Our Baked Turkey Meatballs check all the right boxes. They’re tender, juicy and delicious. They’re super healthy. And they’re incredibly versatile.
You can also freeze them, cooked or uncooked, so make a double batch for meal prep!
Today’s meatballs are an absolute must for anyone who loves this healthy alternative to ground beef.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Perfect Texture: Baking the meatballs ensures they are cooked evenly, resulting in a perfect texture that’s juicy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside.
- Easy Factor: These meatballs use simple ingredients and don’t take a lot of effort. Plus, you can make a big batch ahead of time and have them ready whenever you want.
- They’re Family-Friendly: This is a dish that everyone in the family will love. It’s kid-friendly and adult-approved, making meal times a delightful experience for all.
- Versatility: These turkey meatballs can be a star in a huge variety of dishes. We’ll give you a bunch of ideas later in the post.
For exact measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post. Here is what you’ll need to make ground turkey meatballs:
- Ground Turkey: A healthier, leaner alternative to beef or pork. For juicier meatballs, choose ground turkey that’s not too lean. Using ground turkey breast, which is typically 99% fat free, will result in dry, tough meatballs.
- Egg: Acts as a binder to hold the meatballs together.
- Breadcrumbs: They help to absorb moisture, giving the meatballs a perfect texture. Choose your breadcrumbs based on how you plan to use the meatballs. If you’re using them in pasta, or making a meatball sub, you can use Italian breadcrumbs. For non-Italian themes, go with plain breadcrumbs or panko.
- Garlic: If fresh isn’t available, garlic powder can be used, but fresh is always best.
- Fresh Parsley: This herb adds a fresh, bright flavor. If fresh parsley isn’t available, dried parsley can be used, but reduce the quantity to 2 teaspoons, as dried herbs are more potent.
- Salt and Pepper: Seasoning essentials.
Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs
1. Mix: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
2. Roll: Form the meatballs into 16-20 equal sized meatballs, and arrange them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
3. Bake: Transfer the baking sheet to the oven, preheated to 400°F, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and have an internal temperature of 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
How to Store and Freeze Them
You can refrigerate for 4-5 days in an airtight container or zip-top bag. They can also be frozen in a zip top bag for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before using.
Uncooked meatballs can also be frozen for up to three months. Freeze them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for two hours, then transfer to a zip-top bag for long term freezing. You can either thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or bake them frozen, just add a few extra minutes to the baking time.
Now this is where it gets fun!
They’re also great in soups like Italian Wedding. Have you ever had leftover soup where only broth is left? No problem, just throw in some pre-made meatballs!
Because the turkey is much milder in flavor than beef, they can go with just about any flavor theme. Toss them with your favorite sauce and they become a great party appetizer. Check out our roundup of the top 30 Meatball Sauce Recipes.
Tips For the Most Tender and Juicy Meatballs
- Don’t Overmix: Mix your ingredients just until they’re combined. Overmixing can make the meatballs tough. Use a gentle hand or a fork to combine everything.
- Fat Content Matters: Meat that is too lean can lead to dry meatballs. For reference, we use 93% lean.
- Size Consistency: When forming your meatballs, aim for consistent size. This ensures even cooking. Meatballs that are too large may not cook evenly.
- Gentle Cooking: Bake your meatballs in a preheated oven, and don’t overcook them. Overcooking will dry them out. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach the safe internal temperature of 165°F without going far beyond it.
- Rest Before Serving: Let the meatballs rest for a few minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring they’re moist when you bite into them.
Whether you’re looking to make your pasta night a bit healthier, or want a great game day appetizer, these ground turkey meatballs are sure to be a hit.
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Baked Turkey Meatballs, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup breadcrumbs (see note 1)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Position a rack in the middle of the oven.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for meatballs until well incorporated.
- Roll the meatballs into 16-20 equal sized meatballs, and arrange them on the baking sheet and brush the tops with a little olive oil.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and have an internal temperature of 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
- Choose your breadcrumbs based on how you plan to use the meatballs. If you’re using them in pasta, or making a meatball sub, you can use Italian breadcrumbs. For non-Italian themes, go with plain breadcrumbs or panko.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 351Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 167mgSodium 538mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 32g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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