Our 10 Best Meat Loaf Recipes

Turkey Meat Loaf
Photo: © Abby Hocking

When you're in need of a meal that's warm, hearty, and comforting, these meat loaf recipes definitely deliver. Some of our favorites include this marinara sauce-topped turkey meat loaf, with a flavor reminiscent of meatballs; this beef, turkey, and mushroom meat loaf recipe is perfect if you're looking to cut back on meat. There's even a red wine-glazed meat loaf in the mix too, which pairs well with a firm Cabernet (naturally). No matter which one you choose, the results will be delicious.

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Turkey Meat Loaf

Turkey Meat Loaf
© Abby Hocking

Sweet Italian turkey sausage and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese lend an almost meatball-like flavor to this moist and marinara-topped turkey meat loaf.

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Cherry-Pork Meat Loaf

Cherry-Pork Meat Loaf

Breakfast sausage and cherries mixed into ground pork create an intensely flavorful and juicy meatloaf that is also really quick to prepare.

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Beef, Turkey and Mushroom Meat Loaf

Beef, Turkey and Mushroom Meat Loaf
© Fredrika Stjärne

In this meat loaf recipe, chef Rocco DiSpirito cuts back on the meat and swaps in earthy cremini mushrooms, combining them with lean ground beef and turkey to create a loaf that's moist and tasty. Serve the finished dish with mashed potatoes and roasted tomatoes.

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Veal-and-Mushroom Meat Loaf with Bacon

Veal-and-Mushroom Meat Loaf with Bacon

The original version of this recipe from Dine with Your Friends, published in 1936 by the Women's Faculty Club of Northwestern University Medical School, called for a mixture of boiled ham and ground veal. We substituted bacon for the ham to add a nice touch of smokiness.

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Meat Loaf with Red Wine Glaze

Meat Loaf with Red Wine Glaze
© Marcus Nilsson

Shea Gallante brushes his meat loaf with a red wine glaze, which caramelizes as it bakes. The glaze also makes the meat loaf especially easy to pair with red wine.

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Meat Loaf with Creamy Onion Gravy

Meat Loaf with Creamy Onion Gravy

These meat loaves from chef Andrew Curren are easy to make ahead. You can cover and refrigerate them for up to four days—once you're ready to serve them, cut the loaves into thick slices and brown the slices in a skillet.

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Pork Meat Loaf with Chickpeas

Pork Meat Loaf with Chickpeas
© Lucy Schaeffer

For the finishing touch, chef Andrew Carmellini's pork meat loaves are browned under the broiler with a sauce made of tomato puree, chicken stock, and prepared hummus. If you'd like to pair wine with the meal, we'd recommend a robust Aglianico.

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Mom's Meat Loaf

Mom'Meatloaf
© Fredrika Stjärne

If you'd like, serve half of this meat loaf one night and save the rest to make Sloppy Joes later in the week.

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Mini Turkey Meat Loaves with Red Pepper Sauce

Mini Turkey Meat Loaves with Red Pepper Sauce
© Kana Okada

Cottage cheese helps to keep these mini meat loaves moist. Be sure to have cooked wild rice on hand for a complete meal.

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Grilled Mini Meat Loaves

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Marcia Kiesel's sister Susie created this recipe one day when she was craving meat loaf but didn't want to turn on the oven. The delicious individual meat loaves—made with just six ingredients and stuffed with cubes of fresh mozzarella that become warm and gooey—cook directly on the grill for less than 10 minutes.

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