This Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf recipe is a perfect whole30 & paleo option that is super easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner!

Let’s talk about this Whole30 Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf people.  This meatloaf is also Paleo Compliant! The other night Matt and I were making a meatloaf, which we do all the time, when I realized I have never put a recipe on my site for one!!  I seriously didn’t believe it and searched my blog for one and NOTHING! I apologize! I think my hesitation has been that they aren’t the prettiest things to photograph and are SO easy to make – but that is the best right?  Who wants pretty meatloaf anyways.  When we make meatloaf it always turns into an Italian meatloaf because we just gravitate towards the oregano and basil once the tomato paste goes in! So I thought I would actually measure things this time and put together a solid recipe – which this definitely is! I love meatloaf for many reasons but the main one is that it could not be easier to make.  We make meatballs a lot too and this is basically the same thing without all of that effort to form them into balls.  Just plop the whole thing on a baking sheet and free form it into a loaf like shape – pour some stuff on top and bake! If you want more Paleo Meatloaf Recipes check out this Whole 30 Greek Turkey Meatloaf or my Whole 30 Turkey Pot Pie Meatloaf!

The key to this Whole 30 Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf:

Fresh basil!!! I am a huge fan of dried herbs don’t get me wrong, but there is something about basil in particular that is SO much better than dried.  I can’t explain it, just trust me!  I want to work on getting an herb garden when I have some time to start working on our backyard and I will, at that point, need SO much help.  I have a black thumb and I really want to figure out how to just keep a few herbs alive!  My from Lindsay who runs the blog The Toasted Pinenut, and I were talking about this the other day and agreed Rosemary and Mint would be good ones for me to start with! I’ll report back on that later!

This Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf recipe is a perfect whole30 & paleo option that is super easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner!

This Whole30 Meatloaf is So So So delish and easy to wolf down – you have been warned!

This Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf recipe is a perfect whole30 & paleo option that is super easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner!

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This Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf recipe is a perfect whole30 & paleo option that is super easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner!

Nutrition for Paleo Turkey Meatloaf Tomato Basil:

Ground turkey is such a great substitute for regular ground beef for many reasons, like the fact that it is a lot lower in fat, cholesterol and calories.  What is amazing is this Paleo Turkey Meatloaf and all the other recipes still have a great amount of protein for your balanced meal.  This one is coming in at a whopping 19.9 grams of protein per slice! The average adult should aim for 65-85 grams of protein just for normal energy balance, so this one slice of meatloaf can account for almost 1/3 of your daily protein needs!  Yay!


Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf




  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine turkey, almond flour, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 3 tablespoons chopped basil, egg, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix until evenly combined. Ball up all of the meat mixture and place on a foil lined baking sheet, then form it into a loaf shape, about 8 inches x 4 inches in shape.
  2. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon chopped basil and pinch of salt. Spoon this mixture over the meatloaf and spread evenly over the top. Bake for 30 minutes.
151 replies
  1. Megan A. says:

    This was delicious and super easy to make. Even if not doing a Whole 30/Paleo/hippie-dippie diet, I’d still recommend this! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Carrie says:

    So my 32 year old husband has the taste buds of a 12 year old boy. I made this recipe because we’re doing the Whole30 and I bought a 3 lb tray of ground turkey. I fully expected groans when I declared we’re having meatloaf. To my surprise, both the husband and the 8 year old asked for seconds! Hubs even asked to put this into the rotation! So it’s terrific! I will have to say after 23 days on W30, it’s a tad salty for my taste buds, but an easy correction for the future. It also made a great W30 breakfast today!

    • Kelsey says:

      Aw Carrie that is AWESOME!!! So glad they all liked it! And yes salting is definitely based on preference! Thanks so much!!

