Crockpot Turkey Meatloaf

Crockpot turkey meatloaf recipe

The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

  • Total: 8 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 1 meatloaf (8 servings)

Make this delicious and low-fat crockpot turkey meatloaf in your slow cooker for dinner tonight. Any meatloaf made in the slow cooker is going to be very moist and tender. So you can use a lower fat meat such as ground turkey or ground chicken and it will still be velvety and tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (minced)
  • 1 cup soft fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey (light and dark meat)
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for crockpot turkey meatloaf
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  2. In a medium pan, cook the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes.

    Cook the onion and garlic
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  3. Place in large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Then add milk, horseradish, chili sauce, eggs, salt, pepper, marjoram, parsley, and breadcrumbs and mix well.

    Place in a large bowl and cool
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  4. Add turkey and mix gently, but thoroughly with your hands just until combined.

    Add turkey and mix
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  5. Tear off two 30-inch pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil and fold to make two 2x30-inch strips. Lay strips in bottom of the crockpot in an X pattern, letting the edges hang over the crockpot.

    Foil over crockpot
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  6. Form the turkey mixture into a loaf that will fit into the crockpot. Place on top of the foil strips. 

    Form turkey mixture into loaf
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  7. Then, mix ketchup and mustard in a small bowl and spread evenly over the meatloaf.

    Mix ketchup and mustard in small bowl
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  8. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until meat thermometer registers 160 F.

    Cover and cook
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  9. Drain off fat as needed during cooking time using a turkey baster.

    Drain off fat as needed
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  10. Use foil strips to lift the meatloaf out of crockpot when it reaches 160 F on a meat thermometer. Cover and let stand 20 minutes before slicing.

    Use foil to lift meatloaf out
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  11. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve
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Tip

  • Always cook the onion and garlic before adding them to a meatloaf simply because these vegetables do not soften enough while the meatloaf itself cooks and you want it all to blend together and be tender.

Recipe Variation

  • You can flavor this meatloaf any way you'd like. If you don't like marjoram, use dried basil, oregano, or thyme. Add more garlic or use less. if you like spice, some minced jalapeño peppers would be a good addition, as would crushed red pepper flakes.