This turkey meatloaf recipe makes a healthy and hearty weeknight dinner. The low carb meatloaf freezes well so make it ahead – it will save time making dinner on busy nights!

I’m so excited to share this new turkey meatloaf recipe with you today because meatloaf is one of my favourite protein dishes I make. It’s great if you enjoy meal-prepping (check out this delicious Healthy Meatloaf Meal-Prep Bowls) and it’s also good to sneak some veggies in your kids meals just like this Italian Turkey & Brussels Sprouts Meatloaf recipe.

Is this turkey meatloaf recipe healthy?

This turkey meatloaf recipe is healthier than a traditional meatloaf recipe because it’s made with almond flour instead of breadcrumbs. As a result, it’s low-carb, whole30, paleo, and gluten-free.
Ground turkey is also leaner meat than ground beef. It’s a great addition to any diet for delivering a low fat serving of protein.

NOTE: Ketchup is one of the recipe ingredients. I use sugar-free ketchup to make a low carb meatloaf, but you can use regular ketchup if you’re not following any restrictive diet.

How to Make Meatloaf

This is such an easy meatloaf recipe that there really isn’t much to explain. Here are the basic steps, and the complete turkey meatloaf recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.

1. Saute the vegetables

The first step is to cook a bit of onion and garlic in a pan on the stove top. If you have family members who don’t care for them or have sensitivity to nightshades, simply leave them out. The meatloaf will still be delicious without them.

2. Combine the ingredients

If you have kids who like to cook with you, mixing the meatloaf mixture is a fun project for them to help with. Using clean hands is truly the easiest way to combine the ingredients together. Of course, you can also use a mixing spatula or a spoon but it will take a little longer.

How long does meatloaf take to cook?

Because the meat mixture is dense, meatloaf does take a while to cook completely. Typically, it will take an hour to an hour to cook.

When it’s firm and no longer pink in the center, it’s ready to eat. Of course, that requires cutting into the meatloaf. An easier method is to use a cooking thermometer. The internal temperature of cooked meatloaf is 160 to 165 degrees F.

Can you freeze turkey meatloaf?

Absolutely! You can freeze the turkey meatloaf ready to cook, or freeze a cooked meatloaf. This means the easy turkey meatloaf recipe is ideal for meal prep. You can assemble the entire meatloaf on the weekend and cook it whenever you are ready for it. It lasts in the refrigerator for up to four days or it can be frozen for three to four months.

What side dishes go well with this turkey meatloaf recipe?

Turkey meatloaf is a filling main dish for dinner. However you will still want some sides to complete the meal. Try a few of these for some extra color and vitamins on your plate.

  • Mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower or mashed butternut squash
  • Avocado tomato salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Shredded Brussel sprouts salad

Easy Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Yield: 6 people Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Resting Time: 10 mins This turkey meatloaf recipe makes a healthy and hearty weeknight dinner. The low carb meatloaf freezes well, so make it ahead to save time on busy nights! 4.15 from 7 votes

  • 1 medium white or yellow onion — chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic — finely minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup parsley — finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup sugar-free ketchup for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are golden brown.
  4. In a large bowls, add ground turkey, sauteed onions, parsley, dried oregano, almond flour, egg, salt and pepper.
  5. Mix everything well to combine.
  6. Transfer the meatloaf into a loaf pan and pour sugar-free ketchup on top of meatloaf and spread it into an even layer.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature of 165After 45 minutes check to see if the meatloaf is ready. If so, remove from the oven and let it rest for 8-10 minutes before serving with roasted green beans and mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes

The nutrition information doesn’t include sugar-free ketchup. Course: dinner, Lunch, Main Course Cuisine: American Keyword: Low-carb Meatloaf, meatloaf, Whole30 Meatload All text and images © Olivia Ribas / Primavera Kitchen.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1g) — Calories: 233, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 447mg, Potassium: 310mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 20g

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A childhood classic just got healthier! This Turkey Meatloaf is packed with veggies and topped with a sweet sauce.

For a cute mini meatloaf that packs great in lunchboxes, try our muffin tin meatloaf.

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf that Tastes Classic

I still remember my mother making meatloaf when I was a kid. She never had a recipe, she just added a little of this and that until it looked right. Then she popped it into the oven in a loaf pan. I loved it!

We’ve updated the traditional meatloaf to be healthier than how my mom made it (but just as yummy!) by using turkey and adding in some fresh veggies. We also reduced the total amount of sugar in this meatloaf by leaving the ketchup out of the meat itself. (It’s just in the sauce on top.)

What Does Meatloaf Have In It?

No mystery meat, here! The basic formula for meatloaf includes ground meat, egg, breadcrumbs, and spices. We used turkey for our meat in this recipe, and upped the veggies by adding red bell peppers.

A little bit of Swiss cheese adds moisture, and Worcestershire sauce brings a really tasty sweet and tangy flavor to meatloaf. Don’t skip it!

We used panko crumbs but you can use whole wheat breadcrumbs, too. This recipe is a great place to use whole grains if your kids aren’t in love with whole grains yet… the whole grains won’t stand out at all.

How to Make the Best Turkey Meatloaf

I have two essential tips for making the best meatloaf.
The first is to chop up the veggies small enough. The exact right size may be different for each family. If you feel like you need to “hide” these veggies, then go ahead and mince them. You can even grate the veggies and they’ll practically disappear.
If you want them to stand out more, chop them more coarsely, but no bigger than a penny. If you cut them larger than that, it may cause the meat the crumble when you cut it and the loaf will break apart. (I left my veggies on the bigger side so you could spot them in the photos!)

