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Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf

by Kristen

This turkey meatloaf is the best recipe you will ever try!  Tender, flavorful, and the perfect hands-off way to make a comforting meal any night of the week.  I have included instructions for both the slow cooker and the Instant Pot! 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 6 hours on low

Your family will love this easy, slow-cooker turkey meatloaf.  The parmesan cheese is the perfect ingredient to mix in your meatloaf mixture,  and I have spent years perfecting the meatloaf glaze on top of this loaf.  This recipe differs slightly from a traditional meatloaf recipe, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!

I have spent years perfecting my meatloaf recipe. However, this recipe with ground turkey, Ground Chicken, or ground beef also works well with this formula. In my opinion, the secret ingredients are parmesan cheese and the glaze. I have spent years trying to get the perfect meatloaf glaze. It is irresistible!


1 pound of ground turkey- per meatloaf

1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

Two teaspoons of minced garlic

One egg

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup of dried onion OR 1/3 chopped fresh onion

Glaze Ingredients

3/4 cup of ketchup

1/4 cup brown sugar

2-3 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce.


Slow Cooker or Crock Pot


Wooden spoon for mixing


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, Stir together the ingredients for the meatloaf: Ground turkey, parmesan cheese, Italian breadcrumbs, egg, and onion.
  2. Place the meatloaf in your slow cooker.
  3. Make the glaze in a separate bowl.  Add the glaze on top of the meatloaf before you start slow cooking.

  1. Slowly cook the meatloaf for 5-6 hours.
  2. Make sure the turkey has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Instant Pot Instructions

To make meatloaf 

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, onion, egg, and milk.

To make glaze 

  1.  In a medium bowl, mix ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce until blended.

Pressure Cook

  1. Put water into the pressure cooker pot.  Place the trivet on top of the water.
  2. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf ( no longer than the width of the trivet) and center it on a 12-inch sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil.  Scrunch the foil to form a wall around the meatloaf, creating a makeshift loaf pan. (Make sure it fits in the inner pot.)  Spoon the glaze over the meatloaf.
  3. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes, then allow the pressure to release for at least 10 minutes naturally. ( as the meatloaf will continue cooking during that time)
  4. Remove the lid and transfer it to the serving dish.  Slice the meatloaf and serve hot.

5 from 1 vote

Slow Cooker Parmesan Turkey Meatloaf

This slow cooker turkey meatloaf is the best recipe you will ever try!  Tender, flavorful, and the perfect hands-off way to make a comforting meal any night of the week.  

Servings 6


  • 1 pound ground turkey ground chicken or ground beef will also work
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion or 1/4 dried onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Meatloaf Glaze

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. In a medium mixing bowl,  Stir together the ingredients for a meatloaf.  Ground turkey, parmesan cheese, Italian breadcrumbs, egg, and onion.

  2. Form a loaf. Place it into your slow cooker.

  3. Mix glaze together. Ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.

  4. Spread glaze over the meatloaf.

  5. Slow Cook for 4-6 hours

  6. Remove from slow cooker and serve.

Cooking meatloaf in the slow cooker doesn’t heat the house during hot weather. It cooks up mouthwatering tender, and it is a comforting meal to make ahead of time for busy nights.

Can I bake this meatloaf in the oven?  

Yes! You will want to bake the meatloaf in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you like this recipe, you should check out a few of my other slow cooker recipes.

If you like this recipe, you should check out a few of my other slow cooker recipes.  

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros 

Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Meatloaf 

Slow Cooker 7 Layer Casserole 

Side dishes that go great with this meatloaf

 Potato Salad 

Broccoli Salad 

Butter Ranch Carrots

This Crockpot meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food!  You will love the way the flavor of the parmesan cheese shines through!  I suggest making two meat loves so you can use the leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches the next day.

Did you make this delicious meatloaf?  I would love to hear how it turned out for you!  Please comment below this blog post or tag me on social media and let me know how you like it!  You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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Jill February 5, 2023 - 10:18 pm

5 stars
Made in my crockpot. Absolutely wonderful!

Kristen February 6, 2023 - 1:15 am

Thank you!

Medina Frances December 7, 2022 - 9:54 pm

Can I make this recipe in the oven instead of the pressure cooker
I do t have one
How long ah I cook it for?
What temp?

Linda Pelles December 2, 2022 - 12:49 am

Will this recipe turn out if you use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and grind it up yourself?

Kristen December 2, 2022 - 3:28 pm

I would use ground turkey. I wouldn’t use leftover turkey for this.


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