An easy, flavorful, 1-bowl healthy meatloaf with ground turkey, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce. Sure to be a family favorite!
Simply amazing. This meatloaf smells amazing, it tastes amazing, it is amazing!
It’s got BBQ sauce, it’s got cheddar cheese, it’s even got spinach and roasted red peppers for a boost of color and flavor and veggies.
And it’s a turkey meatloaf, so all in all, it’s an amazingly well-rounded and healthful dinner. There’s that word amazing again. It really is.
Note: You can certainly use ground beef instead of turkey if you prefer. It would be delicious that way, too!
Or if you're looking for a more classic version, try this classic turkey meatloaf.
Plus, it’s a dump and mix kinda dinner. You just mix up the ingredients in one big bowl, shape it into a meatloaf on the pan and stick it in the oven. Couldn’t be simpler. Which was the point. 🙂
Extras freeze well, too. So if you are just serving two people, you can wrap up the leftovers and put them in a freezer-safe bag for another night. You'll do a happy dance when you pull this out on a busy week and have dinner practically done.
I like serving this meatloaf with my super fast baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. Makes for an easy but delicious plate full of goodness!
You seriously need this meatloaf in your life. Get on that stat.
BBQ cheddar turkey meatloaf
An easy, flavorful, healthy 1-bowl turkey meatloaf. Sure to be a family favorite!
- 1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey (I use 7% fat)
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup BBQ sauce, divided
- 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves, chopped
- 1 (7 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into ¼-inch pieces
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Combine all ingredients, using only ¼ cup of the BBQ sauce. Mix well in a bowl. I like to get it going with a fork and then use my hands to avoid overmixing, which can make the meatloaf tough.
- Place the mixture onto a baking sheet and shape into an 8-inch long loaf.
- Top with remaining ¼ cup BBQ sauce. Spread it evenly around the top.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
The extras freeze great! Wrap extra slices of meatloaf in aluminum foil and label/date it or place in a freezer-safe ziploc bag and label and date it. Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then warm in a pan or in the microwave.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 934mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 38g
Seriously loving your blog! I've started to follow it, and plan to make the Pesto Chicken Salad, and this meatloaf this weekend!
Love you guys!
Chelsea Doherty Keener
Aww, thanks so much Chelsea! Hope you newlyweds are doing well! XXOO
I love meatloaf and I am always looking for news ways to make it and uses for ground turkey. I have many ground turkey recipes on my site. Instructions and pics look great. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to join.
Meatloaf is such a classic! This version is a beloved family favorite - among my entire extended family, too! I'm with you on always looking for new ways to use ground turkey - it's such an easy, yummy, healthy go-to around here 🙂 Have a great weekend!