My second meatloaf tip is to not overwork the meat when you’re mixing it. If you work it too much then the meat will be tough. So treat it like you would muffin batter: just mix it until everything is just incorporated, then put it in your loaf pan.

What Should I Serve With Turkey Meatloaf?

A lot of people like to serve some kind of potato with their meatloaf. And we have some GOOD ideas for you. Try some of these yummy potato recipes:

  • Quick Honey Sweet Potatoes
  • Crockpot Italian Potatoes
  • Cinnamon and Sugar Sweet Potato Fries

We love to pack in the fresh fruits and veggies, so you might also like to serve meatloaf with:

  • Glazed Carrots
  • Fresh steamed Green Beans
  • Fresh fruit Salad
  • Green Salad
  • Or any of these 10 Veggie Sides to Serve with Dinner

If you love your slow cooker, try out Slow Cooker Meatloaf recipe. It’s perfect for when you need to set it and forget it… then come home to a delicious dinner!

Turkey Meatloaf

A childhood classic just got healthier! This Turkey Meatloaf is packed with veggies and topped with a sweet sauce. 4.93 from 13 votes Pin Course: Main Course Cuisine: American Keyword: Turkey Meatloaf Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Servings: 8 Calories: 187kcal

  • 1 1/4 pound turkey, ground
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 medium bell pepper, red
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 2 ounce Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
  • Dice the onion and bell pepper. Saute in a pan over medium heat until soft; add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Add veggies to a bowl with the ground turkey, egg, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs, Swiss cheese, salt and pepper. Use your hands to combine the ingredients together. Try not to over-mix!
  • Dump into your prepared loaf pan and use your hand to make a rounded top to your loaf.
  • Place in the oven; bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • While the meatloaf is baking, make the sauce. Combine ketchup, mustard and honey in a small bowl.
  • Spread sauce over the top of your meatloaf and then put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve topped with a little chopped parsley for color!

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Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 395mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g


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Easy, No Fail Turkey Meatloaf recipe tastes so good and my kids did not even realize that I used ground turkey! I did not tell my kids because I was worried they would not even try it because it was different from how I always make it. Afterwards I told them and they all agreed that this is how I should always make meatloaf from now on!

You only need some simple ingredients to make this healthy turkey recipe. I always choose Honeysuckle White Turkey. It is a great way to serve a delicious and healthy meal for your family. Easy, No Fail Turkey Meatloaf recipe is so easy to prepare and it makes a large quantity. You can easily save half of it for a later use, by freezing a prepared loaf or to use in meal prep for the week.

If you don’t have a large family like mine you may want to half the recipe so you don’t have too many leftovers. However I loved preparing this and having lunches for the week for my husband so he could pack meatloaf sandwiches for work. Be sure to try this recipe soon!

Easy, No Fail Turkey Meatloaf

Easy, No Fail Turkey Meatloaf recipe tastes so good and is healthier for you!

Course Main Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes Servings 6 Author [email protected]

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 whole onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • dash salt and pepper to taste
  • Sauce Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, egg, onion, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.
  3. Using hands form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9X13 in baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle top with another dash of salt and pepper.
  5. In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, mustard and ketchup.
  6. Pour over the top of the meatloaf, spreading evenly.
  7. Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar over the top of sauce.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for about one hour or until cooked through.

More Turkey Recipes You May Enjoy:

2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Turkey Melt Sandwich

Fried Turkey Leftovers

Smoked Turkey Cranberry-Orange Sandwiches

Crockpot Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey and Dumplings

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey & Gravy Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe

Turkey Burritos Recipe

Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

Santa Fe Turkey Sandwich

Hot Brown Recipe

Turkey Sandwich Combo

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Honeysuckle White Turkey. I am a sponsored Brand Ambassador for Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White Turkey. All opinions are 100% my own.

Shelley is a boy mom, marine wife, and is blessed with an amazing family. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.


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Meatloaf is definitely one meal you can have on a regular basis with the Paleo diet, as long as you get the bread crumbs out of there. This is easy enough to do as long as you know some good substitutes that will provide the right consistency and taste so you get a loaf that tastes just like it ought to. If you like topping your meatloaf with ketchup, you’ll also need to use a Paleo-friendly ketchup to make sure that you’re staying on course.

Photo: Everyday Maven

1. Mom’s Old School Meatloaf
Here’s a meatloaf just like mom used to make, but without the ingredients that aren’t allowed on Paleo. They are using an interesting mix of pork and beef on this recipe, and there isn’t a single bread crumb anywhere on it. Instead they’re using almond meal so you’re going to get a very similar consistency and it’s not just going to be a slab of meat on your plate, it will have that “loaf” quality. For the ketchup alternative they’re combining tomato paste and ghee, so this may even outrank mom’s old meatloaf and become your new favorite.

2. French Pate Reincarnated as Modern Meatloaf
Let’s say you have a fancy get together one night and you serve up a Paleo approved pate. What to do with the leftovers the next day? Here they’ve figured out how to make a meatloaf out of it. They’re using almond meal, which you’ll notice is a popular choice when making Paleo friendly meatloaves because it’s going to help get the wheat out by replacing the bread crumbs. They stress that there’s no dairy used in this recipe, and they encourage you to use fresh ingredients. Paleo is all about keeping things simple and natural.

3. Paleo Meatloaf with Bison and Bacon
This is one of those Paleo recipes that the outside world would say overdoes it on the meat. It’s one thing to replace classic beef with bison, since bison is generally better for you than beef, but to top a meatloaf with thick slabs of bacon is to take things to the next level. Coconut flour is used to hold it all together, so it’s going to have the right look and feel to it. The other ingredients used are all good while eating Paleo and contribute to the overall taste. This is one meatloaf you won’t soon forget, thanks to the bacon.

