Turkey Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

Over the weekend when 6 more students/teachers at our high school tested positive for Covid-19, in addition to the 3 that were already positive, the number of quarantined students jumped to 97. So, today through Friday they are “testing” the remote learning system. I don’t think they will be there much longer and will be home again soon. They have already moved a neighboring district to remote only learning. With 9,000 cases yesterday in Michigan it won’t be long.

So, we are trying to have comfort food but I tried to make it a bit healthier by using lean ground turkey to make the dish. The issue with turkey is that you need to make sure it stays moist while cooking or you get a dry flavorless lump. I didn’t get a picture with the onion gravy but if you like French onion soup the gravy has that similar flavor.

Verdict: This meatloaf barely hit the table before it was gobbled up! Both of my kids said this was the best meatloaf I ever made. It has lots of flavor and wasn’t dry at all. AND if you look carefully you can see the orange of the carrots in there. The carrots help keep it moist and add flavor.

I served this with a side of green beans and a green side salad. Add mashed potatoes if you like they would be amazing!

Turkey Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Onion Gravy:

  • 3 teaspoons butter
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and garlic, and saute for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring until onions are soft. Remove from the heat and allow to cool (as not to scramble eggs).
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the ground turkey, onion-carrot mixture, egg, breadcrumbs, broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, pepper, and thyme. Mix together gently with your hands until ingredients are fully mixed.
  4. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf shape on the pan. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  5. While the meatloaf is baking make the onion gravy. In a saucepan heat the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onions and a big pinch of salt. Cover the onions and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions start to turn golden and are softened.
  6. Uncover and continue to cook for another few minutes, then dust with the flour, stirring to coat. Add the broth a little at a time, keep whisking the entire time between additions to ensure a smooth gravy. Raise the heat to high. Add the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and salt and pepper.
  7. When the gravy starts bubbling, lower the heat to medium, and continue to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes until thick and flavorful. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
  8. Serve the meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and gravy drizzled over the top of both the meatloaf and potatoes.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    Oh wow this sounds so tasty! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!


  2. It’s been a long time since I made meatloaf. Thanks for the reminder. 👏


  3. On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, What’s for Dinner Moms? wrote:

    > koolaidmoms posted: ” Over the weekend when 6 more students/teachers at > our high school tested positive for Covid-19, in addition to the 3 that > were already positive, the number of quarantined students jumped to 97. So, > today through Friday they are “testing” the remote l” >


  4. The marvelous think about meatloaf is that you can use any kind of meat and don’t even really need to use meat at all, it’s all about the flavors of everything else. I’ve made delicious ones with mushrooms!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! I love turkey meatloaf!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Erika says:

    It has become peculiar over here. The numbers in Switzerland are so high but there is no talking about closing the schools, even when there is a positive tested teacher or student. It is such a different handling compared to spring. I don’t get that.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Our numbers are even higher than Spring and there are still states that don’t require masks for personal choices. It’s tough. Our state can no longer close or have a mask mandate because the state government over ruled the governor.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika says:

        Yes, over here the numbers are also a lot higher than in spring. At least, for a few months there are masks required and group numbers are limited but that’s more or less it. They don’t bring the numbers down.
        I understand your feelings about the problem with the one force controlling the other with measures that are not really helpful!


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