Turkey Meatloaf


Sweet Italian turkey sausage and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese lend an almost meatball-like flavor to this moist and marinara-topped turkey meatloaf. Slideshow: More Ground Turkey Recipes

Turkey Meat Loaf
Photo: © Abby Hocking
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

  • 12 Ritz crackers, crushed (1/2 cup)

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 3/4 cup jarred marinara sauce


  1. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Scrape the onion mixture into a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the 1/4 cup of parsley and the basil. Let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375°. Add the ground turkey, turkey sausage, crushed crackers, cheese, mayonnaise, eggs, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper to the cooled onion mixture. Using your hands, mix gently until combined.

  3. Transfer the meat mixture to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and pat it into a 5-by-11-inch loaf. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the meatloaf is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and spoon the marinara sauce on top.

  4. Turn on the broiler and broil the meatloaf until the marinara sauce is browned in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Let the meatloaf stand for 15 minutes, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Make Ahead

The cooked meatloaf can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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