Best Meatloaf EVER

Today I wanted to share with you my two secret ingredients to make the best meat loaf ever, promise!  First off, I have never cooked with ground beef and my meat eater hubby is OK with it.  I always substitute ground turkey and and you would never know, it’s about the ingredients you add to bring out the flavors, not the meat itself.

Secret #1

Panko bread crumbs

Progresso panko bread crumbs

Panko will soak up all of your flavors and you only need about half of what a normal recipe would call for since they will expand more then regular bread crumbs. Using panko, the meatloaf comes out much lighter tasting.

Secret #2 from my wonderful other “MOM”  Heinz chili sauce in place  of Catsup

It has a beautiful little kick to it, without being spicy.

Here you go, enjoy!

.1 package of ground turkey meat about 1 1/2 pounds


 Dash of salt and ground black pepper

1/2 cup panko crumbs

1/2 cup milk

Bottle of Heinz chili sauce 1/2 to mix, the other half for the top.

1 onion, chopped

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients but only using 1/2 of the Heinz chili sauce and mix well with your hands.
  • Place the mixture into the loaf pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until done.
  • About the last 20 minutes cover the top of the meatloaf with the remaining chili sauce then returning it to the oven. This gives a beautiful glaze on top

Drizzle with a little extra chili sauce if you so desire.

They make the best meatloaf sandwiches the next day too!

0 thoughts on “Best Meatloaf EVER

  1. I will definitely try this.It sounds delicious. MyHero loves meatloaf and he also loves the chili sauce. I am embarrassed to tell you I have never used Panko crumbs. Pretty sad, huh? xo Diana

  2. Since we are trying to stay away from ground beef and using ground turkey instead..we will be sure to try this recipe.


  3. Thank you…..I have wanted to find a good Turkey meatloaf recipe and this looks like it may be the one. I also never really knew the difference between Panko and regular bread crumbs. Now I do and I’ll be trying them!

  4. I need to try this, Kristin! I use ground beef way too much – I never really explore recipes using ground turkey instead. Thanks for sharing! It looks yummy!

  5. This sounds delicious! I love meatloaf…such a great comfort food for this time of the year. I love that that it’s made with ground turkey. I never use ground beef either. I can’t wait to try it with the chili sauce. Thanks for your recipe Kristin!

  6. I ended up being able to make this tonight, and I’ll just say I won’t ever go back to bread crumbs in my loaf again. The Panko makes all the difference in the world.


  7. I can’t wait to try that Chili Sauce. I didn’t even know that existed. My husband and daughter are huge meatloaf fans and I rarely think to make it. Will have to try this version on them soon. THANKS!

  8. Pardon my French, but my meat loaf SUCKS! I needed this recipe BADLY. My hubby is always like, “It’s great, honey!” He’s a true champ because I know it is NOT. Thank you for this…I will get a bottle tomorrow!

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