Sweet Potato Turkey Meatloaf

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This easy, gluten-free, dairy-free Sweet Potato Turkey Meatloaf puts a fun healthy spin on my classic turkey meatloaf.

Turkey Sweet Potato Meatloaf
Sweet Potato Turkey Meatloaf

My classic turkey meatloaf recipe is on repeat in my house, but I love playing around with it. I tested this Sweet Potato Turkey Meatloaf without breadcrumbs a few ways and love how this turned out. It uses a baked sweet potato, which is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, as a binder and is topped with a ketchup glaze. Get more ground turkey recipes here!

Turkey Sweet Potato Meatloaf

Can you add potatoes to meatloaf?

The answer is yes, and it works well as a binder in place of breadcrumbs or oats. I used sweet potatoes which adds dietary fiber, vitamins and nutrients.

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

Here are a few tips for moist turkey meatloaf:

  • Choose Your Ingredients Wisely: The sweet potato, egg, and ketchup all add moisture to the turkey.
  • Don’t Overmix: Combine the ingredients just enough without overdoing it, which will result in tougher meatloaf.
  • Don’t Overbake: The meatloaf should be done in about 55 minutes, but feel free to check it with a meat thermometer before that. Ovens all bake differently, so yours may be ready sooner.

Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients

  • Large Sweet Potato: This easy turkey meatloaf recipe is a great way to use leftover baked sweet potatoes or air fryer sweet potatoes. If you don’t have leftovers, the quickest way to cook it is in the microwave. To microwave, pierce the potato several times with a fork, and wrap in a paper towel. Microwave 4 – 6 minutes, or until it is soft to the touch, adding more time if needed.
  • Ketchup: Most of the ketchup goes into the meatloaf and the rest on top. It’s also delicious with BBQ sauce if you don’t want to use ketchup. To cut back on sugar and lower the calories, I often use sugar free ketchup.
  • Worcestershire: Stir the sauce and ketchup to make the glaze.
  • Ground Turkey: Use 93% lean turkey for moist meatloaf, 99% will be dry.
  • Egg: If you can’t eat egg, leave it out. I tested this both ways. It will be slightly denser but totally fine!
  • Onion Flakes: Saute 1/4 cup chopped onion if you don’t have dried onion flakes.
  • Marjoram: Swap marjoram for your favorite spices.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon salt is used here, I use Diamond Crystal Kosher salt which has less sodium than Morton’s or table salt. If you use other salt, adjust.

How to Make:

  1. Sweet Potatoes: Cook your potatoes in the microwave if you don’t have any leftovers. Remove the skin and mash the flesh in a large bowl.
  2. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients except for two tablespoons of ketchup and Worcestershire with a fork. Shape the mixture into a loaf on a prepared baking sheet.
  3. Glaze: Mix the remaining ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and brush it on top of the meatloaf.
  4. Bake uncovered for 55 minutes at 350F. Let it sit for five minutes before slicing.

Variations:

  • Use ground chicken or beef in place of ground turkey.
  • For a kid-friendly twist, add some cheddar cheese in the mix, if you like it cheesy.
  • If you want to add more flavor, saute 1 small onion, with 1 clove garlic and 1 tablespoon tomato paste, then adding it to the mix.

How to Freeze Meatloaf

Leftover turkey meatloaf will keep in the fridge for three to four days and in the freezer for three months. Store in a freezer safe container or wrap in foil. You can thaw a serving overnight in the refrigerator and microwave it when ready to eat.

Side Dishes That Go Well With This

For some dinner ideas, serve it with cauliflower mash and broccoli. A brussels sprout salad, rice, or spinach would also be good.

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Sweet Potato Turkey Meatloaf

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264 Cals 24 Protein 19 Carbs 10.5 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
sit time: 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This easy, gluten-free, dairy-free Sweet Potato Turkey Meatloaf puts a fun healthy spin on my classic turkey meatloaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium baked sweet potato, about 7 ounces* (1 heaping cup)
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup, divided (for whole30, use sugar free such as Primal Kitchen)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground turkey, 93% lean
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Remove flesh from sweet potato, discard skin and mash in a large bowl.
  • Add turkey, egg, dried onion, 1/4 cup ketchup, marjoram and 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and mix with the ground turkey using a fork until mixed well.
  • In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of the ketchup with Worcestershire sauce.
  • Shape into a loaf and place on a baking sheet. Spoon sauce on top.
  • Bake uncovered for 55 minutes, remove from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes

*If you don't have leftover baked sweet potatoes, you can bake the sweet potato in the oven, or air fryer, but for this recipe it’s quickest to do it in the microwave.
To microwave sweet potato, pierce the potato several times with a fork, and wrap in a paper towel. Microwave 4 - 6 minutes, or until it is soft to the touch, adding more time if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 th of loaf, Calories: 264kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 10.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 635mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g
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42 comments

  1. I loved this so much! The sweet potato addition is genius. It was moist, flavorful, and perfect for my lunch meal prep. Thanks, Gina!

  2. another FANTASTIC recipe! Husband loved it. This recipe works well using other proteins too. I didn’t have ground turkey on hand this time around so substituted with ground veal and it was extraordinary.

  3. We loved this turkey meatloaf. I used the sauteed onion and garlic, and tomato paste, as suggested, instead of the dried onion, and also added 1/2 cup cheddar. Served with broccoli and some mashed potatoes.

  4. Wow, this is an instant favorite, It is so moist and flavorful. Only thing different I did was add some Penzey Bavarian seasoning –just me and likeing extra herbs. We love this and it will be a regular.

  5. This meatloaf was BEYOND my expectations, I would goce it a 10 if I could!!! Thank you for the recipe 

  6. We really loved this recipe. I substituted canned pumpkin puree for the sweet potato. Mine was a little wet/thin, so I added about 3 tablespoons of quick oats to take up some of the moisture and so it would hold its shape on the pan. I baked it at 400 so I could roast some cauliflower at the same time. This was a huge hit with the whole family!