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Lean Turkey Meatballs

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These lean turkey meatballs were a fantastic hit with the kiddos, and little did the kids know that these are far healthier for them than the pre-cooked frozen meatballs that can be bought at the store – it’s a bonus that these are also cheaper to make at home!

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Sizzling hot lean turkey meatballs ....mmm don't these look good?!? #healthy #recipe

This is a basic meatball recipe you can easily alter to your taste. Feel free to add in chopped spinach, kale or parsley.  Another option is to add in some grated Parmesan for a salty bite. For extra spice, chili powder would also be a nice option. The possibilities are endless!

Tips For Juicy Lean Turkey Meatballs

Now as you may know, turkey meatballs can tend to be a bit…uh…how do we say….. DRY!! Here are a few tips to ensure your meatballs bake up nice and juicy!

  1. Don’t over-mix the meat too much. Dump all the ingredients in the bowl and use your hands to mix them all up gently with your hands. Yeah meatballs love being touched.
  2. Always make a tiny test patty. You want to make sure your meatballs taste amazing before you make up the entire batch. Fry up a small piece and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  3. Add some fat and moisture. Turkey meat is very lean and dries out easily. Adding things like an egg, milk, cream, mayo, grated veggies, olive oil etc. will help it in the juicy department.
  4. Don’t overcook it! This recipe makes small meatballs which means they cook quick. If your oven tends to run a bit hotter or you use a very lean turkey then they will cook ever fast. So just keep an eye on that first batch (if you’re making several) so you’ll know how your oven behaves with this recipe.
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That’s it! Go make some delicious meatballs sista!

Sizzling hot lean turkey meatballs ....mmm don't these look good?!? #healthy #recipe

5 from 6 votes
Lean Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
These turkey meatballs are a fantastic hit with the kiddos, and little did the kids know that these are far healthier for them than the pre-cooked frozen meatballs that can be bought at the store - it's a bonus that these are also cheaper to make at home!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 5
Author: Janice @ Salads4Lunch
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp chopped onions
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste or 2 tbsp ketchup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Form meatballs from 1 tbsp of mixture mold into the shape of a ball.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes on a lightly oiled 10 x 15 x 1 inch pan, or until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes small meatballs which means they cook quick. If your oven tends to run a bit hotter or you use a very lean turkey then they will cook VERY fast. So just keep an eye on that first batch (if you’re making several) so you’ll know how your oven behaves with this recipe.

Enjoy!

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Lean Turkey Meatballs

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  • Cat
    December 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I love meatballs, especially for holiday parties! cheers!!

  • Kodjo
    December 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, Janice. For someone like myself who doesn’t know how to cook, I still found your recipe quite straightforward! One quick question: What oil do you use for the baking? Extra virgin olive?

    Cheers,
    Kodjo

  • Weight Loss Trainer
    May 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Wow these look awesome!
    Love the fact that they’re baked rather than fried.

    Gonna have to toss these together with some low carb spaghetti noodles and give them a try!

  • Diana
    May 12, 2012 at 3:53 am

    These turkey meatballs were a fantastic hit with the kiddos, and little did the kids know that these are far healthier for them than the pre-cooked frozen meatballs that can be bought at the store – it’s a bonus that these are also cheaper to make at home!

  • Danielle
    April 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Can you please send me the recipe? I cannot seem to find it on the site. Thank you.

  • Sienna Eskildsen
    January 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    This is the best recipe I’ve made in months! I think this needs to be a once a week ordeal in my house. Fantastic! I think tomorrow, I’m making a huge batch and freezing them!! Thank you

  • THANKS FOR SHARING!