thai turkey meatloaf

$7.83 recipe / $0.98 serving

Meatloaf isn’t pretty. Let’s just get that out on the table. It’s so ugly, in fact, that I couldn’t stop giggling while taking these pictures. All I could think about were those silly post cards with retro pictures of jello molds and other hideous foods from the 1950s. But you know what? After one bite you forget allll about what it looks like. Even the smell is enough to change your mind. This loaf is insane (in a good way).

If you’re not into loaves of meat, I found that this mix makes a pretty excellent Thai turkey burger as well. To taste test the seasoning I had to cook a small dollop in a skillet and it turned into a little mini turkey burger. Quite delicious. Pop one of those onto a Hawaiian roll and you’re golden. Or, you can do it in meatball form.

I covered my mouth-wateringly delicious (yet ugly) meatloaf with a spicy Sriracha glaze. If you don’t like spicy, you can use a jar of sweet chili sauce (not spicy as the name may imply) or even a sweet and sour sauce. But, you know, I had to have my sriracha!

Oh, and this makes a pretty big loaf. It can easily be halved if needed.

Thai Turkey Meatloaf

thai turkey meatloaf

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thai turkey meatloaf
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Total Cost: $7.83
Cost Per Serving: $0.98
Serves: 8
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey $5.36
  • 4 cloves garlic $0.32
  • 3-4 whole green onions $0.38
  • 2 inches fresh ginger $0.30
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce $0.18
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.19
  • 2 large eggs $0.46
  • 1.5 cups cooked jasmine rice $0.26
  • ½ cup brown sugar $0.12
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup $0.05
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce $0.17
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar $0.04
  1. Place the ground turkey in a large bowl. Slice the green onions and mince the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the bowl along with the soy sauce and sesame oil. Peel the ginger and grate it directly into the bowl using a fine cheese grater. Mix everything together well.
  2. Add the eggs and cooked jasmine rice (white rice will work in a pinch). Mix everything together thoroughly. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Place the meat mixture onto the baking sheet and shape it into a loaf.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Once preheated, place the loaf inside and bake for 30 minutes. While the loaf is baking, mix together the sriracha glaze. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, ketchup, sriracha, and rice vinegar.
  4. After it has baked 30 minutes, remove the loaf from the oven and spoon half of the sriracha glaze over top. Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Spoon the remaining glaze over top and bake for a final 15 minutes. A meat thermometer placed in the center of the loaf should read 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Allow the loaf to rest for ten minutes before slicing.

Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Step By Step Photos

ground turkeyThis is the ground turkey that I used. It is 85% lean, 15% fat. The store did have a leaner ground turkey but it was about a dollar more per pound and I figured the fat would help keep the loaf moist. If you prefer the leaner turkey, it should also work just fine.

seasoningPlace the ground turkey in a bowl and add the sliced green onions, minced garlic, peeled and grated ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix it all up very well.

rice and eggNext add two eggs and the cooked jasmine rice. White or brown rice will work in a pinch if you don’t have jasmine rice, but just know that jasmine rice does add some flavor. Mix everything up really well again.

final turkey mixAnd this is your final Thai turkey mix. You can make it into burgers or meatballs at this point if you don’t want a loaf. It’s pretty wet and sticky, so if you’re making burgers, make sure to use some oil or non-stick spray.

shape loafIf you’re going the meatloaf route, cover a baking sheet with foil and then spray with non-stick spray. Shape the mixture into a loaf. I prefer to bake meatloaf on a baking sheet rather than a loaf pan because it allows extra moisture to drain away. Loaf pans hold it all in and they often get soupy on the bottom.

30 minutes bakedBake the loaf in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. This is what it looks like so far. Not so pretty, but you can see how some of that moisture is draining away.

sriracha glazeWhile the loaf is baking during that first 30 minutes, mix up the sriracha glaze. Stir together the brown sugar, ketchup, sriracha, and rice vinegar.

spread sriracha glazeSpoon about half of the glaze over the meat loaf and spread it all over the sides. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.

baked turkey meatloafAfter a full 60 minutes of baking, my meatloaf had already exceeded the safety mark of 160 degrees internal temperature. I still had some glaze left so I spooned it over top and baked it for 15 more minutes.

finished thai turkey meatloafAnd then it had a nice thick, sticky sriracha glaze! …smells SO good. The meatloaf should lift easily from the baking sheet. The glaze that dripped onto the baking sheet was burned, but none of the meatloaf or glaze on the meatloaf were even close to being burned.

