Thanksgiving Meatloaf

White plate with meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many people won’t be traveling this year and having a smaller Turkey Day at home. So instead of pulling out all the stops this year, why don’t you try out this Thanksgiving Meatloaf instead! Made with all your holiday favorites, turkey, cranberry, and mashed potatoes. Simple to make, and every quicker to clean up. What else can you want for a small holiday at home. Check out the recipe below and try it out!

White plate with meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce

Thanksgiving Meatloaf

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 beef bullion
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 can cranberry sauce


  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • In a saute pan over medium heat add the butter and let melt
  • Add the celery, shallots, and sage to the pan and saute until the celery is soft
  • In a large bowl add the ground turkey, celery, shallots, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, salt, pepper, and beef bullion and mix well. Make note that the sage leaves should be removed from the mixture
  • In a meatloaf pan add the mixture and pop into the oven for 40 minutes
  • Remove from the oven, spread the mashed potatoes on top of the meatload and bake again for another 15 minutes. The mashed potatoes should be starting to brown on the top
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven. Mix the cranberry sauce up till it's a liquid and pour over top and serve!
Slice of turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce

This recipe is all about the turkey meatloaf. We tried to focus on getting the flavors just right and mimic the Thanksgiving Day turkey we all look forward to every year. And as you can probably image out kitchen has smelled like these holiday scents for the last month as we perfected this dish. Definitely not complaining. But I think the dogs now think Thanksgiving is a weekly event.

Loaf of ground turkey with cranberry sauce surrounded by fresh herbs

How to make this Thanksgiving Meatloaf!

Always, always, always, preheat your oven. For those people who think it doesn’t matter, it does. The best way to put it is like cooking a pizza on a cold pan and expecting the crust to come out crisp. Moral of the story, preheating is needed. While the oven heats up go ahead and chop up the celery and shallots. If you don’t have shallots a yellow onion will work too. Next heat a pan over a medium flame and melt the butter. Add the celery and shallots to the heated butter and saute. Add in the sage and mix well. Cook until the celery becomes soft. Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes.

Slice of Thanksgiving Meatloaf

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, beef bullion, salt, pepper, celery, and shallots. Make sure to remove the sage from the celery and shallots. While the sage is a delicious flavor, a big chunk in your meatloaf is not what you will enjoy. Mix the meatloaf and add to a meatloaf pan or rectangle pan to bake. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove and top the meatloaf with the mashed potatoes. Place back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until the meat has reached 165 degrees and the mashed potatoes have started to brown on top. Remove from the oven and pour the mixed cranberry sauce on top of the mashed potatoes. Now you have all the flavors of Thanksgiving in this Thanksgiving Meatloaf and a whole lot less prep or clean up!

Ground turkey made with herbs and topped with potatoes and cranberry

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From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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