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Cheesy Turkey Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 09, 2022
Nothing says comfort food better than meat loaf! Get this one started in the morning and you’ll have a fantastic hot meal ready even by lunchtime. —Deanna Martinez Bey, Wake Forest, North Carolina
Cheesy Turkey Meat Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup crushed saltines
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Fold an 18-in. square piece of heavy-duty foil in half to make an 18x9-in. strip. Place strip on bottom and up sides of a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Coat strip with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Add turkey, 2 cups cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese; mix lightly but thoroughly (mixture will be moist). Shape meat into an 8x5-in. loaf; place in center of strip.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese during the last 20 minutes of cooking. Using ends of foil strip as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter. Let stand 15 minutes.

Can you freeze Cheesy Turkey Meat Loaf?

Prepare meat loaf as directed, omitting cheddar cheese over top. Securely wrap cooled meat loaf in foil, then freeze; freeze remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese in a freezer container. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf; reheat on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 540 calories, 31g fat (14g saturated fat), 184mg cholesterol, 1522mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 45g protein.

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