Basic Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

May 16, 2011 12:11 pm

A leaner, meaner take on meatloaf

Making meatloaf is as subjective as building burgers. Some people insist on using breadcrumbs; to others, it's sacrilege. Some people like to mix ground beef, pork, and veal, others swear by 100% ground beef. But today, let's put all that aside and talk turkey.

Turkey makes for a leaner and healthier version of classic meatloaf, with just as much comfort and taste as the original. There are endless versions of glazes and fillings, but this one is a basic, no-fail turkey meatloaf recipe that delivers an easy weeknight dinner in no time—especially when paired up with meatloaf's favorite sidekick, homemade mashed potatoes.

Photo: larry&flo on Flickr
Turkey meatloaf cuts down on the fat but keeps the comfort food flavor
Servings: 4 servings


1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons ketchup, plus more for your glaze
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 egg
Salt and pepper, for seasoning
milk, if the mixture seems too dry
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients using your hands to evenly mix. If your mixture seems dry and crumbly add a little milk (about 1 tablespoon at a time) and mix. Continue adding a little at a time until the mixture is moist.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil. Form the mix into a loaf and place on the center of your sheet pan.
  4. Spread a thick layer of ketchup evenly on top for your glaze.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite gravy.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
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