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!
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
That’s it! Go make some delicious meatballs sista!
- 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
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.
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