Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf // The Speckled Palate

This recipe is the ultimate quick morning recipe / you have someplace to be in about 30 minutes and need to put on dinner so you can eat SOMETHING after you finish work later in the evening.

Needless to say, this recipe is one from my newspaper photographer days, and it’s still a gem, even though I generally don’t find myself leaving the house at a moment’s notice to cover a variety of breaking news.

I was basically the queen of dishes like these in Mississippi, especially since my days had a habit of starting a little earlier than expected, and this dish, first introduced to me by my mother and then tinkered with by me throughout the years, has remained a household favorite ever since because it is quick, it’s easy, and it is delicious and perfect for a comforting meal after a long day.

I even found a way to expedite the process, especially if I didn’t have the time in the morning to make up the meatloaf. So I would either mix the meatloaf ingredients the night before and let them hang out in the fridge until the morning, or I would even freeze loafs, then remove one from the freezer, toss it into a pan to brown the sides — an essential part, folks! — and then throw it in the the slow cooker to hang out with a can of tomato soup all day.

The end result is a crunchy on the outside, utterly smooth and delicious on the inside slice of meatloaf, topped with its own juices and tomato soup and served atop mashed potatoes.

So. Good.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf
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No time to prep dinner at night? Get your start the morning of with this delightful, easy and delicious Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf. Browned before it's placed in the slow cooker with classic tomato soup, this meatloaf has great texture and flavor for a fast weeknight meal!
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb. ground lean turkey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 10 Saltine crackers, crushed
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons Mural of Flavor (or other salt-free poultry seasoning)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can of Tomato Soup, plus 1 can of water (or make your own)
  1. Preheat the olive oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the the turkey, egg, crackers, onion, garlic and seasonings.
  3. Using your hands, mix the the ingredients together until combined, then form into two rounds.
  4. Gently place the loafs in the preheated saucepan, browning all sides until thoroughly browned and crispy.
  5. Once each loaf has been browned, transfer to the slow cooker.
  6. Top the meatloaves with tomato soup.
  7. Cook on slow for 8 hours.
  8. Once cooked through, remove from slow cooker, and slice into pieces. Top each piece with the tomato soup.
  9. Enjoy warm with a side of mashed potatoes (or rice) and green beans!


Turkey Meatloaf // The Speckled Palate

Do you have a go-to slow cooker recipe that has served you well over the years? What is it?

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  • KatherineMarch 25, 2013 - 10:28 am

    I’ve never heard of a slow cooked meatloaf, but I am loving this idea. Given the cold snap we’re having, this sounds like a perfect dinner option for the week. I’m going to try this out and put one in the slow cooker tonight for tomorrow!ReplyCancel

    • ErinApril 3, 2013 - 8:46 pm

      My mom was the one to turn me on to it, especially since my job in Mississippi was SO CRAZY that I tried a ton of different foods in the slow cooker. It’s definitely a winner and makes this recipe a cinch.

      So I hope you give this a shot and enjoy the taste of it!ReplyCancel

  • JayneMarch 25, 2013 - 9:00 pm

    Wow! I am kinda loving this sorts of recipes. What other kinds of meats can I substitute turkey with? I can’t seem to find ground turkey here. We have pork, beef, chicken and sometimes mutton. SO going to try this. My favourite slow cooker recipe would be braised soy pork for when I haven’t got 2 hours to nurse a bubbling pot.ReplyCancel

    • ErinApril 3, 2013 - 8:51 pm

      Thanks, lady! I think you could easily substitute beef here, and it would be lovely. I’ve never had pork, chicken or mutton meatloaf before, but if you decided to go that route, I’d love to know how they turned out and tasted!

      Oh my. Do you have a link to your favorite slow cooker recipe? I might need to try that because it sounds DELIGHTFUL.ReplyCancel

  • Anne ~ Uni HomemakerApril 4, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    I love these kind of comfort food! Turkey meatloaf is always a healthier alternative to the traditional meatloaf (ground beef, pork and veal). Lovely post and I love your photos!ReplyCancel

    • ErinApril 5, 2013 - 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Anne! You’re too sweet! I’m a huge fan of this kind of comfort food, as well, and making it a bit healthier since I like to indulge in said comfort food. Let me know if you give it a shot! I’d love to know what you think.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn NiApril 12, 2015 - 10:06 pm

    I simply love this recipy. Only one thing bothers me that could some of thew material be preserved, so it could short whole cooking time? 8 hours is some long. I may try it, but I will use chicken instead of turkey. I am in Beijing.ReplyCancel

    • ErinApril 13, 2015 - 4:40 pm

      Hey Kathryn. I think you could probably cook this for shorter in the slow cooker, and I think chicken is a great substitute for turkey. I’m unsure how much shorter you can go, though, as I’ve always put this recipe on in the morning before I’ve left for work and let it cook all day to be ready when I arrived home that evening. Interested to hear what you think of it!ReplyCancel

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