Photo: Inspired Eats

4. Paleo GF Meatloaf
Paleo and gluten-free recipes share a lot in common because one of the things a Paleo diet doesn’t allow is grains, which cuts out all wheat products, which cuts out the gluten. A gluten-free recipe still needs to be scanned for any other non-Paleo ingredients so that you can be sure you’re still within the parameters of the diet plan. Here they’ve got you covered, right down to using organic or grass fed meat, which is very important as it helps get closer to a natural state. The use of an apple might seem a bit unorthodox, but it comes out looking and tasting great.

5. BBQ Stud Muffins
This little meatloaf muffins are great because they come in just the right portion size. You can make a lot of them, get your fill tonight and have lunch all set the next day. They are keeping things real simple here, and have figured out a way to avoid using both ketchup and bread crumbs. They’re using a specially created sauce with marinara in lieu of the ketchup and have almond meal standing in for the bread crumbs. If you have kids that are eating Paleo as well, they’ll like the size and shape as it presents itself better than a slice of meaty loaf.

6. Whole30 Meatloaf
While the Whole30 and Paleo lifestyle don’t exactly intertwine completely, the Whole30 is actually more strict than Paleo, so you can follow their recipes without actually being on their program. This meatloaf doesn’t use almond meal because that’s not something that’s approved while on the Whole30 program. It instead uses ground fennel seeds to provide the role that bread crumbs serve in meatloaf. It’s another recipe that combines beef and pork, which is a good duo for the taste buds. This turns out to be a tasty addition to your meatloaf arsenal, and one that you’ll probably cook more than once after you give it a try.

Photo: Sarah Lynn Smile

7. Fun Size Meatloaf
Since those little Fun Size candy bars are no longer an option, you’ll need to supplement with other bite size foods, and these mini meatloaves will by vying for a place on your plate. They are made using a mini muffin tin, or a regular sized one if you don’t have a mini. Either way they’ll come out in little bite size or two-bite size portions so you can have a bit of fun with these. They include a pretty detailed recipe to concoct your own ketchup, so you’ll have something to dip these in, adding to the enjoyment. Serve it on a bed of greens as shown so you get your veggie intake covered.

8. Hidden Vegetable Mini-Meatloaf
They aren’t kidding when they say that the veggies in the recipe are hidden. They’re hidden under a layer of bacon and a loaf of meat. Somehow they’ve managed to pack spinach, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and a bunch of herbs in this meatloaf, so you’re getting a ton of phytonutrients, fiber, and essential minerals your body needs to function properly. This makes it one of the healthiest meatloaves on our list, and one that you should definitely try, especially if you don’t really like eating your vegetables. The baby spinach alone is enough to round out your nutritional intake on this one.

9. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf With Reindeer And Red Currants
This meatloaf has more meats going in it than you typically see in a traditional meatloaf, with a total of three. They’ve got beef forming the foundation, wild game added for additional flavor and texture, and then it’s wrapped up in bacon for the ultimate top layer. The use of currants gives it a color pop as well as flavor infusion, and they show you a way to fully wrap the loaf, so it’s not just covered in bacon but really wrapped in it like a little package. This is a cave-manly meatloaf if ever there was one.

Photo: Jan’s Sushi Bar

10. Venison Meatloaf
Venison is one of the best meats to be eating while on Paleo because in our modern society it takes things several steps back and gets to the heart of how our ancestors lived. The emergence of agriculture and keeping livestock is a defining moment in our history, and one that Paleo followers credit as the reason for so much modern day disease and illness. Venison is going to be free from all of the medicine and chemicals pumped into today’s cattle, and is going to be naturally and truly organic, no need to look for USDA organic certification.

11. Turkey Meatloaf
This meatloaf recipe has Paleo written all over it. She’s using organic ground turkey, so it is not going to be stuffed with all of the growth hormones given to conventionally raised turkeys to artificially pump them up to have larger breasts. It will also be turkeys that have eaten feed that is organic, so it will be more true to the way a wild turkey would eat and have lived. Aside from that it also has plenty of vegetables in the form of zucchini added to it, and instead of ketchup they have sriracha adding a bit of sauce and some spice to make it taste better.

12. Apple Butter BBQ Turkey Meatloaf
This has a few features to it that make it interesting, if nothing else. It replaces beef with turkey, gives it a barbecue flavor, and uses apple butter, an ingredient not found in traditional meatloaves. They’ve found a way to get rid of the bread crumbs and also aren’t using any almond meal as a replacement. It definitely comes out in loaf form, so no worries there. What’s great about this recipe is that they help you replicate your old meal of meatloaf and mashed potatoes by providing a recipe for mashed “fauxtatoes” which uses Paleo-approved cauliflower instead of the Paleo no-no potato.

Photo: Jan’s Sushi Bar

13. Hawaiian Style Meatloaf
Not sure where they were going with this, as Hawaii doesn’t really conjure up a lot of mental images of meatloaf, but if you’re strained for ways to make meatloaf interesting, you have to borrow from any source you can. Luckily the Hawaiian flavors that they’re using here, namely the pineapple, work well with the concept of a loaf of meat, and this does a good job of adding sweet to savory and making the whole dish very palatable. You can use it as part of a Hawaiian theme, or just a way to break up the monotony of weekly meatloaf night.

14. Southwest Turkey Meatloaf
You can use turkey or chicken here, which is nice to have that option since you can use whatever you happen to have at the moment. This is one of the only southwestern flavored meatloaves we could find that is sticking to the Paleo way of eating. This flavoring gives it a whole new dynamic, and you might find that it breaks your notion of what meatloaf is or has to be. It still takes on that meatloaf consistency because of the coconut flour, but it is infused with flavor packets which add instant seasoning and makes it really easy to follow and replicate in your own home.

