Easy Delicious Turkey Meatloaf Recipes ~ lower In Fat & Grain-Free

Turkey Meatloaf is one of our favorite recipes.  It's easy to vary according to your tastes, and what you happen to have on hand.  It's fun to make, especially if you don't mind getting your hands 'wet!'  And, you can cook once, and eat at least twice if not more.  It gets better the next day!

I don't add breadcrumbs, dried torn up pieces of bread, oatmeal, rice or any other fillers.  Instead, I add in a few fresh vegetables, lots of fresh or dried herbs, and one or two main seasonings ~ often also added to the sauce ~ as per how the Spirit moves me, and what I happen to have a lot of in my pantry!

I've included my main Turkey Meatloaf Recipe, with some potential variations.

We usually use a 3:1 ratio of 85% lean ground turkey to 85% lean ground beef.  This lowers the fat (relative to traditional meatloaves made with all beef, especially when using 80% or less lean beef) and produces a very flavorful meatloaf taste and texture.  

Avoiding the bread or grain fillers keeps the Turkey Meatloaf (or technically Turkey & Beef Meatloaf) lower carb, and gluten-free (depending on other ingredients.)  

Whether or not having a lower-fat or lower-carb option matters to you, I think you will love this simple Turkey Meatloaf recipe, but by all means make it your own!  Add what you like!  Then do share your results or variations!  I'd love to hear your favorite meatloaf variation!

Easier to watch me make Turkey Meatloaf?  I have two slightly different variations in the video (here) and shown below.

Turkey Meatloaf ~ Main Recipe

Main Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. 85% lean ground turkey
  • 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 - 1 sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 1-2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 orange, yellow or red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 big handfuls fresh parsley, chopped (or sub dried)
  • 1/2-1 tomato, chopped or about 1 Tbsp. tomato paste or ketchup


  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Dried parsley (if not using fresh)
  • Any other spices you like ~ see Optional Ingredients & Spices for inspiration

Optional Ingredients & spices

  • 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • A handful of raisins (yes, you read that correctly!)
  • Chopped zucchini or yellow squash
  • Curry powder
  • Mild hot sauce (I like Tapatio) or pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Ground cumin
  • Dried oregano or Italian herbs
  • Grated and squeezed ginger
  • Fresh lemon zest
  • Fresh mint or basil, chopped
  • Roasted green chilis

Turkey Meatloaf Sauce

  • 2 cans tomato paste, or use ketchup ~ around 1 cup +/-
  • 1-2tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Sweetener of choice (I use either 1+ tsp. real maple syrup, or honey, or 1 Tbsp. orange marmalade)
  • A pinch of salt & pepper
  • A pinch of curry if using in the meatloaf is good in the sauce
  • A few drops of coconut aminos or liquid smoke could be used

Preparing the Turkey Meatloaf

It may look like a lot of ingredients, but remember, use what you want.  My basic recipe is great.  I like adding generous amounts of fresh or dried parsley, and garlic salt, salt and pepper for each loaf, no matter what else I may add.  I also love adding those raisins for a touch of sweet ~ after all, this is all about the Meats + Sweets!

The curry and a little hot sauce is a great flavor boost for ground turkey.  And if you opt for the raisins, trust me, by the time it's ready, you'll hardly notice them.

Colorful bell pepper adds a fresh flavor and bright color to the meatloaf ~ although I tend to avoid green bell pepper.

I like adding a little of the tomato paste or ketchup or fresh chopped tomato into the loaf, not just as the sauce.

To make the loaf ~ add all ingredients into a big bowl.  

Remember, season generously with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and dried parsley, along with smaller amounts of other accent flavor seasonings.  If using curry powder or cumin for example, 1-2 tsp. should be adequate.  

If using fresh parsley, use a big handful or more.  Remove the stems, and chop well.  Think of it as a substitute for the bread crumbs!  Engage your senses!  Notice the fresh aromas from the bell pepper, vegetables, and  parsley ~ fresh or dried. 

Dig your hands in, and mash it up, just until well combined.

Place into a rectangular baking dish.  Bake at 375º for about 50 minutes.  

Blend ingredients for the sauce.  Spoon on top.  Bake another 10 minutes.

Cut up and enjoy with fruit, baked winter squash, steamed sweet potatoes, vegetables, or with eggs and/or bread for breakfast!

Turkey Meatloaf w/ Apple ~ Meat & Fruit (aka Meats & Sweets)
Turkey Meatloaf w/ Sprouted Bread ~ for breakfast!

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