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.
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:
To start your turkey meatball recipe, 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.
- Mix until everything is just held together. Don’t overwork the meatballs.
Place your meatballs on a large baking sheet that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray and then pop them in a hot oven.
- 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.
- 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. We use and love this instant thermometer. It’s magnetic, so you can stick it to the side of your fridge and know just where to find it.
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 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.
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!
Questions about this recipe:
Yes, we prefer to serve these prior to 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.
No. Poultry needs to be fully cooked and there should be no pink at all.
The internal temp should be 165 degrees F.
- 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.