Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

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A childhood classic just got healthier! This Turkey Meatloaf is packed with veggies and topped with a sweet sauce. 

Kid approved Turkey Meatloaf with ketchup on top

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

I still remember my mother making meatloaf when I was a kid. She never had a recipe, she just added a little here and a little there until it looked right and then she popped it into the oven in a loaf pan. I loved it!  Today we’ve updated the traditional meatloaf using turkey and adding in some fresh veggies!  We also didn’t add any ketchup to the meat (only to the sauce on top) to make this meatloaf have a lot less sugar.

Turkey Meatloaf for dinner on a plate

What Does Meatloaf Have In It?

No mystery meat, here! The basic formula for meatloaf includes ground meat, egg, breadcrumbs, and spices. We used turkey for our meat in this recipe, and upped the veggies by adding red bell peppers.

A little bit of Swiss cheese adds moisture, and Worcestershire sauce brings a really tasty sweet and tangy flavor to meatloaf. Don’t skip it!

We used panko crumbs but you can use whole wheat breadcrumbs, too. This recipe is a great place to use whole grains if your kids aren’t in love with whole grains yet… the whole grains won’t stand out at all.

How to make Turkey Meatloaf

How to Make the Best Turkey Meatloaf

I have two essential tips for making the best meatloaf. 

The first is to chop up the veggies small enough. The exact right size may be different for each family. If you feel like you need to “hide” these veggies, then go ahead and mince them. You can even grate the veggies and they’ll practically disappear.

If you want them to stand out more, chop them more coarsely, but no bigger than a penny. If you cut them larger than that, it may cause the meat the crumble when you cut it and the loaf will break apart. (I left my veggies on the bigger side so you could spot them in the photos!)

My second meatloaf tip is to not overwork the meat when you’re mixing it. If you work it too much then the meat will be tough. So treat it like you would muffin batter: just mix it until everything is just incorporated, then put it in your loaf pan.

Turkey Meatloaf for an easy dinner recipe

What Should I Serve With Turkey Meatloaf?

A lot of people like to serve some kind of potato with their meatloaf. And we have some GOOD ideas for you. Try some of these yummy potato recipes:

We love to pack in the fresh fruits and veggies, so you might also like to serve meatloaf with:

Turkey Meatloaf the kids will love

If you love your slow cooker, try out Slow Cooker Meatloaf recipe. It’s perfect for when you need to set it and forget it… then come home to a delicious dinner!

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf | Healthy Ideas and Recipes for Kids

Turkey Meatloaf

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pound turkey, ground
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 medium bell pepper, red
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 2 ounce Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
  • Dice the onion and bell pepper.  Saute in a pan over medium heat until soft; add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Add veggies to a bowl with the ground turkey, egg, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs, Swiss cheese, salt and pepper.  Use your hands to combine the ingredients together. Try not to over-mix!
  • Dump into your prepared loaf pan and use your hand to make a rounded top to your loaf.
  • Place in the oven; bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • While the meatloaf is baking, make the sauce.  Combine ketchup, mustard and honey in a small bowl.
  • Spread sauce over the top of your meatloaf and then put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve topped with a little chopped parsley for color!
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This was good! I made a few changes: Added a tbsp each of ketchup and hot sauce, added extra Worcestershire, used cheddar instead of Swiss, and most importantly shaped into a loaf on a baking pan covered with parchment. Baked at 350 for 50 minutes. Turned out very moist. Didn’t add the sauce.
Thank you for a good base recipe 🙂


This was the best meatloaf I’ve ever had! Instead of Swiss cheese I added a real creamy hot cheese called Willams. So good!


Love a good Turkey meat loaf! I omit the egg and panko breadcrumbs and sub Stove Top stuffing mix and minced mushrooms, bell pepper, celery, onions and even zucchini. Add a bit of water for consistency.. yummy!


I’ve made this recipe tonight so many times, and it’s amazing. My husband loves it!! Well today, in a rush, and after mixing everything together I realized I used soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce 🤦🏻‍♀️ Let’s hope this turns out well😂


Great recipe! I will definitely make this one again.
For all the calorie counters out there, I think this recipe is around 1500 calories for the whole loaf. About 188 per slice if there are 8 slices.

I made this for dinner the other night and wow did it turn out great. I substituted bread crumbs for rolled oats and added hot chili sauce to spice it up a little more. Then I baked it free-form on a baking sheet. I LOVE how this turned out. The sauce on top is great too if you add a little spice.


Love this meatloaf! It is juicy and flavorful! The 2nd time I made it, I forgot to cook the peppers, onion, and garlic first, but it did not seem to make a difference. I also used gluten free panko. This recipe is a huge hit with kids and adults in my house!

Hello! We are dairy free…. do you think this recipe would work if I omitted the swiss cheese? Are there any substitutions I need to make?

Hi Carrie! We haven’t tried omitting the cheese, but I think it would still work. You might find the meatloaf doesn’t stick together quite as well, which perhaps an extra egg could help with. If you decide to experiment, please come back and let us know how it worked out!


Substituted Parmesan cheese, portobello mushrooms & stone ground mustard and it was great. It was one of the best meatloaves I’d ever had. I’m excited to make it for more of my loved ones.