Turkey Cauliflower Meatloaf

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Turkey Cauliflower Meatloaf is a lightened up, low carb, gluten-free recipe for a classic home-cooked meal. But I guarantee, you will not find this meatloaf lacking in flavour, juiciness, or home-style comfort.

Turkey Cauliflower Meatloaf

Rediscovering Meatloaf

Meatloaf was in the dinner rotation at least monthly when I was growing up. I did not like it as a kid, so, I have never thought to make it as an adult. Recently, I have re-discovered meatloaf, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s a super easy, versatile and delicious meal that can be customized for every taste and diet.

Six over-lapping slices of glazed turkey meatloaf on a rectangular plate

The Origins of the Meatloaf

Meatloaf has been called the quintessential American meal, but its origins may be in Italy. Italian immigrants to America may have made “one big meatball” and topped with tomato sauce. However, nobody really knows where this delicious dish originated. If you’re curious, though, you can find out more here.

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Turkey & Cauliflower for a Healthier Meatloaf

Traditionally, Meatloaf is made with ground beef and mixed together with breadcrumbs or another grain filler. And sometimes with canned or packaged soups added in. This recipe is a new, lighter, and healthier take on meatloaf, but, you will find it every bit as delicious and satisfying.

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Cauliflower: My Secret Meatloaf Ingredient

This Cauliflower Turkey Meatloaf has no grain or fillers. Instead, it has cooked and mashed cauliflower, plus finely diced mushrooms. Together, these veggies give the ground turkey an amazing flavour, juiciness, and great texture. Plus, those veggies add so much more nutrition. The lean ground turkey means a lot of calorie savings. And it’s delicious. Did I already say that?

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The Meatloaf Glaze

The crowning glory of the meatloaf is that tangy glaze, and the glaze for this turkey cauliflower meatloaf is simple, classic and delicious. It’s probably the same meatloaf glaze that everyone ever had, so I’m not changing that part up at all.

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Ground Turkey: Versatile Lean Protein

Ground Turkey is a perfect lean protein source for so many recipes. Try it in these yummy Greek Meatballs, or Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

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A piece of meatloaf  on a plate with a fork and knife

Turkey Cauliflower Meatloaf

This delicious meatloaf is big on nutrition, low in carbs, fat & calories, gluten-free, but still juicy and flavourful, It's a comfort food make over.
4.48 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 207 kcal


  • 2 cups cooked cauliflower mashed in a colander, squeezing out as much liquid as possible
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms diced
  • 2 eggs large, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped, or dried
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1.5 lb lean ground turkey


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Lightly coat a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray
  • Whisk together the glaze ingredients & set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  • Spread meat mixture evenly in prepared pan
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes, then remove from oven, drain off any liquid, and coat the top of the loaf with the glaze. 
  • Return to oven and bake a further 15 minutes, or until internal temperature is 160°
  • Remove from oven and allow the meatloaf to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


The cauliflower in this recipe can add a lot of moisture. You may have to drain that liquid from the meatloaf a couple of times during the baking time. But don't worry, because this meatloaf will be juicy and delicious.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 30gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 361mgPotassium: 669mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 28.9mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2.1mg
Keyword cauliflower, gluten free meatloaf, ground turkey, mushrooms, turkey meatloaf
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Turkey Cauliflower Meatloaf


24 thoughts on “Turkey Cauliflower Meatloaf

  1. Love this cauliflower and turkey idea! Meatloaf is definitely a ‘go to’ in our house but I avoid it more than I want to because of the Weight Watchers points. This is the perfect substitute! Pinning for later 🙂

    1. Nicoletta, I hope you will give meatloaf a try. It’s delicious, and brings us all back to the table for Mom’s comfort food. This one is a twist on the classic that you will enjoy!

  2. Your recipe for Turkey Cauliflower Meatloaf looks amazing, Colleen – a blend-and-extend recipe! I love this type of healthy recipe. I adore cauliflower, too so this great recipe is getting pinned to try. Thanks so much for the inspiration. 🙂

    1. Hi Denise! I didn’t think of it as a blend & extend recipe, but you’re right, it is! I’m just loving this meatloaf because it’s delicious, plus gluten free and low carb for our family. And cauliflower belongs everywhere, right? Thank you for pinning!

  3. Great idea to introduce cauliflower into a dish! It looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Such a smart use of the cauliflower! Sound and looks really tasty. My son is GF so I’m always interested in great GF recipes like this on. Pinning it. 🙂

  5. Meatloaf has had a bad wrap but it’s recipes like this that are turning it around! This looks so flavorful and delicious – can’t wait to try!

  6. I happen to love working with ground turkey. This meatloaf sounds fantastic. What a great way to incorporate cauliflower. I bet the cauliflower haters would not even notice…and LOVE this recipe.

  7. This is a great way to sneak some veggies into dinner. Looks really easy and I think it’s perfect for meal prep.

  8. This meatloaf looks absolutely delicious. I love addition of mushrooms and cauliflower. I bet it gave such a nice soft moist texture to the meat. I must put that on my to try list. My family will enjoy this really much.

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