Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

We never used to make turkey meatloaf. We make turkey meatballs all the time, but never thought to make turkey meatloaf. Now though, we know we were making a mistake — a big one.

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Until now, we’ve only been able to make somewhat dry meatloaf that’s not really got anything going on with flavor. That’s why we never really felt like making it. We just about gave up, but then we stumbled across a little secret. One that turned typical turkey meatloaf into something we crave and now make often.

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The Secret to a Craveable, Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe


It’s true — thanks to tiny pieces of chopped mushrooms, our turkey meatloaf recipe is moist and has unbelievable flavor. 

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe - Secret to the Best Turkey Meatloaf

Mushrooms are chopped extra small — either by hand or in a food processor. Then, they are cooked down until soft and added to turkey meat.

This does add a little extra time at the beginning — a little more prep time than you may be used to seeing with our recipes. But, we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t believe it was worth it. And we really (really) do.

Not a mushroom fan? You don’t really taste mushrooms in the meatloaf, instead they are in there to add depth and a savory taste. We’ve done this before, in fact mushrooms are the secret ingredient to our Easy Go-To Turkey Chili Recipe. People love it!

A Few Simple Ingredients

The other thing we love about this recipe is that the rest of the ingredients are simple — onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, milk, egg and ketchup. We usually have all those ingredients in the kitchen and we’re betting you do too (or at least most of them).

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

What do you think? Are you ready to give our turkey meatloaf recipe (with our little secret) a try?

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4.8 from 54 reviews
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Why we love this recipe. You would never guess this turkey meatloaf is packed with mushrooms, but that’s what makes it so darn delicious. Lots (and lots) of finely chopped mushrooms add flavor and moisture, often missing from the typical turkey meatloaf.

What you need to know. This recipe is not as fast to prepare as most of our recipes on the blog, but we promise the extra prep time (20 minutes or so) in the beginning is so worth it.

Equipment you’ll need. You’ll need a large baking sheet, aluminum foil, a large skillet, large bowl, small bowl, measuring cups and spoons.
Yield: Serves 4 to 5
You Will Need
  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces or 227 grams) cremini mushrooms, trimmed (about 15 mushrooms)
  • 1 1/2 cups (145 grams) finely chopped onion (1 to 2 medium onions)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 medium cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 7 tablespoons ketchup, divided (try using our homemade ketchup recipe)
  • 1 cup (60 grams) panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 (79 ml) cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 pound (20 ounces or 567 grams) ground turkey (92% lean)
  1. Heat oven to 400º F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil then lightly oil the bottom.
  2. Prepare Meatloaf: You can chop the mushrooms one of two ways: by hand or in a food processor. The mushrooms need to be very finely chopped, about 1/8-inch pieces. Set aside.
  3. Cook onion, in oil, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic then cook 1 minute.
  4. Add chopped mushrooms, a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally about 10 minutes or until liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated and they are tender.Turkey-Meatloaf-Step-1
  5. Transfer onions and mushrooms to a large bowl then stir in 3 tablespoons of ketchup and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Cool 5 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, stir together the breadcrumbs and milk and let stand 5 minutes.
  7. Add breadcrumbs and beaten eggs to onions and mushrooms then mix well. Next, add turkey along with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mix well with hands (or a fork). (The mixture will be very wet).
  8. Form mixture into a 9-inch by 5-inch oval loaf in the middle of prepared baking sheet. Then, use the back of a spoon to spread the remaining 4 tablespoons of ketchup on top of the meatloaf.Turkey-Meatloaf-Step-2
  9. Bake Meatloaf: Bake until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meatloaf registers 170 degrees F (77 degrees C), 40 to 50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

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  • Ashley November 8, 2015, 12:52 am

    This meatloaf is sooo moist and delicious, I couldn’t stop eating it. Definitely one of the best meatloafs I’ve made. The extra prep work is worth it.

  • Dustin October 29, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I have made this recipe about 4 times now. It’s our go to recipe for a healthier option meatloaf. It’s 100% exactly how the recipe describes. It’s moist, delicious, and pretty easy to make. This is my 6 year old’s favorite dinner we make. He has been asking for it the last 2 weeks and tonight i’m making it for him again! Great recipe, couldn’t ask for more!

  • Dreeks October 22, 2015, 7:20 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was all that you said it would be, moist and truly delicious. I added chopped green and red bell peppers and thyme, made individual mini loaves. This is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christine October 4, 2015, 9:57 am

    WOW!!!! This is a keeper. I followed the recipe exactly as written, and the results were gobbled up with glee. The only change I will make next time (and there will be many next times!) is to use parchment paper on the baking sheet in place of the foil. I has a few edges that were slightly darker than I liked. Delicious!

