Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf

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We love cooking healthier, traditional, comfort foods in the slow cooker. Turkey loaf is one of those comfort foods that cooks perfectly in the slow cooker. This is a healthier spin on traditional meatloaf and is one of our favorites from our slow cooker recipe collection. This healthy turkey loaf will be a favorite for your family, especially during the colder months when everyone is craving something hearty and warm.

Looking for comfort food side dishes to serve with this turkey loaf? Try our healthy mac and cheese or sample a few of our veggie side dishes.

Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf

A hearty meal that tastes fabulous and is full of healthy ingredients, this turkey loaf will be a hit with the family.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 184kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey about 93% lean - chicken or ground beef will also work
  • 1  egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup whole grain bread crumbs whole wheat panko will also work
  • kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup tomato or vegetable juice, recommend without refined sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup


  • In a large bowl combine all the above ingredients, except ketchup, and mix well. Lightly spray the bottom and sides of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. We fill with canola oil or olive oil. Shape mixture into a loaf and place in the slow cooker. You may need to reshape, just a bit, after placing in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours. Add ketchup to the top about 30 minutes before the end of cooking time.


Tip: For simple removal from the slow cooker, tear two pieces of aluminum foil, about 3-4”, fold in half lengthwise and place crisscross underneath the meatloaf prior cooking.
We recommend using atleast a 5 quart slow cooker. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5

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22 Comments on "Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf"

  1. Eat.Style.Play  July 31, 2012

    yay! I gotta try this, we love meatloaf in this house!!

    • Skinny Ms.  July 31, 2012

      Eat.Style.Play….Would love to get your feedback!

  2. Nuuh  August 2, 2012

    This was really dry and bland.  Probably needs a ranch seasoning packet.

    • K. Hardin  August 2, 2012

      What do you think it needs? Tomato sauce? I am going to fix this today and was just wondering.  Thanks

  3. Jenjenrasmussen  August 3, 2012

    This recipe did not turn out well for me…..when I came home from work it was very dried out after 6 hrs on low.

    • Skinny Ms.  August 4, 2012

      Jen, Oh my…ours turned out great. Slow cookers seem to all cook differently. 🙁

  4. Tmcleod0623  August 10, 2012

    The turkey meatloaf was very good. My husband even liked it and he doesn't like regular meatloaf

  5. SocWorkMags  August 15, 2012

    Very good!!! I used 96/4 Hamburger and added a bit of tomato sauce for moisture. I cooked it on low for 5 hours and it was cooked to perfection and moist! My 13 year old loved it but requested more onions next time! Will make this again for sure!

    • Skinny Ms.  August 16, 2012

      Thank you so much! We're thrilled you and your 13 year old enjoyed!!! 🙂

  6. WenInOz  September 6, 2012

    Anyone know if quinoa can be used instead of bread crumbs or panko? Also, I don't like red pepper (or any type of bell pepper), is there a good substitute?

    • Skinny Ms.  September 7, 2012

      Wendy, Quinoa would be a nice substitute. You could sub some type of pepper for the bell pepper.

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  8. Carla L/  February 24, 2013

    This was our dinner tonight. My husband and I loved it. I added a little extra Cayenne for him, but was still tame enough for me. He added a little Low Fat Sour Cream….very yummy. Will be making this one over and over again.

    • Skinny Ms.  February 25, 2013

      Carla, Thank you so much for letting us know. I like the idea of adding the low fat sour cream…good tip! 🙂

  9. AAB  April 23, 2013

    If cooking on high how long should I have it in there?

  10. Skinny Ms.  July 10, 2013

    1/3 cup. Added to the recipe

  11. Mel  September 1, 2013

    I'm trying this tonight for tomorrow's lunch. I did change it up a little by adding Italian Turkey meat and then did jerk sauce instead of bbq sauce and I added in NM hatch peppers 1/4 of a cup for a little sweet heat.

  12. Alicia  October 22, 2013

    This is a great recipe! Turned out great, I used a small can of V8 instead of tomato sauce, and mine didn't turn out dry. I did cut my veggies a little bigger, which next time, I will chop them smaller 🙂

  13. Charlene  October 15, 2014

    I made this and it needs some serious work. The only changes I made to the original was to add some fresh garlic and Spicy V8 for the vegetable juice, and it still needs flavor. It has too many bread crumbs for our taste, and it came out very bland. Also, if I were going to leave it in my Crockpot all day, I would put mine on "WARM" until I got home, then switch it to "HIGH" for an hour if it needed crisping up. On "LOW" in my slow cooker for 5 hours caused the outside to begin to burn and dry out. I tried the leftovers today crisped up, and it is still just a bland loaf. I have my go to turkey meatloaf recipe that I will try in the Crockpot, so it gave me that idea. My husband agreed and said, "It's alright but kind of bland…..yours is better."

  14. Seth  December 21, 2016

    I made this and it turned out fantastic!!!
    but only used this recipe as a starting point. I made the following alterations to it
    – Added 1 finely diced Jalepeno
    – Added 1 finely diced green and red pepper
    – Used spicy V8 juice instead of the tomato juice (from a fellow commenter)
    – Added some Worcestershire sauce

    It wasn’t tough or dry at all and was FULL of flavor! I cooked it for 5hours on low then came home and smothered it in ketchup and cooked it for 30 min more.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Gale Compton  December 22, 2016

      Seth, Love your tips! I will definitely be giving them a try when I make Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf next week. I’m excited! 🙂


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