Trying to lighten up your favorite dishes? We’re keeping it tasty with these baked turkey meatballs.
Baked turkey meatballs are a tasty yet lighter version of 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.
Using Turkey Meatballs
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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- 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
- 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.
- Add the onion to the skillet and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- In a bowl, mix together the cooked onions and garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Add the turkey and mix well with your hands, but don’t overmix as that can make the meatballs tough.
- When everything is mixed together, take about 2 tablespoons of the meat and roll into a meatball. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining meat.
- Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.
- Turn on the broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes to brown more, if desired.
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This post originally appeared in January 2018 and was revised and republished in January 2021.