Skinny Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf

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It’s nostalgic, hearty and just plain delicious! I’m using a few flavorful and healthy twists. The first is to use barbecue sauce instead of the usual ketchup. It’s such a small change but adding barbecue sauce makes it taste extraordinary. Next, you’ll save a tremendous amount of calories and fat by free forming the meatloaf.  If you prepare it the way your Grandma did, in a loaf pan, the fat soaks into the loaf. With this new way, all the excess fat is left on the pan not in the loaf and then in your stomach. Just by making meatloaf this way, you save over 250 calories and more astounding 38 grams of fat per serving. Each generous 3 slice serving has 252 calories, 3 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time 1 hour


1 pound ground turkey

½ cup plain bread crumbs

1 cup chopped onions

½ cup + ½ cup barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Rays, Bull’s-eye or use your favorite)

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 egg whites

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking pan or cookie sheet with foil.

3. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, onions, ½ cup barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, egg whites, salt and pepper and mix well until thoroughly combined.

4. Place meatloaf mixture in the center of the baking pan and shape into a 12 x 4 inch loaf by hand.

5. Spread the remaining ½ cup barbecue sauce evenly over the top of the loaf. Add more if desired.

6. Bake 1 hour and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serves 4 (each serving 3 slices)

Food Fact

Nobody is quite certain about the origin of meatloaf.  Most agree that it was a popular, economical meal to make during the Great Depression.  In 2007 it was voted the 7th favorite meal in the America.

Prep Tip

If you don’t like messy hands when mixing the meatloaf mixture, put the ingredients in a large, plastic bag, seal it, then squish the contents together until well mixed.

Serving Tips
Serve this meatloaf with Dreamy Dairy Free, Skinny Mashed Potatoes or Skinny Mash Potatoes and a vegetable such as Skinny Garlic Green Beans. Another idea is to slice the meatloaf and make a hot sandwich served on whole wheat sourdough bread or multi-grain bread with lettuce and tomato. Yum!

Note: If you are looking to cut the points down, a 2 slice serving is still very satisfying-
Weight Watchers
(old points) 3 (for 2 slices)

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4 (for 2 slices)

Weight Watchers
(old points) 5 (for 3 slices)
Weight Watchers POINTS
POINTS 6 (for 3 slices)

SKINNY FACTS: Serving size, 3 slices (based on draining fat)
252 calories, 3g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 50mg chol, 34g protein, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, 862 mg sodium, 8g sugar
FAT FACTS OF MEATLOAF: 3 regular slices made with beef and not draining fat
571 calories, 42g fat, 35g protein, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, 1123 mg sodium, 54mg calcium, 5g sugar

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59 Responses to “Skinny Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Found your blog on Google and was so glad i did. That was a excellent read. I have a tiny question.Is it alright if i send you an email???…

  2. Carrie Says:

    This looks great.

  3. Sally Says:

    My Mom always used corn flakes in lieu of bread crumbs, etc. I also use corn flakes. How would it alter the recipe if I used corn flakes? How would corn flakes affect the fat, etc., items?

  4. admin Says:

    Sally, cornflake crumbs would taste delicious with this meatloaf. You can buy a box of crumbs in the baking aisle of the supermarket. Although we haven’t done the exact calculations, the fat and calories should be pretty close.
    Hope you like the recipe!

  5. Kristen Says:

    I have never tried free forming meatloaf. After looking at the calorie comparison, though, I am thinking it’s time to find some turkey and get out my latent play doh skills to form a meatloaf! The bbq sauce is a great addition, too.

  6. admin Says:

    It’s really a simple way to make any type of meatloaf. Because all the fat oozes out onto the pan, it doesn’t give you indigestion either! Hope you enjoy this yummy version.

  7. tat Says:

    how do you prevent meal from being to dry…it was good, but mine turned out a little dry

  8. tat Says:

    o, by the way the points plus for the number of 3 servings is actually 11pts. so I cut mine into a serving of 5 for 7 points… It was very filling!!

