Ground Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

This ground turkey meatloaf is delicious comfort food! It’s great served with potatoes and vegetables or even enjoyed cold the next day in a sandwich. Nothing beats homestyle cooking!

I much prefer the flavor of ground turkey meatloaf to beef meatloaf. I’ve never been a beef fan, so a good ground turkey meatloaf makes my day! I have served this with scalloped potatoes, brown rice, vegetables, a baked potato, sweet potatoes, you name it! It goes with pretty much anything! And the best part is that if you have any leftovers, it makes fantastic sandwiches the next day! I know some of you don’t like leftovers. But I’m telling you, this is seriously yummy!

Slices of ground turkey meatloaf sit on a cutting board, ready to serve.


The truth is, meatloaf is one of those simple dishes that you can prep in minutes. Just a quick toss of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and then transfer everything to a loaf pan for baking. Easy!

The pan I used here was a standard loaf pan. The edges get a little extra brown, but I think that’s the best part! I always scrape the edges down after the meatloaf has been eaten. I love those little brown nuggets of deliciousness. The crumbs!

If you are worried about the edges getting too dark, keep an eye on this in the last 20 minutes of baking. Once you have a nice brown color over the top of the loaf, you can easily cover it loosely with foil for the remainder of the baking time.

Remember to run a knife or spatula around the edge of your meatloaf after baking to separate it from the pan. Then slice and serve. And if some stick to the side, that’s okay! That’s the best part, and I highly recommend the cook gets the golden nuggets here. After all, you did the work of making it, right?!

A loaf pan filled with just-baked ground turkey meatloaf.
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Ground Turkey Meatloaf

Delicious, home-style comfort food that's healthy too!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 157kcal


  • Standard Loaf Pan


  • 2 lb. ground turkey
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup chopped red onions
  • 4 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. oil (plus extra for greasing the loaf pan)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Grease your loaf pan and set aside.
  • Place the turkey in a large mixing bowl and set in the fridge.
  • In a large skillet, warm the oil and then saute the carrots, celery and onions until the onions are translucent.
    Step one of this ground turkey meatloaf recipe is to chop and saute your vegetables.
  • Add in the garlic and saute for about 1 minute longer.
  • Remove from heat and cool completely. (I set mine in the fridge while I ran an errand)
  • When the veggies are cool, transfer them to the mixing bowl with meat and, using your hands or a wooden spoon, knead the veggies into the meat, mixing well.
    Step two is to knead or stir the meat and cooled vegetables together.
  • Transfer the whole mixture to your oiled loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F. on a meat thermometer.
    Step three is to transfer the meat to your greased loaf pan and bake.
  • Cool slightly, slice and serve.
    Step four is to cool slightly, slice and and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.32g | Protein: 27.16g | Fat: 4.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 62.37mg | Sodium: 142.13mg | Potassium: 411.75mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 1.36g | Vitamin A: 1393.17IU | Vitamin C: 2.62mg | Calcium: 15.88mg | Iron: 0.97mg

Author: Tiffany McCauley

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Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author. She is also a food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. She has helped thousands of people learn to cook simple, clean, and healthy foods in their own home kitchens. She lives in Maine and loves Elvis, sunflowers, and a good seafood chowder, as well as travel writing.

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