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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.

The Secret to Crave Worthy, 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 and these Seriously Good Turkey Burgers. People love them!

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).

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Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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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%.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 slice / Calories 332 / Protein 23 g / Carbohydrate 23 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 8 g / Total Fat 17 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 132 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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447 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Dina Weinstein March 11, 2019, 2:21 pm

    I didn’t make this yet, but want to make it gluten free and dairy free. Any suggestions of what to replace the milk with? Should I use unsweetened almond milk?

    • Joanne March 11, 2019, 3:01 pm

      Hi Dina, I’d use crushed gluten-free cereal or crackers to make it gluten-free. For dairy-free, you could try any unsweetened non-dairy milk. I’d choose something that doesn’t have a strong flavor (I wouldn’t use coconut milk for example).

  • Brittney Smith March 7, 2019, 11:05 pm

    Ohhhhhh. My! I don’t usually leave comments, but this recipe was so amazing. The flavor was phenomenal and yes it was moist! Mine usually comes out so dense but this was perfect! Thank you so much for sharing. We will be making this again!

  • Ilene Seidel March 5, 2019, 5:30 am

    We loved this recipe. i don’t eat beef and always looking for variations using turkey/chicken. I used gluten free oats put them in the food processor to break down the large flakes, then used egg substitute (i have an egg allergy)this turned out great.will definitely make again.

  • Pattricia Sears March 1, 2019, 11:25 am

    Turkey Meatloaf family favorite. I do add bell seasoning, pinch sage, rosemary, curry and thyme. A tablespoon of mustard to the mix gives it a unique zip. Have added maple syrup and/ or mustard to the coating. When using loaf pans broil at end for crispness. Loaf pan use requires draining liquid before serving.

  • Joni February 20, 2019, 6:47 pm

    Delicious!! Saving this one to make again (& again…& Again!)

  • Rina February 8, 2019, 3:49 pm

    This recipe is amazing and delicious! My family who tends to dislike my “healthy” cooking, loved this! They asked if I could make it again. This was amazing!

  • Rebecca February 2, 2019, 6:18 pm

    Made this last night – it was delicious! I’m sure it would have been fantastic as written, but I made a couple modifications to accommodate my Ketogenic lifestyle: subbed almond flour for the breadcrumbs and about half a can (3 oz) tomato paste for the ketchup. Worked perfectly! So, so good – even my *very* picky Beloved took a bite and said it was good. Note: this is a very “wet” mixture, so don’t be alarmed. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  • Norm Caouette February 2, 2019, 9:03 am

    Really good, nice flavor. I love mushrooms. It was VERY Moist, maybe a little too moist. Had a hard time cutting it, it didn’t hold it’s shape. Maybe a little extra bread crumbs or less liquid, milk.

  • Evelia January 31, 2019, 2:38 pm

    Delicious and moist — I made mine with 2 lbs of turkey and scaled everything up by doing a scant doubling of everything else. I added more garlic, pepper, and did a little BBQ sauce with the ketchup both for the mushrooms and topping. It turned out really really good, and even better the day after. I’ve now had it three meals in a row, and it looks exactly like your picture. Anyone who says it doesn’t hold a shape on a cookie sheet didn’t mince it enough or left too much liquid, though I’m sure it’s just as delicious in a loaf pan. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sharon January 26, 2019, 9:29 am

    “Best turkey meatloaf I’ve ever had!”- direct quote from husband. Kids LOVED it! I didn’t have Worcestershire in hand so used soy sauce. I’ll never search for another turkey meatloaf recipe!!!!!

  • Cris January 19, 2019, 12:36 pm

    This recipe is not lying! It was so delicious and moist! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  • Judie Cat January 16, 2019, 6:06 pm

    I made this today- First– Turkey is equally healthy to Beef if you use the same fat to lean meat ratio (percent). That said; Turkey is a nice diversion since we are always looking for something different to cook. I doubled the recipe and added chopped green pepper to the mushrooms in the skillet- the only change i made. I saluted the mixture until most of the fluid was evaporated then used a slotted spoon to transfer the mixture to the bowl. In the future- I will not bake this on a flat cookie sheet- it has no shape when you take the mixture from the bowl. It is VERY moist! However it is so moist it can Barely hold a shape. I would use a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and lightly oil the paper first. That is the only way it will hold a traditional loaf shape. Otherwise very good!!!!- Has a slightly sweet finish with the ketchup incorporated. I will definitely make this again!

    • Laura Gibson January 23, 2019, 8:40 pm

      Your tip to use parchment paper in a loaf pan is brilliant! It baked evenly, was easy to remove from the pan to cut, and made clean-up a snap! Thanks for the tip!

  • Tere January 16, 2019, 12:59 pm

    First Rate!

  • Heidi January 15, 2019, 6:02 pm

    I have to say that my son absolutely HATES mushrooms, but this is his absolute favorite meatloaf! He requests it often and even knows they are in there. I’m fact, this is my entire family’s favorite meatloaf! Fantastic flavor and perfect texture. The little bit of extra work is totally worth it.

  • Rita Brandeisky January 14, 2019, 5:12 pm

    Love this! I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce on top instead of ketchup, I like that better. Everything else as written. Moist, tender and delicious!

  • Rob January 11, 2019, 7:50 pm

    This is my favorite meatloaf. You have to adjust amounts because turkey is sold in pounds now not 1and1/2 like in the past. Also I add apricot jam and sriacha to the ketchup on top. I’m a hero with the wife anytime I make this.

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  • Cherron January 2, 2019, 9:22 pm

    Really great! I made exactly as the recipe asked (using ahitake mushrooms as my mushroom of choice). SO tasty! And friendly to my New Year promise to myself to treat my body to healthier, home made foods. This is going into regular rotation for me!

  • Lisa December 28, 2018, 8:55 pm

    WOW AND WOW!!!! “BEST MEATLOAF EVER”. I’m NOT joking maybe, commented before but if I did sorry to go on about BUT this by far the BEST meatloaf I’ve ever made my family can’t get enough of it. My son-in-law is a chef and ask for it every time I go visit and my grandsons gobble it down.I had to learn the hard way that when you find something that works for you stick with it. Moist, juicy and down right delicious 😋


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