15. Pizza Meatloaf
You had us at pizza. This is a meatloaf recipe we couldn’t resist, even if they didn’t take the most appetizing photo of it. The essence is there, and really all you have to do is show the pepperoni to make the sale. These are two childhood nostalgia foods that are combining into one to really drive the point home. It also instantly turns moans and groans into smiles and cheers when you say that it’s meatloaf night. All ingredients are Paleo, with the exception of the pepperoni, which is the source of some debate. To their credit they’re using some premium pepperoni so you’re getting as natural pepperoni as possible.

Photo: Paleo Spirit

16. Paleo Mini Meatloaves
These little meatloaves are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. They definitely gave some thought to the presentation, and it’s not the first time we’ve seen the use of muffin tins to make cute little meatloaves. They do a good job of color contrast between the loaves themselves and the sauce that goes on top. These are infused with spinach and other vegetables so it’s not a one-sided affair. You’re always looking for balance on Paleo, and it’s not quite the meat-centric diet everyone writes it off as. Getting your veggies is important, and if you can do it simultaneously all the better.

17. Lamb and Pork Meatloaf
Pork and lamb mix well together in this loaf. One striking characteristic it has is that it’s so simple, you can count all of the ingredients on one hand. At the same time it’s a bit unusual because it’s using spices like turmeric which you just don’t see being used a lot, but that has plenty of healthy benefits. We like how they’ve plated this up as it shows a good ratio of meats to veggies. The meal pictured would be delicious and would keep you feeling satisfied for several hours afterward, without feeling like you just ate an entire lamb or pig.

18. Homestyle Meatloaf
Here’s a meatloaf that looks just like you’d expect it to, but isn’t made like you might remember meatloaf being made. They are using a semi-secret ingredient, coconut aminos, which is supposedly a sap derived from the coconut plant. It is supposed to be a rich source of amino acids so it should add to the overall nutritional value of this recipe. They provide a very extensive recipe for ketchup, and half of the batch ends up in the loaf, with the rest being used as a topper just like you might remember from your younger years.

Photo: The Healthy Foodie

19. Vegetable Overload Individual Meatloaves
This is one of the most truly Paleo meatloaf recipes we could find because it stays true to the mix of meats and veggies you should be getting. You want that ratio to be about half and half, and they come pretty close to getting you there, all in one loaf. They also do you the favor of portioning it off into individual portions so that you don’t have to worry if you’ve had one slice too many. As a serving suggestion they have it next to a salad, and this should get you to the right mix of vegetables and meats that you’re going for.

20. Sweet n’ Sour Turkey Meatloaf
Sweet and sour is just a classic mix of tastes and goes well with plenty of different meats and vegetables. This is a yummy mix of ingredients, and they’ve even managed to sneak in some flax seeds so you’ll be getting a broader protein profile as well as omega-3s. When you replace beef with turkey you typically end up with less saturated fat. Make sure that you choose a lean package of organic turkey for best results and to stick to your Paleo plan as much as possible.

21. Chorizo Meatloaf
Here’s a nice mix of chorizo with beef that takes ordinary meatloaf to a whole other level, all while keeping it Paleo. They’re using fresh chorizo, not cured, which means it’s a lot less processed. We like that they’re mixing it with beef because if it was just chorizo it would lose its meatloaf qualities. The glaze on this is just fantastic, made with tomatoes and Mexican herbs and spices it’s a dish that you will likely have more than once if you try it out. Be sure to serve it with a vegetable side to round it out and make it a Paleo meal.

Photo: She Cooks, He Cleans

22. My Meatloaf
Here’s a recipe for a successful Paleo meatloaf experience: start with grass fed ground sirloin. The grass fed part means that you won’t be getting meat loaded with chemicals and additives that go into conventional animal feed, and the sirloin cut means you’ll have a lean source of quality protein with lowered amounts of saturated fat. This is good because you’ll be adding bacon, which is going to add to your overall fat content. The bread crumbs are gluten-free, but not necessarily grain free so sub in almond meal to keep it strictly Paleo.

23. Apple Cinnamon Pork Loaf
This pork loaf is interesting because it has a bit of sweet added to an otherwise savory meal. It is crusted in a fashion similar to an apple crumble, and delivers on its promise of apple cinnamon goodness. Granny smith apples deliver the apple part, and they round it off with some applesauce. The cinnamon flavor comes from cinnamon of course, as they’re making this Paleo-friendly and avoiding artificial flavoring agents. The other ingredients used all add nicely to the finished product, including white wine vinegar and coconut milk. It’s a good way to blend the main meal and dessert.

24. Meatloaf Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Frosting
These meatloaf cupcakes are so cute that you will be able to serve them to guests at a party, or simply serve them up for you and your family as a nice twist to the normal loaf form. If you’ve been craving cupcakes, something that is a no-go when doing Paleo, you can get the essence of a cupcake with the meatiness of a Paleo meal. The use of sweet potatoes to “frost” these cupcakes is ingenious, and a way for you to add fiber to an otherwise low fiber meal. It’s all about finding balance on Paleo between all of the meat and vegetables you’ll be taking in.

Photo: The Primitive Foodie

25. Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf
Here’s a way to turn bacon cheeseburgers into meatloaf, or meatloaf into bacon cheeseburgers, we can’t really tell. Either way it works to bring classic flavors to a traditional meatloaf format. The use of bacon is nothing we haven’t seen before, and is a popular topper as you’ve likely seen from the other recipes on this page. But adding cheese to a meatloaf is pretty unique. They have homemade ketchup topping this, so it’s totally classic as far as appearances go. Cheese is not Paleo because it’s dairy, but there are a few things you can do to make it a little more acceptable, including buying organic cheese, or using a vegetarian or vegan cheese to cut out the dairy.

