Easy Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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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.

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 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 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

259Cals37Protein14Carbs5Fats
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 55mins
Total Time: 1hr
Yield: 4servings
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

  • 1/4cupplus 2 tbsp ketchup, I use organic
  • 2tspWorcestershire sauce
  • 1/2small onion, minced
  • 1tspolive oil
  • 1.3lb99% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2cupseasoned whole wheat or gluten-free breadcrumbs, I like 4C
  • 1large egg
  • 1tspmarjoram
  • 1teaspoonkosher 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4, Calories: 259kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 390mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 6g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 7
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