Turkey Meatloaf

"This recipe came from a package of ground turkey. It is by far the best turkey meatloaf I have ever tasted."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Melt butter in a skillet.
  • Cook onion and garlic in melted butter for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Place mixture in a large bowl to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Combine turkey, bread crumbs, egg, 1/4 cup of the katchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper with onion mixture.
  • Press meatloaf into an 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  • Spread remaining catsup on top.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes.
  • (Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.) Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Questions & Replies

  1. what substitute can i use for garlic cloves and chopped onion? can i use powder form and would i still have to then use the butter and melt?
  2. What can I substitute the breadcrumb with?
  3. Anyone try red pepper flakes in this recipe? What do you think?
  4. What temperature do u put a turkey meatloaf on and how long
  5. What kind of breadcrumbs are called for in the original receipe? Italian style? Thank you!


  1. My search for the perfect turkey meatloaf recipe is over (I have seriously tried more than 15 recipes). We loved this. Really Moist, actually bordering on TOO moist. My minor changes due to necessity: 1- used a mixture of white and red onion, because I was using up leftover raw onions from 2 other recipes. 2- used 85% lean turkey since I already had it, but would probably use the leaner variety the next time because this recipe was almost TOO moist. 3- used only 1 pound of turkey instead of 1.25 because that is how it is sold in our store. 4- used Panko breadcrumbs since they were ready and available. 5- I also found my meatloaf needed about 10 more minutes of cooking time to reach desired temperature.
  2. This was great. I used whole wheat bread crumbs and used small (8oz) can of tomato sauce instead of all that ketchup which has a lot of sugar. It was fantastic!
  3. YUM! I buy our ground turkey at Sam's club, which is a 2.5 pound pack. I doubled this recipe, and used a big can of tomato sauce instead of the ketchup. The large can was enough to go inside the meatloaf, and put a nice tomato coating on top of the meatloaf. I also used Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, since that was what I had in the pantry. I free form the loaf on a cookie sheet instead of using a loaf pan so the meatloaf doesn't stew in fat. My husband and I agree this is one of the best turkey meatloaf recipes we have tried to date! This is a definite keeper.
  4. Thank you! I liked this very much. After some experimentation, I discovered substituting cooked whole grain brown rice for the cracker crumbs improved the texture immeasurably and also added more food value. I also added 4 oz. mushrooms (canned, but fresh could also be used) and 1/2 of a green pepper (diced) to the onion mixture. I very much like the Barbeque sauce in lieu of catsup, as well.
  5. Very good. Most recipes (turkey or beef) call for adding chopped raw onions. It never occured to me how cooking the onions would affect the outcome. Thanks for the posting!


  1. Sub bread crumbs for a box of stove top stuffing. Thanksgiving in pan.
  2. Hi this is my third time making this delicious turkey loaf. I made the following changes to your recipe. I added green, red, and yellow peppers to the sauteed onions and garlic. I sauteed them in a little olive oil. I also used low sodium teriyaki sauce instead of the worchestershire sauce. I used whole wheat bread instead of bread crumbs. AIong with my secret seasoning. I made it tonight and that is what is left. My 11 year old daughter said "Mommy your turkey loaf is loaded with so much flavor".
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  3. Use 3/4 of breadcrumbs 1/2 not enough. instead of ketchup used sweet and spicy bbq sauce. Added cheddar in between layers and on top. No salt, no pepper instead used garlic and herb breadcrumbs
  4. This was awesome. I Substituted Olive Oil for butter to make it dairy free, and added a 1/2 cup of shredded carrot cause I only had 1 lb ground turkey. Baked in a cast iron skillet, it came out juicy and tasty!
  5. No egg, panko instead of breadcrumbs and added a little dry onion soup instead of the salt and pepper. Also used minced garlic.



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