Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

5 from 7 votes

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This Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf Recipe puts you in the mood for the holiday by tasting great! Make it before or for Thanksgiving. It’s THAT good!

You could make this Turkey Meatloaf Recipe ON Thanksgiving if you didn’t want to deal with a whole big bird or didn’t have a lot of company coming over. Or you could make it leading up to Thanksgiving to give your tastebuds a preview. Either way, it’s a really lovely warm meal to feed your family.

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

A moist turkey meatloaf recipe with all the same flavors as Thanksgiving put together in 1/4th of the time.

  • Butter – this is used to saute the vegetables.
  • Onion and Celery – for flavor and texture.
  • Ground Turkey – I used 99% fat-free ground turkey for this recipe.
  • Egg – this helps hold the meat together. Just think of meatloaf as a larger meatball.
  • Plain Breadcrumbs – you can use regular breadcrumbs. Italian breadcrumbs would also be really delicious with this recipe too.
  • Poultry Seasoning – this is to give it that classic Thanksgiving flavor.
  • Cinnamon – this gives the loaf a hint of warm spice.
  • Dried Thyme Leaves – earthy and aromatic.
  • Parsley Flakes – this is for a garnish.
  • Honey – a slightly sweet flavor that balances well with all the savory.
  • Chopped Pecans – adds nuttiness (obviously) and nice texture.
  • Turkey Gravy – you can use store-bought or make your own homemade turkey gravy.

Love Meatloaf? Try these other recipes: Simple Sunday Meatloaf Recipe and Turkey Meatloaf Recipe.

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf

This is a super easy turkey meatloaf recipe, simply saute the veggies, then mix with everything else and bake. The result is a moist and flavorful dinner! For full details on the recipe check out the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat oven. Line a small baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onion and celery until tender.
  3. While veggies are cooking, combine remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Add in soft veggies and stir to incorporate everything together. Form into a meatloaf shape on the prepared baking sheet and bake until thoroughly cooked (thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher).
  4. Cool before slicing and serving. Serve with turkey gravy.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

To make this recipe faster and cuter divide the turkey mixture into four smaller loaf pans and bake for 20-30 minutes. OR you can even use your cupcake tin to make a ton of small, cute, delicious meatloaves.

Turkey Meatloaf

Leftovers

This turkey meatloaf recipe can last up to 4 days in the fridge and is great as leftovers.

Freezing Instructions

The amazing thing about meatloaf is its versatility! It can indeed be frozen and can be made for meal prep! And to make it even better, make two. One for dinner and one to freeze for later. That way you will always have turkey meatloaf on hand.

To freeze make the turkey meatloaf recipe as directed. Cool and slice, then store in airtight containers in the freezer for up to three months!

To reheat, thaw the meatloaf slowly. This is best done in the fridge the night before. Then in 30-second increments microwave that baby until it is warm and delicious.

More Turkey Recipes to Try!

Be sure to check out all of my turkey recipes here, but below are a couple of my favorites.

If you loved this turkey meatloaf recipe you’ll love these other turkey recipes.

The printable recipe below 🙂 Have a lovely day, friends!

5 from 7 votes

Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

This Easy Turkey Meatloaf Recipe puts you in the mood for the holiday by tasting great! Make it before or for Thanksgiving. It's THAT good!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 rib celery finely diced
  • 1.5 lbs. ground turkey 93/7
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • store bought turkey gravy*

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onion and celery until tender, 5 minutes.
  • While veggies are cooking, combine remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Add in soft veggies and stir to incorporate everything together. Form into a meatloaf shape on prepared baking sheet and bake 30-40 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  • Cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with turkey gravy.

Notes

*I used the dry turkey gravy mix that you just add water to. Feel free to make your own from scratch. I obviously did not.
Leftovers. This turkey meatloaf recipe can last up to 4 days in the fridge and is great as leftovers.
Freezing. Make the turkey meatloaf recipe as directed. Cool and slice, then store in airtight containers in the freezer for up to three months!
Reheating. Thaw the meatloaf slowly. This is best done in the fridge the night before. Then in 30-second increments microwave that baby until it is warm and delicious.
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins. To make this recipe faster and cuter divide the turkey mixture into four smaller loaf pans and bake for 20-30 minutes. OR you can even use your cupcake tin to make a ton of small, cute, delicious meatloaves.

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 639mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Make Turkey Meatloaf, Turkey Meatloaf, Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
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  1. sandra

    I understand about your time flying by I am 59 yrs old I had 4 kids the older you get the time can fly by even faster I don’t know how you can keep up with all you do and have a blog. they didn’t have things like this when I was having my kids I do love your blog. just take your time do what you need to do for your family and yourself don’t forget about yourself your very important to yourself and your family I pray things go well for you and your new baby and the rest of your family have a good day everything will be ok.

  2. Becki

    5 stars
    Good for you with the Christmas shopping – I guess I better get going! This meatloaf sounds awesome and I’m sure my family would love it. Love all of the spices and the turkey gravy on top sounds wonderful!

  3. Jorszulak

    5 stars
    I just love reading your blog and look forward to your weekly recipes on Monday! I cook at least one of them a week and they all come out delicious. I can’t wait to try this thanksgiving meatloaf! It looks so good and comforting! ? Thank you and keep them coming! ?

  4. Chels R.

    Yup, I have all my kids designated Christmas gifts lined up on their (my) Amazon wish lists. However, They have so many TOYS I’m trying to stay clear of that and focus on other gifts more personal to them. My 11 yr old is easy, but my 7 yr old…well…she wants it all, lol! And my nearly 3 yr old…as long as it is Avenger related he’s thrilled. I’m going to have to try this. My husband despises meatloaf with all his being, but I’m determined to make him a believer.

  5. Jessica - The Novice Chef

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! We always have a huge turkey and a ton of people, but I think this would make an awesome pre thanksgiving dinner!

  6. Brenda

    5 stars
    Love the blog and the recipe looks delicious. We dealt with the ‘rationale’ for an IPhone for a too-young-for-a-phone kiddo with an IPod. Worked out great.

  7. suzanne

    5 stars
    Since we’re a restaurant for the holiday along with the rest of our family, I decided to make this last night so my husband and I could have a taste of Thanksgiving at home. It was great! My husband even asked how in the world I made it, and he usually notices nothing about what he eats! Thanksgiving in a meatloaf!!!

  8. Sandra Butler

    5 stars
    My husband and I love this meatloaf. This was the first recipe I tried when we had to switch to turkey trying to eat healthier after my husband’s heart surgery. We also love your other turkey entree recipes.