  • Kathleen September 29, 2015, 2:25 pm

    I made this a few days ago and I absolutely loved it. I eat primarily ground turkey and was getting bored with plain burgers. I will pre-make my turkey burgers this way. I love mushrooms and am not only getting my protein but some vegetables as well. Thank you !!! I usually fry my turkey burgers but Id like to bake them like the meatloaf, how long would you recommend? I also omitted one egg , and toasted whole wheat bread thins for the bread crumbs. I froze an uncooked meatloaf and plan to take it to my daughters for dinner. They dont like mushrooms but I have no doubt they will love this ! :)

  • Julia September 2, 2015, 10:49 pm

    I just made this for the first time and it is so, so good. Wicked delicious and moist. I substituted some tomato sauce in place of the ketchup and I used crushed up turkey stuffing instead of panko breadcrumbs. I just had a nice big piece and I’m struggling not to go back for seconds! I’m glad to finally have a healthy alternative to traditional meatloaf, I’m going to use this recipe a lot.

  • Lorie August 12, 2015, 8:00 pm

    I made this once and making it again today! It freezes perfectly in single servings. I slice and wrap them up. Loved this recipe!

  • Carey July 10, 2015, 7:50 am

    This meatloaf looks amazing! I’d love to try it out but want to make mini loaves (1/2 cup each) and make it with half lean beef. Any suggestion on cooking time?

    • Joanne August 10, 2015, 2:00 pm

      Hi Carey, the mini loaves should take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Brian M June 29, 2015, 12:26 am

    I made this recipe BC I am a bodybuilder and I’m always looking for new ways to cook turkey and chicken. I HATED this recipe because, too be perfectly honest, it was TOO DAMN GOOD. I made 2.5lbs and literally ate 2lbs of it that night. I have added a few things(I use oats and low sugar ketchup), right now I have 3lbs cooking and added green chilies, super excited!! My Mother hates mushrooms and ground turkey, but she loved this!! Only problem is there’s never much left for her to eat…freezing it would be impossible in my house!!! Thank you, YOU ROCK!!!

    • mandy September 15, 2015, 5:57 pm

      Do you swap equal amounts of oats for the crumbs? Sounds like something id like to try! Thank you!

  • Justin June 23, 2015, 4:52 pm

    I tried this recipe on a whim and it’s the best culinary decision I’ve made in recent memory. My family and I are currently sitting around, rubbing our bellies and rolling our eyes. Zowie! The meatloaf was succulent and devoid of grease. The sauteed mushrooms, garlic and onions were rich with flavor and scent.

  • Sharon June 23, 2015, 10:44 am

    This is an awesome recipe that I will use again and again. Thank you!

  • Saeta June 4, 2015, 12:07 pm

    This recipe came out amazingly moist. I used Portabella and Shitaki mushrooms and the flavor they gave, along with the onion and garlic, was divine. Will definitely use this recipe again. The only change I made was I used a tiny, tiny bit of Ketchup when mixing with the Worcestershire to give it a small tomato flavor but topped it with a homemade spicy bourbon sauce as Ketchup is too sweet for me (I love the taste of fresh tomatoes) and a paste is usually too salty.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing recipe!

  • Sarah May 23, 2015, 4:39 pm

    I made this recipe yesterday, and it turned out just great. One reason why I made it was because I had all the ingredients in my pantry. I did add some dill, which I have a ton of. I grow it out on my patio. Delicious and very moist. Thanks again.

  • Tiffany May 12, 2015, 5:21 pm

    This is my favorite meatloaf recipe. It was a big hit with the little ones, until they saw I was adding mushrooms, the 2nd time I made it.

    It is so delicious and moist. I could eat it all the time!

  • SANDY GOLDMAN May 11, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Thank you for giving us a fantastic Mothers’ Day. I asked my mom, 82, what she would like to have as moms’ day meal. She has Alzheimers, but remembered meatloaf as being one of her favorites. So, that was her meal request. Me, I hadn’t made it in years, and so, did an internet search. Your recipe is beyond deliciously believable. The only change ups I did was to add a pouch of onion soup and used condensed milk. I also did your mashed potato recipe, but added parsley. (I like color.) I refuse to go to restaurants on Moms’ Day; they jack up their prices and the crowds are stressful. Doing something at home makes it so much more sincere. Who wants to be lemming? And..you gave us the means to make it special. xo

  • Kelly April 19, 2015, 2:47 pm

    How does this freeze? I’m thinking of doubling the recipe and then cutting into pieces and freeze to use for lunches. Anyone try freezing after cooking?

    • Joanne April 21, 2015, 12:54 pm

      Great question, Kelly. We have never frozen the meatloaf before. MyRecipes.com suggests to freeze meatloaf uncooked so it doesn’t dry out over time.

  • Erin April 15, 2015, 2:12 pm

    Best meatloaf ever. Everyone loved it, even the 5 year old.

    • Joanne April 21, 2015, 1:04 pm

      Nice! So happy everyone loved it.

  • Jessica April 13, 2015, 10:24 pm

    Best meatloaf I’ve ever had! My boyfriend doesn’t like mushrooms, so I puréed the mushroom/onion/garlic mixture before adding. He was shocked when I told him there were mushrooms in it, then had 3 servings. Huge win!

