Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

5 from 16 votes

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This Turkey Meatloaf Recipe is healthy, tasty, filling, and makes a perfect weeknight dinner. Plus spinach takes this dish to the next level.

We all like classic meatloaf, but can we get on board with Turkey Meatloaf? I submit that this recipe is not just as tasty but tastier than the beef original. It’s really moist, really healthy, and tastes amazing. The ketchup really makes this meatloaf taste like meatloaf, with an extra nutritional bonus of spinach! If your kids can get over the green color, you’re golden because you literally cannot taste it. As long as you chop it well, you won’t notice it.

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

For this Turkey Meatloaf Recipe, you start with ground turkey and stir in other ingredients like:

  • Breadcrumbs – you can use regular breadcrumbs. Italian breadcrumbs would also be really delicious with this recipe too.
  • Egg – this helps hold the meat together. Just think of meatloaf as a larger meatball.
  • Ketchup – this adds flavor and texture.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – hello to more flavor and texture along with that ketchup. You’re going to love this I promise.
  • Sauteed Spinach – totally optional but also so totally delicious and healthy. If you have some picky eaters in the house (aka kids who hate green), feel free to leave them out and have some vegetables as a side dish.
  • Sauteed Onions – so so so good as flavor and texture.
  • Dred Thyme – a gentle flavor to add to your meatloaf.
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste!

Love Meatloaf? Here are some more recipes for your arsenal: Simple Sunday Meatloaf Recipe, and Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf Recipe.

Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients

Turkey Meatloaf Variations

  • Heat things UP. Try adding your favorite hot sauce to the mixture or to the ketchup that tops the loaf.
  • Low-Carb. A lot of my readers have asked for a low carb version of this meatloaf, meaning no breadcrumbs. For a super simple substitution replace the breadcrumbs with quick-cooking or old fashioned oatmeal. This also adds a whole lot of fiber to this meal.
  • Juicy Turkey Meatloaf. To make this recipe a little juicier use a fattier turkey! The recipe calls for 99% lean but you can go for 93% for all of that juiciness.
  • Vegetables. You can easily sneak in more than just spinach into this recipe. Try shredding some zucchini, squeezing out all the extra juice and mixing it into the turkey mixture. But be careful! Too many veggies and your meatloaf will turn into a veggie loaf.

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf

This turkey meatloaf recipe is perfect for families! Simple cut and serve with your favorite side dishes for a super simple and delicious dinner. For full recipe details, see the recipe card down below.

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and sauté until they start to get tender. Stir in the spinach and cover to wilt.
  3. Remove from pan and chop spinach mixture up into small pieces and add it to a large bowl with the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper. Gently mix in the ingredients together until just combined.
  4. Press into a greased loaf pan. I lined mine with parchment paper because I use that stuff ALL.THE.TIME.
  5. Top with remaining ketchup and bake until thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher.
  6. Let the turkey meatloaf rest, then slice and serve.

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.

Topped with Ketchup

Leftovers

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

Freezing Turkey Meatloaf

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.
Turkey Meatloaf

Side Dishes for Turkey Meatloaf

Serve with mashed potatoes and/or salad. Hello! That’s a full dinner! For more healthy side dishes try this Roasted Cauliflower Recipe or Best Pan-Fried Potatoes. Basically vegetables and starch are really good with this meaty dish. Enjoy!

More Turkey Recipes!

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

The printable recipe card is below! Make sure to save this Turkey Meatloaf Recipe because it’s a good one 🙂 Enjoy!

5 from 16 votes

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

This Turkey Meatloaf Recipe is healthy, tasty, filling and makes a perfect weeknight dinner. Plus spinach takes this dish to the next level.
servings 4 servings, 8 pieces
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey 99% fat free
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup ketchup divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and sauté 5 minutes or until they start to get tender. Stir in the spinach and cover to wilt. 
  • Remove from pan and chop spinach mixture up into small pieces and add it to a large bowl with the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and press into a greased loaf pan. 
  • Top with remaining 1/2 cup ketchup and bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher. Sit for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Notes

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: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 733mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1725IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ground Turkey Meatloaf, How to Make Turkey Meatloaf, Meatloaf, Turkey Meatloaf, Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
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33 Responses
  1. Phi @ www.sweetphi.com

    This. Looks. Amazing! I know you said it’s hard to make meatloaf look pretty, but you sure did! And I love trying different kinds of meatloaf so i’m definitely going to need to try this one!

  2. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats}

    One of my kids is really particular about eating meat..he doesn’t do it very often. But he looooves ketchup. I’m hoping to try this and pray that a little extra ketchup will do the trick!

    1. Staci

      I’m also doing low carb. This is how I substituted. I baked until very firm, on 250, a whole head of califlower cut into small pieces. Once baked hard I pulsed in into crumbs in a processer. I kept some texture to it. It was super tasty and still low carb.

      I also make pizza crust with the same method. Process dry califlower and add a egg, press into a pan a d lightly bake before adding your own toppings and bake again.

  3. Megan

    5 stars
    I knew I had to go out and buy ingredients for supper tonight so all I needed was turkey, onion, and spinach. Easy-peasy! We are big meatloaf eaters but I wanted to change it up and your recipe came at a good time. Thoughts: I used frozen spinach I thawed and squeezed the water out of. It made the whole thing a little too moist?? Maybe more breadcrumbs would have helped. I like my meatloaf juuuust a little dry, even on the edges so we can pile on the sauce. Which by the way I make with ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Some add a dash of vinegar. Overall, pretty tasty and none of my 5 guys even mentioned the spinach so yes, I was golden! Served with a side of brussel sprouts and garlicky brown rice.

    1. Janet

      Try using either quick cooking or old fashioned oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs! It works just as well and adds a lot more fiber to your dinner!

  4. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I’m a firm believer that the “less pretty” and less photogenic a dish is the BETTER it really tastes!! High five for a healthy meatloaf – that really does looks incredible!!

  5. Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    You should see my very old recipe post for Turkey Meatloaf Florentine. Ugliest thing ever, and in fact, it looks like the meatloaf is throwng up! haha!

    Yours is beautiful, though!! And, your kiddos in that video? LOVE.

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  7. Sarah

    5 stars
    This recipe is great! I made a few modifications so I could use what I had on hand. I sautéed my spinach in celery and onion, added garlic, used Italian bread crumbs, and used spicy ketchup. I made mini meatloafs in a muffin tin, because I don’t own a loaf pan. Can’t wait for dinner time!

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  9. Jeremy Graham

    Wow! I have never made lasagna without pasta before. the breadcrumbs seem like an interesting alternative. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. CARRIE

    5 stars
    I made this last night and its the best ground turkey recipe ever for my family. it was moist, seasoned well and I love spinach in anything.

    1. Dan

      Instructions for the mixer giveaway are in the picture of the mixer giveaway. But most likely not valid anymore. The post was from 2014.

  11. Renee B

    5 stars
    I doubled the recipe and it was absolutely delicious!!
    I used Panko bread crumbs and wasn’t sure if they would cause it to be too dry, so I added 1/4 cup of milk.
    For more flavor, I added a tablespoon of minced garlic and 1/2 c of chopped mushrooms, which I sautéed with the onions.
    It was a huge hit!!

  12. Marsha

    5 stars
    Used 1/2 of the 2 pound container of spinach, Added 1/3 pound sweet Italian sausage; used a tomato pesto sauce instead of ketchup, used 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp salt – could have used less. Did not top with anything. .Baked in a loaf pan 60minute. Put a potato on the side. Great meal. thank you.

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