Turkey Meatloaf

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
15 min
10 min
1 hr 45 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large onions)
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 5 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs
  • 3 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a medium saute pan, over medium-low heat, cook the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, but not browned, approximately 15 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into a rectangular loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. and the meatloaf is cooked through. (A pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf will keep the top from cracking.) Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.

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    So good! I will never make another meatloaf again. Even my meat-loving husband who isn't the biggest fan of ground turkey loved it. The couple changes I've made are to split the recipe in half (2 eggs and 1 cup of italian breadcrumbs though), use dried parsley instead of thyme since that's what I have, added a couple cloves of garlic (since everything is better with garlic) and added two finely shredded carrots to the mix (I do this to a lot of things since it adds moisture and makes it healthier). Finally, I add some worchestershire and brown sugar to the ketchup before spreading it on top. Since there's only two of us plus our toddler I bake it in two 8 x 4" loaf pans, and freeze one of them for another dinner. We usually have a small bit left over for lunch - which may be even better than fresh out of the oven.
    Delicious foundation!!! Personalized it with a gluten free bagel, Braggs amino acid and mushrooms. My first meatloaf was a huge hit!
    This was thee best meatloaf, ever. I had to adjust since I was only using about 1 1/4 lb. of ground turkey. I get it from Costco, so not sure how much each of the (4)four packages exactly weighed. I followed the recipe almost exactly, except of course the amount of ingredients. Now I don't measure. So did use (1)one large egg. Used one medium onion, one clove garlic with a pinch of dried thyme, the salt and fresh grd. pepper. Then added maybe a squeeze and half of tomato paste, couple squirts of the worchestashire sauce, tsp. of chile pepper sauce and some Turkish seasonings from Penzey's (because I have it). Since I also had a huge red pepper from the farmers market, after roasting it, chopped up 1/4 of it and added that to the onion mixture. After adding the egg which I beat it, added the breadcrumbs I used panko. Just added until I thought I had the right consistency. Put the ketchup on top and baked according to recipe. Exactly 1 1/2 hours. Let it rest 8 minutes. Fantastic.
    did you add chicken stock?
    Why do you review a recipe when you changed the whole thing?
    This was moist, delicious, easy, amazing! I have another meatloaf I always make and love but I think this one is going to take over. I halved the recipe, used 2 eggs (instead of 1.5 eggs) and that was fine. I added a bit of garlic to the onions and a squeeze of siracha sauce to the whole mix. Oh her mustard roasted potatoes went with it perfectly. It was all amazing.
    After all the great reviews, I gave this a try. I used only 2.5 lbs of ground turkey so cut the rest of the ingredients in half. I used the water pan in the oven and the meatloaf was moist, but the flavor was bland. None of my 4 boys went back for seconds, which says something. I won't make again.
    Im not sure where other reviews can say this was dry unless they but the wet mixture on top of the loaf like ketchup instead of mixing it into the meatloaf. The was delicious and definitely not dry. Followed recipe to the "t" except I omitted salt as there is enough in the Worcestershire sauce. Loved this.
    We're not even big on meatloaf in this family, but this was amazing.
    Best meatloaf...my extremely picky family loves it!
    This is my favorite turkey meatloaf recipe by far! I also add three bell peppers and agree that the water bath is a must. I will say that this loaf freezes very, very well - so if you're deciding whether or not to add an extra pound or two, go for it.
    This was my 1st attempt at meatloaf and it was a success. I used the alternation suggested in another review for 1lb of meat and changed it a little bit also. 
    1 lb Ground Chicken, 1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 celery stick, 1 carrot, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp fresh thyme, 1/6 cup Worcestershire, 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1 tsp tomato paste, 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1 egg, 1/4 cup ketchup.......I baked for 1 hr and half almost to ensure it was done. Don't know if it was the oven or what but it was still a little wetter than I would have preferred but it was fantastic.  
    It was perfect...everyone loved it and my family asked for the recipe.
    Wow, not a single ingredient same as Ina's recipe.
    I altered based on previous reviews for just 1 lb. Ina's recipe is for 5 so changing the components is a must. I only added 3 extra ingredients and substituted the ground turkey for chicken. It is still in essence very close to Ina's recipe.
    My husband and I loved it and could not believe turkey meat loaf could have that much flavor. I used 3 lbs of ground turkey, added mushrooms and red pepper and garlic to the onions, used all the spices and breadcrumbs and one egg. I added fig preserves, garlic powder, and Sirachi to the catsup topping. I had to bake much longer and at a higher temperature at the end to carmelize the sauce. I cooked to 160 degrees. The water bath is a must, it is what makes the loaf so moist and a wonderful consistency.
    I don't think it's fair to rate it a five since I changed a few things. First I cut the recipe down to using only 1 lb of turkey (99% fat free) using another reviewer's suggestions. Then I subbed parsley for the thyme, used only about 1 tbsp Worcestershire, increased the tomato paste to about 1.5 tbsp, used only a splash of chicken stock, and threw in a chopped red bell pepper. It was delicious!
    I am NOT a fan of turkey meatloaf. I haven't met one I liked yet...until now. This is truly delicious. I listened to the other reviews and used only 3 lbs. of ground turkey while using the full amount of other ingredients. It is so yummy. I can't wait to feed it to my kids.
