{Family Approved} BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

I was thrilled when this meal was happily consumed by O, who is my pickier eater. It did take a little convincing. But once he found out it was Meatball's cousin he was more willing to try and from there it seems to be history. Hopefully this is a meal that he continues to eat and not one of the fluke meals that he all of the sudden protests when I make. You all know what I am talking about...pouting, foot stomping and faces like I am trying to feed him duck poo!

Thanks to my girlfriend Erin for introducing us this is great dish! You can find the recipe here at Once Upon a Chef.

Servings: 4-6
Prep time: appox. 30 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes


BBQ Glaze:
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup minced yellow onion, from one large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • large eggs
  • 1/4 cup BBQ glaze (from above recipe)
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (93/7)
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (I use Progresso)
  • A few springs chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


1. Make sure oven rack is set to middle position. Preheat over to 350•. Line a heavy duty baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick spray.
2. Prepare the BBQ Glaze by mixing ketchup, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard. Mix well and set aside.

3. Heat olive oil in medium pan. Saute onions until soft, stirring occasionally for about 6-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

4. In large mixing bowl, combine salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, eggs and 1/4 cup of BBQ glaze and mix well. Next add in onion and garlic mix, stirring to combine. Finally add ground turkey and breadcrumbs, mixing with hands until combined well.

5. Lastly, transfer meat into 2 even piles on baking sheet. Shape into 2 long loaves. Spread remaining BBQ glaze on top, letting drizzle down. (I only covered one with glaze and left one without for the kiddos). 

6. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Optional* garnish with parsley

This particular recipe takes a little longer then most of the recipes I share. I promise you it's worth it. It has so much flavor and is a healthier option with the ground turkey. Enjoy!


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