  • Sarah April 13, 2015, 9:13 pm

    I thought the flavor of this was very good, but it was so, so, watery that the texture was at best spongy. I would not make again. 3 stars

  • Kathy April 12, 2015, 6:10 pm

    This turkey meatloaf was fantastic! The recipe seemed like it was something that would work, but after reading the comments I have to say a was a little worried that it would be mushy. Not at all! I used white button mushrooms instead of crimini and also added a couple teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme to the mushrooms just a couple minutes before removing them from the heat. I made sure to use Panko and moistened them with chicken broth instead of milk and the small amount of liquid to the panko just plumped them up without making them soggy. I used ground turkey thigh meat and used the suggestion of substituting turkey gravy for the ketchup in the meatloaf. The top browned nicely without a topping and and I served hot gravy at the table for drizzling on the top. My husband loved it and ate the leftovers the next day! Can’t wait to make it again! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Joanne April 21, 2015, 1:04 pm

      We are so happy you loved the meatloaf, it really is one of our favorites.

  • Val April 11, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Hello, how do you print only the recipe and not all the pics comments?

    • Joanne April 21, 2015, 1:07 pm

      Hi Val, there is a print button next the the recipe.

  • Katherine April 11, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Made this today and it was perfectly delicious! I had xtra lean ground chicken on hand, so I used it instead. I don’t think it made much of a difference, but will use ground turkey next time. Thanks for all the great recipes Joanne and Adam :)

  • Pam April 11, 2015, 3:37 pm

    We tried the mushroom idea with burgers, both turkey and beef, after I saw a report that a majority of tasters preferred the burgers with added mushrooms over regular ones, without knowing what was in them. We also thought that would be a good way to cut calories without sacrificing taste. They are delicious that way, and the added juiciness is a huge plus. We add the chopped mushrooms directly to the meat, without cooking them down first and it works fine.

  • Mary March 17, 2015, 9:40 pm

    This Turkey Meatloaf is so moist, flavorful and delicious! My family loved it. This will be our new meatloaf. Thanks for this recipe.

  • Q. Monique March 3, 2015, 11:52 am

    Does this work without the mushrooms? I’m allergic…

    • Joanne March 5, 2015, 10:06 am

      Yes, you will loose the extra flavor of the mushrooms, but we have personally made this substituting zucchini for the mushrooms and it came out nicely.

  • Melanie March 2, 2015, 4:02 pm

    I made this recipe the other night and it was PHENOMENAL! My husband (who always complains when I use turkey instead of ground beef) raved about how good it was. Thanks so much for sharing your trick!

  • Beverly Brackett February 20, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Does anyone have the nutrition facts for this recipe?

  • Jasmine February 15, 2015, 2:10 am

    I just want to say to whoever posted this..thank you so much! This was the best meatloaf I ever had & made!! My family LOVED it and it had so much flavor into it, not dry at all. The mushrooms was the one part that consumed most of my time but it was so worth it. Without the mushrooms I know it wouldn’t have been the same. I added green peppers to it as well and it was delicious.

  • MIRA PIZARRO February 11, 2015, 12:04 am

    How would I change this recipe if I only have 1 pound of meat?

  • xina February 2, 2015, 9:36 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and really enjoyed it. I did not slather the top with ketchup, though. I sprinkled it with shredded Parmesan cheese. I love mushrooms and thought this was so tasty. I only had a pound of ground turkey so I only used one egg and one cup of chopped onion.

  • DKelly January 27, 2015, 7:25 pm

    My family loved this recipe! I substituted the ketchup for some Prego Fontina and Asiago sauce which has become a substitute i use even in my homemade lasagna. Thanks!

  • Amanda January 25, 2015, 11:45 am

    I added chopped carrots and celery (sautéed with the onions and garlic) and then added about a tsp of dried thyme and a dash of cardamom. This is an amazing recipe – I’d given up on turkey meatloaf before this. So good and worth the extra chopping time. Kids and husband love it. Thank you!

  • A Fairchild January 19, 2015, 1:10 pm

    Great recipe! Made it for the family and my -I don’t like meatloaf- husband—Loved it! Passed it on to a friend and it was a hit in her household too! Will be making again tonight! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nada January 10, 2015, 5:31 pm

    I made this and my family loved it! I didn’t sauté the mushrooms and used a little spaghetti sauce to moisten when I mixed everything in a bowl.. It was so good I’m making again this week. I think the mushrooms really are the big difference, because all meatloaf recipes have come out dry until this one!

  • Karen January 7, 2015, 7:34 pm

    I stumbled on your site looking for a healthy meatloaf recipe (for my husband who “hated” both turkey and meatloaf). Thanks to this — he is a convert! Since then I have tried one of your recipes every night for a week…keep up the great work!

  • Adam Marshall January 4, 2015, 7:31 pm

    I tried this recipe, but I used some leftover turkey from christmas:-) it turned out excellent! I was concerned that the previously cooked turkey would be too dry, but this recipe made everything really moist and lots of flavour! I did not use aluminum foil, I we regularly use stonewear that is well seasoned. I will definitely make again. Next time, I will use whole cranberry sauce in place of the ketchup in all parts of the recipe. Cheers!!:-)

  • Mary B December 24, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Best meatloaf ever. Made it a couple times. Moist and tasty! Will never make another. :-)

  • Mary October 20, 2014, 10:03 pm

    Amazing! A little more time consuming but well worth it!!

