4 Step Easy Turkey Meatloaf [secret ingredient makes it marvelous]

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Make this easy, and craveable ground turkey meatloaf tonight!

With the price of groceries seemingly going up every day, I’m always looking for ways to save money. That’s why I am increasingly using more ground turkey in the meals I make. But here’s the problem with ground turkey – it is not really flavorful. But here’s a way I’ve jazzed it up in meatloaf that is craveable.

I never thought of using plum sauce in meatloaf, or with ground turkey for that matter. But as I was pulling this craveable turkey meatloaf recipe together, I happened to open my fridge and I saw the jar of plum sauce sitting there and I was like, why not? I think it adds an interesting twist on an otherwise average turkey meatloaf. If you don’t have plum sauce, you could probably substitute ketchup or barbecue sauce if you have it. But this easy turkey meatloaf recipe won’t be the same without the plum sauce.

  • lb ground turkey
  • 1(10 ounce) can rotel diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro
  • small onion, diced 
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • tablespoons Chinese plum sauce
  • teaspoon salt 
  • teaspoon steak seasoning
  • teaspoon cumin 
  • 3 strips bacon (optional)

I’ve made this dish (turkey meatloaf) with and without bacon. I will promise you that the flavor from the bacon drips down into the turkey and gives it lovely flavor. But if you are watching fat and calories, you can easily omit the bacon from this turkey meatloaf and it will still be full of flavor, thanks to the cilantro and cumin (two things I love!).

  1. Mix all ingredients (except bacon if using) well by hand in large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour mix into meatloaf pan.
  3. Top with bacon.
  4. Bake 45-55 minutes at 350 (or until internal meat temp is 165).

In our house, we try to keep our carb intake low. So, while this meatloaf is shown with mac and cheese, that’s not usually something we would have with our turkey meatloaf. Instead, we usually skip the carbs, and just have a green vegetable with our protein for dinners at home. The first time I made this, I just served my easy turkey meatloaf with some green peas. But on another occasion I made collards as my husband loves them. Either way, the turkey meatloaf is the star of the show here!

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!