the perfect easy turkey meat loaf recipe

Over the years, I’ve developed what I consider to be the perfect recipe for turkey meat loaf and it’s super easy to make!

I’m a huge fan of ground beef and ground pork too, but there’s something about ground turkey that works better in meatballs and meat loaf sometimes.

One general tip is to always use 1 tablespoon of oil per pound of ground turkey when you’re using it in a recipe. It ensures the final product is moist. Because turkey lacks the same fat content as pork or beef, you need to add a little bit extra to keep it from drying out.

I like to serve this dish with rustic smashed red potatoes and oven roasted vegetables, but it even works great as a sandwich (especially cold).


  • 1 ½ lbs ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ t ground black pepper
  • ¼ t kosher salt
  • ¼ t Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/8 t cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t oregano
  • ¼ t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 t chili powder
  • ½ t Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ½ cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1/8 cup hot sauce



  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, black pepper, salt, Old Bay, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper powder, paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, breadcrumbs, and 4 tablespoons of ketchup. Mix well until the breadcrumbs, spices, and wet ingredients are well combined.
  3. Fold in the ground turkey. Carefully fold together the meat and breadcrumb mixture with your hands. Be sure not to overmix as this will make the meat loaf dense.
  4. On a greased, aluminum-foil-lined sheet tray, form the mixture into a loaf.
  5. Mix together remaining 4 tablespoons of ketchup with the hot sauce. Spread over the top of the loaf evenly.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes-1 hour.
  7. Remove the meat loaf from the oven, let rest for 10-15 minutes and serve immediately.

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