The Best Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy ground turkey meatloaf recipe is a staple in my home! Easy and delicious.

Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.
Turkey Meatloaf

My family loves turkey meatloaf so much, I have created so many meatloaf recipes on my site. If you like meatloaf as much as I do, you might also enjoy this Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf or this Bacon Topped BBQ Turkey Meatloaf. Serve it with garlic mashed potatoes or loaded cauliflower mash and a vegetable on the side and dinner is done!

How To Make Turkey Meatloaf

My mom always made meatloaf with beef when I was growing up, and I always loved it. But once I tried it with turkey, I never looked back. Not only is it leaner, I also find the meatloaf juicier and my family now prefers it, it’s on constant rotation. Here are a few tips and variations for perfectly juicy and flavorful meatloaf every time!

What temperature should meatloaf be cooked to?

Meatloaf is best baked at 350 degrees F in a conventional oven, although I have also increased the temp to 400 degrees F to cook faster. You will know it’s ready when it’s cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. using an instant read thermometer.

Meatloaf Tips and Variations:

  • Don’t overwork the meat. Just like making meatballs, if you over work the meat it will become more dense. It’s best to gently mix all the ingredients until just mixed in.
  • Make it faster! If I want to make this quicker, I will make them into four smaller loaves and cook it for about 25 to 30 minutes. You can also make it in cupcake tins like I do in this Cupcake Meatloaf with Mashed Potato Frosting.
  • Add heat! If you want to spice things up you can add some chipotle or sriracha to the ketchup.
  • Use beef. If you prefer beef, swap the turkey for a lean beef around 90% lean.
  • Make it low-carb or grain-free. Swap the breadcrumbs out for equal amounts of almond meal.
  • Make it with oats. Swap the breadcrumbs out for equal amounts of rolled oats.
  • BBQ Sauce. Replace the ketchup glaze with BBQ sauce to give it a smokey flavor.
  • Make it juicier. I often use 93% lean for a juicier turkey meatloaf.
  • Make it for Meal Prep! Double the recipe, make two and freeze one for another night.
  • Leftovers. Leftovers are great for sandwiches. Refrigerate 3 to 4 days.

Can You Freeze Meatloaf?

Yes, meatloaf is great for freezing. I usually make two, one for dinner and one to freeze for another night. It takes about the same time to make 2 as it does to make 1. To freeze, let it cool, then slice the loaf. Transfer to freezer safe containers and freeze up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator the night before, then microwave in 30 second increments until heated through.

Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.
Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.

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Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.
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Turkey Meatloaf

259 Cals 37 Protein 14 Carbs 5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp ketchup, I use organic
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.3 lb ground turkey, 99% or 93% (I prefer 93)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned whole wheat or gluten-free breadcrumbs, I like 4C
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a small bowl combine 2 tbsp of the ketchup with Worcestershire sauce.
  • In a small skillet, heat olive oil and onion on low heat until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  • In a medium bowl combine the turkey, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, 1/4 cup ketchup, salt and marjoram.
  • Place mixture into a loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on a baking pan. Spoon sauce on top.
  • Bake uncovered for 55-60 minutes, remove from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing.

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Notes

calculated with 99% lean turkey

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4, Calories: 259kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 390mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 6g
WW Points Plus: 7
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676 comments

  1. I made this tonight, as is. Picky toddler approved!

  2. Made this yesterday and it fell apart, couldn’t get it sliced. It was delicious, but don’t know what I did wrong. I used oats, not breadcrumbs. Is this why?

  3. I made this for dinner tonight, and the whole family really enjoyed it!

  4. Delicious and easy to make!

  5. This was OUTSTANDING!  I followed it to the letter and this is the best tasting and most moist meatloaf I’ve ever made!  Will make this over beef version any day.  Leftovers cold this morning were just as good, if not better.  🙂

  6. I make this all of the time. It’s so easy and tasty!

  7. Soooooo good!!! For all the celiacs out there this is a winner 🙌🏼. We used gluten free bread crumbs and added a gluten free gravy too. it was yummy. There were no left overs for 3 adults. Definitely making this again. 

  8. I made this for the first time I don’t know why I got so much juice in the loaf pan! Can someone help please?