Easy, No Fail Turkey Meatloaf

I’ve made this Easy, No Fail Turkey Meatloaf about a dozen times.  It’s soo easy and my family loves it. It always turns out perfectly moist and flavorful even though there’s not much that goes into it.

The only difficult thing about this meatloaf is photographing it, which I guess most of you don’t have to worry about!  There’s just no way (at least for me) to make it look pretty.  But let’s be honest, meatloaf just isn’t the prettiest thing to come out of the oven.

But dang it’s tasty.  I realize not everyone is a fan of meatloaf, but this girl is.

I’m sure if you wanted to you could spice it up with some herbs and give it some more flavor, I’ve yet to experiment with it because we like it just the way it is.

Using turkey burger or extra lean ground beef will help cut fat and if you’d like you can serve the sauce on the side, but I kinda live for the sauce.  It’s sweet, tangy, and brown-sugary good.  And I love how parts of it kind of caramelizes on the meatloaf while baking.

Hello comfort food!  And Happy Monday.

Easy, No-Fail Turkey Meatloaf
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  1. 2 pounds ground turkey, thawed (or used extra lean ground beef)
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 onion, finely chopped
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 11/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. Sauce
  8. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  10. 1/3 cup ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine the turkey burger, egg, onion, milk, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper (I use my clean hands to combine).
  2. Using hands form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9X13 in baking dish. Sprinkle top with another dash of salt and pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Pour over the top of the meatloaf, spreading evenly. Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar over the top of sauce. Cover with foil and bake for about one hour or until cooked through.
  1. *** I double the sauce recipe and save some for those of us that like to drizzle a little extra over each slice!
Adapted from AllRecipes
Adapted from AllRecipes
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  1. Just put my meatloaf in the oven. I can’t wait to eat it. I added green pepper and some garlic to the mixture.

  2. This is the same receipe I’ve been using for years!! Yummy..only difference is I use 1 lb ground beef then add BBQ sauce to sauce mixture! Whole family loves it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    With any meatloaf recipe I like to hard boil 3 eggs, peel, then add to the center of the loaf, lined end to end. Its so pretty when you slice to serve and very tasty as long as you like eggs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Made this last night – but with way too onion! I highly recommend erring on the side of less rather than more onion, especially when dealing with a jumbo one like I was!

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is my family’s new favorite dish. I’m about to start on dinner right now…and guess what we’re having? :)

  6. how long do i cook it for?

  7. Anonymous says:

    If I only have 1lb of turkey should I cut the recipe in half?

  8. This same recipe was made for us when we had our 3rd baby. I fell in love with meatloaf at that time. There is NO OTHER meatloaf that beats this one. I use ground oatmeal instead of bread crumbs (hubby is lactose intolerant and lots of bread crumbs has cheese in it).

    I must say this is the only meal that ALL of my kid gobble up EVERY time I make it.

    Oh. I do shape mind into large balls and pour the sauce over it. That way the “dried out tasteless meatloaf” stigma kind gets forgotten : )

  9. DO you use just yellow mustard or is prepared mustard something different?

  10. thanks! found on pinterest tonight, I had turkey and didn’t know what to do w/ it! The whole pan was gone – it was GREAT! I used Italian panko bread crumbs, didn’t have onion used a couple shakes onion powder and only 1 lb of meat, so I cut the milk in half. it turned out great. Do u usually use plain bread crumbs? The sauce was very good! It will be a regular at our dinner table!

  11. The only thing I halved was the milk and it turned out perfect. I usually do ground beef meatloaf, so I kinda knew what consistency to have.

  12. Love it! The meat was very moist and the sauce was good. I’ll decrease the onion and brown sugar but definitely plan to make it again. Thank you so, so much!!

  13. Added worchestire sauce and some fresh parsley and it was sooooo yummy!! Definitely my go-to meatloaf recipe!! Thank you :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    My daughter has a milk allergy…do you know if I can substitute the milk with hemp/soy milk???

  15. In the oven as we speak!

  16. In the oven as we speak!

  17. Can’t wait to taste this meatloaf. Do you cover the dish while cooking?

  18. Can I use regular pure cane sugar instead of brown sugar? I’m trying to make this for dinner right now but I don’t have any brown sugar :(

  19. Great meatloaf. I love that this recipe doesn’t require the onions to be saute. I normally make Barefoot Contessa’s turkey meatloaf but I was out of chicken stock. I added minced garlic, dried thyme, and Worcestershire sauce for added flavor.

    P.S. I totally agree that meatloaf is difficult to photograph.

  20. Just made this and added green yellow and orange bell peppers

  21. I love quick and easy recipes! My meatloaf is in the oven as we speak! I hope it turns out tasty!! Thanks!

  22. Mrs Harris says:

    I forgot milk!!!!!! Will tht make a difference in my meatloaf?????

  23. What temperature do you cook this on?

  24. Eleni Christianson says:

    What sides go with meatloaf??

  25. This is my first time to make meatloaf of any kind. I used ground beef with 8% fat and I’m wondering if that is lean enough? It’s been in the oven for over and hour and it seems very, very watery. I actually took it out twice and poured liquid out of the edge of the pan and then put my oven onto convection to try to cook it out. Any idea where I went wrong? Still smells amazing and we will give it a go for sure, but I didn’t think it was supposed to swim!

