Chris’ Lazy Man Meatloaf is an easy and no fail recipe for making this ultimate comfort food. As is standard with his lazy man approach, everything is mixed together in a large bowl, and combined using a potato masher. It’s delicious both when first made, and as leftovers warmed for dinner, or cold on a sandwich or with a salad.
Ingredients for Chris’ Lazy Man Meatloaf:
The “lazy man” used the following ingredients: Ground turkey (in the range of 93% to 97% lean), onions, oats, egg, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and dried thyme (optional).
Making Chris’ Lazy Man Meatloaf:
Making Chris’ Lazy Man Meatloaf is about as effortless as can be. He started by adding chopped onions to the ground turkey in a large bowl. Then, he added the oats, an egg, and tomato sauce. Next, he added the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme.
Once all of the ingredients had been added, the “lazy man” used a potato masher to completely combine everything. He let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, and used the potato masher to again combine things. Interestingly, this approach is just as effective as using one’s hands, and way less messy!
Next, he placed the meatloaf mixture on a non-stick foil lined baking sheet with low sides, and patted it into the shape of a loaf using a large spoon. He always follows this free-form approach as opposed to putting it in a loaf pan, which is perhaps more traditional. Part of the reason is the “lazy man” approach, but more pragmatically, it’s easy to deal with once the meatloaf is done.
He popped the meatloaf into a preheated 350° F oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. After letting it cool a bit, he cut it into several slices for our dinner. We served it with some mashed potatoes with onion gravy, and green peas. The rest was refrigerated for amazing leftovers. Yum!
Chris' Lazy Man Meatloaf
- 1 1/4 pounds (20 ounces) ground turkey (93% - 97%)
- 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 large egg
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Using a potato masher, thoroughly mix all ingredients, pulling from the bottom of the bowl. If you think you've mixed enough, mix some more to ensure that everything is completely combined.
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes to allow ingredients to meld. Mix again with potato masher to again ensure that all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Transfer to non-stick foil lined baking sheet with sides and form into a loaf.
- Bake at 350° F in a non-preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remember that this is a lazy man approach!
- Remove from oven. May let sit for at least 10 minutes to cool a bit.
- Yield: 6 servings. (Note 2)
Chula's Expert Tips
- Add more seasonings if desired, e.g., dried thyme. Remember that this is in the sausage family, so seasonings that go into making sausage can go with this!
- Makes excellent leftovers heated in the microwave, and also amazing sandwiches or combined with a salad when cold. When first served, the meatloaf tends to be a bit crumbly. However, when it has been refrigerated, it holds together very well, so can be sliced thin.
- Also, see this meatloaf with the Easy Cheesy Potato and Onion Gratin.