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Emeril's Turkey Meatloaf

If your family loves meatloaf as much as mine, get them into the kitchen to help assemble this simple, winning dinner. Whip up some mashed potatoes and a vegetable, such as green peas or steamed carrots, and you've got a well-rounded meal. Hold on to leftovers for sandwiches the next day -- they're killer!

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  • Servings: 6
Emeril's Turkey Meatloaf

Source: Everyday Food, September 2010


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (preferably 85% lean) or a blend of ground turkey thighs and breast
  • 1 1/4 cups chili sauce (sweet) or ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Cook bacon, stirring, until almost crisp, about 4 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper, season to taste with salt and pepper, and cook until vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add oats and evaporated milk. Let cool.

  2. Add turkey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 2 tablespoons chili sauce and stir well to combine. Transfer mixture to a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan and smooth top. Spread remaining chili sauce over top. Bake until meatloaf is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted in center should read 165 degrees), about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let cool in pan 20 minutes before slicing.

Reviews (6)

  • LLGray 7 Dec, 2014

    This is one delicious meatloaf! Definitely a keeper! Also used ketchup instead of chili sauce for that old-fashioned meatloaf flavor.

  • LLGray 7 Dec, 2014

    Ths is one delicious meatloaf! Definitely a keeper! Also used ketchup instead of chili sauce for that old-fashioned meatloaf flavor.

  • mattinseattle 8 Dec, 2011

    I definitely recommend using ketchup for the topping instead of chili sauce. Even sweet chili sauce, in that quantity, has quite a kick to it. Ours turned out extra-spicy, and I don't think kids would have eaten it. Otherwise, a delicious recipe!

  • jakenapril 26 Jun, 2011

    This meatloaf is my family's favorite! My youngest son has dairy allergies and to find a recipe without eggs in is great. I also substitute out the milk for soy milk and my family can't even tell. Thanks, Emeril, and Martha, for making a great meatloaf that our whole family can enjoy!

  • jakenapril 29 Oct, 2010

    I made this last night for dinner (with homemade mashed potatoes and sauteed carrots) and it was a hit! I did swap out the turkey bacon for regular (double-smoked) and soy milk for the evaporated (my son has a milk allergy) and it still didn't disappoint. Even my husband approved, considering he doesn't like peppers. Another great recipe from Everyday Food. Thanks, Emeril!

  • MarthaandMeBlogger 12 Oct, 2010

    This was nothing short of fantastic. The best turkey meatloaf ever. You can see my results here:

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