  9. admin Says:

    Hi Tat,
    The only reason why it might have been dry is if you used 99% fat-free ground turkey breast. The ground turkey that works best is one with a little more fat such as Jennie-O’s or Trader Joe’s ground turkey. They’re about 93% or 94% fat. This type is much more moist and when the meatloaf is cooked, all the fat oozes out onto the foil lined pan. I hope this helps for next time! Best, Nancy

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks for your feedback. This entire recipe serves 4, (3 slices per serving). I just recalculated the Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS per serving and I still get 6 points. Here’s the link to the site that I use to calculate the points, You’re right that 2 slices is quite filling especially if you’re serving a few side dishes with it. Thanks again. Best, Nancy

  11. tat Says:

    Thanks Nancy, I will definately try this again.

  12. Jessica Says:

    I just calculated this recipe using the WW recipe tracker at and I am coming up with much higher results…. Any idea why?

    1 1/4 lb 93/7 ground turkey is 21 pts
    1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs is 5 pts
    1 C original bbq sauce is 13 pts
    2 tbsp worcestshire sauce is 1 pt

    Total of 40…

    5 servings- 8 pts
    6 servings- 7 pts
    7 servings- 6 pts…

  13. admin Says:

    Hi Jessica,
    Thanks so much for your comment. I just recalculated this recipe using a program called Spark Recipes. The meatloaf is free formed instead of being made in a loaf pan and most of the fat oozes out onto the pan. Because of this, I’ve done the nutrition facts based on 99% ground turkey even though this recipe calls for using 93/7. Here is the new calculations. Based on these, the Weight Watchers (old points) is 5 but the Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS is 6! I did make some of these changes to my site. In addition, I’ve now made it clear that these calculations are based on 1 pound of ground turkey. Thanks so much again for contacting me. I hope this new information helps! With best wishes, Nancy

    Servings Per Recipe: 4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories: 251.6
    Total Fat: 3.0 g
    Sodium: 862.1 mg
    Total Carbs: 22.8 g
    Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
    Protein: 33.9 g

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  15. Diane Balch Says:

    I have not been successful with turkey meatloaf. Your recipe looks exceptionally good, can’t wait to try it. Please start this on my foodie friday party today.

  16. admin Says:

    Thanks Diane. I’ll sharing it soon!

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  18. Brooklyn Allergy Mom Says:

    I love your blog because I can point to it since my husband has lost 40 pounds eating my food, which is very similar to yours except it’s all top 8 allergen-free :). Instead of worsteshire (which contains fish) I use basalmic vinegar (not one to one), I can’t use eggs, and our child hates the texture of onions, so I have some little tricks. But essentailly no one is the wiser! Thank you for your lovely blog…Stay skinny!
    aka “Bklynallergymom”

  19. admin Says:

    Thanks Heidi. Sounds like you have a lot of challenges. Best of luck to you!

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  21. Hank Says:

    This recipe looks delicious. In terms of the calculators talked about in the comments, I actually prefer this one over the one listed at calculator cat.

  22. admin Says:

    Thanks for the tip Hank!

  23. Christina Says:

    Best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried. I get requests for it all the time and you can’t even tell that it it WW friendly. It is definitely a keeper.

  24. admin Says:

    I’m so thrilled you like this recipe…It’s my all time favorite way to make meatloaf! Thanks Christina.

  25. Arthy Suman Says:

    Thank you so much i love your blog and the recipes featured here…excellent…

  26. admin Says:

    Thanks you!

  27. Lisa @ Flour Me With Love Says:

    What a wonderful recipe! I love that it’s made with turkey…thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  28. admin Says:

    My pleasure Lisa. Thanks as always for hosting your wonderful link party!

  29. Sherry Says:

    Found this to taste great..but I found it a bit can I get it to stay together better? It tastes great! Thanks again!

  30. admin Says:

    Thanks for your feedback. Best thing to do is wait for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Or, to really ensure it holds together, bake it and refrigerate for several hours before slicing. Just reheat the slices before serving! I hope this help.