      • CJ says:

        This I could blend the chopped tomatoes and paste to spread on as the topping? My kids (husband and son, lol) don’t like textures but love the taste

  3. Angie says:

    Love this recipe! Not only is this healthy and clean, but it is super yummy. I made it for my family (myself, hubby, son (13) and daughters (9) and they all loved it and wanted seconds. I am making it again tonight and will be making two loaves!! Thanks Kelsey!

  4. Nicole R says:

    This is amazing! I do love finding new recipes for my fresh basil plant. Do you think you could put mozzerela in the middle to make caprese like?

  5. Hillary says:

    I made this recipe and loved it! The only change I made was to use almost a whole cup of chopped tomatoes in the topping. It came out amazing. It has a cheesy flavor and texture, which was a real treat since I’m not eating dairy. Thanks for the great recipe! I will definitely make it again soon.

  6. Olivia says:

    My son is allergic to tree nuts. If I use WW flour or AP do I need to change the amount at all? Thanks 🙂

  7. Marisa says:

    This was SO good! Turkey can be so boring and dry- but not in this meatloaf. I used almond meal because that’s all I had, and it still turned out great. This was the first recipe I’ve made from your blog and definitely won’t be the last!

  8. Sarah says:

    So if you make this recipe how many does it feed? If we choose to double the ground turkey do we need to double everything else too?

  9. jane says:

    This sounds almost like my recipe, except I use 1 min oats instead of the almond flour, never thought of putting flour in meatloaf! I also add a dash of garlic powder. Love the basil flavor! It is an easy herb to grow, mine even came back this spring since we had a milder winter in Oklahoma than usual!

  10. Yvonne says:

    Absolutely amazing recipe! I substituted the ALmond Flour with blended rolled oats (cheaper version) and it was absolutely tasty! My boyfriend loved it as well as my coworkers. Must truly!

  11. McKenna says:

    This was a great recipe – will definitely make again! I added half of a large green bell pepper as well as an herb mix I bought once while traveling that includes sun dried tomato, red pepper flakes and oregano. I also subbed garlic powder for fresh minced garlic.


  12. Bertha says:

    Omg! I was known to make the best meatloaf around mybkids and their friends…. but this jut made It become so much better!!!
    Thank you!!’

  13. Katie says:

    I made this last night to bring to work for lunch and WOW!!! The sauce on top is soooo good and You’re so right about the fresh basil!! I sautéed some onions, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and tomato paste to eat with it. This was the first time I have ever made meatloaf and I am obsessed. Can’t wait to try the breakfast one.

  14. Melanie says:

    So yummy! While making the topping I kept thinking, “I really just want my ketchup and brown sugar mix.” But, after tasting this, there is no going back. I did add a shredded zucchini (on purpose) and forgot the egg (by accident) and it still turned out perfect.

  15. Bayle R says:

    What about stuffing this into some bell peppers? How would you think it would change the cook time? I’m getting the ingredients for this recipe, and I remember my mom making stuffed bell peppers growing up, so I’m inspired! I might just make it regular the first time, just to be safe. 🙂

  16. Cassandra says:

    This is a staple at my house! So flavorful and easy! You can also make it your own as well.
    Don’t worry if you don’t have almond flour…I didn’t use any flour (always out of stock in my stores) and it stayed together just fine! I also add onions and on occasion a jalapeno!

  17. Valerie Glassman says:

    I had a pound of ground turkey defrosting and no plans for it. I Googled “Whole30 Turkey Meatloaf” and was delighted to find your recipe. I used almond meal instead of flour, dried basil instead of fresh (1/2 the amount recommended), and I had a can of crushed tomatoes that I used in place of the real tomato. It looks fantastic! Can’t wait to chow down.

  18. Valerie Glassman says:

    Made this last night for dinner. Almond meal instead of almond flour, crushed tomatoes from a can in place of the whole tomato, and dried basil subbed for the fresh (used half of the amount called for). INSANELY delicious, and my 4.5 year old son gobbled it up! Thanks for this great recipe that I Googled after realizing I had a pound of turkey defrosting and nothing to do with it!