  • Erin October 19, 2014, 8:05 pm

    Made this tonight and it was so yummy! I omitted the salt but added 1/4 teaspoon of both thyme and rosemary. I’m in love!

  • Michele August 31, 2014, 9:52 pm

    This is the 2nd time I have made this turkey meatloaf! Great recipe and so tasty. So glad I found it and I think the mushrooms make it so moist. It’s also amazing as leftovers! Love it 5 stars!

  • Kim August 28, 2014, 1:02 am

    Delicious, moist and flavorful as promised, but the recipe seemed unnecessarily complicated so I simplified the process and mixed all the ingredients together. No sautéing, splitting, waiting, just mix it and bake. I also added about a Tsp of chopped fresh thyme to the meat loaf and topped it with mushroom gravy made with veggie stock and a little vermouth – very tasty.

  • Robin August 23, 2014, 6:01 pm

    Made the recipe tonight and it was marvelous!!! No more dry-as-a-bone turkey meatloaf for THIS family! Very tasty!

  • CityGirl81 August 18, 2014, 4:54 am

    This a great base recipe, but I knew making it as listed I wouldn’t like it. I added green and red bell peppers. Additionally I added oregano, basil, parsley, paprika, onion power, garlic powder, thyme, freshly ground black pepper and a layer of pepper jack cheese. I omitted the Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. I topped it with Trader Joe’s Smoked BBQ sauce. Can we say YUMMY!

  • Anna August 6, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Hi, I’m trying to make this recipe Paleo. Do you think it would affect the dish in a negative way if i left out the milk and breadcrumbs and substituted more veggies?

    • Joanne August 7, 2014, 12:24 pm

      Hi Anna, try it … It’s hard for us to say whether it will still hold together as well. We hope it turns out :)

  • Queen of Chaos July 30, 2014, 4:13 pm

    This is the best meatloaf! 4 picky kids to feed – and this wins them all over – just don’t let them watch you make it! Even my husband who is anti-meatloaf loves this! Thank you for sharing!

  • Mary July 20, 2014, 5:52 am

    Just about to make it and wondered as I haven’t got fresh whether I can use frozen mushrooms? There’s a lot of water that come out of them which I may incorporate into the mixture instead of other liquid. I will let you know how it turns out. Not particularly fond of the fungi but hoping that the moistness of the meatloaf will far out way the taste of them. If it works I’ll be happy.

    • Joanne August 7, 2014, 12:54 pm

      Hi Mary, you might want to thaw then squeeze the mushrooms dry a bit before using (since they were frozen, they probably have a bit more water content than fresh). Other than that, though, we bet it will work fine.

  • Amber July 9, 2014, 6:32 pm

    Great all American recipe I was looking for. I made mashed cauliflower with it my three yr. Old licked his plate :) thanks for sharing your recipe! You are a great cook.

  • gail July 2, 2014, 12:12 pm

    SOOOOOO GOOD Made it Last night.. Thank You

  • Deb Wright June 8, 2014, 1:58 pm

    What a fabulous recipe! You saved my Saturday! Recently my doctor told me to watch the cholesterol. Since I grew up with my dad in military food service I started looking for the appropriate recipes. Oh, My ! Let’s see… Still juicy the next day,had enough for 4 grown ups the next day And used the recipe to make meatballs. I did use red, yellow and orange bell pepper “processorized” along with ‘shrooms and onion. The eggs had to go and were successfully replaced with liquid eggs. I cannot find the words to thank you enough. So, I’ll share your site with friends and family. Once more, thank you.
    All the Best – Deb 5 Star rating

  • Patricia May 16, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I was looking for a recipe for Turkey Meatloaf, and I ran across this one. I tried it, and I love it. I only thing that I did differently was to omit the mushrooms. My son, who is a meatloaf lover, really loved it, and he is making sandwiches for his lunch tomorrow. Thanks again for sharing. I will use this recipe forever.

    • Joanne May 19, 2014, 10:52 am

      Oh, I’m so glad! Leftover meatloaf sandwiches are the best, right?

  • Catherine Stretch May 15, 2014, 4:02 am

    Hi Adam

    I made this recipe last week for the first time, it was so yummy that I decided to make it again this week, itsnin the oven now and can’t wait to taste it again. Thank you or sharing.

    Regards. Caherine

    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 11:14 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Amanda Jensen May 12, 2014, 10:55 pm

    Yum! This really is a delicious meatloaf. I followed the recipe, but added one extra ingredient- bacon. I finely diced the bacon and cooked it with the onions. Very lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing:))

  • Ron May 4, 2014, 5:39 pm

    Delicious! I recently have been trying to eat better and wanted to try a turkey meatloaf and this was probably the best meatloaf I have ever made. I changed a few things that I won’t bore you with but the general idea stayed in place and the finely chopped mushrooms was a stroke of genius! Thanks so much!

    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 11:54 am

      We love the mushrooms, too — they add so much flavor!

