Baked Turkey Meatballs

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Trying to lighten up your favorite dishes? We’re keeping it tasty with these turkey meatballs.

Trying to lighten up your favorite dishes? We're keeping it tasty with these turkey meatballs. 

Baked turkey meatballs are a tasty yet lighter version of our Classic Italian-style Meatballs. They’re delicate and well-balanced, and incredibly easy to whip up. You don’t have to babysit them on the stove. All you have to do is plop them on a baking sheet, pop them in the oven and set the timer.

Because turkey has a mild flavor and we keep the seasonings simple, you can be as creative as you like with the sauces you serve them with – traditional marinara, white sauce and Tzatziki Sauce are my favorites. (You can get our super easy Tzatziki Sauce recipe here.)

The beauty of this recipe or any meatball recipe, really, is that you can double up the batches and throw one in the freezer for another night. Who doesn’t love having dinner in the freezer ready to heat on a super busy week night? And let’s face it, whether you have kids or not, every weeknight seems to be busy for one reason or another.

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Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 and 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 lb. ground turkey


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil and allow it to heat. Mince the onion and garlic. Add the onion to the skillet and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, add the onions and garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Whisk everything together. Add the turkey and mix well with a fork or your hands, incorporating everything evenly. When everything is mixed together, take about 2 tablespoons of the meat and roll into meatballs. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the meatballs are slightly browned.

Allie Doran

Allie Doran is the photographer, recipe developer and creator of Miss Allie’s Kitchen, a recipe website that serves up real food recipes from the heart. Allie is a small town girl that loves meals packed with veggies & even wild game but her favorite dessert is definitely pie (with a side of red wine).