantly unexpected", almost exotic flavour 😀 Thanks for sharing! x

  38. That looks really good but I keep looking at your side dish. Yum. Is there a sauce for it???

  39. Hi Gina… These turkey meatloaf patties look so good. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much for using our harissa : )

  40. Looks fabulous. Though i have found not all harissa is created equal. I haven't found mina in australia and when I first made your harissa eggs in purgatory nearly blew my mouth off! I have since found a less concentrated harissa…

  41. So much yes! That is such a perfect week night meal!

  42. You have me SO intrigued wtih this one. I NEED to adapt it to make a veg version!

  43. Looks delicious and colorful. I'll add it to the ever growing list of Skinnytaste recipes that I plan on making

    • If you dont have her cookbooks, ask for them for your next birthday. They are beautiful and very inspiring. They are my go to cookbooks. 

  44. Sounds delicious and the side salad looks fresh and healthy. Blessings, Catherine

  45. 30 minutes this is quick, love this recipe!

  46. Gina…have you ever thought of including the Simply Filling Points on your recipes? So many of those would be 0 to very little points with all the power foods you use. I switched to Simply Filling at the beginning of the year and it's been such a freeing experience….get to enjoy so much more without counting!

    • What is Simply Filling Points?

    • Weight watchers has a list of Power Foods with a 0 point value so there is no tracking OR measuring of those foods. The only points you track are from food/drinks not on the power food list and you are allotted 49 discretionary points each week (plus your activity points).The power food list is significant and also includes lean meats, bread and popcorn (I will eat the whole without feeling guilty!)

    • Hi Gina,
      I would love this too….perhaps you could add a simply filling tag to begin categorizing the recipes that use only power foods for those of us following this tracking method.

  47. LOVE harissa! Using it tonight on some roasted beets to cut through the sweetness .

  48. These look so tasty! What is harissa?

    • It's a spicy Chili pepper/olive oil sauce. Gina can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think jarred roasted red peppers or salsa might make reasonable substitutes if you're like me and can't handle things that are too spicy. (I'm a wimp.)

    • For sure, salsa would be great too if you don't like spice, or just use ketchup.

    • Thanks for the tip! I also meant to mention that these look so good, and also seem to be nicely-sized portions