  • Hercy May 2, 2014, 10:23 am

    Made this recipe last night and it was incredibly delicious and moist. My husband and my 4 year old daughter LOVED it! I’m so happy I found this recipe and the mushrooms definitely made a world of a difference. Great recipe I highly recommend it!!! Thank you for another great recipe to add to my list :)

  • Deema Mauladad April 25, 2014, 12:43 am

    Incredible!!!! Don’t think twice just make it!!! Topped off with some spicy BBQ sauce and it did not last long- everyone was having seconds! I made “our favorite mashed potatoes” recipe from this website to go along with it. Great recipe!!

  • Fyza April 25, 2014, 12:09 am

    My daughter cooked the turkey meatloaf for dinner tonight & it was delicious! This is the third meal she has cooked for us from your recipes. I am so impressed with your recipes & the inspiration you have given her to cook!

    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 12:27 pm

      Thank you so much for letting us know! We’re thrilled your daughter loves to cook and has found a little inspiration from us :)

  • Domi April 22, 2014, 12:09 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! Do you think it would make a huge difference if I substituted almond or soy milk?

    • Joanne April 23, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Not at all, almond or soy milk should be fine.

    • Kyvie May 2, 2014, 10:42 pm

      Used almond milk it was great i also made my own breadcrumbs with ezekial bread by toasting it and cutting it fine

  • Kim April 18, 2014, 10:28 am

    This was soooo good. My husband came home asking if we were having left overs every day for the next 3 days. The only thing I did different was put a brown mushroom gravy on top instead of the red sauce. Paired with some cauliflower mash, it was a healthier revamp to a childhood favorite. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  • Susan Strohm April 3, 2014, 3:56 am

    I thought it was great but wanted to add another twist. I use ground venison a lot and found this a great recipe for it. The venison has almost no fat (the meat isn’t marbled like beef) and is prone to drying out, so this is a good baked venison recipe that you don’t have to worry about dryness.

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:36 am

      Such a great idea! Thanks for letting us all know how it worked out.

  • Happy mom March 30, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I have made this recipe a few times and my two picky kids (2 and 4) gobble it up. Thank you! Nice to find a good meatloaf recipe that stays moist and even better I get to sneak in all the yummy veggies without my littles one noticing.

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:51 am

      We love happy Moms! So glad you and your kids approve :)

  • linda March 20, 2014, 3:42 pm

    This recipe produces a soggy, sticky meatloaf and is a huge disappointment. Reverse engineering the ingredients, my analysis is that soaking the panko in milk adds a gooey element the other ingredients can’t absorb.. IF I were to use this recipe again, I would modify it big time. First, the mushroom taste overwhelms the turkey – which tends to have a pretty bland flavor. I would add the panko dry and would reduce the amount of milk by half or more. It’s also pretty bland and I would suggest a bit of thyme or oregano, more pepper and maybe half teaspoon of chili powder.

    • Joanne March 21, 2014, 1:18 pm

      Sorry you didn’t enjoy the meatloaf, hope you can find one you like or change to your likings for next time.

    • Kyvie May 2, 2014, 10:39 pm

      I found Lindas harsh critique off the mark. Thank goodness I read all the other great reviews and have found a great recipe I will surely use in the future. My analysis is that she made it incorrectly or not at all. I did include some extra peppa. I made my own breadcrumbs with ezekial bread and soaked with almond milk.

  • Mike March 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Made this last week and it was great! The mushrooms really did a great job of keeping the turkey from drying out and added a nice consistency. This recipe has made the rotation. Great stuff.

    • Joanne March 19, 2014, 11:51 am

      Nice! So glad you enjoyed it.

  • chad March 18, 2014, 3:57 pm

    this is a great versatile recipe,i double the recipe and add 1 box of stovetop turkey stuffing mix instead of breadcrumbs……

    • Adam March 18, 2014, 4:13 pm

      Great idea to add stuffing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Liesl March 11, 2014, 4:02 pm

    This was my first attempt at meatloaf. I was always intimidated by meatloaf thinking it’d be nothing more than a big dried out meatball if I tried. Which is what lead me on a quest for “a moist meatloaf recipe” and ultimately to this site. I loved the idea of adding mushrooms and as others suggested bell pepper. I added green bell, next time I’ll add red for the aesthetics. I also added more seasonings to my meat (garlic powder, paprika and cayenne). And I was worried it’s be to wet, so I added 1 egg, less milk and it still turned out really moist. My only problem was that my ketchup glaze burned. Next time I’ll add it to towards the end of the cooking time and, I’m sure it’ll turn out right. I’m so happy I found this recipe AND that it turned out amazing! Thanks guys!

    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 3:28 pm

      So glad you loved the meatloaf (dry meatloaf is no fun).

