Balsamic-Basil Turkey Meatloaf

Made with ground turkey, hot Italian turkey sausage, balsamic vinegar, garlic and generous amount of fresh basil, this meatloaf is moist and flavorful and has a tender, almost delicate texture.

Serve with: Parmesan-Roasted Zucchini and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Balsamic-Basil Turkey Meatloaf

Balsamic-Basil Turkey Meatloaf

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A moist, flavorful meatloaf made with a combination of ground turkey and Italian turkey sausage and flavored with balsamic vinegar, garlic and fresh basil.


  • 1 lb ground turkey (not white meat)
  • 1 lb hot Italian turkey sausage, removed from the casings
  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chiffonade of fresh basil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the topping:

  • 1 cup tomato purée
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place the ground turkey, turkey sausage, breadcrumbs, garlic and basil in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Add to the meat mixture and combine thoroughly.
  3. Turn the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and press gently to firm and distribute evenly. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  4. Combine the topping ingredients in a small bowl, remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread evenly over the top.
  5. Continue baking the meatloaf for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F.
  6. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan and slicing.