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Homemade Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Updated on September 18, 2012
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Meatloaf can be great or horrendous. When it is good, it is simply fantastic (which can be very rare sometimes). When it is bad, it is just awful; it is something you would go out of your way to avoid at all cost. Most people I know always have a fear of meatloaf because they grew up eating something that was called "meatloaf" and it was disgusting. It was gross, it was soggy, it was greasy and mostly, it was extremely tasteless.

Personally for me, when I was growing up, I always had an agressive hatred for meatloaf because my mother (or grandma sometimes) would made it and I just despised it. It was just ground red meat (hamburger meat) with eggs and ketchup. I could not even choke it down if I tried and I was always bitter and upset whenever she would make it.

Sadly, it wasn't until I was in my twenties and ordered meatloaf at a greasy spoon diner (just for the heck of it), and realized that meatloaf can be delicious. (Normally it is the homemade food is the best and take-out / fast food stuff is bad, but not in this case.)

I figured out that the problem with homemade meatloaf is the lack of ingredients. if you just use the three major ingredients (ketchup, ground beef and eggs) then it will taste like a bland hamburger patty covered in ketchup. However; if you add things like, garlic, onions, peppers, and other spices, then you get a wonderfully easy and tasty meal: When you use tasty ingredients you get a meatloaf that is just great! It’s flavorful, juicy and has a good texture.

This recipe uses turkey instead of ground beef; that way it’s less fatty and has very little grease. It is simple and can be made anytime or day of the week without a lot frustration. This is a great meal to serve with mashed potatoes and fresh steamed vegetables and very healthy.

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½ cup of oatmeal (rolled oats)

¼ cup of Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs (or plain bread crumbs or even Panko bread crumbs are fine to use)

1 ½ lb. of ground turkey (you can still use ground beef or even ground chicken, or bulk sausage if you can find it)

1 whole egg

1 tablespoon of fresh garlic, minced

½ cup of tomato ketchup

1 yellow onion, chopped (red or white onion are a bit strong, but you can use them if you like)

1 bell pepper (green, red, orange or yellow is fine), chopped

1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper (optional)


1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. (Using your hands is very messy, but it’s the best way to incorporate all the ingredients. If you don't want your hand smelling like raw meat the rest of the day, you can use a standing mixer for this step, or you can use talcum-free rubber disposable kitchen gloves. Or you can use a large spatula and fold all the ingredients together.)

2. Press meat mixture into a loaf pan. (You can even use a deep baking dish if you don't have a loaf pan.)

3. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F oven. When the oven is ready cook the meatloaf uncovered oven for 50-55 minutes.

4. Some people like to top the meatloaf with ketchup 5 minutes before it is done it the oven. you can do this if you like, but I normally do not add it.

5. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.


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