Tasty AF Turkey Meatloaf (TAFTM) on a spatula in front of meatloaf

Tasty AF Turkey Meatloaf (TAFTM)

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This decadent Tasty AF Turkey Meatloaf recipe is going to have them running to the dinner table! A mouth-watering turkey meatloaf with bacon and cheese and the most amazing sauce!


3 lbs. ground turkey, not extra lean

1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled, reserving 2 tablespoons of bacon grease

1 1/2 cup diced onions

1/4 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

3/4 cups bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or chopped jarred ginger


1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite kind)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.

Add the onions to the same skillet with the bacon grease and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 5 minutes until the liquid has reduced.

Stir in the tomato paste then turn the pan off to cool.

In a large bowl add the turkey, 3/4 of the crumbled bacon (you’ll need 1/4 of the bacon to top the meatloaf after cooking), bread crumbs, cheese, egg, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and ginger.

Pour in the cooled onions and sauce from the skillet and mix well to combine.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (if using foil you’ll need to spray with cooking spray) then form the meatloaf in the center of the sheet. I made my meatloaf about 12 inches long, 5 inches cross and 3 inches high.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, uncovered.

While the meatloaf is cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven and baste heavily with the sauce, then return to the oven and cook another 15 minutes.

You can baste the meatloaf once more with the sauce after it comes out of the oven, or serve any extra sauce on the side.

Top with the remaining crumbled bacon and serve.

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