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Quick and Easy Homemade Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe for Quick and Easy Turkey Meatloaf is sure to become a family favorite and get a permanent spot in your dinner rotation. Make this simple meatloaf recipe for dinner tonight and enjoy its great flavors along with your favorite side dishes.

turkey meatloaf sliced on a black plate

Ground Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients

Not only is this a recipe the entire family will love but it also calls for only simple ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. Since most grocery stores sell ground turkey in 1 lb containers we used that amount to make this recipe. It also happens to be the perfect size for 4 servings. For this recipe you will need:

  • ground turkey- lean ground turkey or regular ground turkey will work.
  • Italian style breadcrumbs- do not use panko breadcrumbs for this recipe.
  • ketchup
  • egg
  • seasoned salt
  • black pepper
  • barbecue sauce- whichever brand is your favorite. We love Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

How to Make the Best Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

This Quick and Easy Homemade Turkey Meatloaf is a super simple meal for a weeknight dinner. It is quick to throw together and only needs about 35 minutes in the oven. Also, most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen! Check out this quick video for a quick how to:

How to Store Leftover Turkey Meatloaf

Leftover meatloaf should be allowed to cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

turkey meatloaf sliced on a black plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I cook turkey meatloaf?

This meatloaf recipe is not made in a loaf pan so it will only take about 30-40 minutes to bake. Turkey Meatloaf made in a loaf pan can take closer to an hour to bake. Be sure to cook the meatloaf until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

What do I serve with turkey meatloaf?

We love to serve our meatloaf with mashed potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes and veggies. Find more suggestions above.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes! Make the meatloaf all the way through then let cool. Refrigerate until ready to re-heat. The microwave will re-heat this well.

Can I make this meatloaf gluten-free?

Yes, simply swap out the regular breadcrumbs for your favorite gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Can I double this easy turkey meatloaf recipe?

Absolutely, this recipe makes for great leftovers! If you decide to double this recipe you have two options. One, split the meat mixture on a large baking sheet and form into two meatloafs so you have the same cooking time as if you were making one meatloaf.

Or, adjust the cooking time and make just one larger meatloaf. The cooking time may be closer to an hour and 20 minutes. Be sure to use a meat thermometer and check the temperature in the center of the loaf. It should reach 165 degrees to be fully cooked.

Can I make this recipe with other ground meat?

Yes, we find turkey to be a delicious alternative to red meat however you can also use ground chicken or beef. Beef meatloaf will be higher in fat than chicken or turkey but just as delicious.

Why doesn’t this recipe have tomato paste?

We wanted to make the most simple recipe for meatloaf that you could make any time for an easy meal so we kept the ingredients to a minimum. Feel free to add other ingredients such as tomato paste, chopped garlic, chopped onion or worcestershire sauce to this recipe as you desire. We promise you will have a tasty and juicy turkey meatloaf if you follow the recipe as written.

turkey meatloaf sliced on a black plate

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turkey meatloaf on a black plate

Quick and Easy Homemade Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This recipe for Quick and Easy Turkey Meatloaf is sure to become a family favorite and get a permanent spot in your dinner rotation. Make this simple meatloaf recipe for dinner tonight and enjoy its great flavors along with your favorite side dishes.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl except for BBQ sauce.
  3. Using clean hands shape the turkey meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape on a baking sheet.
  4. Spread BBQ sauce all over loaf.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  6. Slice, serve and enjoy!


By not cooking the meatloaf in a loaf pan, the meatloaf cook in less time.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 880mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 33g

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