Kid-Friendly Turkey and Beef Meatloaf

Meatloaf with Ground Turkey and Beef
Meatloaf with Ground Turkey and Beef. Diana Rattray
  • 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
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Meatloaf is one of America's favorite comfort foods. Vegetables and traditional meatloaf flavors highlight this ground turkey and beef combination. A tasty homemade barbecue sauce mixture is used to flavor meatloaf and make a tasty topping.

Processing the vegetables in the food processor helps them blend into the meatloaf nicely. This is a big plus if you have kids who hate seeing chunks of vegetables in their meatloaf. Feel free to vary the vegetables. Omit the mushrooms if you aren't a fan. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped or sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces mushrooms
  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan or rectangular baking pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Combine the beef and turkey in a large bowl with the eggs and bread crumbs. Set aside.
  4. In a food processor, combine the carrot, onion, garlic, and green pepper. Process until finely chopped.
  5. In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the finely chopped vegetables and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  1. Meanwhile, process the mushrooms until finely chopped. Add them to the vegetables and continue cooking for 1 minute. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a bowl, combine the tomato ketchup with the prepared mustard, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Add about three-quarters of the ketchup mixture to the meat and bread crumb mixture.
  4. Add the sauteed vegetables and mushrooms to the meat; mix until well blended.
  5. Pack the mixture into a loaf pan or shape into a free-form loaf in the rectangular baking pan.
  6. Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  7. Carefully pour off any excess grease. Spread remaining ketchup mixture over the loaf and continue cooking for 15 minutes.

Serves 6.

Tips and Variations

  • Mix the meatloaf with your hands or put the mixture in a large food storage bag. Knead the bag to blend the ingredients.
  • You may mix a large meatloaf with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer; avoid over-mixing.
  • To avoid clogged drains, pour the excess grease into an empty jar or container and dispose of it with the trash. 
  • Use all ground beef or make it with half ground beef and half lean ground pork.
  • Leave the mushrooms out or replace them with more of the included vegetables.
  • Add a rib or two of celery to the food processor along with the carrot and other vegetables.