    THIS WAS INSANE! It turned out perfect and delicious? my 14 month old devoured it and my family loved it! Made sure I had some a fresh sour dough loaf of bread on hand for leftovers?. Soooo yummy,,, I don't think I will ever going back to ground beef??.. atl least not for a while?..
    This meatloaf recipe made me nervous at first because of all of the reviews saying that it was dry. Meatloaf in and of itself can be dry but add the low fat turkey factor and that can be just a disaster waiting to happen. In addition, I only cook for myself and my girlfriend and was somewhat worried about the size of the recipe and what would become of the leftovers...dry or otherwise. Lets just say that I made it two days ago and there are no leftovers left. I somewhat feel the need to apologize to my mom for saying that this is the best meatloaf I've ever tasted. Sorry, Mom. I wonder if the reviews stating that it was dry perhaps didn't use the water pan in the oven. I will be adding this recipe to my favorites!!!
    I've made this recipe at least 7 times and each time it comes out perfect. I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about that it comes out dry. Mine comes out moist each time and with flavor. I'm Cuban so I know flavor. This recipe is great. Once again. Thank you Ina!!!
    I'm going to add to the idea that you half the turkey (yes, the breast works) and double everything else minus breadcrumbs. It made a wonderfully moist and flavorful loaf. I was nervous that the loaf wouldn't hold together with all the liquids, but it was fine. I only had 2lbs of meat so I cooked it for 45 mins at 325. Ended up right at 162 degrees and was perfect.
    I make this meatloaf once per month. My trick is to use half the quantity of turkey (2.5 lbs) but the full quantity of other ingredients (with exception of bread crumbs, which I reduce in half). I also add diced green bell pepper to the onions. This adds incredible moisture to the finished loaf. Never dry and a welcome dinner staple for my mostly red meat eating family. Try it!
    I had some ground turkey I bought by mistake and made this turkey meatloaf tonight for supper. I was a bit leery of the idea, as I thought it would be dry, but no way! I don't know what the other reviewers who found it dry did, or didn't do, but this was really tasty! Hubby loved it too! Considering that it is very low fat, and a healthy meal, I lucked out. I used tomato sauce instead of paste or ketchup as I wanted to use the small can I had. We have lots left over for turkey meatloaf sandwiches later this week. Thanks, Ina!!
    Enjoyed this. It was very tasty and a healthier alternative to traditional meatloaf. Halved the recipe and still had enough for several meals. Kids ate it too. Just ignore the white ooze from the turkey -- that happens anytime you cook it. Transfer the loaf to a plate and no one will know the difference!
    This is our favorite meatloaf recipe. I also use it with ground beef. I know it says ground turkey breast, but I saw her on a show say that when she developed the recipe years ago ground turkey breast wasn't availabe. When people say it's so dry, it's because they're using the breast when that was not what was intended. Why the recipe says breast I don't know. I've made it with the breast and it tasted like saw dust. Regular ground turkey is perfect.
    Dry and tasteless. I thought 450 reviews @5 stars I couldn't go wrong. Obviously something is wrong with the rating system as there are plenty of similar reviews like mine. There is no way this should have 5 stars. Dry: probably since it only uses only turkey breast. Tasteless: well, just look at the lack of ingredients that have flavor... Bobby Flay has a meatloaf recipe with a balsamic glaze, it's a bit more work as it has a lot more ingredients. I've made it with turkey instead of pork, lamb, and beef, it kills this recipe every time. Guess that's what I get for trying something new.
    Really good recipe, I've used over & over! I like to make individual portions in muffin tins to speed up cooking time and freeze leftovers in a ziplock bag for taking my lunch to work. I also always substitute rolled oats for breadcrumbs!
    It's my favorite turkey meatloaf recipe and have used it for over a year now. If you think this meatloaf is terrible or didn't come out right, you're probably just a bad cook.
    I just made this meatloaf today and it was delicious! I used 3 lbs of ground turkey instead of 5 so I kind of adjusted the measurements. It was my first time making meatloaf and it was a pretty easy recipe. It was really moist and flavorful!
    I'm a big fan of Ina but this meatloaf is horrible. Very bland, dense and the white stuff that oozes out it while cooking is very unappetizing. I made half the recipe thankfully and threw the rest out. No one wanted to eat it.
    By far the best meat loaf we have ever had. I used saltine crackers 1 1/2 pack instead of dried bread and used chicken broth from soup I had made for dinner night before. I also added Woody's BBQ dry rub as a added seasoning. Absolutely delicious!
    Even after reading the great reviews for this meatloaf, I was skeptical. I've tried at least a dozen turkey meatloaf recipes that promise a moist, flavorful outcome, and they always leave be disappointed I followed this recipe except I reduced the Worcestershire sauce by 1-2 tablespoons and added two tablespoons of minced parsley for color more than anything. After baking, I let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. This meatloaf was everything it promised to be and then some, and it's great reheated too. A definite keeper!
    I was totally disappointed with this recipe:( The Worcestershire flavor was way too overpowering and the loaf took double the time to cook. My husband kept commenting about the weird BBQ flavor and that it tasted more like a sloppy joe than a meat loaf. I will definitely not be making this recipe again. Sorry Ina :(
    This is always well received by the entire family. I was a little skeptical the first time I tried it with turkey, but it is always delicious, flavorful, and moist.
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