  • Angela March 7, 2014, 8:45 pm

    ~Well, I tried this for din din as I said that I would, and the results were fantastic. It was for myself, my husband and his grown son. It didn’t last ten minutes, and they want me to make two next time!!! Lol. Thanks again for sharing your yummy delish with everyone!!! *Two thumbs up guys*~

    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 4:38 pm

      So glad the meatloaf worked out for you :)

  • Angela March 7, 2014, 12:50 pm

    ~I am preparing to make this for tonight’s din din. I love meatloaf, but have never made it with turkey. I am trying to eat a little better these days, and figured that I would give it a whirl. All of the positive comments are getting me excited!!! Will post my results. Have a wonderful day everyone!!!~

  • Breacher March 6, 2014, 1:24 pm

    DELISH!!!! Made this for my wife, sister and mother and they were all impressed. Sister and Mother asked for the recipe and wife continues to request it.

  • Mark February 21, 2014, 7:55 pm

    Oh I wanted to add that I also put some grated parmesan in with the breadcrumbs, which by the way were regular breadcrumbs not panko. Wife went bonkers, and she is picky. Will serve leftovers to my son tomorrow as he was not here tonight.

  • Mark February 21, 2014, 7:44 pm

    O M G is really all I can say. This is coming from a meatloaf master, who typically insists that you start with the beef/pork/veal mixture for meatloaf. I made this recipe with slightly less mushrooms and onions, added finely chopped green peppers ( raw, not cooked with the onions and mushrooms) because I also firmly believe meatloaf must contain green peppers and wow, for ground turkey meatloaf, this might have been the best meatloaf I ever made……..try it, or lose out on something great, and healthy, wow you don’t see that often.

  • Shannon February 18, 2014, 11:51 pm

    This meatloaf was fantastic! My family is not a fan of mushrooms, so I just used cream of mushroom, and the regular meatloaf recipe! Home run with them!!! Thanks!

  • Abena Serwa February 18, 2014, 9:03 pm

    Absolutely amazing recipe, so moist and delicious and the cook times and oven temps were exact.

  • Erin February 6, 2014, 11:00 pm

    This is a keeper! Out of milk, so left it out and no big deal. Will definitely make again!!

  • Mike January 27, 2014, 10:35 am

    Looks and sounds Good Enough to try….keep you posted…

  • Michele January 22, 2014, 7:50 pm

    This was good. Took a Little longer to cook as it was a little loose when all mixed. Might cut back to one egg next time, but flavor was excellent

  • Marilyn January 21, 2014, 11:49 am

    Thanks so much for the recipe – I made it last week and it was absolutely delicious. I used portobello mushrooms like Ani and it was really moist.

  • Anni January 18, 2014, 5:35 pm

    I just made this recipe. It was absolutely wonderful. I used portobello mushrooms .

  • NMEater January 16, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Best Meatloaf recipe ever!! I have made this many times, some where I follow the recipe exactly and others where I add other vegetables (bell pepper, zucchini, carrots, green chile) and I love it more every time and with every variation. Thank you for posting this fantastic healthy option to traditional meatloaf!!!

  • Mary. B January 9, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Very shocked how amazing this was!!! It’s now one of mine and my husbands favs… I did add a bit of fine chopped green bell pepper to the recipe.. It added great flavor, I also added Heinz 57 to the catsup, which added a great twist..

  • Val January 8, 2014, 3:55 pm

    I made this last night, only substituting mashed potato flakes for bread crumbs to make it gluten-free. It was wonderful and will be my go-to recipe for meatloaf from now on. Thank you so much. :)

  • Helga January 6, 2014, 8:14 pm

    Made this tonight with a few changes. I added 1/4 cup chopped yellow pepper and sauteed it with the onions. I also added 1 1/2 Tbsp. of Sriracha for a little added kick. It was simply delicious and moist. We all loved it!!!

  • Carol January 4, 2014, 8:28 am

    I made your turkey meatloaf recipe last night and it was by far THE BEST I have ever made! My husband and I absolutely loved it! I am so glad I found your web page! I am making your fluffy pancake recipe this morning…can’t wait to try them! Thank you for all the great recipes!

    • Joanne January 7, 2014, 11:27 am

      Nice! Hope you love them :)

  • Sue December 13, 2013, 6:11 pm

    Loved this. I made this exactly as written last night and it was the best turkey meatloaf we’ve ever had. Husband said to be sure you “keep this recipe.” Yes, it takes a little bit more prep chopping those mushrooms so finely, but that was entirely worth it! This will be my go to Turkey Meat Loaf recipe from now on. Adding some finely chopped veggies sounds good, too. Looking forward to meatloaf sandwiches tonight. :)

    • Joanne December 16, 2013, 12:44 pm

      So glad you liked it! A mini food processor can help speed up the prep, too.

  • Tina December 10, 2013, 10:01 am

    I highly recommend this recipe. I never made meatloaf before,and I know usually turkey meatloaf comes out dry, not this recipe, was so moist and Delicious!!!. My boyfriend had 3 helpings of it he loved it so much.
    FYI -I dont like mushrooms, so I left that out of the recipe, but the meatloaf still came out moist and delicious..

  • bonnie November 29, 2013, 5:37 pm

    A friend suggested a combination of white and dark meat for flavor and moisture.
    I would also like to add additional veggies, ie., carrots, celery, and zuccinni.
    What do you think of the ideas? I plan on making your recipe next week and would
    appreciate a response.


