Brown Sugar Turkey Meatloaf

If you got to this site looking for a meatloaf recipe with brown sugar glaze, you are in the wrong place.  I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with brown sugar ketchup glaze, but that’s just not our thing.

This recipe calls for brown sugar being incorporated into the meat.  No glaze.  It is a “dry” meatloaf on the outside, but juicy and soft on the inside.

It was my turn to cook dinner last night, but I got caught up with work stuff and I was late.  We all know how D feels about sitting down to dinner before 6:30PM. Since meatloaf takes a bit of time, D had to made dinner.

D found this recipe somewhere years ago.  I questioned brown sugar mixed with meat, but we winded up loving the recipe.  Plus, I like the fact that with this recipe, a meatloaf is a meatloaf to me and not just an overgrown meatball.  Whenever I eat meatloaf with tomato sauce, I’m always wondering why I didn’t make meatballs instead.

We haven’t made this recipe recently.  D got confused and put in the sugar amount for 2 pounds of meat that’s in the original recipe.  He had only 1 pound of meat.  It wasn’t horrible, but it was a little too sweet.  In order to avoid confusion in the future, I’m writing this recipe up for 1 pound of meat.

Also, this recipe calls for a lot of breadcrumbs.  I like my meatloaf soft, not firm and springy.  Just adjust the breadcrumbs to your taste.

Oh, and D made mini-loaves last night in order to speed up the cooking process. That’s why they looks so small in the photo. I think he made 4 loaves. They were cute. Little personal sized meatloaves. If you want to do the same, just bake for a little less time.


Brown Sugar Turkey Meatloaf


Prep Time: 10 mins      Cook Time: 45 mins – 1 hour

Serves: 6


1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 egg, beaten
1/2 small sweet onion (Vidalia), diced finely
1 clove garlic minced finely
1/4 cup parsley, minced


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking pan with aluminum for easy cleanup.

In a large bowl, combine the turkey and all the other ingredients lightly with a fork. Don’t over mix.

Pour the meat mixture onto the baking pan and shape into a large loaf or several mini-loaves. Alternately, you can pour the meat mixture into a loaf pan to mold and turn over onto the baking pan.

Bake for 45 min – 1 hour depending on the size of your loaf. Or until the meat thermometer reaches 155° F.

Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. We like to eat this with rice, baked potatoes or mashed potatoes.


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