Healthy turkey meatloaf with rosemary

This healthy turkey meatloaf with rosemary is a great alternative for those who want to eat less red meat. If you love meatloaf then this recipe is for you!

Healthy turkey meatloaf with rosemary.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to use ground turkey. My bacon turkey meatloaf muffins are a classic at our house, but I wanted to create a new take on meatloaf to expand our repertoire. This Healthy Turkey Meatloaf with Rosemary is delicious and was a hit with my family and it came together really quickly. If you need a new healthy dinner recipe then look no further!


  • Ground Turkey: Lower in fat and calories than red meat, but still a great source of protein.
  • Onion: White onions are mild in flavor but caramelize to add great flavor to the meatloaf.
  • Garlic: Earthy, nutty and aromatic that sweetens when cooked.
  • ROsmary: Aromatic, robust, woody flavor that can spice up many bland-tasting foods.
  • Thyme: Goes wonderfully with the rosemary flavor with its earthy, lemony taste.
  • BBQ seasoning: Use whatever brand you have to add more flavor to the turkey.
  • Worcester sauce: Gives the meatloaf a spicy, sweet and salty taste.
  • Protein: Helps hold the meatloaf together while reducing calories and fat by using only the egg whites.
  • breadcrumbs: Works with the egg whites to bind the meatloaf together.
  • Ketchup: The classic meatloaf sauce adds flavor but also helps keep the loaf from drying out.
  • Dijon mustard: Adds a little more nuance to the sauce.

How to make healthy turkey meatloaf with rosemary

Cut rosemary

Start your turkey meatloaf with rosemary by preparing your fresh ingredients. Dice your onion, fresh rosemary and thyme.

Sweat onion

Then, in a pan over medium-high heat, sauté the onion with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Grate the garlic into the onion

Then use a microplane to rub your garlic in with the onions.

Add rosemary to the pan

Then add the fresh herbs rosemary and thyme.

Ground turkey in a bowl

Next, take a large bowl and add the ground turkey.

Add cooked onion to ground turkey

And add the onion and herb mixture.

Add breadcrumbs to meatloaf

Then sprinkle panko breadcrumbs and BBQ seasoning on top.

Adding Worcestershire Sauce to Meatloaf

Followed by the Worcestershire sauce.

Put the egg in the bowl

And the protein.

Mix together the meatloaf

Then mix everything with your hands (they are the best tool for this) until completely combined.

Form meatloaf on pan

Then take your meat mixture and form a loaf on a prepared baking sheet lined with foil.

Add ketchup mustard

In a smaller bowl, mix ketchup and Dijon mustard.

Spread sauce on meatloaf

Then spread the sauce mixture over the top of the meatloaf.

Forkful turkey meatloaf with rosemary.

Bake at 350 for about an hour, then serve with fresh parsley and enjoy your turkey meatloaf with rosemary!

Frequently asked Questions:

Is egg necessary in meatloaf?

The egg will help bind the loaf together so it doesn’t fall apart. If you can’t have eggs, you can try using an egg substitute like applesauce, gelatin, or xanthan gum.

Do you cover meatloaf when baking?

You can cook it open. However, depending on your oven, if you’ve had issues with burning items in the past, you can cover them with foil for the first half of baking and then remove them at the end.

What can you substitute for breadcrumbs in meatloaf?

You can use shredded crackers or pretzels, but if you must stay gluten-free, you can use an unsweetened cereal like cornflakes or rice chips.

Healthy turkey meatloaf with rosemary.

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Turkey meatloaf with rosemary

Healthy turkey meatloaf with rosemary

This healthy turkey meatloaf with rosemary is a great alternative for those who want to eat less red meat. If you love meatloaf then this recipe is for you!

PREPARATION: 10 minutes

A COOK: 1 Hours

TOTAL: 1 Hours 10 minutes

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Servings: 4

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, then sauté onions with fresh rosemary, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper until translucent (5-7 minutes).

  • Add the garlic during the last 30 seconds, then remove the pan from the heat.

  • In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey with BBQ seasoning, Worcestershire, egg whites, panko breadcrumbs, and cooled onion and rosemary mixture.

  • Once combined, add half of the ketchup and mustard (1 tbsp each) and save the rest for the topping.

  • Form the meat mixture into a loaf on the skillet, then carefully spread the ketchup and mustard on top.

  • Bake 60 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
274 Calories, 4.8g Fat, 0.5g Saturated Fat, 88mg Cholesterol, 923mg Sodium, 18.3g Carbohydrate, 1.4g Fiber, 37.7g Protein

Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 18.3GProtein: 37.7GFat: 4.8GSaturated Fatty Acids: 0.5GCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 923mgFiber: 1.4G

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