Thai Turkey MeatloafI garnished with a few more sliced green onions and I just happened to have some fresh pineapple that I cut up that morning.

Thai Turkey MeatloafMake sure to allow the meatloaf to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing. This allows the steam pressure to reduce, which keeps the moisture in the loaf instead of driving it out.


  1. Kristie M says:

    Beth you did it again…made my day!! I made this for dinner last night and we all loved it!! Even my picky children!! Now the only thing I did was I added 1 tbsp of Epicure Asian Stir-Fry spices (a Canadian based company). Well thanks again for coming up with these great recipes!!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for guiding me through my first efforts making meat loaf. It came out so yummy. My boyfriend loved it. It held together great. I followed the recipe exactly except I used 1.5 lbs ground turkey and .5 lb ground pork. Also I used leftover cooked rice that had been sitting in our fridge for days.

  3. This one was a bit of a mixed bag for me, though more good than bad.

    The good:

    Oh wow, is this delicious. I grew up eating the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook meatloaf, which follows a similar recipe, so when I saw this involved a pan-baked meatloaf with a ketchup/brown sugar glaze, I knew I’d like it. Plus, it’s got the meat/ginger/green onion/soy combo of gyoza, which can’t be beat.

    It wasn’t too hard or expensive to make, and, like I mentioned, it’s delicious.

    The not-so-good:

    Unfortunately, though I followed the recipe to the letter, my loaf didn’t have as much structural integrity as yours–the best it could do was a sort of thick meat pancake. This changed the baking process quite a bit. On top of that, I goofed and accidentally poured all of the glaze on in the first intermission–not the end of the world by any means, but a bit of a mistake.

    I’m not sure why my loaf lacked the structural integrity yours had. Maybe it needed another egg? Maybe I didn’t believe in it hard enough?

    Whatever the case, it was definitely tasty, and I’m sure I’ll make it again, though I’d like to figure out why mine was so flimsy this time around.

    • Hahah, it sounds like you believed in it plenty! :) If the meat mixture is too soft to form into a loaf, that’s usually because it has too much moisture (so an egg would probably make it worse). Perhaps your rice had more moisture than mine? Or maybe it was due to that weird turkey in a tube that I used? Not sure. If I could have actually seen yours with my own eyes, I’d probably be able to help more. :P

      • Thanks for the feedback! I’ll keep it in mind the next time I make this.

        • Haiber says:


          You might want to try wrapping the tinfoil around the shape of the meatloaf for the original bake so that it keeps the shape.

          Then move the foil back for the rest of the baking and glazing process.

  4. Deborah C. says:

    SOOOOOO delicious! I had a lb of ground pork on hand, so I used half pork and half turkey. I only used half the sriracha since my hubby isn’t a fan of too much spice. He declared this to be his “preferred meatloaf recipe”…and ate 3 helpings. My friend who recommended it said that it tastes like the inside of a potsticker…spot-on!

  5. Jessica says:

    I chose this recipe because I had some company that is allergic to beef and meatloaf feeds a nice crowd without breaking the bank. I followed the recipe to the T and it was a HUGE hit. It was by far the best turkey meatloaf I have ever had, and my company agreed eagerly. This will become a common dinner in my household, in all of its variants.

  6. Rose says:

    I made these last week with one change. I used 1/2 turkey and 1/2 chicken because that`s what I had. I used the lined cookie sheet but instead of shaping into a loaf, I spread the meat mixture as I would a brownie batter, cut the cooking time to 30 minutes. At 15 minutes I topped with sauce. Once cooled, I cut just like I would brownies because they fit my homemade square hamburger buns. I got 12 square burgers. My hubby and kids loved them so much that I made another batch!! They freeze wonderfully!! I freeze them on a lined cookie sheet for about 2 hours, then I wrap them individually in saran wrap then place all in a gallon sized freezer bag. Great for quick dinner. Microwave for 2 minutes, serve with salad or steamed vegetables. My kids love them as an afternoon snack cut up and eaten on crackers. Best Thai recipe I’ve used in a while!!! Will being using this recipe often! Thank You Beth!

  7. This was a very pleasant surprise. Thanks so much for this recipe. It’s a keeper!

  8. Monica says:

    I just made this and I love it. It’s a keeper. Thank you for the recipe!

  9. Kelly says:

    Just got introduduced to your blog yesterday,Thai turkey meatlof is in the oven now, love you already!! THANK YOU!!

  10. Ahuose says:

    This looks amazingly delicious!!!