  19. Taryn Bovee says:

    Ive made dozens upon dozens upon dozens of whole 30 recipes from the web and this is by far the best and easiest one yet. I almost so excited to have found it!!! Thank you!

  20. Rebekah says:

    This is absolutely my all time favorite recipe for Meatloaf!!! It is so good!! I had to add it to my monthly meal must haves! It’s so easy to put together and so yummy!!! I usually have cherry tomatoes on hand that are too ripe to use for salads (because who really wants to eat a salad every day??) that I just throw in the food processor to use for the topping (with the other topping ingredients of course). I can’t rave about this recipe enough!! I wish I would have found it years ago!!

  21. Lauren says:

    This meatloaf was super delicious! My 4 year old and 15 year old both approved so I will take that as a win and put in the books as a repeat recipe!

  22. Kaley Taylor says:

    Any idea how to cook this in a crock pot? We try to avoid using our oven because the gas is expensive where we live, so when we do meatloaf (beef) it’s usually done in our crockpot. Do you think it’d be a similar cook time to a beef meatloaf in a slow cooker, or would it be different?
    How long do you think I should wait to add the topping when cooking this way? I feel like it’d get cooked out if added at the beginning of the cook time in a crock.

  23. Jules says:

    This recipe is amazing. I actually doubled the amount of tomato/tomato paste topping. One of my favorites.

  24. Kimberly says:

    I tried this recipe and loved it!! I normally stick to a regular beef meatloaf, but wanted to mix it up since beef sometimes hurts my stomach. I don’t think i’ll ever go back to beef meatloaf!

    A little switch I made was switching out the almond flour for gluten-free breadcrumbs… I already had these in my kitchen and didn’t want to spend mega $$ on almond flour. Ended up working very well! I only used a 1/4 cup for the breadcrumbs to take down the total grams of carbs in the recipe since I track my macros.

    This will definitely be a go-to recipe of mine! Thank you so much for sharing!

  25. Ali says:

    This recipe is one of my favorites!!! I made it to bring to work for lunches, and it reheats so well throughout the week. Thanks for another amazing recipe 🙂

  26. Heather says:

    I made this tonight and it is sooo good!! I shared it with my friends because everyone needs this recipe in their life!

  27. Maureen Murphy says:

    2nd time making this. I double the recipe cause my son is a big meat eater and I want leftovers. It is easy and delish! I love it. Great recipe.

  28. Niki says:

    I plan to make this recipe later in the week, from the feedback, it sounds amazing! What about using in a loaf pan? Do you just cook on some foil/in a pan?

    • Kelsey says:

      If you are going to freeze I suggest slicing it first then freezing in separate slices maybe with parchment paper between the slices for easier defrosting!

  29. Amanda says:

    This is a delicious recipe! It has become a regular menu item in our house because it’s easy, healthy, and tasty. We’ve even been known to have a slice for breakfast.

  30. Rose says:

    Wow, this is so tasty! And so easy to make. I just started a 30-day reset and am excited to explore more of your recipes. I’m sure I’ll be making this again and again, even after my 30-day reset.

    • AllieAir says:

      Made this yesterday and my family, including kids (5 and 2) loved it! I tweaked slightly and added some finely diced onions and green bell peppers, and some thinly sliced spinach to sneak in veggies, since I knew the kids would eat the roasted potatoes and zucchini. Also, had to eliminate the tomatoes on top for the hubby…still working on that 😉 Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  31. Erin P. says:

    The best. I make this weekly as part of my meal planning to shed some baby weight. Thank you so much!

  32. Carole J says:

    This was fantastic. I followed the recipe exactly. The turkey was moist and flavourful. It will become a staple in our house.

  33. Rebecca says:

    This meatloaf is too good!! I used 2 tablespoons of coconut flour instead of almond flour since it’s what I had on had (Kelsey suggested this to someone else in the comments) and it turned out perfect! Such great basil and tomato flavor, I’ll definitely be making again!


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