26. Paleo Protein Meatloaf
This is one meatloaf that you likely haven’t seen before. It has a hidden surprise in the middle – an egg! It’s also fully encased on bacon, so it’s going to appeal to the caveman in you. It’s definitely not short on protein because you’re getting it from the beef, bacon, and egg. It’s a meatloaf you can even serve as leftovers for breakfast due to its breakfast components. Almond meal will make it loaf-like, so it’s passing on the bread crumbs and keeping this grain and dairy free. They say you can use the run off as a sort of gravy to moisten this up if needed.

27. Sweet and Sour Meatloaf
We just had to include a second sweet and sour meatloaf recipe because while the two may share a similar title, they’ve taken two drastically different routes to get there. If sweet and sour is your thing try them both and decide which one you like best. This recipe uses a glaze to get the job done, so you’re getting a pretty standard meatloaf as the base, with a beautiful and tasty topper that will make sure that there’s the right flavor in each bite. Serve this with a side of veggies because aside from a bell pepper there isn’t much in the way of vegetables used in it.

Photo: Nom Nom Paleo

28. Super Porktastic Meatloaf
Everything about this recipe is deliciously Paleo, right down to the ratio of meat to vegetables. They have found a way to include a bunch of spinach in each bite without taking away from the meatiness of the meatloaf. They’re using two types of pork, so it really is porktastic, and you might not even notice you’re taking in so much spinach and mushrooms because of all the porky flavor going on. It has a beautiful color to it, and they even serve it up with a bed of spinach so you are getting plenty of nutrients in this meal.

29. Farmer’s Market Meatloaf
OK, before you write off this recipe it’s important to note that you don’t actually have to get your ingredients from the farmer’s market in order to make it. Of course it helps if you do, since you’ll be using locally grown and fresh ingredients, which is a cornerstone of the Paleo way. But use what you have on hand, and whip this up when the ingredients line up in your home. They provide a nice serving suggestion with this, a side of both carrots and green beans, green beans being OK because of the lower levels of phytic acid they contain compared to other legumes, even Mark Sisson eats them on occasion.

30. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Here’s a bacon-centric offering that will have you feeling satisfied and the best part is it only uses a few simple ingredients. You won’t be short on flavor because the ingredients they’ve chosen pack a punch, like garlic and onions. Eat this with a side of steamed broccoli so that you have enough fiber to help it through your system, as it doesn’t contain much in the way of vegetables, just the onion. It comes out encased in a layer of bacon, but it’s using turkey as the main meat, making sure it stays on the healthy side.

Photo: Brookes Kitchen

31. Paleo Turkey Meatloaf with a Spiced Cranberry Glaze
Turkey and bacon combine to give you a meaty and savory flavor as a base, and the spiced cranberry glaze does a great job of providing contrast so your taste buds don’t know what to make of it. The entire thing falls under the Paleo umbrella, right down to the last ingredient. Their serving suggestion pairs it with some green beans, and these are also Paleo friendly if eaten once in awhile. They do use celergy in the loaf, but you’ll still need to complement this with a fair amount of vegetables to find the right balance.

32. Chipotle Tomato Meatloaf
Here is a meatloaf with a kick thanks to the chipotle powder they’re using. They specifically state that you get to add it to your own taste, and they remind you that you can always add more later if you find that it doesn’t pop the way you want it to. They have found a Whole30 approved marinara sauce, and anytime you see a Whole30 item you know it’s also Paleo by default. The beauty of this recipes is it’s so easy to make, as long as you have all the ingredients handy it’s just about whipping them up and popping it in the oven.

33. Grain and Ketchup Free Meatloaf
Get out the grain, get out the ketchup, and you’ve done yourself a favor by making this Paleo friendly. Almond meal is the grain substitute, and tomato paste fills in nicely for ketchup. By using a nut-based item instead of bread crumbs you’re successfully sidestepping the grains and tomato paste gives it the ketchup flavor without the added sugars and potentially High Fructose Corn Syrup if you use the popular name brand version. All in all you’re getting all the flavors you want, without using ingredients that can cause the body problems.

Photo: Sweet Potato Bun

34. Sweet Potato and Herb Meatloaf
This meatloaf looks absolutely amazing when plated, and it’s staying true to the Paleo mentality by using a combination of organic and grass fed meats, almond flour to avoid grains, and includes a recipe for sweet potato ketchup so you don’t have to use a store bought ketchup. This can be eaten as a family meal, or as a meal for two, or served as the main dish when entertaining guests. It can be a talking point if you want to let them know it’s Paleo, or you can simply keep it to yourself and enjoy.

35. Spiced Tandoori Lamb Meatloaf
Tandoori is an amazing flavor that is typically reserved to having Indian food. But there’s no reason why you can’t let it trickle over into other foods, even staples like meatloaf. Lamb is a meat that you might have never tried in a meatloaf, so this is really pushing the envelope as to what we think about when we think meatloaf. But lamb is definitely a Paleo inspired food, and they’re using grass-fed lamb here so it’s as natural as we can find in modern times. The tandoori flavor comes right from a seasoning mix so you don’t have to worry about how to make it.

