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Home-Style Turkey Meatloaf (gluten-free)

Home-style turkey meatloaf with mushrooms is the ultimate comfort food, it’s moist and flavorful and gluten-free turkey meatloaf that has all of the flavors of traditional meatloaf. The glaze on top adds the right amount of sweetness and spice to round out the flavors for the best turkey meatloaf recipe ever!

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Even though it’s made with lean ground turkey, the chopped mushrooms add the right amount of moisture for a perfectly moist turkey meatloaf, and the flavorful sriracha sauce adds just a touch of spice for a delicious meatloaf.

Why you will Home-Style Gluten-Free Turkey Meatloaf

  • It’s a healthy recipe that is easy to make! Just mix the simple ingredients in a bowl, form the meatloaf, and bake.
  • Turkey meatloaf can easily be made ahead of time; great for meal prep!
  • It’s perfect to make for two and freeze for another day!
The ingredients: tamari sauce, mushrooms, onions and garlic, ground turkey, glaze and olive oil

Here is What You Will Need

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Ingredients

🥄Equipment

How to make this easy turkey meatloaf recipe

Prepare all of the ingredients: chop the mushrooms, garlic, and onions. Measure out the tamari and Worcestershire sauce. In a small bowl mix up the glaze ingredients (ketchup, mustard and honey). Preheat the oven to 375 degrees f.

onions and mushrooms cooking in a skillet

STEP 1: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, garlic, and mushrooms; reduce to medium heat and cook mushrooms until they begin to soften (approximately 5 minutes) remove them from the heat and allow them to cool off.

Turkey with onions and mushrooms in a bowl before being mixed together

STEP 2: Add the turkey, cooled mushroom mixture. Add the tamari and Worcestershire sauces to a large bowl.

STEP 3: Gently stir to combine all of the ingredients.

This is a picture showing step three of the recipe where you gently stir all ingredients. The image shows a spoon, glass mixing bowl and ingredients of turkey, mushroom mixture, tamari and Worcestshire.

STEP 4: Form the turkey mixture into a loaf shape and place it into a baking dish or a loaf pan.

Turkey meatloaf formed and uncooked before adding the glaze
turkey meatloaf in a baking dish with a knife spreading on the glaze

STEP 5: Spread the glaze on top of meat loaf and bake it for 45 minutes; or until the internal temperature reaches 165.

Tip! Try an instant-read meat thermometer for the quickest and best results.

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

Ground Turkey Breast or a mix of white and dark meat will both work in this recipe.

Substitutes for Ground Turkey is a one-to-one swap of lean ground beef or chicken.

Check out ButcherBox for the best-tasting ground turkey.

Mushrooms are in this recipe for moisture and to add a hint of flavor. Any combination of baby bella (cremini mushrooms), white (white button mushrooms), shitake mushrooms, or portobello mushrooms will work in this recipe. Chop them up as small or as large as you like.

Mushroom substitutes – If you don’t like mushrooms, you can also add half a cup of shredded carrots or zucchini to the meatloaf mix.

Substitute the garlic cloves with 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes.

Tamari sauce is very similar to soy sauce and can be replaced with an equal amount of soy sauce.

Sriracha sauce adds a touch of heat to this savory turkey meatloaf. It can be left out if you don’t like hot food.

Try this recipe for homemade sriracha sauce!

Worcestershire sauce – Adds a little depth to the meatloaf, it can also be substituted with tamari or soy sauce. Use 2 tablespoons of tamari sauce instead of 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon tamari sauce.

Honey adds a touch of sweetness to the meatloaf glaze and can be replaced one-for-one with maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or molasses.

Substitute Ground Mustard Seed with 1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard.

a close up of meatloaf slices on a plate

Tips

  • Allow some time for the mushrooms to completely cool off before adding them to the meat. If you are in a hurry, place them in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  • Avoid crumbly meatloaf by letting the meatloaf sit for about 10 minutes before slicing. it.
  • If you prefer your mushrooms finely chopped, use a food processor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this healthy turkey meatloaf recipe with any combination of your favorite side dishes, such as green beans and almonds, roasted brussels sprouts, air fryer broccoli and cauliflower,twice-baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, or a baked potato.

Turkey meatloaf on a plate

Make-Ahead Instructions

Make the meatloaf up to one day ahead of time. Follow the recipe instructions up to forming the meatloaf. Wrap the raw meatloaf mixture up or place it in an airtight refrigerator container and store it in the refrigerator for up to one day.