    • Ground beef should work okay too, draining is the right thing to do. Ground beef does create more juices than ground turkey. The other thing you can do is add some more bread crumbs to see if that helps absorb some of the moisture when cooking.

      Did it turn out okay, or taste good for you?

      • Thanks Kristy!
        It actually did turn out okay. I drained them (I made two) three times and continued cooking them a bit over to absorb the liquid, and I don’t think my family could tell that they had ever been swimming! Every one really enjoyed it, including myself. My little carnivorous brothers loooved it. :)

  26. Just put this in the oven. It smells amazing. I don’t like beef very much so it was nice to see that this is made with lean ground turkey. Can’t wait for supper. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. So I have to throw out the disclaimer that this girl loves me some beef meatloaf. Years ago I tried a turkey meatloaf and was…well…disappointed to say the least. Today as I stared longingly into the fridge trying to figure out what in the world I would make for the boy and I. I saw thawed ground turkey that was intended for lettuce wraps while daddy was home. Needless to say the wraps didn’t get made and the hubby flew out yesterday leaving me with a pound of ground turkey. What to do, what to do. As I said in the beginning, my first turkey meatloaf experience was a major flop, but the foodie in me was curious to try again. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! I no longer think of those who enjoy turkey meatloaf as being crazy. Haha! It was simple, moist, and flavorful! My 2 1/2 year old little man and I gobbled it right up! (Get it…gobbled. Cheesy, I know.)
    Thank you again! And keep on cookin’!

    • So glad you liked it Shannon!! It’s one of our go to’s, it’s so easy and turns out good every time:) Glad the little one liked it too!

  28. THANK goodness for the internet and THANK you for posting this amazing and SUPER easy recipe for turkey meatloaf. The smell of it cooking in the oven was awesome,and taste was even better – so delicious. Thank you for sharing this, Kristy! I will be posting a review of this recipe on my blog sometime soon and of course, giving you mad props. I am going to make it again this weekend. Have a great day!

  29. I used your turkey meatloaf recipe and added a 3-cheese to the mixture (a blend of parmesan, Romano, and asiago). I’m cooking it now. It’s almost done. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Oh, and I double the sauce because the Mr. loves sauce.

    • Oh my goodness, it turned out scrumptious!!! Thank you for sharing. So tasty! The cheeses were not overwhelming; I think it just added to the texture.

  30. Silvia Escobar says:

    So yummy and moist. I think the milk helped with the moisture. I mixed half ground turkey and half lean ground pork. Next time will add bell pepper to the mixture. As is was delicious!

  31. Made this for dinner this evening , it was delicious. We ate it with a side of cauliflower mash.
    Perfect for our diabetic family

  32. Can oatmeal be used in place of bread crumbs?

  33. I’m a college student and was looking for easy, yummy recipes. Found this and I LOVE it! Plan on making this all the time and even for my parents when I visit home! THANKS :)

  34. Xenaxahid says:

    I’m going to give this a try tonight. Could I please have some tips on freezing n re-heating this? Thanks!

  35. I made this the other day with my kids – delicious! I used 1 cup of oats instead of the bread crumbs and it was just fine. Leftovers were even better! Very easy, family-friendly recipe.

  36. I’m going to make this tonight. Got some ground turkey and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it and I’ve been wanting meatloaf, just haven’t been able to make it because ground beef (I think the fat) is making hubs sick lately…I’ve even used 93/7 or whatever the most lean one is and it still makes him ill. So, i was told to make it with the turkey, but to add ground beef to it or it will turn out like a dry log, I am glad I found this recipe because he really didn’t want me to add ground beef to it. I’ll let you know how we like it :) Thanks!

  37. I just made this recipe tonight and my very picky boyfriend even said it was delicious! He doesn’t like mustard, but I used it anyways and he said he couldn’t really taste it. Thank you for a great recipe to use up some turkey I had in the freezer!

  38. Can you use regular bbq sauce if you dont have ingredients for the sauce?

  39. Stephanie M says:

    Just put it in the oven! I have 20 mins left. Can’t wait to see how this turns out. The sauce was already scrumptious lol

  40. Stephanie M says:

    Just put it in the oven! I have 20 mins left. Can’t wait to see how this turns out. The sauce was already scrumptious lol. Thank you for the recipe.

  41. Trying this tonight—was reading through the comments and noticed it was to be cooked “covered”. You never added that to the top…here’s hoping it didn’t dry out too much while it cooked for half the time uncovered

  42. Melissa says:

    Confused what the sauce is? Sounds Delish and def making this for dinner to tonight

  43. This recipe has stood the test of time!!! Haha, great recipe though, never attempted a meatloaf of any kind before. Was worried as I openly had one pound of Turkey and also missing sugar of any sort. Also used fresh parsley. I was also heavy handed with the bread( toasted 4 slices in the oven and hand crumbled them),but it still came out superb. Thank you so much for this learning experience, I was so proud.. Lol. I will definitely make this dish when I have a family of my own. Thanks Kristy


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