Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 to 6 Serves

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


  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey, preferably 85 percent lean/15 percent fat, or a mix of ground breast and thigh meat

  • cup chopped yellow onion

  • ½ cup chopped red or green bell pepper

  • ½ cup unseasoned dried bread crumbs

  • cup chopped celery

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • ½ 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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