    Instead of using turkey, can i use pork? Is there anything that would have to change in the recipe?

    Instead of making, a glaze, I am thinking of just dipping it into soy sauce! I hope this would work too.

    P.S I am in Poland and i absolutely love your site!

    • Yes, you can definitely use pork instead of turkey. These flavors work really well with pork. You can also try shaping them into meatballs instead of a loaf to make them easier for dipping, although you’ll need to reduce the cooking time.

  11. Great made it last night think I added a little to much srircha!!!

  12. Katie says:

    Yum! First time making meatloaf, used ground beef and added cilantro. So delicious and easy, next time would make extra glaze to slather all over the sliced meatloaf!

  13. AY-SEE says:

    Hello Beth, I was searching your site for a meatloaf recipe so I could use up my ground beef. Could you use ground beef for this recipe? I like the idea of the Asian spices :) Thanks!

  14. Often the best stuff I learn from Beth is the really odd stuff. Like meatloaf works better without a meatloaf pan.

  15. Erin says:

    This is my boyfriend’s all-time favorite meal in the world. I love how it is a beautiful combination of Asian flavors and an American classic dish, not to mention it’s easy to put together! Thank you for this Beth :)

  16. Kristy says:

    This recipe is delicious. It has definitely become a favorite in my house. My boyfriend insisted that I make it for Thanksgiving this year for a pot luck we were attending… he said, “trust me, I know my friends.” I put it on a bed of arugula. Everyone loved it!

  17. Heather Elissa says:

    I made this last night it was really good, It was a little loose which is fine for meatloaf but I want to make them in them into meatballs for a trial party sampler, any suggestions on making them a little firmer. I was thinking an extra egg and some bread crumbs.

  18. Sarah says:

    The flavors are all there, however I think the recipe is a little off… or at least should be clarified. You mention brown rice can be used. I used brown rice, however I don’t think it works here. My meatloaf ended up being very soft and wet and sort of flattened out in the pan. I think a white rice would be able to absorb the moisture and hold the loaf together better than a brown rice. That being said, it was delicious and I will certainly make this again using white rice.

  19. Kim D says:

    Love this! We make it with leftover Golden Bowl rice (we always get way more rice than we need) and it tastes great!

    Thank you!

  20. I am going to add crushed pineapple, because it’s so close to perfect, and I think that’s all it needs.

  21. This is one of my favorites! I printed it out and have had it in my recipe book for at least 5 months before I made it. WOW! It was so delicious! We like it hot in our house so I doubled the sriracha. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! :)

    West Linn, OR

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow this was ahhmazzing… as Beth would say!
    I have made many recipes from Beth’s site but when my husband tried this meatloaf and 2012’s #5 Crunchy Asian Salad I paired it with, he said it was the best ever!! He has been known to say this in the past but I apparently one up’d myself thanks to Budget Bytes. My kids loved it too, I added only 1 tablespoon of Sriracha and doubled the ketchup so it wasnt too spicy.

    If you have never tried Beth’s recipes 2012’s best 20 is a great place to start!

    Beth I wish great things for you in 2013!

    Golden, CO

  23. I had this and it was really good. I think I used a little too much fresh ginger, but it was good. I also added some red pepper to get a little more veggies in the recipe.

  24. Yes,I think ground chicken would also work well.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Do you think this would taste just as good with ground chicken instead of turkey?

  26. Made this last night, but just tried it today (I wanted it to set up overnight). Wow, what a great flavour, and the glaze is the perfect accompaniment! Since I’ve made a few meatloaves in my life, I added a few personal touches: lightly sauteed the garlic/ginger mixture (to take the sharpness out), added some soaked bread in milk, and I added a cup of cooked quinoa, just because that is what I had on hand. To mold the meatloaf, I used a trick I learned from the Food Network. Spray a loaf pan well with Pam, then fill it with the meat mixture, patting it in well. Then flip it over onto your baking tray, give it a few good taps, and out it pops, beautifully formed! I also love this dish as you could easily use the meat mixture in three ways: as a meatloaf, meatballs (I think the Siracha glaze would be awesome on meatballs), or a burger. 5-star dish!!!

  27. Made this last night and my boyfriend and I loved it! We normally make smaller meatloaves in general but this size will give us lots of leftovers this week, which is great. The seasoning and the spicy glaze were dead on!

