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
  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. Rebekah says

    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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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? :)

  5. says

    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 : )

  6. says

    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!

  7. Anonymous says

    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!!

  8. Kristin says

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

    • M Casey says

      Soy milk works perfectly with this recipe. My son is highly milk allergic and he can only use soy milk. The only caveat I have is perhaps cut back slightly on the brown sugar if your soy milk is already sweetened.

  9. Anonymous says

    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 :(

  10. says

    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.

  11. says

    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!

    • Kristy says

      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?

      • says

        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. :)

  12. Kristi says

    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!

  13. says

    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’!

    • Kristy says

      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!

  14. says

    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!

  15. Lena says

    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.

    • Lena says

      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.

  16. 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!

  17. Christina says

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

  18. Nina says

    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 :)

  19. Tammy says

    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!

  20. Kimberly says

    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!

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. KRich says

    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

  24. Karlos says

    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

  25. ZoeT says

    I made this tonight and everyone enjoyed it. I added fresh chopped italian parsley, dried thyme, worcestershire and garlic powder. Delicious!

  26. Samantha Borofsky says

    Hello–Making this tonight–it says to grease the pan but to also cover with foil…Do i cover all the ground turkey in foil and cook it?

  27. Joniah says

    I used the meatloaf recipe, but made my own sauce-1/2 cup sweet baby rays barbeque sauce, a squirt of Dijon and yellow mustard, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and three shakes of Worcestershire sauce. It is SOOOOO good!!

  28. Sheri says

    Found this recipe on Pinterest the other day. Such simple ingredients – I had everything on hand. I made exactly as written and it came out so good. I’ve never used milk in meatloaf. I think that made a huge difference than using just the egg for binding. Excellent use of ground turkey! Thanks !

  29. says

    I made this recipe last night. The only thing I added was some worcestershire sauce…though I don’t know if it really made any difference by adding it. I could not taste it. It was delicious and moist and this will be my go to meatloaf recipe. Even the sauce was delicious…and my husband didn’t even add the ketchup….I was waiting….lol. Thanks so much for a great recipes! Take care

  30. Lisa C. says

    Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I did make a couple changes… I added a couple cloves of garlic (because, well, garlic!) And I used quick oats instead of breadcrumbs simple because I’ve discovered I like the texture better when I make meatballs and such. It was extremely moist so I might try cutting back on the milk a little next time, or maybe just extend the cooking time a tad. Great suggestion on making a double batch of sauce because the sauce is delicious!! This is definitely a keeper!

  31. Barbara says

    Thanks so much for this recipe! It’s currently in the over now (smelling scrumptious). I took it out to check it and there was a ton of liquid in the pan. Is that normal? I drained it and popped it back in the oven for a few more mins. I was wondering if you uncovered it for the last 15 minutes maybe? My sauce isn’t crystalized like you mentioned either which excited me :)) I’m hoping uncovering for a few mins will do the trick!

    • Kristy says

      I hope it was yummy! Yes, you can drain it if there’s too much liquid. I’ll make a note of maybe uncovering for the last few mins if the sauce doesn’t crystallize! Thanks Barbara!

  32. Codie says

    I’m in the process of making this right now I hear a lot of good comments but one worries me because the person said it was taking two hours I sure hope that does not happen. My son will be home around five and he is starving when he gets home LOL

  33. Deanne says

    I am making this for the second time tonight. It is so delicious my family “LOVED” it. Thank u so much for the recipe. Will definitely continue to make this from here on out. I was worried about not liking it because it’s made with turkey meat vs hamburger meat, but u can’t even really tell the difference except it taste way better so everyone that is skeptical don’t be try it you will like it.

      • Bobby Wade says

        It seemed too loose for me so I added more breadcrumbs and a pinch of sage. My great granddaughter is visiting and requested I make meatloaf. This is my first turkey loaf, I’ll let you know if she approves.

  34. Chelsea says

    I’m so very disappointed by this recipe. I feel like I just wasted a ton of ingredients. It ended up like complete mush with raw onions thrown in….kind of reminded me of wet dog food consistency. Won’t be trying this again.

  35. Stephanie says

    I added minced garlic, used cashew milk, and omitted the mustard in the sauce, and it was delicious!


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