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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 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!
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
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.
- Preheat oven.
- 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.
- 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.
- Press into a greased loaf pan. I lined mine with parchment paper because I use that stuff ALL.THE.TIME.
- Top with remaining ketchup and bake until thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Healthy Turkey Salisbury Steak Recipe
- Turkey Taco Meat Recipe
- Baked Turkey Taquitos Recipe
- The Best Turkey Burger Recipe
The printable recipe card is below! Make sure to save this Turkey Meatloaf Recipe because it’s a good one 🙂 Enjoy!
Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
- 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
- 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.