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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars

"I always found turkey meatloaf to be quite disappointing. The flavor is usually lacking as well as the texture. Well, I have developed this version that has a great texture and a surprisingly good flavor (my brother couldn't even tell that it wasn't beef)! The secret is the quinoa, which adds wonderful texture and is much nuttier than breadcrumbs. I hope you enjoy this recipe!"
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1 h 20 m servings 259
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute; remove from heat to cool.
  4. Stir the turkey, cooked quinoa, onions, tomato paste, hot sauce, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. The mixture will be very moist. Shape into a loaf on a foil lined baking sheet. Combine the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Rub the paste over the top of the meatloaf.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 50 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Let the meatloaf cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 259 calories; 11 15.2 25.3 121 968 Full nutrition

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So happy so many people like this recipe. Just to address a couple of issues some people are having: When making the recipe I used ground turkey which was a mixture of white and dark meat. This...

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This produced a moist and tender 'meatloaf'. I didn't find that the quinoa added any noticeable flavor. What I really didn't like was how the hot sauce overwhelmed this recipe. It was all we cou...

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So happy so many people like this recipe. Just to address a couple of issues some people are having: When making the recipe I used ground turkey which was a mixture of white and dark meat. This...

I doubled the recipe and took it to a potluck and it went over very well! Cooked Quinoa in chicken broth and added tomato paste to top. It was very good. Making it again tonight and will add ...

This recipe is a family favorite! I love quinoa and I'm constantly trying to find different ways to use it. I do a couple different things with this recipe, just for my own personal taste. -I...

This was awesome. I used bbq sauce instead of hot sauce and the flavor was perfect.

I am always looking for new ways to prepare ground turkey and this meatloaf is one of the best! Perfect combination of flavors and loved the texture. I made this for my very picky husband who ...

Thank you for a recipe that lets me serve meatloaf again! I haven't used ground beef for about 12 years and miss a good meatloaf. My poultry-hating hubby LOVED this meatloaf and asked me to ma...

This was the BEST meatloaf I have ever eaten! The only change that I made was to scale back the hot sauce to 1/2 TB for my kiddo. The whole family went back for seconds. Thank you for a wonde...

I LOVED this! The quinoa is a fantastic flavour in the mix (and an excellent protein source), even my very picky roommate loved it and 3 hours later is still raving about it. I added diced zu...

Fantastic! I couldn't believe how much kick came from the 1 T. of hot sauce though, might scale it back next time for the kiddos. But wonderful meatloaf!! Loved it!