Turkey meatballs are the perfect lightened up weeknight dinner! Serve them with some marinara over pasta or zoodles or just pile them on your plate and serve with some veggies. Simple, healthy, and filling!
It’s the start of a new year and that means it’s time to step away from the Christmas cookies and step up your healthy eating game.
I have the biggest success feeding my family healthier meals when I take something they already love and just lighten it up a bit.
Enter these baked turkey meatballs!
Everyone loves a good meatball and these are lightened up with ground turkey in place of beef and they’re baked to perfection rather than cooked in oil on the stove.
I could put down the entire batch of these turkey meatballs in one sitting, but I guess that would defeat the whole ‘healthy eating’ thing I’m going for here. But, man, these are good.
Turkey Meatball Recipe:
To start, you’ll add some ground turkey (or chicken, if you prefer chicken meatballs!) and bread crumbs to a mixing bowl.
We’re going to add flavor with some minced onion and garlic, lots of fresh parsley, and a little Italian seasoning. Don’t forget the salt and pepper.
Mix that all up using either a wooden spoon or your hands. Either works.
I use a large cookie scoop (affiliate link) to scoop out balls of the meatball mixture and then roll it into a nicely shaped ball in the palms of my hands.
Place your meatballs on a large baking sheet that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray and then pop them in a hot oven.
These will take about 15 minutes to bake. I always check poultry with a thermometer before serving. These should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
How to serve with these healthy turkey meatballs:
These turkey meatballs can be served any number of ways!
Pop a toothpick in them and serve them as a snack or appetizer. They’re super flavorful on their own, but some warmed marinara makes a nice dip.
Heat some marinara on the stove and toss your meatballs in. Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles.
Pile them into a hoagie roll, top with some low fat mozzarella, and some marinara. How good does that sound?
I also think would be amazing served alongside some twice baked potatoes!
These baked turkey meatballs will be a hit no matter how you serve them!
More turkey recipes to try:
Turkey Meatloaf: It’s just as moist and delicious as a traditional meatloaf!
Best Turkey Burger Recipe: Honestly. I like these better than beef burgers.
Leftover Turkey Soup: Use up shredded turkey from the holidays or make it with ground turkey!
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup minced onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
- Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out equal sized portions of the meatball mixture. Roll into uniform balls using your hands.
- Place meatballs on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.
- Serve hot.