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Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Meatloaf

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A classic recipe for moist and tasty turkey meatloaf to add to your recipe file. It’s a family favorite seasoned with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese.

This turkey meatloaf recipe is a family-favorite in my house.

And, back when I was a personal chef this was a dish my clients requested over and over again.

It’s super tasty, because it’s full of Italian-style seasonings like basil, parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.

The recipe calls for ground turkey thigh — you know, the dark meat — which ensures the meatloaf turns out tender and juicy.

Is meatloaf kind of like a meatball in loaf form?

Well, yes. And that’s why meatloaf is such a classic comfort food.

Secrets to making the best meatloaf:

  • Season generously with salt. My go-to ratio is one teaspoon salt per pound of meat.
  • Grate an onion into the meatloaf mix, rather than using chopped onion. It’s the best way to get amped-up flavor, because the onion juices penetrate the meat better.
  • Finely chop the flavor base. In this case, that’s the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and basil. This step not only adds flavor, but gives the meatloaf a nice even texture.

Turkey Meatloaf with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Karen Tedesco
Our favorite recipe for moist and juicy turkey meatloaf, seasoned with sun-dried tomatoes and basil for lots of flavor.It's the best comfort food dish!
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5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Meat
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 pounds (900 g) ground turkey thigh
  • 1 (75 g) small onion (3 ounces), peeled
  • 1 cup (54 g) plump, moist sun dried tomatoes, rehydrated in hot water
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (54 g) fine bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) ketchup


  • Heat oven to 425 (220C) degrees.
  • Put the turkey in a large mixing bowl. Grate the onion into the bowl.
  • Pulse the tomatoes, basil, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add to the bowl along with the remaining ingredients except the ketchup. Use a large fork or your hands to combine well.
  • Pack the mixture into a loaf pan or form the mixture into a football-shaped loaf on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes.
  • Spread the ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and bake an additional 10-15 minutes .
  • Cool the meatloaf at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Karen's Notes and Tips

  • Ketchup is a must on meatloaf. Try to find  brands made with just tomatoes, vinegar, spices and real cane sugar rather than those with added preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Meatloaf can be frozen up to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and reheat at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, covered.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 1189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 674IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Liane @ Foodie Digital says:

    5 stars
    Karen, this meatloaf is so delicious. The sundried tomatoes are such a refreshing addition. Will 100% make this again.

  2. Where can I find the recipe for the turkey meatloaf? It looks great!

    1. Hi Jackie – I just added it back – it went missing! Hope you like.

  3. I’m struggling to find the recipe for the turkey meatloaf with sundried tomatoes and basil. Every link just sends me to this post. Help please!

    1. Oh, Laurie, it’s been while but I just noticed the recipe was not on the page. Oops!

  4. this sounds fantastic! I LOVE the inclusion of sundried tomatoes!

  5. Janice, glad I’m not the only one! Someday they’ll look back and thank us, right?? Let me know how the meatloaf goes over in your house. Cheers!

  6. This sounds great! I love the idea of using sundried tomatoes and basil. I’ve been poking around your blog…it’s really lovely!

  7. Hello! I just found your blog and I think it’s amazing! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  8. Love the idea of the fresh-ground turkey – who’s doing it for you in St. Louis?

    1. Whole Foods always has it freshly ground, and Straub’s will grind if you call ahead…sad that most bigger grocery stores no longer offer full butchery service these days.