When you are ready to cook your meatloaf, mix up the glaze, spread it on it, and bake it.

Freeze uncooked meatloaf. Place the uncooked meatloaf onto a baking sheet and place it in the freezer. Once the meatloaf is frozen through, wrap it in freezer-safe wrapping and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Thaw the uncooked raw meatloaf in the refrigerator overnight.

Close up of turkey meatloaf sliced

Storing and Using Leftovers

Meatloaf always tastes great the next day and leftover meatloaf is easy to store too.

Store leftover Turkey meatloaf in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat it in the oven at 350 until it is heated through or you can reheat it in the microwave.

Freeze cooked turkey meatloaf in the freezer after it has completely cooled off. Wrap the entire meatloaf or slice it and wrap each slice separately. Place the slices in a freezer container in the freezer for up to two months.

Defrost cooked turkey meatloaf in the refrigerator overnight.

Leftover turkey meatloaf ideas – slice and re-heat leftover turkey meatloaf and enjoy it as it is, or crumble the meatloaf and use it as a base to make nachos or tacos.

Toss it with pasta, chopped tomatoes, and cheese. Make meatloaf sliders or add a slice of leftover turkey meatloaf to a grilled cheese sandwich.

Variations

Add Fresh Herbs. Chop up a handful of fresh herbs such as fresh parsley, oregano, or fresh thyme, and mix them into the meatloaf mixture.

Add Spinach. Mix in one-half cup of chopped fresh spinach to the meat mixture for a turkey meatloaf with mushrooms and spinach.

Add More Veggies. Stir in chopped bell peppers, shredded zucchini or carrots.

Mini Meatloaves. Instead of making one big meatloaf, try mini-meatloaves and place them into a 5-inch loaf pan.

Try our vegetarian meatloaf or slow cooker Tex-Mex Turkey Meatloaf fore more delicious dinner ideas!

Turkey Meatloaf Questions Answered

Here are a few frequently asked questions about this recipe. If you don’t see the answer below, leave a comment or send me an email. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Can I double this turkey meatloaf with mushrooms recipe?

Yes! This is a great recipe for meal preparation; make a double batch and use it up during the week (see leftover ideas above) or freeze the second meatloaf for later. All that you need to do is double the ingredients in the recipe and form them into two meatloaves. Cooking time will be the same for two separate meatloaves. See the freezing instructions above.

There are no breadcrumbs or eggs in this recipe, won’t the meatloaf fall apart without them?

I don’t like to add a lot of filler to meatloaf. I make this recipe regularly and have never had a problem with the meatloaf falling apart. If you would rather add eggs and breadcrumbs, stir in one beaten egg and 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs.
You can also add 1/2 cup of rolled oats for a gluten-free meatloaf.

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Turkey Meatloaf

Home-style turkey meatloaf is juicy and full of flavor – the perfect comfort food.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Click on serving size to scale this recipe

Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Anne
Scale this Recipe 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups of onion small dice – about one medium sized onion
  • 8 ounce package of mushrooms chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon [tamari sauce]
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce – optional
  • 1 tablespoon [Worcestershire sauce]

TOPPING:

  • 1/4 cup organic ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • Prepare the ingredients: chop the mushrooms, garlic, and onions. Measure the tamari, Worcestershire sauce, and sriracha sauce.
    2 cups of onion small dice – about one medium sized onion, 3 cloves garlic, 8 ounce package of mushrooms
  • Mix up the glaze (ketchup, honey, and mustard) and set it aside.
    1/4 cup organic ketchup, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the chopped mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Saute the vegetables until they become soft. Remove them from the heat and allow them to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
    1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Place the ground turkey, tamari, sriracha, Worcestershire sauce and vegetables in a mixing bowl and gently mix.
    1 pound ground turkey, 1 tablespoon [tamari sauce], 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce – optional, 1 tablespoon [Worcestershire sauce]
  • Shape the meat mixture into a loaf or place it into a loaf pan.
  • Spread the glaze over the top of the meatloaf and bake it 45 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees

Notes

Store leftover Turkey meatloaf in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat it in the oven at 350 until it is heated through or you can reheat it in the microwave.
See the article above for recipe tips, variations and more.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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7 Comments

  1. Yes! We nearly always seem to have some ground turkey in the freezer, and this is the ultimate comfort food to take advantage of that! I love all the spices and flavor!

  2. 5 stars
    My go to recipe for meatloaf now. The mushrooms is a game changer, adds so much moisture even the leftovers aren’t dry.