Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Learn the secret for making the best turkey meatloaf. Jump to the Turkey Meatloaf Recipe now or read on to see how we make it.

We never used to make turkey meatloaf. We make turkey meatballs all the time, but never meatloaf. I always had the idea that it would be dry and tasteless. Now though, we know we were making a mistake — a big one. You see, we’ve stumbled across a little secret. One that turned typical turkey meatloaf into something we crave and now make often.

Turkey Meatballs RecipeIf you love this, you will love these Easy Turkey Meatballs in a light tomato sauce. There’s no lengthy cooking times, no baking and no searing the meatballs. Easy and delicious.

The Secret to a Craveable, Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

The secret to this meatloaf? It’s Mushrooms.

Unbelievably 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 mixed into the turkey.

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).

You May Also Like These Easy Sides: Baked Sweet Potato Fries or our Simple, Everyday Mashed Potatoes.

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Recipe updated, originally posted March 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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You would never guess this turkey meatloaf is packed with mushrooms, but that’s what makes it so darn delicious. Lots of finely chopped mushrooms add flavor and moisture, often missing from the typical turkey meatloaf. When choosing which mushrooms to add, white button mushrooms will work perfectly fine. For more flavor, try one or a combination of brown cremini, portobello, or shiitake mushrooms. The mushrooms need to be very finely chopped. You can do this by hand or use a food processor.

Makes 6 Servings

You Will Need

8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

7 tablespoons ketchup, divided (try our homemade ketchup)

1 cup (60 grams) panko bread crumbs (see notes for gluten-free options)

1/3 cup (80 ml) milk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/4 pound ground turkey (92% lean)


  • Prepare Meatloaf
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet (or 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan) lined with aluminum foil.

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened; about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the mushrooms, a 1/2-teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4-teaspoon of pepper. Cook until the mushrooms give off their liquid and it boils away; about 10 minutes.Turkey-Meatloaf-Step-1

    Transfer the onions and mushrooms to a large bowl, and then stir in the Worcestershire sauce and 3 tablespoons of the ketchup. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a small bowl.

    Stir the breadcrumb mixture and the eggs into the mushrooms and onions. Using a fork or your hands, gently mix in the turkey, a 1/2-teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. The mixture will be very wet.

    Form the meatloaf into a 9-inch by 5-inch oval in the middle of the prepared baking sheet. Spread the remaining 4 tablespoons of ketchup on top.Turkey-Meatloaf-Step-2

    • Bake Meatloaf
    • Bake the meatloaf until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meatloaf registers 170 degrees F, about 50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Gluten-free meatloaf: Try ground gluten-free hard pretzels, brown rice cereal, or gluten-free Chex cereal in place of the breadcrumbs. You should also make sure the ketchup used is gluten-free or use homemade ketchup.
  • A note about salt: We use kosher salt in our recipes. It’s much easier to pick up with our fingers and gives us better control of our seasoning. Use what you have, but keep in mind that kosher salt has larger flakes compared to table or fine sea salt. If using a finer salt, you will need to reduce the amount of salt called for in our recipe by 25% to 50%.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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280 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Allegra April 23, 2017, 11:12 pm

    Just took this meatloaf out of the oven, and I have to say…it’s really, really good! In case anyone else wants to up the veggie content: I was able to mix in a package of frozen spinach without any problems. I just defrosted it, wrung it dry, and then dumped it in the sauté with some extra salt. I reduced the turkey to 1 lb to compensate. I also made the breadcrumbs in a food processor using a stale baguette that I had sitting around. No problems there either. All in all, a a tasty and flexible recipe! 5/5 stars.

  • T Clark April 23, 2017, 6:12 pm

    This recipe was fantastic. I added some green peppers. Very moist and tastful. I will definitely be making this again!

