My Kitchen: Balsamic Meatloaf

If you know me, you know I’m an obsessive meal planner, and you know I’m always looking for new dinner recipes for my family. We really need easy, flavorful, healthy options, and if they come together quickly, we’ve hit the jackpot.

One of my husband’s favorite meals in the world is meatloaf. In fact, he asks for meatloaf almost every time we visit my parents. (I don’t mind because my mom usually makes baked potatoes with it.) While my mom’s recipe is very traditional, I prefer to try new spins on things, and that’s just what this recipe is.

This Balsamic Meatloaf is easy, quick to put together, and kid-friendly! Who doesn't love meatloaf? A great weeknight meal for your family!

This recipe is actually a bit of a modified one from a Hello Fresh box we received. I changed a few things around to make it a little lighter, but it still packs the flavor in. The best thing about this is that it makes a few mini meatloaves rather than one big one – I love that we each can get our own! I usually do three mini meatloaves, but you can make four if that’s more what your family needs. We made this recipe at least every other week, and it’s one of our favorites!

Balsamic Meatloaf


1/2 pound ground beef (90% or leaner)

1/2 pound ground turkey

1 onion, grated

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup whole wheat panko

1 Tbsp fresh parsley or 1 Tsp dried

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup Ketchup

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix ground beef, ground turkey, grated onion, minced garlic, panko, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well with hands until thoroughly incorporated.

Shape mixture into 3 or 4 oval shaped loaves, depending on your preference.

Mix together ketchup and balsamic vinegar to make a thick sauce. It should be pourable but thick - you may not use the entire amount of each, or you may use more. Spread over each meatloaf.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Three loaves will take closer to 25 minutes. I like to cut through one meatloaf with a fork to check near the end!

Let stand for 5 minutes when done, then enjoy!


If you have additional sauce leftover, feel free to put it on top!

Balsamic Meatloaf Recipe

Serve with your choice of side – we love simple roasted sweet potato wedges or wild rice and a roasted or steamed veggie. The roasted veggies are easy to throw in the oven with the meatloaf while it cooks, and then you can take that time it’s cooking back as family time. Enjoy!

This Balsamic Meatloaf is easy, quick to put together, and kid-friendly! Who doesn't love meatloaf? A great weeknight meal for your family!

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  1. July 28, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    This looks so tasty, Jess! And something totally new from us. Do you have any idea of what the SP value is?

    • Jess
      July 28, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Yep! I meant to put it in the notes – I’ll have to go back and add that! 7 SP if you divide it into 3 meatloaves, 6 SP if you do 4!