Slice of turkey meatloaf with sides of corn on the cob and mashed potatoes.
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Turkey Meatloaf

Last updated on December 4, 2023 by Liza Hawkins

This turkey meatloaf is well-seasoned, juicy, and just the right amount for a family of four — easily doubled if you have more mouths to feed, or if you want leftovers.

Mmm … leftovers.

Goes great with comfort food sides like mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn on the cob.

Slice of turkey meatloaf on a white plate with corn on the cob and mashed potatoes.

Meatloaf happens to be a favorite of mine. You know, like a comfort food. I’m not terribly picky about meatloaf — heck, I even ate it at my college dining hall.

But most other people? They typically say something like, “I hate meatloaf,” or, “I can’t stand eating meatloaf.”

And so I have come to perfect my meatloaf recipes and ensure that they’re tasty, even for the most picky of eaters. To the point (I kid you not) where my children list it as one of their favorites.

Close up shot of uncooked turkey meatloaf with a line of ketchup swirled on top.

No, no. I’m serious!

My original version of meatloaf uses ground beef with an assortment of herbs, spices, onion, and cheese stuffed in the middle.

But recently I had a pound of ground turkey in the fridge that needed to be used, so I thought I’d try my hand at making a meatloaf with that instead.

The biggest worry I have about using ground turkey in recipes like meatloaf, burgers or meatballs is that the end product will be dry.

Baked turkey meatloaf on a white plate.

There’s nothing worse than a dry meatloaf.

Close up shot of baked turkey meatloaf.

I was happily surprised with how the turkey meatloaf turned out. Plenty of moisture and flavor.

It’s a winner!

Turkey Meatloaf
Yield: 4

Turkey Meatloaf

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A twist on the traditional meatloaf!


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 onion soup mix packet
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh raw spinach
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 small Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix everything but the ketchup together in a large bowl — use your hands (they're much more efficient than any kitchen tool).
  3. Mold the turkey mixture into a meatloaf shape, about 6-8" long, on a baking sheet with shallow edges. Squirt the ketchup on top, and then spread it (I use my hands again) to completely coat the meatloaf.
  4. Bake it for 45 minutes — the cheese will be bubbly around the edges, and juices should run clear.
  5. Let the turkey meatloaf rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing it.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 1687mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 35g

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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