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Caramelized Onion Turkey Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

I have been replacing higher fat and calorie foods with healthier choices, such as extra lean ground turkey in place of fattier ground beef and pork.  Extra-lean turkey is practically fat-free, so it really needs a little extra love to ensure a moist, flavorful meatloaf.  I recently posted about French Onion Turkey Burgers that were out-of-this-world delicious, and  I wanted to make something similar, only in the form of meatloaf.  I caramelized the onions as I did in the Turkey Burgers, and it really transforms plain old meatloaf into something truly spectacular. I served this over a hash of potato and shaved Brussels sprouts and drizzled a little balsamic glaze over the top. The tangy balsamic glaze contrasts nicely with the sweet caramelized onions.

Caramelized Onion Turkey Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

Recipe Source: Vintage Vibes
serves: 6


3 medium onions, cut in half and thinly sliced
2 Tbsp.olive oil
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the onions, chopped thyme, and season with a little salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low to medium heat until caramelized, about 1 hour. Add the wine to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes until the wine has almost evaporated. Remove from heat and let cool. Preheat oven to 375 F.  Mix the remaining ingredients together with the onion mixture. Spray a 9×13  inch pan with cooking spray. Form the meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape. Bake until cooked thoroughly and reaches 160 F in the center, about 55 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze.

Balsamic Glaze:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. honey


In a small saucepan, cook over medium heat until reduced and thickened ( Glaze will thicken as it cools).


8 thoughts on “Caramelized Onion Turkey Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze
  1. This was delicious! Made as directed except I used Heinz's new balsamic vinegar ketchup & honey as the glaze. Brushed on the glaze and topped with bacon after 10 minutes of cooking.

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