Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Glaze

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Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Glaze

Generously seasoned and topped with a BBQ glaze, this turkey meatloaf is full-flavored and satisfying. A family favorite!

Turkey Meatloaf

For all its merits as a low-fat alternative to ground beef, ground turkey can be incredibly dry and bland. The key is to add flavor and moisture without adding fat, which would defeat the whole purpose. This turkey meatloaf is generously seasoned with sautéed onions and garlic and topped with a tangy-sweet barbecue glaze, which makes it full-flavored and satisfying. A family favorite!

What you’ll need To Make Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Glaze

ingredients for turkey meatloaf

It’s important to use ground turkey that 93% lean and 7% fat. Avoid 99% lean ground turkey, which will result in a dry, bland meatloaf.

How to make Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Glaze

Begin by making the BBQ glaze: in a medium bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and mustard.

glaze ingredients in mixing bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisked glaze ingredients

Next, in a small pan, heat the olive oil and add the onions.

sautéing onions for turkey meatloaf

Cook until softened, then add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more.

sautéing onions and garlic for turkey meatloaf

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the BBQ glaze with the Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, paprika, thyme, salt, pepper, and eggs.

seasoning and eggs in mixing bowl for turkey meatloafWhisk to combine.

whisked seasoning and egg mixture

Mix in the onion mixture.

adding onion and garlic mixture to the bowl

Then add the bread crumbs and turkey.

adding the bread crumbs and turkey to the bowl

Use your hands to mix it all together.

mashed turkey meatloaf mixture in bowl

Form two loaves on a baking sheet.

free-form turkey meatloaves on baking sheet

Then spread the remaining BBQ glaze over top.

turkey meatloaves topped with glaze, ready to bake

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. I prefer this “free-form” meatloaf to those made in a loaf pan; clean-up is so much easier and all the extra fat is able to ooze out during baking.

baked turkey meatloaf fresh out of the oven

Scrape the fat away from the loaves, transfer to a platter, and slice.

How to make turkey meatloaf

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Servings: 4-6
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Ingredients

For the BBQ Glaze

  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

For the Meatloaf

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (93/7)
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • A few springs chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Set oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil; grease the foil with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Make the BBQ glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard. Set aside.
  3. Make the Meatloaf: Heat the olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Do not brown. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, eggs, and ¼ cup of the BBQ glaze. Whisk until well combined. Stir in the onion mixture. Add the ground turkey and breadcrumbs and mix with your hands until evenly combined.
  5. Transfer the meat mixture into two even piles onto the prepared baking sheet. Shape into two long loaves about 1½ in high x 6 in long x 4 in wide. Spread the remaining BBQ glaze over the loaves, letting it drip down the sides a bit. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the meatloaves are cooked through. Scrape any fat away from the sides of the loaves, then transfer the loaves to a platter. Slice and garnish with parsley if desired.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooked meatloaf can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, defrost it in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then reheat it in a 300°F oven until hot in the middle.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 413
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Sodium: 1086mg
  • Cholesterol: 166mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Absolutely delicious and simple to make…

    • — Jonnette on January 13, 2021
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  • Can this be made without breadcrumbs? We are reducing carbs as much as possible.

    • — Tamekia R Shumpert on January 13, 2021
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    • Hi Tamekia, I wouldn’t recommend omitting the breadcrumbs. I think the meatloaf will be too wet without them — sorry!

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2021
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      • Thank you.

        • — Tamekia Shumpert on January 16, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn! I’ve made this recipe countless times and love it! I always make both loaves, except for today. I am wondering if making only one loaf, do I decrease the cooking time? Thanks in advance for your answer! 🙂

    • — Lori on January 5, 2021
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    • So glad you like it! No need to decrease the cooking time if you’re halving it.

      • — Jenn on January 5, 2021
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      • Wonderful, thank you!

        • — Lori on January 5, 2021
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    • I have used this recipe for quite some time now & enjoy it so much! The leftovers make a great sandwich. Thank you, Jenn, I appreciate the clarity of your recipes & the results!

      • — Mary on January 21, 2021
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  • I am going to make this using gluten free bread crumbs, but they only come in plain not Italian seasoning. What should I add to the mixture to make up for the lack of Italian seasoning?

    • — MM on January 4, 2021
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    • Hi MM, You’ll need to add some dried seasonings including parsley, salt, pepper, etc. Here’s a recipe to give you the ratios (although you’ll only need 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs for the meatloaf). Hope that helps and that you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 5, 2021
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