Barefoot Contessa Turkey Meatloaf

The Editors at Food Fanatic | Food Fanatic

A moist and mouthwatering Turkey Meatloaf by the Barefoot Contessa herself

Unlike a traditional meatloaf, this recipe uses turkey - a lighter but equally tasty alternative.

Always a crowd-pleaser, meatloaf is so easy to prepare that it's a mom-pleaser too! 

Stuffed Meatloaf Photo

You can whip up this hearty recipe in just fifteen minutes, leaving you with enough time to kick up your feet for a while (or clean the bathroom, fold the laundry, vacuum the house... you get where we are coming from!).

This recipe includes the traditional ketchup topping, but if you want to amp up your glaze, you only need a couple more ingredients and just a few extra minutes.

In addition to ketchup, why not try adding...

  • Brown sugar
  • Finely chopped garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Vinegar

Just mix all the above ingredients together with the ketchup and coat the top of your meatloaf before cooking. 

Once cooked, this glaze is bursting with flavor and gives your meatloaf a beautiful caramelization, taking this traditional recipe to the next level.

Stuffed Meatloaf Picture

Here are a few more tips to help you create the perfect meatloaf.

  • Avoid over-mixing the meat, as it creates a dense meatloaf rather than a juicy one!
  • For quick clean up (who doesn’t like the sound of that?!), line your loaf pan with parchment paper so you can easily lift the meatloaf out once done. Then you can give the pan a quick wipe, rather than spending time scrubbing it!
  • Before slicing, we recommend leaving the meatloaf to cool for 10 minutes. This allows it to retain its shape, resulting in perfect slices.
Stuffed Meatloaf Image

If you do have any leftovers, there are plenty of fun ideas to help you use them up:

  • Breakfast Hash - crumble your meatloaf with onions and diced veggies of your choice, saute and serve with a fried egg!
  • Stuffed Peppers - cut the tops off sweet peppers, clean out the seeds and fill with crumbled meatloaf, cooked rice, shredded cheese and a bit of tomato paste. Bake and serve!
  • Add crumbled meatloaf to your Mac & Cheese
  • Meatloaf Sandwich - add sliced meatloaf and fillings of your choice to a sandwich for a quick and hearty lunch!
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Pic

Freezing Meatloaf

We don’t recommend freezing cooked meatloaf, so if you are making a meal ahead of time, prep your meatloaf as you normally would, but wrap tightly once pressed into the pan and freeze the raw loaf. 

When you are ready to cook it, thaw fully in the fridge, and bake according to the recipe.


Barefoot Contessa Turkey Meatloaf

      8 Servings


  • 3 cups Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 3/10 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tomato Paste
  • 5 pounds Ground Turkey Breast
  • 1 1/2 cups Dry Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Extra Large Eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Warm the olive oil over a medium to low heat in a medium saute pan.
  3. Add the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme and cook gently for around 15 minutes, until translucent, but not browned. 
  4. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. 
  5. Set aside and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  6. In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey, bread crumbs and eggs with the onion mixture. 
  7. Using your hands, shape into a rectangular loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. 
  8. Evenly spread on the ketchup topping.
  9. To stop the top from cracking, place a pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf.
  10. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. and the meatloaf is cooked through. 
  11. Delicious served hot, at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.
Source: In a Garten
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Author: The Editors at Food Fanatic
Source: In a Garten
Recipe Yields: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 105 minutes
Total Time: 130 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 46
Calories 174

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 837mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 7g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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