by Olena

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf

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Olena Osipov
5 from 3 votes

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf

What I like about this slow cooker turkey meatloaf is that it’s lighter on meat, “beefed up” with red lentils, and contains zero breadcrumbs that are successfully replaced by oats. I love substituting some of the meat with lentils or beans in traditional recipes (on my to do list is half lentils bolognese sauce) because they help cut back on meat for health and budget reasons.

cooked lentils in pot

turkey in food processor

unmixed ingredients in blue bowl; eggs, lentils, spices, turkey, oats

1/2 cup of red lentils is just the right amount for this slow cooker turkey meatloaf to add fiber and yet not to overpower the turkey. If you plan ahead well (better than me – I will get there) and add a cup of squeezed zucchini, your meatloaf will be the juiciest!

 Turkey Meatloaf in slow cooker; uncooked

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf sliced

If you are new to cooking meatloaf in a slow cooker, it works just like in the oven just a different shape. You could place loaf tin with meatloaf inside the slow cooker on top of parchment paper for rectangular shape meatloaf. The biggest piece of advice I can give you when it comes to making poultry meatloaf – DO NOT use lean meat like breast or extra lean ground meat. However, I did by mistake and my boys were still squeaking with pleasure. You can also grind your own meat. Enjoy!

For similar recipes, check out my ground turkey meatloafmini turkey meatloaves with chipotle sauce and slow cooker porcupine meatballs.

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf garnished with green onion

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf Recipe made healthy by replacing some of the meat with red lentils and breadcrumbs with oats. You can also use chicken.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 minutes
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Olena Osipov



  • In a small saucepan, add lentils and water. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl along with all other ingredients and mix well with your hands.
  • Line slow cooker with unbleached parchment paper and spray wit cooking spray. Transfer meat mixture and form into a meatloaf shape. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours.
  • Holding onto the parchment paper flaps, remove meatloaf and slice. Serve warm or cold with a grain of choice or salad.?

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

    Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely, slice and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in a refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a microwave or in the oven at 375 F for 10 minutes.


      • *Use fattier cuts of meat like chicken thighs and do not use breasts.
      • Use ground turkey that is not extra lean, otherwise meatloaf will be dry.
      • **With zucchini, meatloaf will be more lighter, softer and juicier; however, I tried without and it turned out very good as well.


      Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3mg
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      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 5 stars
        This is the second time I have made this and we really enjoyed it again, it’s really easy and deliciously moist. I feel so smug when I have made dinner by 9am! Thank you

      2. 5 stars
        I am finally gaining instant pot confidence to do more than making hard boiled eggs! But making your recipe for instant pot turkey meatloaf was a hurdle that catapulted me into a new category! I am hooked. And your meatloaf recipe was sooo good! Thanks!

      3. I am always sneaking veggies into various foods I cook. So when I make meatloaf, not only do I add squeezed zucchini, but I add 1 cup finely grated carrots along with finely half cup chopped mushrooms and bell pepper as well. If the kids can’t dig out the chunks of veggies, they eat them without complaint! Grated carrots and zucchini go nicely in homemade chili as well.

        1. Yes. Those are great additions. When I have time or desire to do that, I do haha. My kids are good veggie eaters, so thank goodness I don’t have to do extra work of grating and hiding.

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