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Cheesy BBQ Turkey Meatloaf
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Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf

A moist turkey meatloaf that’s perfectly seasoned, loaded with Colby jack cheese and brushed with BBQ sauce! Serve with potatoes and roasted veggies for an amazing dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ, beef tomato, cheddar cheese, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author Divas Can Cook


  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup seasoned croutons crushed (or seasoned bread crumbs)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce use your fav.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons parsley plus more for grnish
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 - 1 cup Colby Jack cheese cut into tiny cubes
  • Favorite BBQ sauce to spread on top (I used Stubb's Sweet Heat BBQ sauce)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Lightly grease an 8.5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  • Add olive oil to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add onions and saute until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In a large bowl add the cooked onion & garlic, ground turkey, crushed croutons, and egg.
  • Mix together ketchup and BBQ sauce and add to the bowl.
  • Add in salt, pepper, smoked paprika, thyme, oregano, sage, and parsley.
  • Add in milk and mix JUST until combined. Do not overwork the meat.
  • Fold in cheese.
  • *optional*Fry up a tinyl test patty if you want to check the seasonings.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out.
  • Brush the top with BBQ sauce and sprinkle with a bit of parlsey.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes (may need more time depending on the type of pan you use. See note*)
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Slice and serve.



Cook time: Cooking time varies for me depending on which pan I use. It's quicker when I use my carbon steel pan or the disposable loaf pans. It takes a bit longer in my glass or ceramic pans. Check on it at the 30-minute mark.