Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs
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Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs – An easy recipe for the best baked turkey meatballs that are both lean and flavorful. Enjoy them with pasta, potatoes, or your favorite low-carb sides!
The Best Oven Baked Turkey Meatballs Recipe
We love making all kinds of delicious dinner dishes with meatballs. Wonderfully versatile and so very tasty, tender plump meatballs are perfect for making any meal complete and comforting.
One of our most popular recipes is for Old School Italian Meatballs that features a classic trio of ground beef, pork sausage, and veal. These meatballs are incredibly hearty and yummy but not exactly what you would call healthy.
Today we’re sharing with you a lighter version of our favorite oven-baked meatball recipe that’s made with lean ground turkey. Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs are low-carb and have less fat, but still have a terrific texture and delightful flavor.
This easy recipe can be made gluten-free with just one swap, and can be served with any sauce, with regular or gluten-free pasta, over zoodles, on sub rolls, in soups… Anywhere meatballs are welcome!
Ingredients You Need
To make the best, most flavorful and tender healthy baked Turkey Meatballs you need:
- Ground turkey – white meat for the leanest meatballs, or a combination of white and dark meat
- Panko breadcrumbs – or your favorite gluten-free breadcrumbs
- Parmesan cheese – grated, not shredded
- Onion – shredded with a cheese grater
- Eggs – to bind the meatballs
- Worcestershire sauce – for rich, smoky flavor
- Seasonings – Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and ground black pepper
Feel free to change up the seasonings to compliment the meal you’re making! Use grated ginger for Asian-inspired flavor, include smoked paprika for a heartier taste, or any other spices you like.
How to Make Healthy Turkey Meatballs From Scratch
These low carb Turkey Meatballs are great to prepare in large batches. This recipe makes approximately 36 meatballs, and each serving is about 5-6 meatballs… So one batch is roughly 6 servings. Bake as many as you like to enjoy some now, some for lunches later in the week, and freeze the rest as a last-minute dinner option!
Here’s how to make the tastiest Turkey Meatballs in under an hour:
First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Set out a large mixing bowl and add all of the meatball ingredients. Use your hands to gently toss and mix until the ingredients are evenly dispersed, but not packed together. Keep your hands moist with a bit of water to help prevent the mixture from sticking to you.
Now use a 2 tablespoon scoop to scoop the meatball mixture out into even portions. Gently roll each meatball in your damp hands until they are smooth and round. Place on the baking sheets.
How Long to Bake Turkey Meatballs
Bake the low carb Turkey Meatballs for 15 minutes, until firm. Then turn on the broiler and broil for only 1 or 2 minutes so that they become golden on top. Immediately remove from the oven. Pro Tip: You may need to broil the baking sheets one at a time.
If desired, you can brush the healthy baked turkey meatballs with olive oil when they come out of the oven, so that they glisten. The oil also adds an extra oomph of juiciness to the meatballs.
Serve warm or let cool completely before storing.
Healthy Turkey Meatballs Serving Suggestions
I mean, really, what doesn’t go with these amazing little meaty morsels?!
Serve them as classic Italian meatballs in your favorite pasta dishes with a zesty tomato sauce. Make Low Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs with spaghetti squash or zucchini “zoodles” for a super healthy yet still perfectly filling meal.
Enjoy meatballs on a fluffy bed of mashed potatoes (or low carb mashed cauliflower), or egg noodles, covered with a savory and meaty gravy.
They are also excellent for including in soups, loading into sub sandwiches, or serving on their own as an appetizer or snack!
Here are just a few ideas for other amazing recipes you can make with these low carb Turkey Meatballs:
- Healthy Italian Wedding Soup
- Asian Meatballs With Edamame
- Best Easy Swedish Meatballs (Crockpot & Instant Pot)
- Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs
- Turkey Meatballs With Orange Marmalade Glaze
How to Store Leftovers
Cool the baked Turkey Meatballs completely before transferring them to an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 4-6 days.
Freeze the meatballs made with turkey in an airtight container for up to 4 months. To keep them loose so that you can pull a few meatballs out of the freezer at a time, it’s best to flash freeze the meatballs on the baking sheets before placing them in a sealed container and freezing.
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Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs or GF panko, or quick oats
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ cup shredded onion
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Set out a large mixing bowl. Add all ingredients. Gently toss/mix by hand until the ingredients are evenly dispersed, but not packed together.
- Use a 2 tablespoon scoop to portion the meatball mixture out into even portions. Gently roll each meatball in your hands until they are smooth and round. Place on the baking sheets.
- Bake for 15 minutes until firm. Then turn on the broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes until golden on top. Remove from the oven. (You may need to broil the baking sheets one at a time.)
- If desired, you can brush the turkey meatballs with olive oil when they come out of the oven, so they glisten.
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Great recipe, it sounds delicious and healthy. I like that you included options for making it gluten-free and how versatile the recipe is. I also appreciate the tip on how to moisten your hands when mixing the ingredients to prevent sticking. I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out!
Followed recipe as directed. It was voted as a keeper. Thank you for the recipe will look forward to following you for more recipes. Have a great day!
This is the best turkey meatball recipe! Great flavor & very moist! The broiling gives them a nice baked color.
Can’t stop drooling over it. The sauce tastes like heaven. Thanks for sharing.