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How Long Do You Cook a Turkey Meatloaf?

Turkey is a most versatile product. It is more flavorsome and meatier than chicken and with more protein. Like all poultry though there are serious health risks if it is not cooked properly.

Meatloaf in all its forms is great in sandwiches, on a picnic, for dinner or as a hearty lunch. The one thing you have to be careful of when cooking any type of poultry is to make sure it is seasoned well because I have found all various forms of poultry tend to need extra seasoning as opposed to meats like pork and lamb.

Turkey Meatloaf Cooking Times

Cooking time depends on quantity but as a rule I would cook 5lbs of ground turkey in a loaf pan at 325F for about 1 to 1 ½ hours, until the internal temperature is 165F and the meatloaf is cooked through.

The cooking time I provide is for a favored meatloaf recipe of mine. It encompasses the rule of seasoning, that every bite of a meatloaf should be filled with flavor. What I do is sauté 3 cups of onions and 6 cloves of garlic in extra virgin olive oil until translucent, stirring so the onions do not blacken. Add all-purpose seasoning (4teaspoons), pepper (1tsp), thyme (2tsp), tomato paste (2tsp), Worcestershire sauce (1/4 cup) and turkey stock (3/4 cup) to the pan and allow to cool until room temperature.

Combine onion mixture and turkey (5lbs), breadcrumbs (1 ½ cups) and beaten eggs (3) into a large bowl. Mix well and add to a loaf pan. Some spread ketchup (3/4 cup), mustard or catsup atop the meatloaf. I do not.. Cover with aluminum foil and cook at 325F for 1 ½ hours until meatloaf is 160F internally.

If you do not have a loaf pan you can spread the meatloaf on a baking sheet to about the size of a thick burger. I would cover and cook at 325 for 50-65 minutes until internally it is 160F, checking it every 20 minutes to make sure it is not burning.

Tip: Meatloaf is just glorified meatballs so you can use this mixture to make turkey meatballs or even turkey burgers.

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