french onion turkey meatloaf

French Onion Turkey Meatloaf Recipe, 20g Protein & 1g Carb

October 6, 2017

My French Onion Turkey Meatloaf Recipe is full of flavor, packed with protein, only one carb, and WLS-friendly.

This takes a little longer because you do have to caramelize the onions, but it’s so, so worth it.  Just for the smell in your house alone!  You need two medium onions (about 1 cup, cooked) for this recipe, but sometimes, since I’m doing it already, I make a few extra to use on other things, such as for topping a veggie burger, inside an omelet, mixed into Greek Yogurt with some spices for a quick dip. And, did I mention the fabulous smell?!  (Warning:  Your hair and clothes absorb it!  I did this before church one time, for a dish to take to a potluck. I left Caramel-Onion Eau d’ perfume all over the place. Lovely…but not exactly what I’d planned.)

Anyway…please try this. Even your non-onion eaters will love it because they just melt into the meat.  It’s another husband approved-two-thumbs up. And, for the low-carbers, a meatloaf with NO breadcrumbs or oats. Yay!

All the flavors of French Onion Soup including the cheese  – how can you possibly go wrong?

French Onion Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Makes 8 servings


  • 2 medium sweet onions, diced (I prefer sweet, but yellow is fine)
  • 2 teaspoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 20-ounce pkg ground turkey (I like dark-light mix)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Gruyere, Swiss, or Provolone cheese, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Few drops of hot pepper sauce


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add onions, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until deep brown; about 45 min to 1 hour. Set aside and allow to cool down to warm before adding to the turkey mixture.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the onions, ground turkey, egg, and 1/2 cup of the cheese, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce.
  4. Place in 1 large or 2 mini loaf pans. Bake large pan 50-55 minutes, small pans 30-35 minutes or until internal temp is 160 degrees. (Will continue to cook while broiling.)
  5. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cupcheese over the top and broil for 2 minutes,  until melted.

Nutritional Info Per Serving

Calories 229; Carbohydrates 1 gram; Fat 6 grams; Protein 20 grams

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French Onion Turkey Meatloaf Recipe


Linda Farnsworth had RNY in 2004 and lost 208 pounds. Linda loves to cook and create recipes, so she was concerned with her new way of life that hobby would be behind her. On her blog, Eating Well...Living Thin, you will find something that everyone you cook for will love plus serving suggestions. She now believes healthy eating CAN include comfort food!

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