8 Thanksgiving Meatloaf Recipes to Make This Year

Turkey meatloaf is an inexpensive alternative to roasting a whole bird.

October 14, 2020
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Katie Lee makes Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry Ketchup Glaze and Roasted Sweet potato wedges, as seen on The Kitchen, season 26.

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Whether you’re cooking for a small group, looking for an easy Thanksgiving main dish or trying to stick to a budget, turkey meatloaf is a smart, tasty answer. It puts the turkey into Turkey Day, but unlike a traditional bird, it can be made ahead of time. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite festive recipes. Some of them even involve stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes and gravy.

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Katie Lee’s Thanksgiving meatloaf recipe isn’t just made from ground turkey. Nope, the meat is mixed with homemade stuffing, then brushed with sweet and tangy ketchup and cranberry sauce glaze. You'll place the meatloaf pan on a baking sheet and scatter the baking sheet with sweet potato wedges. When you’re ready to serve the meatloaf, slice it up and arrange the sweet potatoes on the platter for a seasonal presentation.



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This slightly lighter version of the classic American recipe leans on chicken broth-soaked panko breadcrumbs for moisture (so darn brilliant). Fresh thyme leaves and sage impart classic fall flavor.

We’ve never met an Ina Garten recipe that doesn’t disappoint, and this one is no exception. Balanced and savory, the recipe gets topped off with ketchup. Ina suggests serving the results hot, room temperature, or cold in a sandwich (may we suggest a sammy that’s doctored up with stuffing, mustard and mayo?).

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Turkey and cranberries are truly a match made in heaven, and that’s why this loaf gets glazed in a magical sauce containing cranberries, ketchup, honey, sriracha and rosemary. Unlike other recipes, lean ground turkey is mixed with ground beef for some extra-juicy oomph.

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These individual turkey meatloaves are made with stuffing, then are served piled high with mashed potatoes and gravy. The recipe makes four small loaves, so depending on the size of your group, you might want to double it. That way everyone will get their own.

This 35-minute meatloaf gets pressed into your trusty sheet pan right before baking, and it’s in the oven for just 15 minutes. Meanwhile, you’ll microwave some sweet potatoes until they’re tender for serving alongside it.

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It’s no surprise that Bobby’s meatloaf recipe is flavorful and colorful, thanks to a ton of chopped up veggies including zucchini, red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper. Crushed red pepper flakes add some subtle heat, while a vinegar-ketchup glaze rounds every out.

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