Have you ever tried to make turkey meatloaf only to end up with a dry one? Check out this recipe and you'll never look back, you'll never believe the secret ingredient you can add to make a flavorful, moist turkey meatloaf.
I never really had turkey meatloaf when I was growing up, ground turkey was not a thing there when I was little. I liked the idea of having a leaner ground meat as an option, but never actually enjoyed it as it should be. I've had turkey meatloaves on occasions but it was always bland and dry. I tried a recipe before but my kids turned away from it.
In fact this bothered me a lot, so I set out on a mission to make a nice moist turkey meatloaf that my kids will actually enjoy. After some trials I added a secret healthy ingredient.. that was... avocado🥑.
If you are not a big fan of avocado, do not worry it will not make your meatloaf taste like one. Evidence is in my oldest kid!! He hates avocado to an extreme point, even more than he hates broccoli. I've tried a lot but he just still not there yet. I have to tell you I was skeptical and made some chicken for him as I was sure he wouldn't touch this meatloaf. Eventually I did not make real efforts, like mashing the avocados so finely, to hide it.
To my surprise, he actually ate it and even asked for it the second day.. until now I did not tell him it had avocado though😄.
How to make turkey meatloaf
- Cut the avocado in half and scoop up the flesh in a deep bowl. Mash with a fork. If you have picky eaters you might want to mash it really well to eliminate visible clumps.
- Add chopped onions, garlic, bread crumbs and all the spices. Mix well and let it set for 10 minutes.
- Add the ground turkey and lightly mix until incorporated
- Shape on a piece of parchment paper then left and place into your baking pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients then pour over the meatloaf then return to oven for 10 more minutes.
Turkey meatloaf without eggs
Actually this came by accident. You see the first time I tested this recipe I added eggs, second time I forgot🙄. I took my family's opinion and they liked the eggless meatloaf more. So you might want to test that too on your family and check which one they like more. But let me assure you both are tasty and moist.
Tips for making meatloaf
- If you want your meatloaf browned all around, bake on a baking sheet and not in a loaf pan.
- How to tell if your meatloaf is done? If you have a meat thermometer then it should register between 165F-170F. If you don't then it should feel somewhat firm when you press on it and the juices run clear.
- Make it gluten free by using gluten free breadcrumbs or swap for equal amount of oats.
- Make it low carb and use almond flour.
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Moist Turkey Meatloaf
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- 1 (160g) ripe avocado. Note1
- 1 (150g) onion.
- 1 cup (65g) Panko breadcrumbs.
- 1 teaspoon pink salt or to taste.
- 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning.
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
- 3 large garlic cloves crushed.
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten, optional. (Note2)
- 2 pounds ground turkey meat.
For the glaze:
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce.
- 1/4 cup ketchup.
- Preheat your oven to 400F
- In a deep bowl, scoop up the avocado flesh and mash with a fork.
- Add all the spices, taste the mixture and adjust seasoning if needed. Let it set for 10 minutes.
- Add the eggs if using then lightly mix in the ground turkey.
- Shape on a piece of parchment paper large enough to fit in a 9x13 loaf pan.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Prepare the glaze in a bowl, then spread over the loaf.
- Return to oven for 5-10 more minutes.
- Take the loaf out and wait for it to cool down a bit before slicing.