Easy & Delicious Turkey Meatloaf

This healthy meatloaf recipe, made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.

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.
  • 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

  • PREP TIME: 5 mins
  • COOK TIME: 55 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
  • YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
  • COURSE: Dinner
  • CUISINE: American

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 99% lean ground turkey
  • 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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