36. Cajun Mini Meatloaf
This cajun concoction is going to make it really hard to go back to ordinary meatloaf. It’s definitely going to wake up your taste buds and is best suited for those that like to have a bit of heat in their mouth. They use andouille sausage for the cajun-ness, and it’s mixed with ground beef for just the right consistency. They don’t stop there, there’s a ton of seasonings used to give it just the right flavoring. There’s also hot sauce used, so be prepared. Almond flour keeps it grain free. Yum!

Photo: Rubies & Radishes

37. Sun-dried Tomato and Mushroom Meatloaf
Don’t let the title of this one fool you, even though it contains a good amount of vegetables it’s still packed with meat. This is a good mix of beef, bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes, along with a good amount of seasonings and spices. They’ve got a great glaze that goes over this so that you are sure to get a mouthful of flavor in each bite you take. Serve this with a side salad made of kale or spinach to make sure you get a good ratio of veggies to meat.

38. Spicy Bacon Meatloaf
With spices and bacon, you really can’t go wrong, right? They’ve got jalapeno in this, so it’s not as if you’re at habanero levels, or ghost pepper warnings, but it’s going to be noticeable when you eat it that this ain’t your momma’s meatloaf. Ground almonds work as a bread crumb sub out, and they’re using tomato paste to replace ketchup. You won’t be missing out on meatloaf flavor with this, and it will make you feel like you’re having that old familiar taste with a spicy twist.

39. Fire Roasted Bacon Meatloaf
The fire roasting comes in the form of fire roasted tomatoes, and they also include a recipe for a barbecue sauce that you’re sure to make batch after batch of so you always have a ready supply on hand. The recipe for the meatloaf is pretty standard, with some bacon, grass-fed beef, and an assortment of onions, peppers, eggs, spices and other typical meatloaf additives. It will win you over thanks to the tomatoes and the sauce, and will really hit the spot. The contrast in color between the loaf and the sauce makes this present well, which only adds to the overall experience.

40. Beef Pork and Bacon Meatloaf
Three meats in one meatloaf has been a recurring theme on our Paleo Meatloaf page, and for good reason. It provides a broad flavor spectrum, and gives the mouth different textures to work with. It might not be exactly what a caveman would have eaten, because they were unlikely to eat three different meats in one meal, but it’s one luxury we’ve afforded ourselves in modern society. Stick to the highest quality meats you can find, organic grass-fed is usually the best out there. Follow this recipe to the letter and you won’t be disappointed with the results.

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf

We set out to create the best turkey meatloaf recipe, and here it is! This turkey meatloaf is full of flavor, moist in the middle, and has become a reader favorite! Jump to the Turkey Meatloaf Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make it.

Watch Us Make Turkey Meatloaf

The Secret to Crave Worthy, Moist Turkey Meatloaf

If you have turkey meatloaf skeptics in your life, this recipe will change their minds. It did for us. We never used to make turkey meatloaf. We make turkey meatballs all the time, but never meatloaf.

That’s until we stumbled on the secret for making the best, juicy inside, flavorful turkey meatloaf. Now we make it all the time.

Since ground turkey can be a bit dry and bland after it’s cooked, we needed to add ingredients that keep the inside moist and that added flavor. The trick to the best meatloaf lies in the vegetable aisle. It’s mushrooms!

Thanks to tiny pieces of chopped mushrooms, the turkey meatloaf is moist and has unbelievable flavor.

Umami-rich mushrooms add flavor and keep the turkey meatloaf juicy inside.

If you aren’t the biggest mushroom fan, it’s okay! The meatloaf doesn’t end up tasting like mushrooms (I promise). Instead, the mushrooms add a lovely savory flavor to the turkey. We’ve used this trick before. Mushrooms are the secret ingredient to our easy turkey chili and these seriously good turkey burgers. Just like with this recipe, our readers rave about them (especially how flavorful they are).

How To Make Turkey Meatloaf

Just like when making classic beef meatloaf, the method for our recipe is pretty simple. Here’s an overview of how to make turkey meatloaf (the full recipe is below):

  1. Cook chopped mushrooms, onions, and garlic in a skillet until soft.
  2. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and ketchup.
  3. Rehydrate breadcrumbs in some milk, which adds tenderness and moisture to the meatloaf.
  4. Mix the mushroom mixture with the breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, and ground turkey.
  5. Form the mixture into a loaf on a baking sheet, spread a little extra ketchup on top, and then bake.

We bake the meatloaf in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 50 minutes. You can tell when it is done when an internal thermometer inserted into the middle reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

For a perfectly browned crust, I form the meatloaf by hand and bake on a baking sheet.

Make Ahead Meatloaf

Not only is this turkey meatloaf delicious, it’s easy to make in advance.

Make the meatloaf mixture a day in advance. Follow the recipe below, but stop just before forming and baking. Keep the raw meatloaf mixture in the refrigerator for up to 1 day before baking. When you are ready to bake, form the mixture into a loaf, cover with ketchup and bake.

You can freeze unbaked meatloaf. Follow the recipe below, form the meatloaf on top of a few sheets of foil on a baking sheet, but leave off the ketchup. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard, about 1 hour. Wrap the foil around the partially frozen meatloaf, place into a freezer bag and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw overnight before baking.

Freezing baked meatloaf. Let the baked meatloaf cool, and then wrap into foil and freeze up to a month. I like to cut the meatloaf into slices and freeze them individually so I can take one or two slices out when I need them.

What To Serve With Meatloaf

This meatloaf is so tasty that we make it often. Here are a few of our favorite sides to serve it with:

  • Try classic mashed potatoes or give our mashed sweet potatoes a try.
  • For a low-carb option, try our creamy mashed cauliflower.
  • These buttered noodles would be amazing.
  • Here’s my favorite method for roasting vegetables and I really love this cinnamon roasted butternut squash recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Since sharing our turkey meatloaf recipe, we’ve had some common questions so I thought I’d answer them here.

