Best Turkey Meatloaf We’ve Made

This is hands down the best turkey meatloaf recipe I’ve made. This meatloaf made with ground turkey is outrageously flavorful and so moist in the middle. If you are a turkey meatloaf skeptic, this recipe will change your mind.

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Video

My whole family loves this turkey meatloaf recipe and I am so happy to share it with you. Before this recipe, every time I tried a new recipe for turkey meatloaf, it came out dry and bland!

I almost gave up, but then we figured out the secret to the best juicy, moist, and delicious turkey meatloaf. It’s mushrooms! They make our meatloaf taste incredible, and I can’t wait for you to try it.

The Best Turkey Meatloaf (so moist and juicy in the middle)

Key Ingredients

  • Ground turkey: I prefer ground turkey with some fat left and avoid very lean ground turkey breast. Look for turkey with 8% to 10% fat for the most juicy results. You can also use ground chicken in this recipe. For ground beef, see our classic meatloaf recipe.
  • Mushrooms: My secret to the best meatloaf! We cut cremini or white button mushrooms into tiny pieces so you can barely see them, but you will taste their benefits! Mushrooms add moisture and flavor to this meatloaf. It doesn’t taste overwhelmingly mushroomy (trust me). Instead, the mushrooms add unbelievable savory flavor to our turkey meatloaf.
  • Onion and garlic: Add more flavor to the meatloaf. We cook them before adding to the meatloaf mixture so they taste sweet.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Seasons our mixture and adds even more umami (a satisfying savory flavor). 
  • Ketchup: Adds moisture and flavor. We also use it to make a simple glaze for the top. I like the lower-sugar options sold at the grocery store or this homemade ketchup.
  • Eggs, breadcrumbs, and milk: Add moisture, amazing texture, and flavor. Use homemade breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, or crushed saltine crackers for the best results.

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf

Once you make this turkey meatloaf, you’ll want to make it again. It’s that good. You’ll start by chopping mushrooms into tiny pieces. I do this by hand, but you can always toss them into a food processor and pulse until chopped.

Chopped mushrooms for the best turkey meatloaf

You’ll cook the tiny chopped mushrooms with onions and garlic in a skillet until soft. They shrink as they cook, intensifying their savory flavor even more. They also release a lot of liquid as they cook, which we want to simmer away. This simple step is why this turkey meatloaf tastes so incredible! It’s also my secret when making juicy turkey burgers.

Cooking the onions, mushrooms and garlic for our easy turkey meatloaf mixture

For even more flavor, stir Worcestershire sauce and ketchup into the mushroom mixture, then combine with the remaining meatloaf ingredients.

When I make turkey meatloaf, I form it into a loaf on a rimmed baking sheet. You can use a loaf pan, but honestly, the baking sheet is much easier and has less cleanup.

Just before baking, I add a simple ketchup glaze, which works well. You can also use the meatloaf glaze in this meatloaf recipe, which still calls for ketchup but adds a few more ingredients for extra flavor.

Using ketchup for our easy turkey meatloaf glaze

I bake turkey meatloaf in a 400°F oven for about 50 minutes. You know it is ready when the internal temperature reaches 170°F. If you do not have an internal thermometer, remove it from the oven when the inside is no longer pink and feels firm.

Before serving, let your turkey meatloaf rest for 10 to 15 minutes so the juices redistribute and settle back into the meat. Then slice and enjoy.

What to Serve with Turkey Meatloaf

We make this turkey meatloaf a lot (seriously ,my family loves this recipe!). Classic sides are always a hit. Try mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, macaroni and cheese, or roasted potatoes. I also love these mashed sweet potatoes or for less carbs, try our creamy mashed cauliflower.

I love adding a few extra veggies to the plate. My family’s favorite vegetable sides include sautéed green beans, garlic butter zucchini, roasted carrots, and this roasted butternut squash.

The Best Turkey Meatloaf We've Made

Best Turkey Meatloaf We've Made

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This is my family’s favorite turkey meatloaf recipe. It’s flavorful, incredibly moist in the middle, and always a hit. Finely chopped mushrooms are the secret to the best meatloaf. They add so much flavor and moisture.

Makes 6 Servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

1 to 1 ¼ pound ground turkey (90% to 92% lean)

8 ounces cremini or white button mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 tablespoon oil

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

7 tablespoons ketchup, divided, try homemade ketchup

1 cup (60g) panko bread crumbs or use homemade breadcrumbs

1/3 cup (80ml) milk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions

  • Prepare Meatloaf
  • 1Heat oven to 400°F (204°C). Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet or 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan lined with aluminum foil.

