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!
I don’t know about you, but I am constantly looking for new ways to use ground turkey. My Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Bacon are a classic in our house, but I wanted to come up with a new version of meatloaf to add to our repertoire. This Healthy Turkey Meatloaf with Rosemary is delicious and was a total 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 onion is mild in flavor but caramelizes to add great flavor to the meatloaf.
- Garlic: Earthy, nutty, and aromatic that sweetens when it cooks.
- Rosemary: Aromatic, robust, woody flavor that can perk up many mild-tasting foods.
- Thyme: Pairs wonderfully with the rosemary flavor, with it’s earthy, lemony flavor.
- Grill seasoning: Use whatever brand you have to add more flavor to the turkey.
- Worcestershire sauce: Adds a tangy, sweet, and salty flavor to the meatloaf.
- Egg white: Helps to bind the meatloaf together while cutting calories and fat by only using the whites.
- Bread crumbs: Works with the egg whites to bind the meatloaf together.
- Ketchup: The classic sauce for meatloaf, it adds flavor but also helps to keep the loaf from drying out.
- Dijon mustard: Adds some more nuance flavor to the sauce.
How to Make Healthy Turkey Meatloaf with Rosemary
Start your turkey meatloaf with rosemary by preparing your fresh ingredients. Dice your onion, fresh rosemary, and thyme.
Then in a pan over medium-high heat, sauté your onion with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Then use a microplane to grate your garlic in with the onions.
Then add the fresh herbs of rosemary and thyme.
Next take a large bowl and add the ground turkey.
And add in the onion and herb mixture.
Then sprinkle in your panko bread crumbs and grill seasoning.
Followed by the Worcestershire sauce.
And the egg white.
Then using your hands (they’re the best tool for this), mix it all together until fully combined.
Then take your meat mixture and form a loaf on a prepared baking sheet lined with foil.
In a smaller bowl, mix your ketchup and Dijon mustard.
Then spread the sauce mixture all over the top of the meatloaf.
Bake at 350 for about an hour, then serve topped with fresh parsley, and enjoy your Turkey Meatloaf with Rosemary!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is egg necessary in meatloaf?
The egg helps to bind the loaf so it doesn’t fall apart. If you can’t have eggs, you could try using an egg substitute like applesauce, gelatin, or xanthan gum.
Do you cover meatloaf when baking?
You can cook it uncovered. However, depending on your oven, if you’ve had issues with the tops of things burning in the past, you could cover it with foil for the first half of baking and then remove it to finish.
What can you substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf?
You can use crushed up crackers or pretzels, but if you need to stay gluten free, you can use an unsweetened cereal like cornflakes or rice crisps.
More Healthy Dinners
- Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken
- Healthy Chicken Pot Pie
- Honey Mustard Salmon
- Shrimp and Broccoli Penne
- Sausage Pesto Pasta
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If meatloaf is your thing, then you won’t want to miss trying my Healthy Turkey Meatloaf with Rosemary.
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Healthy Turkey Meatloaf With Rosemary
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (finely minced)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon grill seasoning (such as McCormick)
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg white
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- Parsley (optional garnish)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
- Bring olive oil to a medium high heat in a pan then saute onions with fresh rosemary, thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper until translucent (5-7 minutes.)
- Add garlic during last 30 seconds then remove pan from heat.
- In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey with grill seasoning, Worcestershire, egg white, panko bread crumbs and cooled onion/rosemary mixture.
- Once combined, add half of the ketchup and mustard (1 tbs each) and save the rest for the topping.
- Form meat mixture into a loaf on the pan then gently spread ketchup and mustard over the top.
- Bake for 60 minutes before serving.
274 calories, 4.8 g fat, .5 g sat fat, 88 mg cholesterol, 923 mg sodium, 18.3 g carb, 1.4 g fiber, 37.7 g protein
This was so easy and tasted great!
I love the Dijon mustard and the rosemary. Definitely a keeper!
I’m so glad you liked it Heather!!