October 6, 2021

Cranberry & brown sugar glazed turkey meatloaf

Finished cranberry and brown sugar glazed meatloaf on a serving plate.

Turkey meatloaf is glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce of brown sugar and fresh cranberries for a delicious autumn dinner. If you like cranberries, this meal is sure to be a family favorite.

This week I'm participating in #CranberryWeek - a fun blog event dedicated to celebrating and sharing recipes using cranberries in all forms. Check out the bottom of this post for more cranberry recipe ideas.

We love cranberries in our house. I look forward to seeing bags of fresh ones appear in the grocery store in the fall. My kids love them, too -- they will even eat them raw. I like to use them in all sorts of recipes and I even toss a few in our morning smoothies occasionally.

Using fruit in savory dishes is something I like to do a lot. There are many fruits, especially berries, that pair so nicely with savory foods and meat dishes. Plus, my kids love fruit and getting them excited about eating dinner is sometimes a challenge. They loved this cranberry meatloaf and the adults did as well. 
Meatloaf is a favorite comfort and cold-weather meal of mine. I'll always chose it if it's available. I like to change-up the way I make it occasionally and this recipe is a keeper for that. 
I often use a tomato-based glaze with ketchup or barbecue sauce, but the cranberries work so well for this and using turkey and the seasonings pairs nicely with the cranberry. The brown sugar helps to sweeten up the cranberries here and also make a nice sticky glaze.

We had this with a side of mashed potatoes and a side of roasted delicata squash and it was a delicious autumn dinner. The addition of allspice in the glaze and the poultry seasoning in the meatloaf gives it a feel of the holidays as well.

Serving platter with a sliced cranberry and brown sugar glazed meatloaf.

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Yield: about 6-8 servings

Cranberry & Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

Cranberry & Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf is glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce of brown sugar and fresh cranberries for a delicious autumn dinner.


For the cranberry glaze
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • dash of ground allspice
For the turkey meatloaf
  • olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey (I like to use dark meat or a mix of light and dark)
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  • 1 large egg


How to cook Cranberry & Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, water, mustard, brown sugar, a good pinch of salt, and couple grinds of black pepper, and a dash of allspice. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until reduced and thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Add all of the meatloaf ingredients to a large bowl. Then add 1/3 cup of the prepared cranberries. Use your hands to mix it up well and then form it in a loaf on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Use a small spoon or a brush to spread all of the cranberries on top of the meatloaf.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees. Continue to bake until the turkey registers 165 degrees on a meat thermometer, about 35-40 minutes.
  6. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve hot.
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Platter with cranberry and brown sugar glazed turkey meatloaf with slices.

Check out these other cranberry recipes:

Pecan-crusted Chicken Tenders w/ Cranberry Ketchup

Cranberry Orange Bread

Braised Red Cabbage w/ Cranberries & Maple 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Butter

It's Cranberry Week! See all the other delicious cranberry recipes being shared today (and follow #cranberryweek to see even more):


  1. I have never used cranberry glaze for the meatloaf. This looks so good and appetizing. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing, Amy.

  2. Love the idea of a sweet-tart cranberry glaze. Looks pretty too.

  3. I love mixing fruit with my meat as well and this meatloaf glaze sounds perfect.

  4. What a great idea to coat the turkey loaf with cranberry...I always like turkey serve with fruits...thanks for the recipe Amy.
    Have a wonderful week!

  5. This sounds delicious! I love fruity glazes for meats!

  6. Sweet and tangy...what a perfect combo...especially when paired with turkey meatloaf!!!

  7. I'm not a big meatloaf fan, but this one has my mouthwatering. What flavors!

  8. My husband loves meatloaf but I don't make it often. Going to have to put this one on our menu plan

  9. Dear Amy, there is another recipe that I have never tried before - it does sound wonderful to me. Glazing a turkey meatloaf (which we love) with a lovely cranberry glaze sounds utterly delicious to me
    What a wonderful recipe idea!

  10. I am loving this idea for meatloaf! My family loves to try new variations so I think they'll really like this one.

  11. This is so on my list to make! I love the tart cranberry flavors!

  12. Fantastic and festive! Love the cranberry!

  13. I almost never make meatloaf for some reason. Gotta make this, though -- that glaze looks wonderful! Thanks.

  14. I just made the glaze to fo with my turkey meatloaf muffins; it is a wonderful recipe! Simple, easy ingredients and delicious!


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