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Paleo Pesto Turkey Meatloaf [ Whole30 ]

This Pesto Turkey Meatloaf is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner. Using a homemade and dairy free pesto sauce, this Whole30® compliant dinner is a winner! Also reheats well and great for meal prep.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5-6 1x
  • Scale:


for the pesto

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup pine nuts (may sub walnuts or mix of cashews)
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 3 TBS nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt

turkey meatloaf

  • 1/2 TBS oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (94%)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup homemade pesto (could use store-bought if not Paleo)
  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or grease with oil. Set aside.
  2. Make the pesto: In a small food processor or blender, combine all ingredients and process until almost smooth (some nuts can remain in pieces). Using spatula, transfer 1/2 cup of the pesto to measuring cup. Set aside the rest.
  3. On medium-high heat, add oil to frying pan. Add diced onion and garlic, stirring for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Transfer to large glass mixing bowl and cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Once onions and garlic have cooled, in same bowl combine turkey burger, egg, 1/2 pesto, almond meal, and salt. Use spatula wooden spoon to combine, then finishing with your hands.
  5. Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet and shape into loaf. Bake meatloaf for 35-45 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165F. Allow meatloaf to rest on pan for 15 minutes before transferring to serving dish. Top with another 1/4 cup of the pesto sauce (or as much as you want) slice, and serve.

Recipes Notes:

Nutrition approximate. Based on 6 servings, includes half of the pesto sauce recipe.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 221
  • Fat: 18
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 21
  • Cholesterol: 88