  • Christine April 18, 2017, 8:55 am

    This is the best meatloaf I have ever made. I made it for my grandson who is a body builder and has to watch his fat intake. I really didn’t expect it to be this good. I will be making this one from now on. Thank you

  • Lauren April 13, 2017, 5:21 pm

    We’ve made this numerous times and it’s always our go to recipe for meatloaf! Super delicious 🙂

  • Melanie March 21, 2017, 11:59 pm

    This was great!! I used corn flakes as I am gluten-sensitive. It was very moist and super flavorful. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Emily March 12, 2017, 11:25 pm

    This was delicious. Not dry at all, flavorful, and easy to follow. I will definitely make this again.

  • Lesa March 6, 2017, 11:04 am

    Wonderful turkey receipe .. loved the flavors Very moist. I added some chili flakes other than that it was 4 star. I would make this again!!!

  • Becki March 2, 2017, 11:00 pm

    I made this today and really liked it! It was easy to put together (especially after watching your video!) and looked great. The mushrooms added a lot of texture and a meaty flavor that I liked a lot. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow! I did substitute chia seeds for the eggs (1T chia seeds soaked in 3T water for each egg) and that worked just fine.

  • Linda Erickson February 21, 2017, 8:07 pm

    My husband and I LOVE the meatloaf!! Its. Sooooooooo good! And … I followed the recipe exactly..(a FIRST for me) lol
    We will never go back to the old ground beef meatloaf!!

  • Dawn February 20, 2017, 10:04 pm

    Dry and tasteless.

    • Joanne February 21, 2017, 2:00 pm

      Hi Dawn, Sorry you did not enjoy the meatloaf. It really is one of our favorite ways to make turkey meatloaf. Happy cooking!

    • Bill Wilson March 14, 2017, 8:43 pm

      Hogwash. I have made this recipe multiple times and it is always super moist and DELICIOUS.

      • Kim Quinn April 3, 2017, 8:57 am

        Great opening!It sounds like a great recipe and am making mine today. Going to add a bit of smoked Paprika to mine and a tsp of Jamaican jerk paste. Love heat. Have a good day everyone! Thank you for making me laugh, Bill.

  • Brock February 7, 2017, 6:50 pm

    Recipe is quite good, however I never leave any recipe untouched. I added chopped garlic and some Italian seasoning. I turned this into a Italian meatloaf and added a half cup store bought marinara and then mixed it all up. Then I lay out parchment paper and flatten the meat mixture on to it. Once all layed out I spread a thin layer of pesto and top with Parmesan and a 3 cheese blend. You then roll up make sure everything is sealed in and place in your loaf pan. I topped with more marinara and some more cheese towards the end of baking. Try this. My mom made it for us all the time as a kid not with turkey of course but is a favourite with anyone who eats it.

  • Julie January 31, 2017, 10:13 pm

    My family and I are trying to make healthier choices. Meatloaf is one of my husbands favorite meals, but not mine. I have a family filled full of picky eaters. I made this tonight with mashed sweet potatoes and we all LOVED IT! Best meatloaf I’ve had hands down. My only question is what the calories etc…are?

  • Janet Schmidt January 25, 2017, 7:45 pm

    Delicious! Had it tonight and my husband requested a meatloaf sandwich for work tomorrow an he’s not a big meatloaf fan. Thanks for the great recipe-I guess mushrooms did the trick.

  • Mike Bauer January 22, 2017, 9:13 pm

    Made this dish this evening – great! Wintry rainy day food. Sides of from-scratch wild and brown rice mix and steamed broccoli. Upsized the recipe 4x – took a while for the mushrooms to lose their moisture! Used tomato sauce (Hunts No-Salt) rather than ketchup on outside of loaf; also added some celery. Moist, delicious, and the mushrooms added some nice flavor. This isn’t our usual turkey meatloaf – the store only had 99 percent lean today, and I was afraid it would be baked sawdust my normal way. I had the mushrooms on hand to make something tomorrow, diverted them here. Thanks!

  • J. Gonzalez January 16, 2017, 8:08 pm

    OMG this was soooo yummy! I used Goya brand bread crumbs but other than that I stuck to recipe. My picky nine year old gobbled this down and said it was “superb” hahaha…I will definitely make again! Thanks.

