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!
We love meatballs in our house and these baked turkey meatballs are no exception!
So flavorful and moist, loaded with ground turkey, garlic, onion, and breadcrumbs, these are super versatile and ready to serve over a pile of pasta, dipped in marinara, or even brushed with BBQ sauce!
I love that these baked turkey meatballs are a bit lighter than traditional meatballs and they are so simple to make since you just blast them in a hot oven. No need to stand over a stove and fry them!
These are the baked version of our air fryer turkey meatballs. Both are basically the same – one is just baked and one is air fried!
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Ground Turkey – These oven baked turkey meatballs start with some lean ground turkey, which you should have no trouble finding at most supermarkets.
Bread Crumbs – You can use some regular bread crumbs or Italian style bread crumbs. Make your own with stale bread, if you like.
Egg – An egg will help bind all the ingredients together.
Garlic & Onion – Be sure to mince them finely for the best texture.
Seasoning – You’re going to need some Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Some minced parsley will also go into the mix.
What Readers are Saying!
“My grandson loves these! I put them on the stovetop and cook in chicken broth. They are amazing and healthy. Freeze well too.” -Deb
How to Make Turkey Meatballs:
Mix: Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and use a wooden spoon or your hands to combine the mixture.
Shape: Start scooping out and shaping the mixture into meatballs, then place each one on a greased baking sheet.
I use a large cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the meatball mixture and then roll it into a nicely shaped ball in the palms of my hands.
Bake: When you’ve finished preparing the meatballs you can pop the baking sheet in a hot oven. They’ll take about 15 minutes to bake.
I always check poultry with a meat thermometer before serving. These turkey meatballs need to reach an internal temp of 165 degrees.
My Favorite Thermometer!
I love using this meat thermometer for making sure the meat is fully cooked! Easy for beginners & absolutely worth the low cost.
How To Serve 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 or BBQ sauce makes a nice dip. You could even dip these in our honey mustard dressing.
Heat some marinara on the stove and toss your meatballs in. Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles.
Treat them as a main dish and pile them up on your plate next to a serving of my roasted vegetables and a side salad topped with this homemade ranch dressing.
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 an air fryer baked potato!
These baked turkey meatballs will be a hit no matter how you serve them!
Yep! We prefer to freeze these after cooking. Pop them on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove from the freezer and place the meatballs in a ziptop bag. Reheat on the stove in some marinara sauce.
They are best stored in a shallow airtight container, and should last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge!
No. Poultry needs to be fully cooked and there should be no pink at all. For best results, test with a meat thermometer.
The internal temp should be 165 degrees F. I’ve linked to my favorite meat thermometer above.
MORE TURKEY RECIPES!
- 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!
- Air Fryer Turkey Breast: Crispy skin, juicy and moist meat!
- Keto Turkey Casserole: A great way to use up leftover turkey and it’s low carb!
- 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 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
- 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.
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