Turkey Oatmeal Meatloaf with Apricot Glaze

While my son was reviewing this turkey oatmeal meatloaf recipe with me, he was surprised at some of the ingredients, so he asked: “Have we been eating carrots and celery all these years? Oatmeal too?”  I replied with a proud “Yes!”  Disenchanted, my twenty-year-old uttered: “Ignorance was bliss…”

Truth be told, I always did my best to sneak in veggies in whatever my kids were eating.  Dishes like soups, meatloaves, meatballs, and any one pot meal are a perfect vehicles for vegetables.  I loved working on recipes that were able to camouflage those colorful intruders and deceive the unsuspected clients, i.e. my children.  I’d say: “You don’t have to eat it, just try it.”  Kids always had my permission to spit it out…no judgement, no reprimand.  Today, anytime I serve a dish that my family enjoys, all I hear is: “Don’t tell us what’s in it because it is really good”. 

This turkey oatmeal meatloaf recipe will not disappoint. You can easily double it for a larger gathering or to enjoy the next day on sandwiches. After spending time in your fridge, this meatloaf will slice like a dream. For more family favorites, check out Mama’s Crispy Chicken Fritters and Hanna’s Chicken Stew .

Turkey Oatmeal Meatloaf with Apricot Glaze

Great way to sneak in veggies. without compromising taste, texture, and presentation.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword apricot, carrots, celery, garlic, glaze, ground turkey, healthy, light, meatloaf, meatlof, oatmeal, onion, turkey meatloaf
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author CulinaryBeets


  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup Half-and-Half or whole milk
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Onions medium, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Carrots shredded
  • 2 stalks Celery finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 20 oz. Turkey ground
  • 1/3 cup Parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dry Italian seasonings Basil, Oregano, Marjoram, Rosemary
  • Pepper to taste
  • Kosher Salt to taste

Apricot Glaze

  • 3 tbsp Apricot preserves
  • 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper flakes optional


  • In a large bowl combine oatmeal and half and half. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a saute pan. Over medium heat cook the onions, carrots, and celery until golden brown, approximately 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In the bowl with the softened oatmeal stir in eggs and add cooked vegetables.
  • Add ground turkey. 
  • Add Dry Italian seasonings, salt, pepper, garlic, fresh parsley, and mix well.
  • On a sheet pan shape 4 individual meat loafs or just one. 
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until meatloaf is golden brown. 
  • Cover meatloaf generously with the apricot glaze and send it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

Apricot Glaze

  • Combine preserves, vinegar, and salt in a small saucepan and stir over low heat.
  • Stir until the consistency of syrup. Turn off the heat.
  • Add red pepper flakes.   


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