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Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Ground turkey can be used in many things that are typically made with ground beef as a delicious alternative--- and like any meatloaf, makes for great sandwiches the next day!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, preferable 85/15 blend, or a mix of ground breast and thigh meat
  • 2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375° F.

    Place the turkey in a large mixing bowl.  Add the onion, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, celery, egg, 1 tablespoon of the ketchup, the garlic, Essence, salt, and pepper.  Mix gently but thoroughly until the ingredients are well combined.  Transfer the turkey mixture to a 1-pound loaf pan, and form it into a domed loaf shape.

    Place the remaining ketchup in a small bowl, and stir in the hot sauce.  Spoon the ketchup mixture evenly over the meatloaf, spreading it with the back of a spoon.

    Bake until the meatloaf is browned on top, cooked through, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165° F, 45 to 50 minutes.

    Remove the pan from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for 5 minutes before serving.