    • Joanne December 3, 2013, 12:32 pm

      Hi Bonnie, Dark meat will be a bit more moist and will have more flavor. A combination would be nice. Add veggies is a great idea, too — keep them pretty small, though.

  • elizabeth November 28, 2013, 6:41 pm

    hi there, jus wanted a say im making that inspirational dish u call moist meatloaf xcept I adjusted it to what I had like 3/4lb of gr.beef and a little over 1/4lb of ground pork. its in the oven as we speak-but I also wanted to let u know that little secret mushroom ingredient , you are so right on, try those same mushrooms(meat sauce) in spaghetti sauce when your mixing up your ground beef mushrooms I found out makes your dish a lot more meatier and flavourful .anyway thanks for the recipe

  • Anuja November 20, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Hi, for some reason, my meatloaf is releasing liquid :( please help! It’s cooked for 55 minutes at 400 degrees already. How can I salvage it?

  • Charlie November 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

    I must say that we really enjoyed this meatloaf. We used 85% lean ground turkey and were overly pleased with the results. I am also extremely glad that the ingredients were not some that I had to climb Mount Everest to get. They were things that were right at hand. I cooked it in an aluminum pan and it was very easy to clean up. I am glad that I stumbled on this recipe and took the time to go ahead and try it. Nice Job!!

  • karen November 15, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Very good and moist , maybe a little more salt and some parsley :))

  • Zoe November 10, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Do you cover with foil to bake then take the foil off to brown?
    I’m making this right now and don’t want to ruin it

    • Joanne November 11, 2013, 10:59 am

      There is no need to cover the meatloaf with foil. Just bake uncovered until done.

  • bianca November 5, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Awesome! love the cremini idea. im a cook in a wood fire artisan pizza joint would love to find a way to make this a pizza. really good thanks for sharing

  • Joanne November 2, 2013, 11:25 am

    Hi there, so sorry you didn’t care for the recipe. Thanks for coming back and sharing your thoughts.

  • Rebecca November 1, 2013, 2:16 pm

    I made this for my husband’s birthday dinner last night. I think he fell in love with me all over again! This recipe is amazing! It came out perfect on the first try. I was a little concerned about the wetness once it was all mixed together. I added just a pinch of extra crumbs at the end and that helped me get it into a loaf. I can’t say enough how much my whole family loved it, thank you!! Five stars!! (Having trouble clicking on the stars on my iPad though)

  • Carol October 18, 2013, 10:06 pm

    What can you use other than the breadcrumbs for a wheat free diet.

    • Joanne October 21, 2013, 9:17 am

      Good question, Carol. You could process some gluten free bread or gluten free cereal (rice chex, maybe?) into crumbs then use that. Also, after a little researching, it seems you can buy gluten free breadcrumbs at most major stores, too. (We have never tried these options, but think they should work out for you). Hope that helps!

    • Karen January 19, 2015, 3:26 pm

      Believe it or not, I use dry grits instead of breadcrumbs and it also helps to make the meatloaf tender, as well as gluten free! You could also use rolled oats that you pulse in the food processor to make them more fine. Both grits and oats will absorb moisture so add about 1/4 cup extra broth or milk or even tomato juice!

  • Eve October 14, 2013, 11:04 am

    Forgot to add this…. someone asked about using a loaf pan. You could definitely use a loaf pan as there isn’t much grease, but I use a shallow baking pan because I save my loaf pans for baking bread. The turkey loaf will generally keep its shape if you form it as if it is in a loaf pan before you bake it on the sheet. I know, I thought it was weird the first time I tried it too :)

    • Joanne October 15, 2013, 11:15 am

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Eve! All the best :)

  • Eve October 14, 2013, 11:01 am

    Yummilicious meatloaf. Could not find cremini mushrooms, so I used 8 oz box of baby bellas. I also used 99% fat free ground turkey. It was still very moist. The next time I make it, I will add more garlic and italian spices.

  • Tes October 11, 2013, 9:49 pm

    Anyone know the nutritional facts for this amazing meatloaf???

    • Joanne October 14, 2013, 10:10 am

      At the moment we do not provide nutrition info for our recipes on the site. As an alternative, we suggest that you take a look at CalorieCount.com. There, you can copy our recipe and paste it to get full nutritional info. Hope that helps!

  • Keresna September 30, 2013, 1:45 am

    This was fantastic! The best meatloaf I have ever had, and the family had no idea there was mushrooms in it, or even that it was made with turkey….I told them after, and they still want it again. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 2:55 pm

      Isn’t is strange how you really don’t notice the mushrooms? So glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

  • Karen September 27, 2013, 7:38 am

    I made this last night following the recipe exactly. It was incredibly DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for such a brilliant recipe.

  • Pennylane September 25, 2013, 10:19 am

    Made this last night. It was absolutely moist and delicious. My family loved the addition of the mushroom incorporated in the meatloaf. We love mushrooms so much that I added some sliced sautéed mushrooms on top of the meatloaf while it was baking. We are not fond of ketchup with meatloaf, so we swapped turkey gravy wherever the recipe called for ketchup. Didn’t have milk on hand, so I used stock in place of the milk to soak up the panko bread crumbs. This is definitely a keeper. Will definitely make again.