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  32. admin Says:

    Shannon, thanks so much for sharing my for Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf! I’m so thrilled you love it.

  33. wendy geary Says:

    My husband and I have started a leaner and healthier diet, so thank you so much for your recipes! My husband loved this recipe, it is very tasty! Thanks again for all the great ideas.

  34. admin Says:

    Thanks for your terrific feedback Wendy. I’m so happy you’re both enjoying my recipes! This meatloaf recipe is my husbands favorite. So glad your husband loves it too!

  35. Christina Says:

    My loaf is in the oven as we speak.. I’ve made traditional (beef) barbecue meatloaf in the past, but i was intrigued by your recipe and decided to give it a try. Looks and smells great so far… can’t wait to try it!!

  36. admin Says:

    Christina, I hope you enjoy my skinny version!
    I’d love to hear how you liked it compared to your traditional beef recipe.
    With my best wishes,

  37. K Says:

    Hi, I tried this recipe, but when I put the meatloaf together it was very, very wet. Wanting it to turn out well I decided to add another piece of crumbled toast. It was still way more moist than I think it should have been, so not sure what the problem was. Also, I omitted the BBQ sauce on top, and it was still too sweet.

  38. admin Says:

    Hmmm…Not sure why you had these problems K. I’ve been making this meatloaf for years and never had the issues you had.
    Sorry…You’ve got me stumped!
    With my best wishes,

  39. K Says:

    Thanks Nancy. I’ll keep trying!

  40. Andrea May Says:

    This recipe was amazing! I decided to make this because I “thought” my boyfriend loved meatloaf. When I told him that’s what I was making he came over less than thrilled until he walked in the door and could smell that barbeque! He recently announced this is his favorite meal I’ve made – guess I’ll have to whip this one up again soon. Thanks for the recip!

  41. admin Says:

    I love hearing that Andrea…Thanks sooo much for the amazing feedback!!! It’s my husband’s favorite meatloaf too!
    With my very best wishes,

  42. Carol Says:

    i used half chicken and half turkey
    and it was delicious!

    Have made it many times for family and friends and it is always such a hit!
    as all of the recipes i have used from this site are!

  43. admin Says:

    I’m thrilled to hear you are enjoying my recipes Carol!
    Thanks for sharing your tip too.
    With my very best wishes,

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    I had such a good time with you during our interview. You are a true professional Heather and a very sweet lady. Thanks so much for interviewing me. I hope everyone enjoys it!
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  46. ChrisH Says:

    Thanks Nancy. I’ll keep trying!

  47. Danelle Says:

    I just made this and it is so so good! I didn’t deviate from the recipe but it’s hard to believe that 3 slices of this is only 6 points. Glad it is though! Yummy!

  48. admin Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback Danelle. This is my husband’s very favorite meatloaf. It freezes great too.
    My best,

  49. Sherise Says:

    If I swapped the turkey for lean ground beef, and took out the BBQ sauce (and onions), what would be the point value? And BTW, I just found your website and I think Im in love!

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  51. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my Skinny Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf!

  52. Jen Says:

    I am making this now….I was lazy and didn’t feel like chopping an onion (I had a mix of yellow and red already chopped so I used that) I am really hoping the nubs likes it. We are trying a healthy diet and sometimes can be picky…fingers crossed

  53. Jen Says:

    So I just realized that I used 1 an 1/4 lb of ground turkey,….how much time at the end should I add for cook time???

  54. admin Says:

    It should take about the same cook time Jen.
    Hope you all enjoy this recipe!
    My best,

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  57. Alice Says:

    Great receipe. With out trying to ascertain the fat loss of the receipe as WWatcher’s really doesn’t calculate points in this manner, its 9 points for 3 slices. My husband and I found it delicious! I did appreciate the idea about baking it on the foil to lose the fat and it’s great for clean up.

  58. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for your feedback Alice!
    My best,

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