  28. I’m so excited to try this. My “cousin” shared it since she loved it. I’m going to try and substitute quinoa for the rice though ( more protein). Also I like doubling meatloaf recipes, cooking in a 9 x 9 cutting and freezing individual portions. Works great chopped up on salads or as a sandwich!!!

  29. Made this meatloaf last night, and I have to say it was excellent. However, instead of ground turkey, I used ground pork. Seemed more Thai to me. Plus it was cheaper. Great recipe.

  30. I made this as burgers. It yielded about 6 of them and they were delicious. I used the glaze as directed and had just enough to cover all 6 two different times as directed.

    My only complaint about the recipe is that I feel the ginger may overwhelm. I love ginger, but it is powerful. Looking back, I would definitely make it again and maybe with just an inch of ginger instead of 2 inches.

    Thank you! Wonderful recipe.

  31. I made this as burgers. It yielded about 6 of them and they were delicious. I used the glaze as directed and had just enough to cover all 6 two different times as directed.

    My only complaint about the recipe is that I feel the ginger may overwhelm. I love ginger, but it is powerful. Looking back, I would definitely make it again and maybe with just an inch of ginger instead of 2 inches.

    Thank you! Wonderful recipe.

  32. Anonymous says:

    nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

  33. I made this last night and my husband and I loved it. Thanks for another great recipe!

  34. I just made this last night using a loaf pan. Had to drain off some of the liquid before I glazed it, but OMG this was amazing. I love that I can use your site as a go-to for new, affordable, tasty and healthy recipes. Never lets me down. Thanks!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Family agreed- best meatloaf ever!

  36. Lindsay – It’s 1.5 cups of cooked rice. It’s hard to cook less than one cup of rice because you’d need a SUPER small pot, so I’d just cook one cup of dry rice (usually that means adding 1.5 cups of water) and then take 1.5 cups after it’s cooked.

    Anon – Thanks for noticing the typo! It’s fixed :)

  37. Anonymous says:

    Just a small comment. The total for the meal seems to be added up wrong in the chart. It reads $2.16

  38. Hi Beth, is the 1.5 cups of rice measured out before or after cooking it? If I need 1.5 cups of cooked rice, about how much is that uncooked? Do you think I can substitute quinoa for the rice?

  39. Popped over after reading your peach/siracha recipe on Blog her. Great site. This looks delicious. Always looking for ways to use ground turkey. Can’t wait to try this.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I made this Wednesday of last week, and my husband has talked about everyday since! Hands down the best meatloaf that we have ever had. Thank you so much.

  41. spuffyduds says:

    Made this tonight–a great hit!

  42. Made it with the sweet chili glaze…excellent!! My husband went back for seconds and thirds :)

  43. I made this last night. My meat mixture was a little runny, so I added about a cup of spanko. It was excellent.

  44. I made this last night. My meat mixture was a little runny, so I added about a cup of spanko. It was excellent.

  45. Oooh yum yum. Why does turkey go so well with Asian spices? I swear it’s like magic. What a fun way to do meatloaf, thanks for the recipe!

  46. Danielle.Lax – I’ve never used agave in cooking, so I’m not sure how that would effect the glaze or how much to use.

  47. Can I replace the sugar with agave? Would you know how much agave?

  48. this sounds really good, cant wait to try it. When I make meat loaf, I cook in muffin tins – perfect portions and it cooks much faster. I can try some with siracha and some with chili sauce for the kiddos :)

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  50. Ashlee – Sriracha is super spicy :) If you want to use sweet chili sauce, just substitute it completely for the glaze. Pour it straight from the bottle onto the loaf after baking for 30 minutes, and then another coat at the 60 minute mark. I’m not sure how BBQ sauce would taste with this recipe… might be good, but might clash a little with the Asian flavors.

  51. and healthy too! love it!

  52. I can’t handle a lot of spice…if I used sweet chili sauce or something else, would I just substitute it in the glaze recipe, or use it by itself? Or would BBQ sauce work instead of sriracha?

    Just how spicy is sriracha? I know, it’s ridiculous that I haven’t tried it.

  53. Purpleysawks – Probably! If you try it, let us all know how it is :)

  54. Do you think I could do the glaze without the ketchup?

  55. They’re actually pretty good w/o the glaze (that’s how I tasted my mini-burger), but if you want the glaze, you can just spoon some over top after cooking. You will want to heat up the glaze to dissolve the sugar, though. So, just mix up the glaze, heat it up in a small sauce pan, and spoon it over the cooked burgers.

  56. Looks delicious! If I’d like to make these into burgers, when would you recommend adding the glaze?

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