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BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

This BBQ Turkey Meatloaf is juicy, tender, and packed full of flavor.  The BBQ sauce takes it over the top. Healthy and delicious for any busy weeknight.

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A few days ago, I realized it had been a long time since we’ve served up meatloaf for dinner. When done right, it’s a mouthwatering dinner for any busy night.

My go-to meatloaf is usually this delicious, twisty Teriyaki Meatloaf.  It’s wonderfully savory and sweet and The Littles devour it every time.

For a fail-proof, awesome sauce classic meatloaf, this guy is our hands down winner.

But this time I wanted turkey meatloaf.  And smothery BBQ sauce.  So this happened…

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This BBQ Turkey Meatloaf is incredibly tender, juicy, and robust with flavor.

It turns out so tender, you have to be gentle when slicing so the slices stay in one piece. But really, nobody will complain about how tender your turkey meatloaf is.

Replace some of the ketchup with BBQ sauce for a luscious, sweet, savory, and tangy flavor that melds perfectly into the meatloaf.

This is easy peasy.  Just combine all ingredients like so:

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Give it all a good stir to combine well.

Shape it up into a nice rectangular loaf in a large baking dish. I highly suggest free forming it in a large baking dish, rather than using a bread pan.

That way, the meatloaf doesn’t sit smothered in its fat the entire time. Eww. Rather, it gets nicely browned on all sides. Yum.

Like so.

BBQ Turkey meatloaf

You probably already have the ingredients on hand to make it saucy BBQ Turkey Meatloaf night.

Just a few ingredients, a stir, and shape to bake.  Quick, easy, and 100% scrumptious.

The best kind of weeknight meal.  Enjoy!

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BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

5 from 4 reviews

This BBQ Turkey Meatloaf is super easy and absolutely mouthwatering. The BBQ sauce takes it over the top delicious! Perfect meal for busy weeknights. Serve with your favorite potatoes.

Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.25 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs (or regular breadcrumbs)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup good BBQ sauce combined with 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, heat oil on medium high. Cook onion and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, 1/4 cup of the BBQ/ketchup sauce, salt, and pepper. Add the onion/garlic mixture. Stir well to fully incorporate.
  4. In a large baking pan (I use a 9×13) use your hands to form meatloaf into a rectangle, about 8×4 inches. Reserve 2 TB of BBQ/ketchup sauce on the side. Brush remaining sauce on top and all around the meatloaf.
  5. Bake uncovered for 50 minutes. Let sit at room temp for 5 minutes. Brush with reserved 2 TB sauce on top. Garnish with parsley if desired. Gently slice and serve.
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Here are my other two favorite meatloaf recipes and sides to go with!

1.  Classic, Juicy Meatloaf.  This delicious comfort dish comes out super tender and juicy every time.

Tender Meatloaf

2.  Teriyaki Meatloaf.  It’s different, yeah, but soooo yummy!  Easy to boot.  Try this super flavorful meatloaf over fluffy rice.

Teriyaki Meatloaf

3.  Onion Parmesan Potatoes.  This is the perfect side dish for meatloaf and pretty much any other meal.

Parmesan Onion Potatoes 5

4.  Garlic Butter Herb Potatoes.  Again, the perfect side dish for pretty much any comfort meal.  Delish!

Garlic Butter Herb Roasted Potatoes 2

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29 comments

    • Ann

    The recipe was great except for the fact that a google ad popped up over the recipe and left me about an inch to read it. Clicking on the x did not remove the add. I took a screenshot if you’d like to see it.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for letting me know, Ann.

    • Robert Devale

    Excellent, my go to recipe on my cheat day

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Robert!! 🙂

    • Larine Kwolek

    Omg. This is the best turkey meatloaf I’ve ever made. So moist and flavorful. Even my almost 3 year old grandson asked for more. I used 2 lbs of turkey and just added a little more salt and pepper. Used Kraft Honey bbq sauce.

      • chewoutloud

      YAY, Larine! So so happy to hear you all enjoyed this dish. Thanks for letting us know 🙂 🙂

    • Lily

    This is the 3rd time I’ve made this recipe. It’s always a hit. My husband and toddler love it!

      • chewoutloud

      Oh, thank you so much, Lily! That makes me happy to hear your family loves this dish! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Karen Becker

    I have made this a couple of times now for dinner and it is very good. Thumbs up from my picky son and husband as well 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Karen! Thanks so much for coming over to let us know your family enjoys this 🙂 Happy continued cooking!

    • Frederica

    Can I make this and freeze it too cook at a later date?

      • chewoutloud

      Frederica, you absolutely can do that! Enjoy and happy cooking! 🙂

    • crymsonhope

    I made this tonight and it was so good. I fudged a little on proportions since I did albs turkey but it was great! I actually don’t like meatloaf so this was a great surprise. I think its because it is quite saucy so it makes it tastier. Thanks for the recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so glad you guys liked this 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to come over and let us know! Hope you continue finding yummy things here on COL 🙂

    • Keisha

    This was awesome. The whole family loved loved loved it!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you guys loved this, Keisha! Yay! 🙂 Thanks for taking time to let us know!

    • Tamara Shannon

    I’m looking forward to making this tonight, thank you for the recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, Tamara! Hope you guys love it 🙂 Thanks for being here today and hope you continue finding recipes you enjoy here at COL! 🙂

        • TAMARA SHANNON

        I forgot to come back and tell you this was fantastic! Having it again tonight. Thank you for the recipe!

          • chewoutloud

          Yipee, Tamara! Thanks so much for coming over to let us know you liked! 🙂

    • Alyssa

    What is the nutritional information for the bbq meatloaf? How many calories per serving? (If it serves 4). Thanks! By the way, this was awesome!

      • chewoutloud

      Sorry, Alyssa, I currently don’t have calorie info for the meatloaf. My Fitness Pal and lots of other apps these days can point you to a general count, though. Soo glad you guys liked this 🙂 Thanks for coming over today!

    • Lisa

    I was wondering if you could use a loaf pan to cook this or if forming the meatloaf on a 9×13 makes it cool more evenly?

      • chewoutloud

      Lisa, you can use a loaf pan, but the reason I prefer a 9×13 is so that I can shape it wider and liquid doesn’t overflow out of the loaf pan. Also, loaf pans tend to keep the meat simmering in its grease, whereas the 9×13 pan allows the grease to stay just at the bottom of pan. Just a personal preference 🙂 Thanks for coming over today! Hope you love this 🙂

    • Sarah

    This is my go to comfort meal! I only use one tablespoon of olive oil so I can enjoy seconds. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      You’re welcome, Sarah! So happy you liked it! Thanks for coming over and letting us know 🙂

    • Jeff

    Made this last night and everyone loved it,Thanks!! Quick question In your picture above with all the ingredients in the bowl, what herb is that in there? The only one listed is parsley for garnish. Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Jeff! So glad you guys like this 🙂 I used dry parsley flakes because I ran out of fresh parsley for that photo 😉 We’re so glad you came over today!

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