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Simple Turkey Meatloaf


Everyone needs an easy turkey meatloaf recipe. Emeril shared his ketchup-topped version with Martha. It comes from his book, "Emeril 20-40-60."

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  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
turkey meatloaf

Photography: Alpha Smoot

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5029


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, preferably 85 percent lean/15 percent fat, or a mix of ground breast and thigh meat
  • 2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned dried bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack positioned in center of oven.

  2. Place turkey in a large bowl. Add onion, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, celery, egg, 1 tablespoon ketchup, garlic, Essence, salt, and pepper. Gently mix until ingredients are well combined. Transfer turkey mixture to a 1-pound loaf pan; form into a domed loaf shape.

  3. Place remaining ketchup in a small bowl; stir in hot sauce. Spoon ketchup mixture evenly over meatloaf, spreading with the back of a spoon.

  4. Bake until meatloaf is browned on top, cooked through, and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees, 45 to 50 minutes.

  5. Remove pan from oven and let meatloaf stand 5 minutes before serving.

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  • cooking4four
    5 JUL, 2012
    This was a huge hit with my family, I added some carrots and some seasonings from my garden and made turkey meatloaf muffins. My husband said this was in his top five favorite home cooked dinners.
  • katstar
    7 APR, 2010
    This was DELICIOUS!!! My family's new fave meatloaf. Next time I'll make two batches, they ate it all. FAST.
  • Eric_Bishop
    9 NOV, 2009
    Yes, a previous version of this recipe contained an error. The correct measurement is 1/2 cup unseasoned dried bread crumbs. - Eric,
  • SusanFischenich
    4 NOV, 2009
    I watched the show today and they used 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • MS12464347
    4 NOV, 2009
    Yes, please clarify the bread crumb measurement.
  • soblessedami
    4 NOV, 2009
    The recipe says "1/2 gallon bread crumbs"...shouldn't it be 1/2 cup??