Without turkey meatloaf, our weeknight menus would be a lot more boring. The easy, home-style dish usually makes it into our two-week rotation. But even the tastiest dish can get boring, so—to keep things fresh—we rely on these 9 variations to keep everybody around the table interested.
1. Turkey Chipotle Meatloaf
Dark-meat ground turkey is only the beginning of flavor in this zesty comfort-food recipe by Kim Laidlaw. Laidlaw lays on tons more flavor via applewood-smoked bacon, ketchup (a meatloaf fave), canned chipotle chiles, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Get our Turkey Chipotle Meatloaf recipe.
2. Turkey Meatloaf
Meatloaf can be a flavor challenge—the taste, unlike ground beef or pork, is very mild, and prone to dryness. Here, we take care of the flavor part by focusing on umami, in additions full of it. That includes soy sauce, Worcestershire, and Parmesan cheese. Get our Turkey Meatloaf recipe.
3. Mini Turkey Meatloaves
Muffin tins become the mini cooking vessels here—the single-serving meatloaves they produce are ideal for a buffet (easy serving!), plus kids always love the idea of getting their own little self-contained serving. As for the recipe, it’s a classic, seasoned with Worcestershire, ketchup, a touch of hot sauce, and dried oregano. Get our Mini Turkey Meatloaves recipe.
4. Spicy Turkey Meatloaf
Haters of boring turkey meatloaf, this could be your jam. In addition to dark-meat ground turkey, the additions are epic. There’s bacon, fresh and dried herbs, ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, cayenne, and a splash of red wine vinegar. It all adds up to a very complex profile. Get our Spicy Turkey Meatloaf recipe.
5. Asian Turkey Meatloaf
Meatloaf, especially a turkey one, is a really good vehicle for flavors like ginger and soy. This recipe’s got that down. Ground turkey with 10 to 15 percent fat content is joined with fresh ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, red chile paste, scallions, and chopped cilantro. Taste it, and you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing it this way all along. Get Not Going Out Like That’s Asian Turkey Meatloaf recipe.
6. Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf
Whether or not you choose to make it for Thanksgiving (who are we to judge?) this recipe does make an outstanding meatloaf. Ground turkey is bulked out with easy homemade bread stuffing, essentially, but the really good part: a glaze of cranberry-apple butter. Definitely something to be thankful for. Get To Live & Diet in L.A.’s Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf recipe.
7. Confetti Turkey Meatloaf
Getting more vegetables into our diet is an ongoing challenge. One easy solution is to pack veggie fiber into unsuspecting things, in a way that actually enhances rather than feels like a diet chore. Here, grated carrot and zucchini become the “confetti” in the slices of an already tasty turkey meatloaf, spiced up with onion and garlic powders and old-fashioned poultry seasoning. Get McCormick’s Confetti Turkey Meatloaf recipe.
8. Turkey Pesto Meatloaf
Basil pesto is the genius addition to turkey meatloaf here—we always add Parmesan and fresh herbs to our meatloaf, so why not pesto? Plus, since you can buy very good premade pesto in lots of markets, it’s a shortcut that adds real flavor. The genius kicker: a glaze of marinara sauce and balsamic vinegar. Get Grabbing the Gusto’s Turkey Pesto Meatloaf recipe.
9. Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Parmesan Cheese
Ground turkey mingles with egg, low sodium tomato sauce, oatmeal, and chopped onion. For the thing that makes this recipe really special (also very cool, when sliced) is an interior layer of mushrooms and fresh spinach. It’s sort of a case of meat and veggies combining in one dish, though you’ll want to serve it with at least one vegetable side. Get Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves’ Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Parmesan Cheese recipe.
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