Ultimate Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

In an age of viral recipes and TikTok food hacks, humble dishes like meatloaf can sometimes get overlooked, relegated to the category of family comfort food rather than being seen as something craveable and exciting. Of course, meatloaf is still a delicious and satisfying meal to serve your loved ones, and it certainly doesn't have to be boring. Recipe developer Jessica Morone shakes things up by adding some unexpected ingredients to her meatloaf, and makes the classic dish a bit lighter by using ground turkey instead of the usual beef.

"There are a couple of special ingredients in this recipe," Morone explains. "The first is the potato chips, which add texture to the meatloaf and help it retain moisture. I used plain potato chips but you could also use flavors like sour cream and onion or BBQ for added flavor." That's not all: "I put maple syrup and dijon mustard into the ketchup glaze, as the maple syrup adds a bit of sweetness and the dijon helps to balance the flavors of the glaze," she says. Is your mouth watering yet?

Get your meatloaf ingredients together

You need quite a few ingredients here, but they're all rather standard and most of them are pantry staples. You'll need ground turkey, of course, plus chopped mushrooms and onions, minced garlic, two eggs, potato chips, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, milk, and salt and pepper. For the glaze that graces the top, you'll need ketchup, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard.

Cook the mushrooms

Start by heating a skillet over medium-low and cooking the onions, then the garlic, then the chopped mushrooms with some salt and pepper. Let the mushrooms cook down for a bit until their liquid is released and everything's smelling nice. While you're at it, preheat your oven to 400 F and place foil in a loaf pan, then spray the foiled pan with cooking spray.

Prepare the turkey

While your mushroom mixture is cooling, mix the breadcrumbs, potato chips, and milk together and place the turkey in a bigger bowl. Add in the mushrooms, garlic, and onions, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and the mixture of breadcumbs and chips and use your (clean) hands (or a spatula, if you prefer) to make sure everything gets evenly combined.

Make the glaze, then bake

Now for the glaze. This part's easy: Just stir together your ketchup, maple syrup, and Dijon. Place the turkey in your prepared loaf pan, top it with the glaze you just made, and pop it in the oven. When it's done baking, don't dig in immediately: "You want to let the meatloaf sit for a little while before slicing it so that it can cool down a bit, as it will hold its shape better if it cools before you slice it," Morone explains. "Letting it rest also helps it retain its moisture better."

Enjoy some savory turkey meatloaf

Once your turkey meatloaf is good and rested, you're ready to enjoy! "I think meatloaf and mashed potatoes are a classic combination and they are perfect together. I think anything can really go as a side dish with this though," Morone says, so feel free to let your culinary imagination run wild.

Since this recipe makes 8 servings, you're likely to end up with extra if you're not feeding a group. "You can keep leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days," Morone adds. "This meatloaf is very moist so it doesn't dry out easily, I like to just microwave individual slices when I want to eat them, but you could also reheat it by putting it in the oven at 350 F covered with foil for 10 to 15 minutes until it is hot." With this recipe, you may never think of meatloaf as boring again.

Ultimate Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
5 from 22 ratings
Learn how to make this savory twist on the classic family dinner that uses ground turkey and incorporates potato chips to add texture to the dish.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
50
minutes
Servings
8
servings
turkey meatloaf on plate
Total time: 70 minutes
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, divided
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup potato chips
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup ketchup,
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Optional Ingredients
  • Parsley
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until it softens, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the skillet. Cook until the liquid that the mushrooms release cooks away, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the breadcrumbs, potato chips, and milk in a small bowl.
  4. Add the ground turkey to a large bowl. Add in the mushroom mixture, the breadcrumb mixture, the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and eggs. Use a rubber spatula or your hands to gently mix everything together.
  5. In another small bowl whisk together the ketchup, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard.
  6. Spread the turkey mixture evenly into the prepared loaf pan. Spread the ketchup glaze over the turkey.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf registers 165 F.
  8. Let sit for 10 minutes, garnish with parsley if desired, then slice and serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 192
Total Fat 7.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.9 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 86.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 17.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
Total Sugars 8.4 g
Sodium 348.9 mg
Protein 15.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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