Skinny Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf



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 SmartPoints.

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 SmartPoints 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4 (for 2 slices)
Weight Watchers (old points) 3 (for 2 slices)


Weight Watchers SmartPoints 6 (for 3 slices)
Weight Watchers POINTS POINTS
6 (for 3 slices)
Weight Watchers
(old points) 5 (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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71 Responses to “Skinny Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf”

  1. ChrisH Says:

    Thanks Nancy. I’ll keep trying!

  2. 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!

  3. admin Says:

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

  4. 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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  6. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my Skinny Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf!

  7. 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

  8. 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???

  9. admin Says:

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

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  11. admin Says:

    I’m so happy to hear you love my Skinny BBQ Turkey Meatloaf. It’s been my husband’s very favorite for years. Thanks so much for sharing it Jaime!
    My best,

  12. 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.

  13. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for your feedback Alice!
    My best,

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  15. Christina Says:

    This is my most favorite meatloaf ever! It’s so delicious!!!

  16. admin Says:

    That makes me very happy Christina. Thanks so much!
    All the best,

  17. Christina Says:

    I don’t use onions or salt in and it’s still absolutely delicious!!!

  18. admin Says:

    Thanks Christina! Good to know for people that don’t like onions.

  19. Sarah Says:

    What are the smart points for this recipe?

  20. admin Says:

    Each serving has 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints, Sarah.

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  22. admin Says:

    What a delicious collection of meatloaf recipes, Tammy. Thank you so much for including my Skinny Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf! I pinned, tweeted and yummed this fabulous post!
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  23. Dana Says:

    So GOOD!!! I was looking to use up our ground turkey and thankfully we had all ingredients on hand. I served it with shelled edamame and whole wheat gnocchi that I drizzled olive oil, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning over. My boyfriend loved it! He’s looking forward to taking a meatloaf sandwich for his lunch tomorrow. It’s the little things! Thanks for a healthy amazing dinner recipe!

  24. admin Says:

    I’m so glad you both enjoyed this meatloaf. It’s my husband’s very favorite! I love what you served it with. What a yummy, healthy dinner, Dana.
    Enjoy the leftovers!
    My best,

  25. Lisa Says:

    Maybe I skimmed over it, but how many total servings is the meatloaf? Thanks!

  26. admin Says:

    Lisa, this recipe serves 4 (each serving 3 slices).
    My best,

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