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Turkey and Vegetable Meat Loaf

For a lighter meatloaf, try making it with ground turkey! It will be so moist and delicious that it will become a favorite for your family.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed saltines (about 45 crackers)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons ground mustard, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • In a large skillet, saute the onion, carrots and celery in oil until tender. In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture, cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup ketchup, parsley, egg, 2 teaspoons mustard, salt, garlic and pepper. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and remaining ketchup and mustard until smooth. Spoon over meat loaf. Bake 10-20 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 344 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 1158mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • annrms
    Oct 29, 2020

    I made half a recipe using 20 ounces ground turkey. Instead of ketchup, I used tomato sauce (don't like added sugar), used crushed Pilot crackers because I didn't have saltines that worked fine, Enjoyed the topping using the rest of the (6oz.)can of tomato sauce, ground mustard and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. I love that it was so moist but not crumbly.

  • Debglass11
    Jun 4, 2020

    We loved this meatloaf! I was looking for an alternative to ground beef and this was the answer. I sauteed fresh garlic along with the carrot, onion and celery and added more ketchup and brown sugar to the topping. Everything else remained the same. Family loved it!

  • amygerman15
    Feb 18, 2014


  • country123
    Apr 4, 2013

    this is awesome, moist and very flavorful...

  • logansmom8
    Sep 11, 2011

    No comment left

  • WiltedFlower13
    Mar 7, 2011

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!It is now my favorite meatloaf ever!

  • SkiSki22
    Oct 29, 2010

    I was surprised. My husband and I both enjoyed this. We had mashed potatoes with gravy as a side. Ony suggestion would be to double the sauce. I felt there was not enough sauce.

  • marilyn1218
    Jul 17, 2010

    This was possibly the best meatloaf I have ever had. It was so moist and full of flavor. The family loved the extra vegetables in the texture. The topping added just a little extra flavor as well. Even my pickiest child asked for leftovers the next day, but little did she know that we had finished it off the previous evening.

  • niagaracat
    Mar 30, 2010

    Except for just halving every ingredient, except the egg, to make a smaller loaf it was very moist. It did dry out a bit on the ends though. Topping was tasty and a nice touch, leftovers were delicious also.

  • mellybean1226
    Jun 7, 2009

    I love this recipe. I use it over and over. And I ALWAYS put the topping on ANY meatloaf I make.