Turkey meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 55 mins


Serves 4

Use ground turkey to lighten up this comforting American classic - a low fat, low calorie dinner that the whole family will love

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal416
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre3g
  • protein43g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp tomato purée, plus 1 tbsp for the beans
  • 500g turkey mince (thigh is best)
  • 1 large egg, beaten



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  • 85g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce, plus 4 tbsp for the beans
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans
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  • 1-2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion for 8-10 mins until softened. Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce and 2 tsp tomato purée, and stir until combined. Set aside to cool.

  2. Put the turkey mince, egg, breadcrumbs and cooled onion mix in a large bowl and season well. Mix everything to combine, then shape into a rectangular loaf and place in a large roasting tin. Spread 2 tbsp barbecue sauce over the meatloaf and bake for 30 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, drain 1 can of beans only, then pour both cans into a large bowl. Add the remaining barbecue sauce and tomato purée. Season and set aside.

  4. When the meatloaf has had its initial cooking time, scatter the beans around the outside and bake for 15 mins more until the meatloaf is cooked through and the beans are piping hot. Scatter over the parsley and serve the meatloaf in slices.

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4th Dec, 2019
A favourite in our house. I make it in the slow cooker rather than oven bake it however
6th Dec, 2019
How long do you do it in the slow cooker for? Do you change anything?
27th Aug, 2018
This is a tricky one to rate. Was it the most amazing meal I've ever had? No. It was exactly what I was looking for though. It is so easy to make, it is healthy (ish) and my 4 year old loved it! I will definitely make it again. Next time I will add a tad more Worcester sauce and tomato puree. I will also leave out the beans. Instead I'll serve it with something less sweet like broccoli and mashed potato.
3rd Jun, 2018
Quick healthy meal. I add smoked paprika to the turkey mince and just use a tin and a half of baked beans and add the BBQ sauce rather than messing around with the cannelloni beans. Freezes well.
24th Jan, 2018
Made this to use up the Christmas turkey. (I minced turkey breast in the food processor). Easy and tasty. We had enough leftovers for lunch next day. Worked well cold too.
4th Jul, 2017
Wanted to try this as we don't eat turkey nearly enough and wanted a cheap, lower fat meal that would do the two of us for two nights. It was lovely although the turkey mince was from the freezer so it was a little wetter than it probably should be meaning that the first part of the cooking had to be done in a baking tin to hold the shape. Husband suggested that next time a chopped chilli and maybe a little cayenne pepper would lift it up a bit taste wise but it's definitely a keeper for us.
21st Mar, 2017
Made as I wanted a lower fat, different dish to make. All the family loved it - even my very fussy son. Used baked beans which worked well too! Really easy to do and will definitely make again!
20th Oct, 2016
Easy to prep in advance and really tasty, made this for my boyfriend and he went back for seconds! :)
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18th Aug, 2016
Really enjoyed this but next time will change some of the bbq sauce in the beans for some brown sugar and honey so not so smoky tasting. Serve with Corn Bread and greens making real USA taste
3rd Aug, 2016
This was a nice enough but I wouldn't rave about it quite as much as the other reviewers. It was certainly very easy to do and a change from chilli and the other things you usually do with mince. I didn't have the beans needed so I just used baked beans and added BBQ sauce and left out the tomato puree. It is one of those dishes that you could add more spices to or extra veg so could be quite versatile for using what's in the fridge. I made the loaf earlier in the day and left it in the fridge until dinner time so its a good one to make in advance.


15th Sep, 2016
At what stage do you freeze this? Can I add the beans then freeze or just the meatloaf itself?
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26th Sep, 2016
Hi Lulu, you can freeze this recipe once completed. Save the parsley for serving if you're planning on freezing the whole lot. Wherever there is a freezable symbol on our recipes, the same goes unless otherwise stated. Hope that helps!
22nd Sep, 2015
I don't like baked beans, so I would just make the meatloaf. Any serving suggestions?
6th Jun, 2015
Made this today and it was very tasty. Hubby and son very happy with it. Served it with a jacket potato but I found that a big heavy. Any "goes well with tips" please?
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10th Nov, 2015
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. We're so glad you enjoyed the dish. You could try serving with a few slices of your favourite bread to mop up the sauce and a crisp salad like this fennel and celery salad http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2762/fennel-and-celery-salad
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