by Olena

Ground Turkey Meatloaf

by Olena

5 from 5 reviews

Ground Turkey Meatloaf with simple ketchup glaze is always a hit at our house. Juicy, healthy, easy and delicious comfort food.

Ground Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf has been on my “to share” list for quite some time now. Like many of you I grew up on ground beef meatloaf which is juicy because of high saturated fat content.

After making super moist turkey meatloaf in Instant Pot thanks to all that steam, I knew I had to perfect oven baked turkey meatloaf.

Over the years I tried to make one with oats, breadcrumbs, shredded zucchini and sauteed veggies. As busy as you are, I knew we needed simple ground turkey meatloaf recipe without extra steps.

Turkey Meatloaf sliced

This is it! This turkey meatloaf is so juicy from minced onions and soaked in milk oats, even ground turkey haters will think they are eating beef. Well, almost haha. Beef is beef and turkey is turkey. But there is better turkey haha.

I know turkey can be dry. But trust me, this meatloaf will WOW your family. Just like I have heard rave reviews from friends whose husbands approved turkey burgers and Instant Pot spaghetti (with ground turkey).

No sauteing veggies, plain ketchup on top, simple ingredients and less steps.

turkey meatloaf brushed with ketchup glaze

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf

  1. Soak oats with milk while you are mincing onion, garlic and getting other ingredients ready. For about 10 minutes. No need to drain the milk before adding oats to meat mixture. This steps makes meatloaf juicy and flavorful. My grandma always soaked bread in milk when making meatloaf.
  2. Combine ingredients: ground turkey, egg, onion, garlic, soaked oats, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well using your hands. That’s when rings come off.
  3. Shape meatloaf. Place in regular 9 x 5 loaf pan or shape 1 meatloaf on lined baking sheet or into 4 mini meatloaves. You don’t have to own a loaf pan to make meatloaf. Ha!
  4. Bake single large meatloaf for 45 minutes or 4 mini meatloaves for 35 minutes in preheated 400 degrees F oven. Meatloaf is ready when  internal temperature is 160 degrees – check with the thermometer. Do not overbake because meatloaf will start drying out.
  5. Glaze meatloaf with ketchup. I used organic and just 3 tablespoons. Everything in moderation. I used to make fancy glaze with tomato paste and balsamic vinegar but not anymore. Remove from the oven and brush with ketchup. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
  6. Cut into 8 slices using sharp knife. No need to let meatloaf cool down. However, I would transfer meatloaf with spatula on a cutting board before slicing to avoid damaging the loaf pan, silicone baking mat or baking sheet.

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Turkey Meatloaf Tips and Variations

  • Any oats work. I used quick cooking steel cut oats.
  • You can use any milk, broth or water to soak the oats. I used whole milk.
  • You can also use breadcrumbs, almond meal or flour in place of oats. No need to soak either. Skip milk then.
  • Make 12 meatloaf muffins and bake for 30 minutes or so. Check with internal read thermometer for 160 degrees F doneness.
  • Add chipotle in adobo, red pepper flakes or hot sauce to the meat mixture for spicy meatloaf.
  • You can double the recipe but cooking time would be close to 70 minutes. Again, check with internal read thermometer.

Serve meatloaf warm with mashed potatoes, Instant Pot mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash.

ground turkey meatloaf served with mashed potatoes

How to Store and Freeze Meatloaf

Keep Warm: I kept meatloaf warm along with Instant Pot mashed potatoes until dinner. It was my lucky day I made those potatoes because in a food blogger’s life dinner is usually ready at lunchtime.

Fridge: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: I usually make 2 meatloaves. You can freeze cooked, cooled and sliced meatloaf in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in the microwave or simmer in a covered pot with a splash of water. I do not like to warm up meatloaf in the oven because it dries out.

ground turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes in instant pot

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Ground Turkey Meatloaf

5 from 5 reviews

Ground Turkey Meatloaf with simple ketchup glaze is always a hit at our house. Juicy, healthy, easy and delicious comfort food.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb 3 oz ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 3 tbsp any milk or water
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp ketchup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, add oats and milk. Stir and set aside to soak for 10 minutes while you are getting other ingredients ready.
  3. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, egg, onion, garlic, soaked oats, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Using your hands mix well to combine.
  4. Spray ceramic non-stick 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray and transfer mixture into it. Level with spatula. You can also shape 1 meatloaf on lined baking sheet or 4 mini meatloaves.
  5. Bake single large meatloaf for 45 minutes or 4 mini meatloaves for 35 minutes. Meatloaf is ready when  internal temperature is 160 degrees. Do not overbake, so meatloaf dries out.
  6. Remove from the oven and brush with ketchup. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
  7. Cut into 8 slices and serve warm with mashed potatoes, Instant Pot mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: I usually make 2 meatloaves. You can freeze cooked, cooled and sliced meatloaf in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in the microwave or simmer in a covered pot with a splash of water. I do not like to warm up meatloaf in the oven because it dries out.

Notes

  • Any oats work. I used quick cooking steel cut oats.
  • You can use any milk, broth or water to soak the oats. I used whole milk.
  • You can also use breadcrumbs, almond meal or flour in place of oats. No need to soak either. Skip milk then.
  • Make 12 meatloaf muffins and bake for 30 minutes or so. Check with internal read thermometer for 160 degrees F doneness.
  • Add chipotle in adobo, red pepper flakes or hot sauce to the meat mixture for spicy meatloaf.
  • You can double the recipe but cooking time would be close to 70 minutes. Again, check with internal read thermometer.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I did make this recipe. It was so easy and, as promised, quite moist. I would definitely recommend it.

    Barbara
    November 8, 2019

  2. Hi;
    I don’t understand the explanation for 1.3 lbs. My calculation for 1.3 lbs is
    1 lb. and slightly less than 5 ounces (4.8) not 1 lb. and 3 ounces. I am going to test it later
    today and expect it will make little difference in the recipe but I am curious about your notation. Thanks,

    Ken

    1. I see your struggle. 1 lb and 3 oz. I will update the recipe so no more questions haha. It’s just one meat tray. For some reasons, most stores sell pre-measured 1 lb and 3 oz. Not 1 lb.

  3. This meat loaf recipe sounds terrific however I don’t understand how much ground turkey you need. Do I need 1 lbs. 3 oz. or do I need 3 pounds of turkey meat?

  4. I haven’t made this yet- I plan to as soon as I get the ground turkey. I love meatloaf. But, it’s nice to have a simple recipe that doesn’t call for breadcrumbs as I have celiac disease. Thank you.

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