Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

I was recently flipping through my first recipe book I created nearly twenty years ago.  It was fun looking back to see what recipes I was starting to gather.  The pages are filled with torn magazine clippings and many recipe cards from my mom.   One recipe I stumbled on was her recipe for meatloaf.   I took that special recipe for my moms meatloaf, tweaked it just slightly and created a delicious turkey meatloaf that is full of flavor.

I love cooking with turkey.  Comparably lean ground turkey is very similar in calories and fat than lean ground beef such as sirloin, but if you compare ground turkey to a 80/20 ground beef well, ground turkey is definitely a better choice.  After adding spices and seasonings to ground turkey as you would to ground beef the end results are very similar.  If you have never cooked with ground turkey before I definitely encourage you to give it a try.  Cooked the right way can make for a variety of delicious dishes.  I use ground turkey in everything from turkey burgers to meatballs and even in tacos.  

I don’t just lean towards cooking with ground turkey because it is lower in fat, even though that is one of the reasons.  I also prefer the flavor of it.   

Using ground turkey in this recipe makes for a moist and delicious turkey meatloaf that is Mr. Mother Thyme (aka Mr. Meat and Potatoes) approved.  


Turkey Meatloaf


Turkey Meatloaf


  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

For Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (expect glaze ingredients) and gently mix until combined.
  3. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place mixture in loaf pan and form to fit pan. (Optional- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn loaf pan upside down onto parchment paper to remove loaf. Cook loaf on parchment lined baking sheet).
  4. Bake for 1-1 hour and 15 minutes until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees F. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until blended. Brush on meatloaf about 20-25 minutes after meatloaf has been cooking.

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  1. You know I’ve never actually cooked with ground turkey. It’s not something that’s readily available here in Australia but I can imagine it would be delicious.

    Isn’t it funny how so many blogger’s other halves are plain eaters! Mine is too although he’s getting a lot more adventurous.

  2. Love your story…..your photos….and the recipe looks yummy. Will definately be trying! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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