  • Deanne January 14, 2017, 1:21 am

    This was very yummy made with barbeque sauce instead of ketchup. Even my finicky teens loved it.

    • Jill January 19, 2017, 6:44 pm

      I made it with BBQ sauce too instead of ketchup and I skipped the step with the mushrooms, garlic and onions. So I just mixed the eggs, breadcrumbs etc… and threw it in a loaf pan! Came out amazing.

  • Janet Glessner January 13, 2017, 2:38 pm

    I followed your recipe exactly and give it five plus stars! My son raved about it. Now I want to try your turkey chili recipe if I can find it on your site.
    Thank you so much!

    • Joanne January 13, 2017, 2:50 pm

      Hi Janet, We are so happy that you both loved the meatloaf. Here is a link to the turkey chili 🙂

  • Amy Martinsen January 10, 2017, 6:10 pm

    This recipe received RAVES in my house!! I will make this again!!!

  • B. Gibbens January 9, 2017, 6:11 pm

    This is an AMAZING, yummy meatloaf! I’ve never been able to make a moist TURKEY meatloaf before. I’m thinking a teriyaki flavor would be really good with this too. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Pdxet2 January 6, 2017, 12:47 am

    Excellent recipe, thank you. Second time making it subbing zucchini and carrots for the mushrooms. Extended my pound of ground chicken (on sale) with some cooked steel oats.

  • Rena January 4, 2017, 9:31 pm

    5 Stars! Best meatloaf I have ever made! Have made it 3 times in 2 weeks! Replace ketchup with tomato sauce due to the sugar, but really pleased!

  • Deborah January 1, 2017, 6:33 pm

    I have been looking for a recipe for meatloaf using ground turkey instead of beef. I decided to give this a try and made it tonight for my son and I. We both love it!
    The mushrooms truly made it nice and moist! I’m so glad there is some left over for another meal….and I will definitely be making this again!
    I give it 5 stars!!!

  • Lori December 28, 2016, 1:23 pm

    Going to make this tonight … Do not have Panko in the house, but do have both Cornflake Crumbs and Breadcrumbs …. thinking I will do the Cornflake Crumbs for a little extra flavor! Will post my review.

  • Alexis December 27, 2016, 5:48 pm

    Highly recommend this recipe – it’s moist, delicious, and does not have a strong mushroom taste with the button mushrooms. I swapped the ketchup for a 50/50 mayo/mustard blend (ketchup has too much sugar) and it was perfect.

  • Mary O. December 17, 2016, 12:23 pm

    Fabulous recipe that’s going to replace my old recipe for life!!! Easy to make with ingredients that are staples in my house. Hubby and my 90 yr old mother-in-law loved loved loved it! My BFF came by the other night, got a little taste of it and went home to make it for her family. Nothing less than 5 stars for this recipe.

  • Delia December 4, 2016, 6:52 pm

    Meh… I didn’t think it had much flavor, but it was moist. My boyfriend loved it tho. I will try it again with some of the other reviewers recommendations. I think doubling the Worcester sauce would help.

    • sue January 5, 2017, 3:58 pm

      youre right. definitely needs more spices added to this. i am surprised this recipe didnt have any besides a little salt and pepper

  • Terry November 29, 2016, 1:32 pm

    Has anyone thought of adding some spinach to this recipe? Making tonight and was curious.

  • Kevin November 23, 2016, 6:08 pm

    I followed the recipe without adjustments or changes. It’s the best turkey meatloaf I’ve ever made. The mushrooms are not overpowering at all. I’ll be making this recipe again.

  • Janet November 17, 2016, 1:13 pm

    Absolutely wonderful cooked it for my boys at the weekend and they loved it.I added a Red onion as well as a White onion.Half the worcestershire sauce with soy sauce.Added a small chopped Red bell pepper and cooked it with the mushrooms.And i used a carton of passate instead of ketchup.I will be making this again very soon.


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