Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf recipe

This Turkey meatloaf recipe is a great addition to your healthy meals if you don’t like the fat-filled classic meatloaf recipe. It has an abundance of vegetables topped with the ketchup glaze to give you a burst of flavor-rich nutrition.

I recall my grandmother making classic meatloaf at home for family-sized meals. It has a lot of cheese and fats that are not for the people who like to have less fat in their food. My mother and I altered the classic meatloaf with the modern and healthier turkey meatloaf recipe, with the same flavor burst.

Meatloaf is among the things that I didn’t particularly appreciate when growing up. Now it is the meal that I crave! The Turkey meatloaf is a healthier version that adds more to the traditional recipe with the finely ground vegetables glued with sauces. The meal is super satisfying and perfectly hearty.

The preparation doesn’t take much time as you can breeze through the process after preparing one or two servings. The recipe is simple, and there is nothing complicated. It all takes mixing everything and baking at the right temperature for the perfect loaf. The best part is that it is as juicy as the Glazed meatloaf and Italian meatloaf.

What is so Special about Turkey Meatloaf

If you are on a hunt for easy meal recipes, the Turkey meatloaf recipe is all you need. It gets to the serving table faster than you can order a pre-cooked meal. Furthermore, the recipe fits your bill because of the following reasons:

The recipe is quick to get ready and serve as it only takes about 50 to 55 minutes to cook the meal, including preparing the ingredients. The most obvious advantage of the recipe is its variations and freedom to make it ahead, freeze for later, or meal prep.

The second most important aspect of the Turkey meatloaf is its health benefits. It is a perfect alternative to the ground beef meatloaf that has more fat for consumption for health-conscious and people who don’t like fat-loaded meals. It has healthy ingredients that have protein, vitamins, and benefits of the fresh vegetables to enjoy a healthy meal with the family for dinner or weekend.

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If you crave the new recipe and want to have ground turkey in your meal, explore this recipe for more answers to your needs.

Turkey Meatloaf Variation and Storage

There are several ways to make the Turkey Meatloaf and store it for serving later. Here are the possible ways to store or make the Turkey meatloaf:

Make it Ahead

Prepare and bake the meatloaf according to the recipe and then cool down to room temperature. You can keep it in an airtight container to save it for later. When serving, place it into the oven and heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. It will warm the meatloaf, and then you can spread the glaze over it and let it boil for 5-8 minutes.

For Meal Preparation

If you want to use it for meal prep, you can double the amount of turkey (2 pounds). Now bake the loaf in two separate places to enjoy a meal from one and let the other cool. Slice the meatloaf and place it into the airtight container for freezing. You can use the frozen meatloaf by reheating and baking it for 10-15 minutes until it is warmed at 350 degrees.

To Store Leftovers

You can keep the meatloaf leftover from the prepared meal and store it for making sandwiches. Bring the leftovers to the room temperature and use a plastic sealed bag or airtight jar to freeze them. Keep them in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. For use in the sandwiches, slice them and use them for filling.

To Freeze

Let the meatloaf cool down to room temperature and keep it in the airtight plastic wrap. You can place it inside a freezer-friendly container for storage. Following the Turkey meatloaf recipe, let you freeze it for up to a month. For re-use, let it defrost in the fridge overnight. For serving, bake to 350 degrees till it is warm.

Turkey Meatloaf recipe

Turkey Meatloaf

Adalynn Ward
This Turkey meatloaf recipe is a great addition to your healthy meals if you don’t like the fat-filled classic meatloaf recipe. It has an abundance of vegetables topped with the ketchup glaze to give you a burst of flavor-rich nutrition.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 8 persons
Calories 176 kcal


For Preparing Filling

  • 1 chopped onion medium-size
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 shredded carrot medium-size
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

For Meat Mixture

  • 1 ¼ lbs 93% ground turkey
  • 1 egg large
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

For Ketchup Glaze

  • cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

How to Make?

  • Add some vegetable oil to a large skillet to prepare the vegetables at medium heat. Now add onion and bell pepper to the oil and let them heat until they soften. At carrots and let them cook for a few minutes while stirring. Once they are near ready, add salt, pepper, and garlic and cook them for a minute. Transfer all ingredients to the plate to cool down.
  • Preheat the oven by placing a baking sheet with the parchment paper. Place it inside the oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take a large bowl to prepare the turkey mixture. Combine ground turkey, regular bread crumbs, chicken stock, large egg, fresh parsley, Worcestershire, thyme, pepper, salt, and cooled vegetables that you already prepared. Gently mix the ingredients with your hands or a large spoon.
  • Transfer the mixture into the loaf pan and properly shape it. Don’t use force to press as it can make the meatloaf texture rigid. Now place the loaf pan in the oven and bake it till 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use an instant-read thermometer to take accurate details of the temperature. It will take 50 to 55 minutes, then remove it from the oven and lower the broiler temperature.
  • Make a glaze by combining the ketchup, black pepper, and maple syrup/sugar into a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the prepared meatloaf and broil it for 5 minutes till it begins to bubble. After that, remove it from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. The juices will redistribute, and you can then garnish parsley and slice to serve it.


Calories: 176kcalProtein: 15gFat: 9gCholesterol: 73mgSugar: 5g
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Adalynn Ward
Hello!! My name is Adalynn I love to eat, travel, and eat some more! I am married to the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl whose smiles can brighten anyone’s day!