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This easy and delicious Turkey Meatloaf recipe is a perfect dinner option that is super easy to make ahead of time for a wonderful weeknight dinner!

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Close up of Turkey Meatloaf in a baking pan with a delicious red sauce topping.

Let’s talk about this Turkey Meatloaf people.  Last weekend, hubby and I were making a meatloaf, which we do all the time, when I realized I have never put a recipe on my site for one!!  I seriously didn’t believe it and searched my blog for one and NOTHING! I apologize! I think my hesitation has been that they aren’t the prettiest things to photograph and are SO easy to make – but that is the best right?  Who wants pretty meatloaf anyways.  When we make meatloaf it always turns out delicious! So I thought I would actually measure things this time and put together a solid recipe – which this definitely is! I love meatloaf for many reasons but the main one is that it could not be easier to make.  Sometimes we make meatballs atoo and this is basically the same thing without all of that effort to form them into balls.  Just plop the whole thing on a baking sheet and free form it into a loaf like shape – pour some stuff on top and bake!

Turkey Meatloaf in loaf pan with onion

Anyway, along came a day when I found my motivation to take pictures and actually type up the recipe!  I hope you’re excited, because despite my procrastination, this is a DANG good recipe.  Not that I’m partial, it just happens to be a fact.

Turkey Meatloaf in loaf pan with onion

Why you’ll love this Turkey Meatloaf

This recipe is so incredibly easy that you can enjoy it not only for a delicious Sunday dinner, but for any weeknight meal as well.  In fact, one of my favorite tricks is to prepare the meatloaf ahead of time on what I know will be a busy evening.  The night before, I’ll prepare the meatloaf but instead of sliding it into the oven, I’ll instead cover the meatloaf on the baking pan and refrigerate it’s until time to bake.  At dinner time, it’s ready and waiting for my husband to put it in to bake.  This shortcut has made me look like supermom on more than one occasion!

Close up of turkey meatloaf in loaf pan

When your three kids eagerly ask for seconds each and every time this Turkey Meatloaf is on the table, you know you have a winner.  This recipe is no doubt an immediate add to your kitchen playbook.

Ingredients you’ll need to make a delicious Turkey Meatloaf

  •  ground turkey
  • saltine crackers
  • 1 egg
  • milk
  • ketchup
  • onion
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar

How to make Turkey Meatloaf

Making turkey meatloaf is super easy, it all comes together in 3 easy steps. 1 combine ingredients, 2 bake mixture, 3 spread topping 1/2 way through the baking time – easy peasy!!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 5×9 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crackers, egg, milk, 1/2 cup ketchup, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, combine ¾ cup ketchup and brown sugar,. Mix well. Spread the mixture evenly over the meatloaf halfway through baking. Reserve any remainder of the sauce for dipping/topping. 
  4. Let meatloaf sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy!

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Turkey Meatloaf recipe:

Turkey Meatloaf in loaf pan with onion

Turkey Meatloaf

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This easy and delicious Turkey Meatloaf recipe is a perfect dinner option that is super easy to make ahead of time for a wonderful weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 5x9 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crackers, egg, milk, 1/2 cup ketchup, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, combine ¾ cup ketchup and brown sugar,. Mix well. Spread the mixture evenly over the meatloaf halfway through baking. Reserve any remainder of the sauce for dipping/topping. 
  4. Let meatloaf sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

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