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!

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  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. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.


  6. 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!

  7. 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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