Healthy Twist Recipe: Barbecue (Bacon) Meatloaf

Barbecue (Bacon) Meatloaf
Adapted from here.


  • 4 strips lean bacon or turkey bacon (I didn’t use this tonight)
  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 tablespoons nonfat milk
  • ½-2/3 cup barbecue sauce (Trader Joe’s brand)


  1. Heat oven to 350°. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly oil the foil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. If using the bacon, cook on a paper plate in the microwave for about 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, onion, bell pepper, oats, egg, cheese, Cajun seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and milk. Put the mixture on the prepared foil-lined baking pan and shape into a loaf.
  4. Spread barbecue sauce over the loaf and arrange the bacon strips over the top.
  5. Bake until bacon is crispy and meat loaf is firm, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  6. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing or moving to a serving platter. Serves 5.


Healthy Twists:

  • Omitted bacon. Or I would have used all-natural turkey bacon.
  • Omitted salt from the original recipe. Between the Cajun seasoning, cheese, and Worcestershire  sauce, it doesn’t need more salt
  • Oats instead of breadcrumbs. I also used less than the 2/3 recipe called for, since I was using a little less meat
  • Ground turkey instead of beef/pork, and I used 1.25 pounds instead of 1.5
  • Nonfat milk instead of whole (and less)

A note about ground turkey: I think for meatloaf, it’s better to use ground turkey than ground turkey breast. Yes, there are more calories and fat grams, but it’s still pretty lean, low in saturated fat, and much less dry than ground turkey breast. A Healthy Twist is no good if it makes for a yucky recipe!



  1. looks great! im sure to try this out soon.
    nice post!

  2. […] Healthy Twist Recipe: Barbecue (Bacon) Meatloaf […]

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