Easy hoisin turkey meatloaf is a new twist on everyone’s favorite comfort food. Lightened up with ground turkey, and flavored with hoisin and ginger. Freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prep.
Can we all just agree that a ‘loaf of meat’ is kind of a weird concept…I mean, you slice it like bread, but eat it with a fork. The whole thing kind of boggles my mind!
And while meatloaf might be up there as some people’s ‘favorite comfort food’, it’s just not one of mine. There’s something about putting ketchup in recipes that freaks me out. I avoided it in my pulled pork recipe and I’m avoiding it in my turkey meatloaf recipe as well!
Instead, I found adding hoisin sauce and ginger gave this healthy turkey meatloaf a cool flavor that I really enjoyed. It’s just as easy and possibly even more delicious than traditional meatloaf!
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We love this healthy turkey meatloaf because
- you don’t need to chop or sautee anything, so you can mix it all together an get this healthy turkey meatloaf into the oven quickly
- it has a ton of flavor that even kids enjoy
- it is freezer-friendly! You can freeze it raw or after baking
How to make turkey meatloaf
I swapped the traditional ground beef for ground turkey for this healthy meatloaf recipe because it’s leaner yet very similar in flavor.
- Mix together the ground turkey with breadcrumbs, an egg, ground ginger and hoisin sauce
- Line a loaf pan with a strip of parchment (this helps get the meatloaf out easier!)
- Bake for 55 minutes, or until baked through.
- Top with a bit of extra hoisin and a sprinkle of green onions.
Can I use ground beef in this ground turkey meatloaf recipe? Sure! Replace 1:1 for the ground turkey. The bake time should remain the same.
Can I make this ground turkey meatloaf recipe low carb? You can replace the breadcrumbs with almond flour. It was slightly more liquidy on the top but still had good flavor. You can also replace the hoisin with soy sauce for a lower carb meatloaf, although you might want to try adding some monk fruit sweetener to balance out the flavors (try 1-2 teaspoons).
Can I freeze this ground turkey meatloaf? Yes! You can either freeze it unbaked in the loaf pan (cover tightly with plastic and/or foil). Thaw completely and bake at 350°F for 55 minutes or until baked through. OR you can freeze after baking. Thaw completely, then warm (covered) in the oven at 350°F. I’d guess that 30-40 minutes should warm it through.
How long to cook turkey meatloaf? This recipe bakes for 55 minutes at 350°F.
Tips & equipment for hoisin ground turkey meatloaf
Hoisin Turkey Meatloaf
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce (plus more for top)
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with a strip of parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, egg, worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, ground ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, hoisin sauce and coconut sugar.
- Press gently into the loaf pan, smoothing the top of the meatloaf.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 55 minutes, or until center of the meatloaf is cooked through.
- Allow to cool a few minutes before loosening around the edges of the meatloaf with a knife. Lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper 'handles'.
- Brush with additional hoisin sauce and garnish with green onions.
To make ahead
- Freeze uncooked: press into the loaf pan and cover tightly with plastic and/or foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, thaw completely before baking at 350°F for 55 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Freeze after baking: cool meatloaf completely, then cover with plastic and/or foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, thaw completely, then warm in the oven (covered) at 350°F for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.