Garlic Meatloaf Recipe

Garlic Meatloaf
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  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 65 mins
  • Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
332 Calories
14g Fat
22g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 332
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 608mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 30g
Calcium 68mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Garlic flavored croutons, along with sauteed garlic, add a wonderful depth of flavor to this moist, classic and savory Garlic Meatloaf recipe. This recipe is unusual because it uses both ground beef and ground turkey. The result is a lighter meatloaf that doesn't have as much fat.

The vegetables are sautéed together before the meat is added in this recipe, as in all my meatloaf recipes, because the less the mixture is handled the more tender the loaf will be. And adding uncooked vegetables to meatloaf usually doesn't work. The meatloaf mixture doesn't bake long enough to tenderize the vegetables satisfactorily.

Serve this flavorful meatloaf with a green salad tossed with avocado and grape tomatoes, some scalloped potatoes, and some breadsticks on the side.


  • 1 cup garlic-flavored croutons
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground turkey, light or dark meat
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a broiler pan with slits cut into it (so the fat drains away) with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Crush croutons, either in a food processor or in a plastic bag. with a rolling pin. Mix with garlic salt and white pepper in large bowl and set aside.

  3. In a medium saucepan, sauté garlic, onion, and bell pepper in olive oil until tender. Add to bowl with crouton crumbs.

  4. Add eggs to the vegetable mixture and mix well. Add meats and mix gently but thoroughly with your hands to combine.

  5. Form the meat mixture into a loaf on the prepared broiler pan.

  6. In a small bowl combine ketchup, honey, and thyme and mix well. Spread half of this mixture over the loaf.

  7. Bake the meatloaf at 350 F for 60 to 70 minutes until internal temperature registers 165 F, brushing with remaining ketchup mixture halfway through baking time.

  8. Cover with foil and let the meatloaf stand for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.