Recipe By Abigail Ranae
Published Mar 5th
Tasty Turkey Meatloaf With Sauce
Prep 15m Cook 1h Additional - Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 6 servings Calories 269.4

After looking at many different turkey meatloaf recipes and not liking any one in particular, I decided to create my own! Add Dijon mustard to sauce for an added flavor.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons pear applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray's®)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2 Mix ground turkey, oats, 1/2 chopped onion, pear applesauce, 3 tablespoons chili powder, egg, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; press into an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. 3 Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir 2 tablespoons onion until softened and lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir brown sugar, barbeque sauce, and 1 teaspoon chili powder into onion; cook over low heat until sauce is warm, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4 Bake meatloaf in the preheated oven, occasionally brushing sauce over the top, until cooked through, about 50 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 269.4
  • Carbohydrate 28.6 g
  • Cholesterol 83 mg
  • Fat 9.7 g
  • Fiber 3.8 g
  • Protein 18.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.2 g
  • Sodium 722.5 mg
  • Sugar 13.5 g


  1. First time making meatloaf with turkey, nice texture. I would reduce the 3 TBL chili powder to maybe 2 TBL.
  2. Excellent recipe! I substituted the oatmeal with Italian bread crumbs (about 3/4 cup) and the pear applesauce with just plain applesauce. Other than those substitutions, I followed the directions exactly. The meatloaf had a little kick which we really enjoyed - would have never thought to put in 3 TBS of chili powder in a - Read more ...
  3. I will definitely make this again. I didn’t have enough Chili powder for the recipe so I substituted with Chili flakes in addition to 1 Tbsp of Chili powder. It was very tasty
  4. Wanted to make something with what I had on hand and this fit the bill. I followed recipe with only change being regular applesauce since that s what I had. My stepdaughter and I liked this very much - husband ate it and said he liked it but I think the oats put him off. - Read more ...
  5. I made it as written omitting the salt. I used Newman's hickory bbq sauce as that's what I had on hand and it is relatively low sodium. It was delicious!
  6. First meatloaf I have ever made with Turkey. Very good love the sauce. I followed the recipe. Will make again.
  7. My husband's words "This is the best meatloaf I have ever had!"...he is 60. If you like a little kick this is perfect. The recipe doesn't tell you to let it stand for about five minuet
  8. Tasty Turkey Meatloaf with Sauce Haiku: "Licking-lips, this rocked! But what is 'pear applesauce?' I used regular." My only substitutions were half crushed saltines for 1/2 the oats (ran of out oats) and just apple-applesauce (not pear). This WAS a really tasty turkeyloaf, but my only minor complaint was the pieces of sauteed onion in - Read more ...