Basic Meatloaf Recipe with Ground Turkey and Sausage

By on 12/22/2011 08:49:00 AM

This recipe began as my Grandma's standard meatloaf. She was raised on a farm, raised four kids of her own, and always seemed to cook like she was feeding an army of farmhands! Gran's meatloaf was pretty simple, a pound of hamburger, 1/2 pound of pork sausage, 1 chopped onion, 1 egg, enough enough saltine cracker crumbs to hold it together--and a thick covering of catsup.

My girls are not huge hamburger fans...and neither is our grown up cholesterol levels. As usual, I can never leave a good recipe alone!

Not My Grandma's Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound of regular ground turkey sausage or regular style pork sausage
  • 2 eggs (or the equivalent in an egg substitute)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large stalk of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/3 c. plain breadcrumbs (or crushed unsalted crackers)
  • catsup
Instructions for Making a Basic Meatloaf Recipe with Ground Turkey and Sausage:
Preheat oven and prepare pan.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a standard loaf pan by spraying with cooking spray directly or lining with aluminum foil and spraying with cooking spray.

Mix the Meatloaf.  Combine the two meats and mix together completely before adding the remaining ingredients. This makes sure that nobody gets a sausage patty instead of a slice of meatloaf later! Add the remaining ingredients, except the catsup, and mix completely. You may need to add more or less breadcrumbs depending on the texture of your ground turkey.  You want the meat mixture to hold it's loaf shape, but not be too dry. Place your meatloaf into the prepared pan and flatten it uniformly to make sure that it cooks evenly.

Add Catsup.  Cover the top with catsup and smooth with a knife to be sure the entire top of your loaf has a thin spread of catsup.

Bake.  Bake in preheated oven for 60-75 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reads at least 165 and the center is no longer pink.

Serving Suggestions:
  • Baked Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans or Mixed Vegetables
Alternatives and Tips:

  • The basic meat combination can be modified to fit any flavor style. I'll be posting some variations such as Mexican Turkey Loaf, Italian Meat Loaf, and Greek Turkey Loaf, so stay tuned!
  • Be sure to let the meat loaf rest for a few minutes before slicing. The vegetable in this meatloaf may make it a little "crumbly"--the slices may not be beautiful--but, this resting time will help it solidify a bit!

About Angela

Angela is a freelance travel writer and lifestyle blogger, blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, 5 moody cats, 1 spoiled dog, and 1 very supportive husband.


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