Delicious Turkey Meatloaf Recipes to Make for Dinner

Think you can’t enjoy a meatloaf if you’ve cut back on beef? Think again. Part of the appeal of meatloaf lies in its simplicity and versatility, and it’s easy to adapt to whatever ingredients you have on hand, such as ground turkey. In fact, ground turkey meatloaf can be just as delicious as it’s more familiar counterpart, provided you follow a few basic tips.

For the best-tasting turkey meatloaf, make sure it includes some fat so you don’t end up with a dry, flavorless dish. In most cases, you’ll want to choose the 85% lean package of ground meat at the store (rather than 93% lean), or you might mix your turkey with fattier ground pork. Seasoning the meat with plenty of salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices is also important if you want to avoid a bland meal. Soaking the breadcrumbs, adding tasty veggies, and letting the loaf rest for a few minutes after it comes out of the oven are also key to meatloaf success, according to The Kitchn.

Here are 10 mouthwatering ground turkey meatloaf recipes you’ll want to try.

1. Turkey Meatloaf

turkey meatloaf with glaze

It doesn’t get much tastier than this classic turkey meatloaf | iStock.com

Turkey meatloaf recipes don’t have to be complicated to be delicious, as this back-to-basics dish from Rachael Ray Every Day proves. Made with a mix of ground turkey and pork, as well as carrots, onions, and red pepper, it’s both simple and tasty.

Ingredients:

  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ pounds ground turkey
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 8 strips of bacon

Head to Rachael Ray Every Day for the full recipe. 

2. Turkey Veggie Meatloaf

sliced turkey meatloaf on a plate

Turkey veggie meatloaf is nutritious and perfect for dinner | iStock.com

Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a struggle. You can sneak an extra serving or two of healthy bell peppers into their diets when you make this easy turkey meatloaf from Overtime Cook.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons oil, for frying
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce

Head to Overtime Cook for the full recipe. 

3. Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed With Mac and Cheese

uncooked macaroni noodles

This dish is the perfect appetizer for any party | iStock.com

Meatloaf and mac and cheese are both classic comfort foods, so why not combine them into one delicious dish? These mini ground turkey meatloaf cups stuffed with creamy macaroni and cheese and wrapped with bacon are perfect for dinner or an appetizer. They’re also a great way to use up leftover mac and cheese. This recipe from CD Kitchen makes 6 mini loaves.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup prepared macaroni and cheese,
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 6 slices of cheese (optional)
  • Ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar, for glaze (optional)

Head to CD Kitchen for the full recipe. 

4. Ground Turkey Meatloaf With Mushrooms and Herbs

Turkey meatloaf in a dish

Mushrooms and turkey meatloaf is a match made in heaven | iStock.com

Meatloaf gets a grown-up upgrade with the addition of mushrooms, shallots, and herbs in this recipe from Bon Appétit. Use fresh parsley and thyme for the best results. Recipe serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
  • 2 cups 13-inch cubes crustless day-old rustic bread
  • 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 8 ounces sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey (15% fat)
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast

Head to Bon Appétit for the full recipe. 

5. Turkey-Spinach Meatloaf Roulade

Turkey roulade

Turkey-spinach roulade takes your traditional meatloaf up a notch | iStock.com

A roulade is a dish of meat rolled around a filling. It can be made with a piece of steak or chicken, or, as in this case, ground turkey breast. This recipe from Meal Planning Maven is similar to a traditional turkey meatloaf but more fun to make and serve. Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • ¾ cup marinara sauce, divided (preferably a sauce without added sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow squash, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast (preferably half white and half dark meat)
  • 1 egg
  • 2cup rolled oats, ground in food processor or blender
  • 2 teaspoons stone-ground or Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1teaspoon freshly ground pepper (or to taste)

Head to Meal Planning Maven for the full recipe. 

6. Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Ground turkey meatloaf with red chillies

Thai turkey meatloaf is a delicious twist on a classic dish | iStock.com

Meatloaf doesn’t have to be boring, as this recipe for a spicy turkey meatloaf from Budget Bytes proves. This wallet-friendly meal, which is made with a mix of ground turkey and jasmine rice, may not be the most visually pleasing dish you’ll ever make, but you’ll love the flavors which include Sriracha, ginger, and soy. This recipe serves 8.

Ingredients:

Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 to 4 whole green onions, sliced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups cooked jasmine rice

Glaze

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Head to Budget Bytes for the full recipe. 

7. Turkey and Pistachio Terrine

turkey terrine

Turkey and pistachio terrine introduces new flavors you should try | iStock.com

For a different spin on a traditional meatloaf, try a terrine, a mixture of minced meat and other ingredients cooked in a bain-marie, or water bath. This recipe for a turkey and pork terrine is from Taste.com.au and includes pistachios, prosciutto, and fresh thyme and parsley.

Ingredients:

  • 12 to 15 slices prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • About 1¼ pounds ground turkey
  • About ½ pound ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 13 cup pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • Salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • Bread, for serving
  • Cornichons (baby gherkins), for serving
  • Fruit chutney, for serving

Head to Taste.com.au for the full recipe. 

8. Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed With Eggs

Stuffed meatloaf with eggs

This traditional meatloaf dish is even tastier with turkey | iStock.com

Stuffed meatloaf, or polpettone farcito, is a traditional Italian dish. This version from Domenica Cooks is made with a mix of ground turkey and pork and filled with hard-boiled eggs. It’s the perfect way to turn a dull weeknight meatloaf into something special. The loaf is also topped with a single piece of bacon or some sliced pancetta for extra flavor. You can serve this with asparagus or another fresh veggie for a complete meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small rib celery, finely chopped
  • ½ small yellow onion, finely chopped (¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1½ cups (3 ounces) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 raw egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 slice bacon or 3 to 4 thin slices rolled pancetta
  • ½ cup dry white wine

Head to Domenica Cooks for the full recipe. 

9. Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

mini meatloaves

Meatloaf muffins are perfect when you’re on the move | iStock.com

Bite-size turkey meatloaf muffins are sure to be a hit with kids. The lighter alternative to a traditional meatloaf is made with ground turkey and seasoned with chopped dill pickles and grated cheddar cheese. This recipe from Martha Stewart makes 6 meatloaf muffins.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 slices of sandwich bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium dill pickle, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Head to Martha Stewart for the full recipe. 

10. BBQ Ground Turkey Meatloaf

barbecue turkey meatloaf

Barbecue turkey meatloaf is made even better with a homemade glaze | iStock.com

The homemade barbecue glaze on this family-friendly turkey meatloaf recipe from Once Upon a Chef ensures the meat is moist and flavorful. When prepping your ingredients, make sure you mince your onion in a food processor rather than chopping by hand; smaller pieces of onion will keep your loaf from falling apart.

Ingredients:

Meatloaf

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup minced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup BBQ glaze (see below)
  • 2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • ¾ cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • A few springs chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Glaze

  • 23 cup ketchup
  • 1cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Head to Once Upon a Chef for the full recipe. 

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