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!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; protein 25.3g 51% DV; carbohydrates 15.2g 5% DV; fat 11g 17% DV; cholesterol 120.8mg 40% DV; sodium 967.6mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2011
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 not only helped add flavor but it also added moisture that helped it to not become crumbly. Adding an extra egg is also a great way to bind it even more and hey! Extra protein! Secondly, this meatloaf is meant to be free-formed on a flat pan. Ground turkey and ground beef cook two different ways. Beef tends to give off a considerable amount of fat and a little juice making it ok (although not at all healthy) to cook it in a loaf pan soaking in its oils.... turkey and chicken on the other hand give off a lot of moisture and very little fat, so basically when you cook it in a loaf pan it is steaming and soaking in turkey water, making for a mushy fall-aparty (yes i made that word up) loaf. I hope this helps some of the future folk who make this recipe. ~drew Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2010
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 could taste (the spiciness wasn't a problem just the one dimensional flavor). This could be made so much better and given more dimension with the right mix of herbs and spices. It's a good solid start but needs a bit of work. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2011
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 not only helped add flavor but it also added moisture that helped it to not become crumbly. Adding an extra egg is also a great way to bind it even more and hey! Extra protein! Secondly, this meatloaf is meant to be free-formed on a flat pan. Ground turkey and ground beef cook two different ways. Beef tends to give off a considerable amount of fat and a little juice making it ok (although not at all healthy) to cook it in a loaf pan soaking in its oils.... turkey and chicken on the other hand give off a lot of moisture and very little fat, so basically when you cook it in a loaf pan it is steaming and soaking in turkey water, making for a mushy fall-aparty (yes i made that word up) loaf. I hope this helps some of the future folk who make this recipe. ~drew Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2010
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 an additional egg to the recipe. Thanks for sharing! this is a fantastic recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2010
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 leave out the hot sauce, since I have 2 small children, but I add some on top of my serving. -I add 1 cup of grated cheese to the meatloaf, I like the extra flavor and it moistens it up a bit. -I haven't yet tried the topping for this recipe because I love my old one too much. 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. ketchup, 1 Tbsp Mustard and a few splashes of Worchestershire. Try this recipe, you won't be disappointed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2010
This was awesome. I used bbq sauce instead of hot sauce and the flavor was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2010
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 raved about it. Next time I make this (and there will be a next time) I will add a little cheese...maybe cheddar. But do yourself a healthy favor and make this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
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 make a double recipe next time so he could have a meatloaf sandwich the next day. To round out the menu I served it with baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. It was a wonderful family meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2010
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 wonderful nutritious meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2010
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 zucchini to the recipe and instead of hot pepper sauce I used sweet chili sauce which gave it a wonderful zip but not too overpowering. Absolutely lovely! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
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! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2010
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 could taste (the spiciness wasn't a problem just the one dimensional flavor). This could be made so much better and given more dimension with the right mix of herbs and spices. It's a good solid start but needs a bit of work. Read More
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