If you haven't had meatloaf in a while, and you want to try a new version, consider ground turkey instead of ground chuck. Turkey has a bad rap for being dry and tasteless. Well, it can be if you don't prepare it correctly. But this meatloaf has a few secret weapons to fight those issues. Instead of using dry bread crumbs, my recipe uses oats. Yes, whole grain, breakfast style oats. And instead of plain ketchup, I decided to use Heinz Carolina Style BBQ sauce. It packs lots of flavor in just a few tablespoons.
1 lb. ground turkey
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 t. granulated garlic
1 t. salt
1 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 T. Heinz Carolina Style vinegar based BBQ sauce (plus more for topping)
3/4 cup dry oats
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a loaf pan or a baking rack and sheet pan.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing lightly. Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan OR shape into a loaf and place on baking rack.
Bake for 30 - 35 minutes** or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
**This was the time needed for mine cooked on a sheet pan. A thicker meatloaf cooked in a loaf pan will need additional time.