Turkey, thyme & leek meatloaf

Turkey, thyme & leek meatloaf

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A yummy meatloaf that is perfect for a midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal302
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 4 large leek, sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 500g pack turkey mince
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves removed


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 85g fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 rashers lean back bacon, fat trimmed, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then soften the leeks for 5 mins. Line the base of a 28 x 18cm baking tin with greaseproof paper.

  2. Mix the mince, thyme, two-thirds of the breadcrumbs, leeks and egg together with a little seasoning, then tip into the tin. Press the mixture firmly into the tin, then ruffle the surface with a fork. Mix the remaining breadcrumbs and bacon together and scatter over the top. Cook for 15 mins, then finish under the grill until golden and crisp on top. Serve with boiled potatoes and carrots.

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Comments (48)

suzysevern's picture

Can't recommend this recipe even though its cheap and simple. After half and hour in the oven it still didn't seem cooked and didn't taste of much despite heavy seasoning.

pammellam's picture

Actually, this is in a larger, wider pan than most meatloafs, so it could cook much faster. Also it needs some time under the grill to crisp the top according to the instructions. I don't have a grill, so I will have to leave it in the oven longer anyway.

urbanepicurean's picture

A really great basic recipe. Doesn't need much seasoning due to the bacon. However, not sure how the author was able to cook the meatloaf in 15 minutes! 50-55 min is the norm for this weight. Bon app!

samisweetheart12's picture

I halved the ingredients as there are only 2 of us- next time I'll do the full amount and have the rest the next day!! I had some courgette to use up so took others advice and grated that in. I felt it needed longer than the time stated, but this could be due to the addition of courgette, the fact I had to use a whole egg when technically I should have just used half! Or it may have been that I used a deep small dish and I think I should have gone for something shallower! However it was WELL worth the wait! Soooo unbelievably tasty! Will definitely make it again....and again...and again!!!

leighwright's picture

Brilliant recipe, never tried a meatloaf before and was suprised at how tasty it was! I added some grated courgette as others did. Works a charm with Quorn Bacon aswell if youre watching calories or fat. Think I may add a tiny bit of cranberry sauce/gravy next time just to see! Its great with or without it though. =)

charlotte_joanne's picture

I really liked this recipe. However I would probably use less leeks if I made it again. I would agree that it definitely needs gravy with it as well!

mistyfield's picture

Really quick and tasty. I steamed the leeks for 5 minutes before mixing the ingredients so that I didn't need to use oil. Also added half a grated courgette I needed to use up. Would definitely make this again.

princessfalula's picture

Ooh, forgot to rate it!

princessfalula's picture

Really yum! I use more bacon than the recipe suggests, but instead of putting it on the top incorporate it into the rest of the mixture. Also I add grated courgette to the recipe too to up the veg content. A great recipe which is delicious hot or cold!

julesthenorweegie's picture

This was absolutely fantastic! You should have seen the smile on my face once I tried it the first time. A little salt (and possibly pepper) definitely adds to it, but either way it's a great meal. I'd highly recommend it!

no1ginger's picture

Very tasty, very meaty, maybe a little heavy and could use more breadcrumbs? Correct portion size too.

jacquil's picture

As standard meatloaf, I wasn't that impressed. The following day, chopped into chunks and fried as sort of meatballs with pasta and a spicy tomato sauce, it was much improved.

kefalonia's picture

Smashing mid-week supper. I use pork & beef mince for more flavour & fry some chopped bacon, chopped onion & a couple of crushed garlic cloves in with the leeks. I also add some freshly grated parmesan to the topping mixture. This meal freezes very well.

cpayne01's picture

I made this last night and added a little left over pepperoni and cheese to the topping which gave an extra crunch! Lovely recipe, will be good for xmas leftovers!

tahbepet's picture

Made this tonight and yum! As we're not watching the fat, I added extra bacon in the mix itself, while not adding any salt as it was feeding under 5s. Doubled the thyme. Didn't have any leeks, so used red onions and coarsely grated carrot, which I softened with the onions. Served with steamed broccoli and pasta. Delish!!

sammendez1's picture

Very quick and easy to prepare. Followed suggestions and added a lot more thyme and it worked well. If I wasn't worried about the calories I would definitely suggest a lot more bacon for the top :)
Testy meal though; I served with spicy red cabbage and baby sweetcorn.

irutsun's picture

Just had this for dinner and it was awesome.

Had no leeks so I used one and a half large onions instead. Really really good.

durfeanor13's picture

Fab! Didn't do the whole breadcrumbs on top thing, did do extra bacon. Also minced turkey steaks cos it was cheaper. Had it with new potatoes simply cut in half and tossed with a table spoon of oil and a crumbled chicken stock cube and then cooked in the oven for about 20 minutes before the loaf went in so they were ready at the same time. Lovely!

vanessa3338's picture

Loved this dish. I was amazed at the lovely flavours that came from relatively simple ingredients. So simple and quick to prepare & cook. Will def become a favourite supper dish and will make extra for cold leftovers for next day packed lunches. I used dried thyme and this seemed to work just as well as fresh.

felicityhm's picture

Very tasty!


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lesnavich's picture

I used sage instead of thyme and served cold with apple and cranberry chutney - delicious! Much better than hot.