RECIPE: Turkey meatloaf with ketchup-brown sugar glaze

Turkey Meatloaf with Ketchup-Brown Sugar Glaze
Turkey Meatloaf with Ketchup-Brown Sugar Glaze. Photo: America’s Test Kitchen

Recipe reprinted with permission from “America’s Test Kitchen.

Serves four to six.


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3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Pinch baking soda

1/2 onion, chopped fine

Salt and pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons quick oats

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 large egg yolks

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 pounds 85 or 93 percent lean ground turkey

1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup)

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley


1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce


Do not use 99 percent lean ground turkey in this recipe; it will make a dry meatloaf. Three tablespoons of rolled oats, chopped ne, can be substituted for the quick oats; do not use steel-cut oats.

  1. For the meatloaf: Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line wire rack with aluminum foil and set in rimmed baking sheet. Melt butter in 10-inch skillet over low heat. Stir baking soda into melted butter. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt, increase heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened and beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in Worcestershire and continue to cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute longer. Transfer onion mixture to large bowl and set aside. Combine oats, cornstarch, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in second bowl.
  2. For the glaze: Whisk all ingredients in saucepan until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes; set aside.
  3. Stir egg yolks and mustard into cooled onion mixture until well combined. Add turkey, Parmesan, parsley, and oat mixture; using your hands, mix until well combined. Transfer turkey mixture to center of prepared rack. Using your wet hands, shape into 9 by 5-inch loaf. Using pastry brush, spread half of glaze evenly over top and sides of meatloaf. Bake meatloaf for 40 minutes.
  4. Brush remaining glaze onto top and sides of meatloaf and continue to bake until meatloaf registers 160 degrees, 35 to 40 minutes longer. Let meatloaf cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

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