Turkey Meatloaf

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Classic comfort food with Ina Garten’s Turkey Meatloaf recipe from Barefoot Contessa. An easy turkey meatloaf recipe and the secret for how to make the best moist and flavorful meatloaf. Swapping turkey for beef lightens up the recipe, so you can enjoy all the flavor you love in traditional meatloaf, with less of the fat.

How to Make the Best Moist and Flavorful Turkey Meat loaf

A turkey meatloaf is the perfect way to use up leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner and it’s great when you want something different than your usual chicken or beef meatloaf recipe. This turkey meatloaf recipe makes moist, flavorful meatloaf that even kids will love! And, here’s the secret to how to make the best moist and flavorful meatloaf — steam the potatoes in the microwave first so they don’t add extra moisture to the meatloaf while cooking.

Turkey meat loaf is an excellent source of protein. It also provides a good amount of B-vitamins, zinc, iron, and selenium. Since it’s low in fat and cholesterol, it makes a great alternative to ground beef. The history of turkey meat loaf can be traced back to the early 1970s when people were looking for ways to stretch their dollar by using ground turkey instead of beef or pork.

Serve this meatloaf with Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes or Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes.


Turkey Meatloaf

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An easy turkey meatloaf recipe and the secret for how to make the best moist and flavorful meatloaf.

  • Author: Ina Garten
  • Prep Time: :10
  • Cook Time: 1:25
  • Total Time: 1:35
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven


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  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large onions)
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 5 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs
  • 3 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saute pan, over medium-low heat, cook the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, but not browned, approximately 15 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into a rectangular loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. and the meatloaf is cooked through. (A pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf will keep the top from cracking.) Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.


  • Serving Size: 6
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