Lean, Mean Turkey Meatloaf

It seems like a lot of folks have ‘beef’ with meatloaf. You feel me? Ask around and you’ll find out that someone had one too many overcooked, mushy, or gravy-ridden loaves that seriously wrecked them. I mean, I’ll give you the name – meatloaf – may be more enticing for the cavemen or Ron Swansons of this world.

Personally, the Compstons are big fans of meatloaf. For starters, meatloaf is quick and ridiculously easy to throw together. It’s also high in lean protein and makes satisfying leftovers for busy weeknights when you don’t have time to cook. Meatloaf is also incredibly versatile! You can use a wide range of proteins – both plant and animal based – and can vary the seasonings to fit practically any cuisine. Today we are going to highlight our OG recipe, an Italian seasoned turkey loaf but keep your eyes peeled for fun variations on this old classic. 

As we mentioned, meatloaf is a minimal prep meal. If you blink you may miss it, so take note. First, add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. 

This is half of them…

And the rest!

Next, mix the ingredients until well combined. We like to throw gloves on so we can really ‘smoosh’ the mixture. 

“well smooshed”

Next, place the mixture into a baking pan and press down until evenly distributed and cover with a thin glaze of ketchup over the top.

Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil cover and continue baking for another 5-10 minutes to allow the glaze to caramelize.  

Let sit 10 minutes. Then slice, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Notes: Turkey breast is an excellent, low calorie source of complete lean protein meaning it contains all essential amino acids needed for proper growth, development, and repair of the body. Turkey also contains important vitamins and minerals including immune-boosting zinc, as well as iron, potassium, phosphorus, and B vitamins. 


2 lbs lean ground turkey

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1/2 cup ketchup

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup shredded asiago, toscano, or parm cheese (If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, grab a wedge of their rosemary asiago OR Quattro Formaggio shredded blend)

3/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp each, dried rosemary and basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp each, garlic and onions powder

1/4 tsp ground pepper

2 eggs


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix together ingredients until well combined. Place loaf mixture into an ungreased bread pan and press down until evenly distributed. Spread a thin layer of ketchup over the top and cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Then, remove foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes to allow the ketchup to caramelize slightly. Loaf should temp at 150-155 degrees. Cover again with foil and let sit for 10 minutes. Carry-over cooking will bring the loaf to a final temp of 165. Careful not to over cook as lean turkey will dry out! 

Nutrition Facts (serves 8)

Calories – 214  Fat – 5g  Carbohydrates – 11g  Protein – 30g 

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