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The Best Old Fashioned Meatloaf with a Simple Meatloaf Recipe

A Turkey Meatloaf that’s made using a classic old fashioned meatloaf recipe.  This Simple Meatloaf recipe has a few changes from our original with the addition of Worcestershire sauce and makes it a good meatloaf recipe to save.    And it can also be made using a combination of ground beef and ground pork.

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Do you ever wonder why grandma’s meatloaf tasted extra special?   Maybe she had a few little tricks up her sleeve like using a bit of brown sugar in the glaze recipe?     Or maybe she sauteed the onion until it was sweet and caramelized?   We all know that grandma poured love in all her recipes and especially in her old fashioned meatloaf recipe.
  Even though we can’t make a meatloaf with grandmas’ love stirred into it, we can do a few other things.   We added a little brown sugar to the glaze and it does make a big taste difference.    Also, it helps adhere the glaze to this simple meatloaf recipe.   And she was right, caramelized onions really rock this dish even if we make it a ground turkey meatloaf.

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Also, we used a meatloaf pan to shape this simple meatloaf recipe.   And then removed it from the pan to cook on a cooking sheet.    This old fashioned meatloaf will cook more evenly but will still have those browned corners that grandma loved.   

This can also make a delicious low-calorie ground turkey meatloaf by substituting ground turkey for the beef.    This simple meatloaf recipe is our go-to weeknight dinner and is served with our Garlic Mashed potato Casserole.


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5 from 8 votes

Turkey Meatloaf

An Old fashioned Meatloaf recipe that is made using a simple meatloaf recipe which makes it a good meatloaf recipe to save.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old fashioned Meatloaf, Old fashioned meatloaf recipe, Simple Meatloaf Recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Evelyn




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Saute the onion in just a dab of olive oil until caramelized, add minced garlic, saute for 1 additional minute. Remove from heat, add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and a let cool to room temperature
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey (or ground beef and pork) eggs, bread crumbs, tomato sauce and cooled onion mixture. Mix well
  • Place parchment paper on a cooking sheet.  We will be using a bread loaf pan to act as a mold.    Place meatloaf mixture into a 9x5 loaf pan, press down well to shape.  Carefully turn loaf pan onto the parchment lined cooking sheet to remove meatloaf.   Finish shaping the meatloaf by hand.  
  • Mix glaze ingredients,( ketchup, vinegar and brown sugar) in a small bowl.  Brush glaze mixture on the entire meatloaf and leave about half of it on top of the meatloaf, saving the rest for later. 
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for about 60 minutes until juices run clear and the center temperature is 160 degrees F.    During the last 10 minutes of baking, brush the remaining glaze mixture on the meatloaf leaving most of it on top.  


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1053mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 7mg



Recipe Rating

Marsha Spegal

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

How many REGULAR calories is a serving if made with turkey? Not kcal, just plain old calories.


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Since we used lean ground beef replacing it with ground white turkey would reduce the per serving calories by about 30. Thanks for asking


Thursday 18th of July 2019

I'm not seeing in your revipe where to add the Worcestershire sauce or how many eggs to use.


Thursday 18th of July 2019

Let me see if I can help you. Check in the ingredient list and you will see the #8 item shows 2 eggs. Also, step #2 mentions where you add the Worcestershire sauce. Hope you enjoy our recipe for meatloaf we believe it's pretty awesome!


Sunday 11th of January 2015

Meatloaf is one of my most favorite things to eat. I have never used ground turkey before until now. This was so good.


Friday 9th of January 2015

My family enjoys meatloaf and they had no idea I used turkey. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


Friday 9th of January 2015

I think I prefer turkey in meat loaf. This looks so appetizing