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The turkey meatloaf is moist, juicy, and full of amazing flavors and delicious cheese! A Quick and healthy dinner to prepare on the busy nights of the week.

Meatloaf is a fun and easy dish to prepare. Just mix the ingredients and pour them into the pan for the most delicious and satisfying meal. For a full meal, pair it with cheese fries, steamed broccoli, or macaroni and cheese.

Best Turkey Meatloaf

Easy Turkey Meatloaf

This turkey meatloaf has all the flavors of a regular beef meatloaf, but with far less calories and fat. The dish takes about an hour to make and can also be very versatile. For example, you can add some vegetables, like spinach, to satisfy your taste for vegetables. Also, in this version, we use pepper jack cheese, which gives the meatloaf a moist, tender texture and a spicier kick.

Garlic and Italian seasoning herbs add just the right balance of flavor. This turkey meatloaf is an easy dinner, requiring only a few ingredients. Complemented with the most delicious glaze, it has all the components to become the favorite food. It is recommended to eat it warm just after cooking or it could be just as tasty the next day as a cold meatloaf sandwich.

How to make the best turkey meatloaf?

We love this dish because it is super moist and juicy. Watch the attached recipe video tutorial below for a quick step-by-step guide. The general steps are as follows:

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Combine ground turkey, milk, egg, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, seasoning, and cheese in large bowl and mix well with hands.

  3. Then grease a meatloaf pan with a little oil.
  4. Then pour the mixture into the bread pan. Similarly, you can shape a log and place it on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake and then pour the glaze over the meatloaf halfway through cooking.

  6. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Slice of turkey meatloaf

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK TURKEY MEATLOAF?

We like to cook it at 350 degrees F for about 55-60 minutes for a loaf of about 2 lbs. You can also cook it at 400 degrees F and cut the cooking time to about 50 minutes.

Similarly, if you use more than 2 pounds of meat, simply add about 30 minutes for each additional pound of turkey.

AT WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD MEAT BREAD BE COOKED?

The most important thing about this dish is not to overcook it. Therefore, it is very important to watch it, to finish with a perfectly moist and tender meal.

It should be ready when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Also note that even after removing it from the oven, the residual heat will increase. Therefore, you would remove it from the oven when it reaches between 155 and 157 degrees F. Use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature.

Can I change the meat to make the meatloaf?

For this recipe, I used regular ground turkey meat. However, any type of meat would work here. Ground chicken, ground pork, or ground beef would work just as well, or you could even mix the two. Just remember that ground turkey has less fat and is healthier.

Turkey meatloaf

WHAT TO SERVE WITH TURKEY MEAT:

Here are some great suggestions:

CAN Turkey FREEZE MEAT?

Yes, this dish can be easily frozen. Whether you want to prep it or have leftovers, this is the perfect food to chill for later times.

To freeze it, first let it cool completely. Then cut the loaf and transfer it to freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat, defrost in the refrigerator the night before. Then heat it in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or just microwave it for about 1-2 minutes until it's hot.

Recipe tips:

  • Both lean and regular ground turkey would work well. However, using the thinner option will result in a slightly denser meatloaf as it has less fat content.
  • Also, you can form the meatloaf up to 8 hours in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • If you don't have a bread pan, use a regular leaf pan and assemble the meatloaf by hand.
  • For a gluten-free meatloaf, skip the breadcrumbs and try ground gluten-free hard pretzels or rolled oats. Also, use a gluten-based tomato sauce.
  • Also, you can add some vegetables to the mix if you like, such as spinach, finely chopped carrots, etc.
  • For optimal flavor, use fresh garlic. Canning will not be as good.
  • Similarly, if you want to use a store-bought BBQ sauce for topping, it will work, too.

Tools I used to make this recipe:

Watch the step-by-step video of the recipe:

: Servings: 8 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg (smoothie)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (diced or grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Meatloaf Icing:

  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Then lightly grease a meatloaf pan with a little oil and set aside. Similarly, you can make the meatloaf on a baking sheet, cover it with aluminum foil, and lightly grease it with oil. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients on the "Meatloaf Icing" list until completely combined. Set aside.

  4. In large bowl, combine ground turkey, milk, egg, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, dried parsley, Italian seasoning herbs, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix well until combined.

  5. Add cheese and mix well until combined

  6. Then, form the mixture into bread and transfer it to the meatloaf pan, or place it on a baking sheet.

  7. Bake for about 60 minutes and, halfway through baking, place "Meatloaf Icing" on top of meatloaf, spread evenly, and bake for another 20-30 minutes. Or until the internal temperature of the meat is 160-165 degrees F.

  8. Once done, transfer the meatloaf pan from the oven to a cooling rack and let it steep for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Calories 271 Carbohydrates: 12 Protein: 33 Fat: 10 Saturated fat: 4 4 Cholesterol: 96 Sodium: 247 Potassium: 420 Fiber: 0 0 Sugar: two Vitamin A: 190 Vitamin C: 1 Calcium: 161 Iron: 1.8

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