Turkey Meatloaf


1½ lb ground turkey (don’t use 99% fat free, it’s too dry)

4 slices of bread, any kind, torn in small pieces

1/4 cup buttermilk or milk

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 Tbsp olive or canola oil

1 egg

1½ tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp oregano

optional: several dashes of hot sauce


1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup ketchup

1 Tbsp mustard

4 to 6 slices of bacon, cut in half


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

In a large bowl, soak bread pieces in buttermilk or milk.

Sauté onion and garlic in oil until soft, about 5 minutes. (If you’re in hurry or feeling lazy, you can skip this step, the onions cook in the meatloaf, but aren’t as sweet and caramelized.)

Add onions and garlic to the bowl with bread.

Add turkey, egg, and seasonings and mix together with your hands.

On foil lined baking sheet, shape meat mixture into the shape of a loaf of bread.

Mix brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard.

Spread evenly over meatloaf.

Top with bacon.

Bake for about an hour until bacon is crispy and browned and meatloaf is firm. *see note

Let sit for 10 minutes, slice and serve.

*After about 30 minutes drain accumulating juice in the meatloaf pan and repeat after 15 more minutes if needed.

For next day sandwiches we like whole wheat bread, with mayo, sliced cheese and lettuce- pickles on the side.

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