    2Heat 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.

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

    4Meanwhile, 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 1/4-teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. The mixture will be very wet.

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

  • Bake Meatloaf
  • 1Bake the meatloaf until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meatloaf registers 170°F, about 50 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Use a food processor: To speed up the prep time, use a food processor to chop the mushrooms.
  • Can I double this recipe? Absolutely! Double all the ingredients and expect it to take 15 to 20 minutes longer in the oven. Your meat thermometer is the best guide for doneness.
  • Mushroom alternatives: Grated zucchini works wonderfully as a substitute – though you won’t get the same flavor as mushrooms.
  • Storing: Leftover turkey meatloaf lasts up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
  • Make ahead: You can prepare and shape the meatloaf on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate overnight before adding the glaze and baking the next day. Or shape the mixture on a foil-lined sheet and freeze for a few hours. Then, wrap it tightly in foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before adding the glaze and baking.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 serving (6 total) / Calories 308 / Total Fat 13.4g / Saturated Fat 3.4g / Cholesterol 133.4mg / Sodium 734.5mg / Carbohydrate 23.5g / Total Sugars 8.3g / Dietary Fiber 1.6g / Protein 24.1g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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  • Cochran Patti June 13, 2024, 10:34 am

    This is a delicious recipe and I will make it again! I substituted creamer for the milk. I substituted dried onions for the bread crumbs since I don’t eat grains. I didn’t use ketchup and it still is very flavorful – probably because of the fat content. I will make the homemade ketchup recipe for next time. Thanks for including it.

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  • Susan Truesdale June 3, 2024, 6:21 pm

    This recipe is a keeper! The flavor was really good. My husband loved it too!

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    • Adam June 18, 2024, 5:28 pm

      Yay! 🙂

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  • Stacie Ouellette June 2, 2024, 9:50 pm

    This is my favorite turkey meatloaf! I adjusted the ingredients slightly for 1 pound of ground turkey and it turned out great, Makes great meatloaf sandwiches too with avocado. Thanks for this delicious recipe!

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  • Alicia April 30, 2024, 11:02 am

    This was delicious. Been on the Mediterranean diet and trying different recipes. This will diffently be a go to

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    • Joanne April 30, 2024, 12:44 pm

      So glad you found us, Alicia! Thanks for coming back.

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  • Mark April 28, 2024, 10:54 am

    An excellent recipe. Have used chopped mushrooms before but the food processor tip is even better. Very tasty and great texture.

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    • Joanne April 29, 2024, 1:20 pm

      Glad it worked well for you! Thanks for sharing, Mark.

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  • Bobby April 26, 2024, 10:32 pm

    This recipe is the bomb! The mushroooms make all the difference. I went low-gluten and subbed oats soaked in oat milk. I thought two eggs might be overkill, but they really firmed up the loaf and made it extra tender. I dressed up the ketchup topping with a dash of Worcestershire and Dijon mustard for some extra depth and kick.

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    • Joanne April 29, 2024, 1:25 pm

      Hi Bobby, So happy you enjoy the recipe and I’m thrilled oats worked well for you!

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  • Mary Ann Gilchrist April 25, 2024, 1:16 am

    This is my go to Turkey Meat Loaf. It is moist and more flavorful than most Turkey meatloaves. The mushrooms add body and flavor but are not detectable in the finished product. This makes ample servings and great meatloaf sandwiches. In fact we usually get 8 generous slices and 4 meals for my husband and I. I cover the baking sheet with foil sprayed lightly with a release spray to make it easier to transfer to a serving platter. I have added red bell pepper, chopped celery and or carrots and walawala sweet onions sautéed until lightly browned and Carmelized either to increase the flavors or stretch the ground Turkey to cover the number of people who have dropped in for dinner. A fail safe go to meal that also makes great leftovers! I highly recommend this recipe.

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    • Joanne May 19, 2024, 5:48 pm

      Hi Mary Ann, Thank you so much for sharing and I’m thrilled that you enjoy the recipe as much as our family does. Thanks so much for coming back.

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  • Leo Meilak April 16, 2024, 10:02 am

    You always post the best recipes. Thank you !!!

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    • Joanne April 16, 2024, 11:38 am

      Hi Leo, Thank you so much! We are so happy you have found us.

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  • Kim April 9, 2024, 9:58 pm

    I made this tonight. It is by far, our favorite turkey meatloaf! Mushrooms are a game changer…who knew! Thanks!

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    • Joanne April 12, 2024, 12:12 pm

      Woohoo for mushrooms! So glad you gave the recipe a try, Kim!

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