Apple Meatloaf Recipe

4.54 from 15 votes

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Apple Meatloaf is a spin on a traditional meatloaf recipe with an Amish-inspired twist making it perfect for fall.

Today I’m showing you how to make meatloaf using one of our favorite autumn treats that come from my Amish and Mennonite roots: Apple butter.

Read on to learn how this apple meatloaf with ground turkey and beef will feed eight people for under $2 per serving in about an hour!

Slice of meatloaf topped with apple butter and recipe information.

What is it

We make this tasty meatloaf recipe with one of our favorite Amish and Mennonite condiments: Apple Butter.

Our Honeycrisp apple tree is looking pretty promising, with a good amount of juicy appearing, tennis ball-sized apples starting to weight down the branches.

Man and two boys picking apples with an apple picker.

Still, they aren’t ready to be picked yet and won’t be for a few more weeks.

With frost warnings in tomorrow’s forecast and temperatures only in the low 50’s it seems a good time to start thinking of fall recipes.

Pan of Amish meatloaf topped with apple butter.

I’m the first to acknowledge that I’m not the most creative guy in the world.

As if I wasn’t aware of this on my own, I’m frequently reminded by Scott that I just didn’t get “the gene.”

Lucky for me that I have him around.

Slice of Apple meatloaf, topped with apple butter.

There are exceptions to every rule, however, and tonight I’m taking the liberty of declaring one for myself.

With all this in mind, it seems like a good time to channel my Mennonite heritage and come up with this Amish Meatloaf to share with you.

A slice of meatloaf and zucchini on the side

Our kids love a good meatloaf recipe, and in all honesty, our friends love it when we make it for them.

But we’ve never made it like this before.

What’s in it

  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Beef
  • Apple Butter
  • Apple
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Rolled Oats
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Onion
  • Sweet Pepper
  • Egg
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Bowl of homemade apple butter with dinner rolls and an apple in the backgropund.
Try making apple butter using a slow cooker. You won’t believe how effortless it is to put together and how incredibly wonderful it tastes.

Beautifully brown and sweet apple butter, combined in a bowl of ground beef and ground turkey, all mixed in with a freshly sliced apple and some mild onion and sweet peppers.

This has all the ingredients for an easy meatloaf recipe that is tailor-made for fall.

Get your apple on, try this delicious meatloaf recipe soon!

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Slice of apple meatloaf topped with apple butter.

Other recipes that use apples

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Apple Meatloaf

4.54 from 15 votes
Easy meatloaf recipe featuring the flavors of fall for a delicious meatloaf recipe.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 small sweet bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into fine shavings
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat olive oil in saute pan over medium heat.
  • Cook onions and peppers until soft and translucent, about five minutes. Set aside.
  • In medium size mixing bowl, combine all ingredients using hands to thoroughly mix.
  • Prepare a loaf pan with a non-stick coating and place meat mixture in pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to set for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Spread thin layer of apple butter over meat loaf if desired.


Calories: 460kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 127mg, Sodium: 275mg, Potassium: 469mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 235IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 156mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Amish, Mennonite
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. I’m so jealous you have a honey crisp apple tree. Apple butter with meatloaf, sign me up this is ultimate fall comfort food.

  2. I hadn’t thought about putting apple butter with a meatloaf– I bet it’s fantastic! What an awesome idea!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. Give this classic combination a try sometime this fall. Thanks for stopping by Platter Talk!

  3. 5 stars
    Fascinated by the additions of apples to meatloaf! And so jealous of your apple tree! Wish I had one of those : )

  4. What a great condiment to try on the meatloaf! Sweet and moist, this must be the perfect accompaniment to dinner!

    1. Debi, I could not have said it better myself! Thanks so much for the great comments and for stopping by Platter Talk.

  5. 5 stars
    It is unbelievable that fall is just around the corner. This looks like a great combination of ingredients. Plenty of creativity here! Nice job.

    1. Thanks so much, Mark. And yes, if you figure out where the time goes please let us know! Thanks so much for dropping by Platter Talk.

    1. Becca, if you do nothing else this autumn season, please try making your own apple butter; you will not be disappointed! Thanks so much for dropping by Platter Talk.

  6. Apple Butter meatloaf sounds amazing. Interesting and yummy flavor combinations here. Thank you for joining us in the celebration of #purebloglove. We love having you every Thursday at 8pm, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  7. We are huge fans of meatloaf but I always make it the same, traditional way. I want to step out of the box and try this! It sounds very good! I would love it if you linked this up to my Crafty Chaos party. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. I’m a total sucker for a new meatloaf recipe! And apple butter?!? What a brilliant idea! Can’t wait to give this a try. Pinning!

  9. Oh my…. I am so excited to try this recipe! It sounds amazing. We don’t have any apple tree’s, but plenty of orchards near by!