Can I double the meatloaf recipe? Yes! You can double the recipe (which would use about 2 pounds of ground turkey). Double all the ingredients in the recipe below and expect to bake for a bit longer in the oven (15 to 20 minutes longer). I use my internal thermometer as a guide.

How can I make the meatloaf gluten-free? For meatloaf without breadcrumbs, try ground gluten-free hard pretzels, rolled oats, brown rice cereal, or gluten-free Chex cereal in place of the breadcrumbs. You should also make sure the ketchup used is gluten-free or use homemade ketchup.

Do I need to add the eggs? Eggs help to provide moisture to the meatloaf, but you can eliminate them completely or substitute with a store-bought egg replacer.

Can I make the meatloaf without milk? For a dairy-free meatloaf, substitute the milk for unsweetened mild flavored plant-based milk like hemp or almond milk.

I hate mushrooms, is there a substitute? Even though I love this turkey meatloaf with mushrooms, I have substituted them for grated zucchini with excellent results.

Recipe updated, originally posted March 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

  • PREP 35mins
  • COOK 55mins
  • TOTAL 1hr 30mins

Our turkey meatloaf is full of flavor, moist in the middle, and has become a reader favorite! You would never guess this meatloaf is packed with mushrooms, but that’s what makes it so darn delicious. Lots of finely chopped mushrooms add flavor and moisture, often missing from the typical turkey meatloaf. When choosing which mushrooms to add, white button mushrooms will work perfectly fine. For more flavor, try one or a combination of brown cremini, portobello, or shiitake mushrooms. The mushrooms need to be very finely chopped. You can do this by hand or use a food processor.

Makes 6 Servings

You Will Need

8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

7 tablespoons ketchup, divided, try our homemade ketchup

1 cup (60 grams) panko bread crumbs

1/3 cup (80 ml) milk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/4 pound ground turkey (92% lean)


  • Prepare Meatloaf
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet (or 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan) lined with aluminum foil.

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened; about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the mushrooms, a 1/2-teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4-teaspoon of pepper. Cook until the mushrooms give off their liquid and it boils away; about 10 minutes.

    Transfer the onions and mushrooms to a large bowl, and then stir in the Worcestershire sauce and 3 tablespoons of the ketchup. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a small bowl. Stir the breadcrumb mixture and the eggs into the mushrooms and onions. Using a fork or your hands, gently mix in the turkey, a 1/2-teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. The mixture will be very wet.

    Form the meatloaf into a 9-inch by 5-inch oval in the middle of the prepared baking sheet. Spread the remaining 4 tablespoons of ketchup on top.

    • Bake Meatloaf
    • Bake the meatloaf until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meatloaf registers 170 degrees F, about 50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • Some stores sell ground turkey in 1 pound portions and others in 1 1/4 pound portions. While we like using 1 1/4 pounds, 1 pound of turkey is adequate for the ingredient amounts shared in the recipe.
  • To speed up the prep time, use a food processor to chop the mushrooms.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 slice / Calories 332 / Protein 23 g / Carbohydrate 23 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 8 g / Total Fat 17 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 132 mg AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

This Turkey Meatloaf Recipe is healthy, tasty, filling and makes a perfect weeknight dinner. Plus spinach takes this dish to the next level.

We all like classic meatloaf, but can we get on board with Turkey Meatloaf? I submit that this recipe is not just as tasty but tastier than the beef original. It’s really moist, really healthy and tastes amazing. The ketchup really makes this meatloaf taste like meatloaf, with an extra nutritional bonus of spinach! If your kids can get over the green color, you’re golden because you literally cannot taste it. As long as you chop it well, you won’t notice it.

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Just like in any meatloaf, you start with ground turkey and stir in other ingredients like:

  • Breadcrumbs – you can use regular breadcrumbs or Italian breadcrumbs would be really delicious with this recipe too.
  • Egg – this helps hold the meat together. Just think of meatloaf as a larger meatball.
  • Ketchup – this adds flavor and texture.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – hello to more flavor and texture along with that ketchup. You’re going to love this I promise.
  • Sauteed Spinach – totally optional but also so totally delicious and healthy. If you have some picky eaters in the house (aka kids who hate green), feel free to leave them out and have some vegetables as a side dish.
  • Sauteed Onions – so so so good as flavor and texture.
  • Dred Thyme – a gentle flavor to add to your meatloaf.
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste!

This recipe is perfect for families! Simple cut and serve with your favorite side dishes for a super simple and delicious dinner.

For other family-friendly recipes, try my Red and Green Enchiladas, my Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta or my Best Lasagna Recipe Ever! All crowd-pleasers and super delicious!

Meatloaf Variations

Heat things UP. Try adding your favorite hot sauce to the mixture or to the ketchup that tops the loaf.

Low-Carb. A lot of my readers have asked for a low carb version of this meatloaf, meaning no breadcrumbs. For a super simple substitution replace the breadcrumbs with quick-cooking or old fashioned oatmeal. This also adds a whole lot of fiber to this meal.

Juicy Turkey Meatloaf. To make this recipe a little juicier use a fattier turkey! The recipe calls for 99% lean but you can go for 93% for all of that juiciness.

Vegetables. You can easily sneak in more than just spinach into this recipe. Try shredding some zucchini, squeezing out all the extra juice and mixing it into the turkey mixture. But be careful! Too many veggies and your meatloaf will turn into a veggie loaf.

