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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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Juicy Turkey Meatloaf

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…

Slices of BBQ Turkey Meatloaf with Chopped Parsley

Tender and Robust in Flavor

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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Pantry Ingredients

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 with Chopped Parsley

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

4.70 from 10 ratings
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Author: Amy Dong



  • Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Serve with your choice of potatoes and vegetables, for a healthy and flavorful meal. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1288mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: American

Here are my other two favorite meatloaf recipes and sides to go with!

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

sliced juicy meatloaf on a pan slathered in sauce

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

Teriyaki Meatloaf

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

Parmesan Onion Potatoes 5

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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    • Holly

    Hi! If I don’t want onion in this recipe, would you reduce the amount of olive oil used to sauteeute the garlic?

      • Amy Dong

      Yes, you can reduce it a little if you’d like – Enjoy! 🙂

    • Sheana
    • 5 stars

    I’ve made this recipe so many times and I love how moist it is. I know sometimes meatloaf can have a bad reputation, but this recipe blows all of the other ones out of the water. Plus it’s healthier because of the turkey! Thanks for sharing!! <3

    • Sandra

    Watch bbq sauce, would you recommend?

      • Amy Dong

      We like Sweet Baby Ray’s, but you can use your favorite brand. Enjoy!

    • Ann
    • 5 stars

    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.

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