    • Joanne September 25, 2013, 10:43 am

      Love all your changes. Turkey gravy and mushrooms on top is a great idea!

    • Carmen October 31, 2014, 4:21 pm

      How did you make the turkey gravey?

    • Liss November 17, 2014, 8:06 pm

      Thank you for the suggestion of swapping ketchup for gravy. I don’t like ketchup on beef meatloaf, and I definitely don’t like it on turkey meatloaf. This suggestion saves the day! Now it sounds perfect! Will give it a try.

  • DeeDee September 22, 2013, 11:21 am

    I added 1/2 chopped red pepper to the recipe,,,delicious and colorful!
    I also chopped 1 celery stalk and sauted it wuth the onion and pet

  • Karin August 17, 2013, 2:58 am

    Hi there!
    I learned from my Mum that Frikadellen (the German flat version of meatballs) and meat loaf will only be good, if the baker wins :)
    Meaning there’s way more bread in our meat loaf. Also we don’t use storebought breadcrumbs but stale crusty bread or crusty buns which are soaked in warm water. Tis makes a really moist and light fluffy meat loaf.

    • Joanne August 17, 2013, 1:12 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

  • RMM August 7, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Great recipe – looks pretty much identical to the turkey meatloaf recipe on Epicurious except you swapped regular breadcrumbs for panko.

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much. The Epicurious recipe was definitely our inspiration. We simplified things a bit, but the idea for adding mushrooms came from them. Genius.

  • Cynthia July 31, 2013, 7:58 pm

    I love this recipe. I’ve been trying to figure out how to sneak more vegetables into our meals, including mushrooms and then I stumbled onto this website!

    I’m going to make it this week and I’m so excited.

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 1:09 pm

      Awesome. The mushrooms make this meatloaf — and the best part? No one will be able to tell.

  • Marilou July 31, 2013, 7:18 pm

    Ralphs had 1.25 lbs of ground turkey on sale for 99 cents, so I looked for a recipe with ground turkey. Found this and went to Ralphs. Picked up the ground turkey, mushroom (99 cents on sale), onions, garlic, 2% milk, eggs (99 cents for a large dozen). Had the rest. For $7, we had the BEST meatloaf we’ve ever had!!! Thank you!
    Now I have to find more of Joanne’s recipes!

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 1:10 pm

      Wow, $7! That’s amazing.

  • Allison July 12, 2013, 9:12 am

    Made this last night for my boyfriend after he requested a meatloaf. I was a little nervous because I’ve never made (or eaten!) meatloaf but we both loved this recipe!! He even said it was better than his mom’s recipe- and this is much, much healthier!

  • Anuja July 6, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Loved it. The first attempt was so awesome – I can’t wait to be good with this recipe! Thank you so much :)

  • Linda June 30, 2013, 11:32 am

    Is it okay to use a loaf pan or does that affect the meatloaf’s texture?

    • Alaska July 12, 2014, 11:15 pm

      This is my favorite thing to make! Has all my favorite ingredients. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! I baked it in a loaf pan with GF bread crumbs, worked PERFECTLY.

  • Runman June 13, 2013, 1:20 pm

    This is a great recipe and it really is moist. It will stick if you don’t spray or use oil.

  • Lisa June 6, 2013, 10:34 pm

    Best turkey meatloaf EVER! My boyfriend and I are obsessed! I topped it off with half mixture spicy BBQ sauce and ketchup the second time! thank you SO much for sharing!

    • Joanne June 10, 2013, 10:12 am

      So happy you both loved it!

  • Olivia May 25, 2013, 8:23 pm

    This meatloaf was absolutely amazing! When you said moist you really meant it. The mushrooms and sautéed mixture give it a great texture. I added some more spices to the breadcrumbs for extra flavor as well. I stumbled upon this recipe and I will be using it for life! Thanks Adam :)

  • Dianne April 24, 2013, 3:49 pm

    This meatloaf is a ten in flavor. Of course I know I can only give it a 5. BEST MEATLOAF EVER!!!! Already sharing the recipe. The extra preparation required is well worth it. Thanks!

    • Joanne April 24, 2013, 6:49 pm

      Wonderful – so glad you enjoyed it :) The mushrooms really do add so much flavor.

  • LoriG April 24, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Hello Adam & Joanne – thanks for sharing this .. about to begin! only question is whats the aluminum foil on the baking sheet for? thanks so much ~ LG

    • Joanne April 24, 2013, 6:46 pm

      Hi Lori – We used foil to help with cleanup. The meatloaf will stick if you do not lightly oil the baking sheet or cover with foil then lightly oil. Enjoy!

  • lebolanbe April 23, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Awesome recipe,loved it

  • Normand April 21, 2013, 9:03 pm

    Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no back up.
    Do you have any methods to prevent hackers?

    • Joanne April 22, 2013, 12:40 pm

      Hi there — Unfortunately hackers are everywhere :( To help, keep your passwords updated and strong. Also, we’ve found that adding a captcha plugin for our Wordpress login has helped.


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