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and sauté 5 minutes or until they start to get tender. Stir in the spinach and cover to wilt.
  2. Remove from pan and chop spinach mixture up into small pieces and add it to a large bowl with the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine but don’t overwork your mixture. Gently mix in the ingredients together until just combined.
  3. Press into a greased loaf pan. I lined mine with parchment paper because I use that stuff ALL.THE.TIME.
  4. Top with remaining 1/2 cup ketchup and bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher.
  5. Sit for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
  6. This recipe can last up to 4 days in the fridge and is great as leftovers.

Mini Meat Loaves How-To

To make this recipe faster and cuter divide the turkey mixture into four smaller loaf pans and bake for 20-30 minutes. OR you can even use your cupcake tin to make a ton of small, cute, delicious meatloaves.

Can you Freeze Meatloaf?

The amazing thing about meatloaf is its versatility! It can indeed be frozen and can be made for meal prep! And to make it even better, make two. One for dinner and one to freeze for later. That way you will always have turkey meatloaf on hand.

To freeze make the turkey meatloaf recipe as directed. Cool and slice, then store in airtight containers in the freezer for up to three months!

To reheat, thaw the meatloaf slowly. This is best done in the fridge the night before. Then in 30-second increments microwave that baby until it is warm and delicious.

Side Dishes for Turkey Meatloaf

Serve with mashed potatoes and/or salad. Hello! That’s a full dinner! For more healthy side dishes try this Roasted Cauliflower Recipe or Best Pan-Fried Potatoes. Basically vegetables and starch are really good with this meaty dish. Enjoy!

More Turkey Recipes!

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  • Turkey Taco Meat Recipe
  • Baked Turkey Taquitos Recipe
  • The Best Turkey Burger Recipe

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5 from 16 votes

This Turkey Meatloaf Recipe is healthy, tasty, filling and makes a perfect weeknight dinner. Plus spinach takes this dish to the next level.

Course Dinner Cuisine American Keyword Ground Turkey Meatloaf, How to Make Turkey Meatloaf, Meatloaf, Turkey Meatloaf, Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 50 minutes Total Time 1 hour Servings 4 servings, 8 pieces Calories 345 kcal Author Lauren

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey 99% fat free
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup ketchup divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and sauté 5 minutes or until they start to get tender. Stir in the spinach and cover to wilt.

  2. Remove from pan and chop spinach mixture up into small pieces and add it to a large bowl with the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and press into a greased loaf pan.

  3. Top with remaining 1/2 cup ketchup and bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher. Sit for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Nutrition Facts Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Amount Per Serving Calories 345 Calories from Fat 72 % Daily Value* Fat 8g12% Saturated Fat 1g6% Cholesterol 103mg34% Sodium 733mg32% Potassium 691mg20% Carbohydrates 34g11% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 12g13% Protein 32g64% Vitamin A 1725IU35% Vitamin C 8.1mg10% Calcium 90mg9% Iron 3.3mg18% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Makeover: Meatloaf with ketchup

Turkey meatloaf has a lot less fat than traditional meatloaf. STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Turkey meatloaf has only 3.7 grams of fat in two slices
  • Preparation time is just over 1 hour
  • Reader says it was not too spicy


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( — Meatloaf is a family favorite and with good reason.

There’s something about the moist texture and the sweet ketchup topping that children and adults love. When it’s put on a plate with a side of mashed potatoes to dip into, everyone is happy.

Most recipes use fatty cuts of meat, but it’s still possible to keep your meatloaf moist and delicious while cutting out much of the fat in the recipe.

The key ingredient: turkey.

Cooking Light: Make it meatloaf

Here’s some feedback Cooking Light received from a reader:

“This is one of the better turkey meatloafs I have had. The mushrooms made for a great texture and the sauce was good, too. I didn’t find it to be too spicy. Make sure you drain some of the liquid from the mushrooms before you add it to the turkey. It will be in my regular rotation,” Tim writes.

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Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf with Ketchup Topping

1 tablespoon butter
2 cups chopped onion
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic to pan; cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.

4. Combine mushroom mixture, panko, and next eight ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl; stir well to combine.

5. Shape turkey mixture into a 9 x 5–inch rectangle on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.

6. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and nutmeg in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spread ketchup mixture evenly over top of meat loaf; bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Wine note: The topping is much like an Italian red sauce. Crane Lake Sangiovese 2006 ($5) from California, a lighter-bodied red, is an especially good choice with lean turkey and quite refreshing with spicy flavors. — Jeffery Lindenmuth

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This is a recipe that I can promise you’re going to love. Every time I make this turkey meatloaf, the dish gets rave reviews. Because the meatloaf looks enormous coming out of the oven, I’m always surprised at how few leftovers I end up having (if any).

The recipe is based on Ina Garten’s turkey meatloaf. In fact, it’s pretty much the same recipe, just halved so that you’re only using 2.5 pounds of turkey instead of 5. I prefer the size of the smaller version and find it more manageable to handle for a quick weekday night dinner.

Turkey meatloaf is packed with protein and is much lower in fat than traditional meatloaf. I use 93/7 ground turkey to make it, and I wouldn’t go higher in fat than 90/10. It’s already very moist and delicious, and the added fat wouldn’t do much to enhance the flavor.


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. When the onions are done, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Transfer the onion mixture to a bowl and let it cool down for a few minutes.

Now combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix it up well – I always use my hands, it’s quick and easy. Then place the turkey mixture on top of a baking sheet lined with foil. Shape the turkey mixture into the shape of a meatloaf. Add ketchup to the top of the meatloaf and spread it around evenly.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf is 160 degrees F.

Nutrition Facts

Recipe yields 4 servings. Nutrition information is for 1 serving.

Calories: 618
Fat: 28g
Carbohydrates: 27g
Fiber: 1g
Protein: 65g

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