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Baked Turkey Meatballs are perfectly seasoned, tender, juicy and absolutely delectable! Super easy and healthy your whole family is going to love these!

These baked meatballs are amazing all on their own. Place them on a mound of noodles and smothered in one of these incredible sauces and they will be divine. Try them with the Homemade Best Basil Pesto Sauce, Easiest Marinara Sauce or the Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce.

Delicious Baked Turkey Meatballs in a white dish.

The Best Turkey Meatballs

Let’s talk meatballs! Everyone loves to eat meatballs, especially kids. This make it an easy winner for dinner. Everyone will eat them and love them. I’m still not entirely sure why meatballs are so fun to eat, but they just are. They are a definite favorite at our house. These baked turkey meatballs are no exception. Juicy and tender and seasoned just right I could eat them straight from the pan. These turkey meatballs are so dang good!

They are super easy too! In about 30 minutes you can have a superb dinner on the table, even on a weeknight. Baking the meatballs means you don’t have to babysit a pan over the stove. It gives you time and space to get the rest of dinner done or do something else. These are fast, easy and absolutely luscious meatballs! You have to put these on the menu tonight!

Is Turkey more Nutritious than Beef?

Both turkey and beef are great sources of protein and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Turkey, however is generally lower in saturated fat than beef and so is a better choice for heart health. It can also be a great choice for weight loss as it is often lower in calories. Turkey can provide up to 24 grams of protein per a serving and is extremely high in niacin, B6, and B12. It also contains zinc, selenium and phosphorus. All of the health benefits of course depend on the cut and quality of turkey and whether you are eating it with the skin on or not. These turkey meatballs are light and tasty!

Ingredients for Turkey Meatballs

The same ingredients that make beef meatballs are the same that will make up these baked turkey meatballs. Ingredients that you can find in your pantry or at your local grocery store. Have them on hand and ready to go for a quick and easy dinner!

  • Ground Turkey: This can be found near the ground beef.
  • Italian Bread Crumbs: I love these bread crumbs are already seasoned.
  • Onion: small chopped.
  • Eggs: This acts as the binder.
  • Milk: Adds a bit of moisture and helps keep it all together.
  • Garlic: Minced or finely chopped.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste

How to Bake Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs are super easy to throw together. Roll them up and bake them for juicy perfection. They are so good, you will keep them in a regular rotation.

  1. Mix: In a medium bowl place the ground turkey, eggs, milk, onions, bread crumbs, garlic and salt and pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Roll: Roll into 2 inch balls and place in a greased baking dish
  3. Bake: Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 min or till cooked through out. Internal temp should be165 degrees.

Making Turkey meatballs for cooking.

Tips for Moist Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs are all purpose. Meaning they can be used in just about any capacity you need them to. Add them to rice or mashed potatoes. Smother them with BBQ sauce, Cheese Sauce or even Tzatziki Sauce. Use these in so many different ways, they’re scrumptious any way you serve them.

  • Keep them Moist: Turkey is leaner than beef so can dry out quickly. If you find your meatballs are too dry add a little olive oil to the mixture. Or make sure to use some dark turkey meat mixed in with the white.
  • Don’t over cook: Check your meatballs after 15 minutes. The internal temperature should be 165 when done. Over cooking will dry them out and make them tough.
  • Same size: Keep the meatballs the same size as much as possible. This will ensure that they cook at the same rate and some won’t be under done or over done. You can use a cookie scoop or the same sized spoon to help keep them uniform.
  • Use a light hand: Don’t over-mix or over handle the turkey mixture. It can break it down and make it tough. It can also make the meatballs hard to form and turn them more into meat discs than meatballs.
  • Intensify the Flavor: There are many ways to make these meatballs sing with even more flavor if you wish. Add fresh herbs, parmesan or other grated cheese, and add spices that will complement your dish. They are so easy to customize and make how you wish. Get creative and have some fun. Try a different variation every night you make them!

Freezing and Storing Easy Baked Meatballs

I love meatballs! Did I say that already?! They are so easy to store and freeze for a later time. I love to make a double batch and freeze the leftovers for a night when I’m really scrapped for time. It’s a double winner for dinner!

  • Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container or even a zip lock bag and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or you can even warm them up in a sauce you plan to eat them with.
  • Freeze: Let the meatballs cool to almost room temperature. Place on a cookie tray and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Freeze for 2 hours. Transfer the partially frozen meatballs to a freezer safe gallon zip lock bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or warm them straight from the freezer in the microwave at 50% power till heated through. Enjoy in your favorite dishes.

Perfectly baked turkey meatballs with spaghetti noodles and sauce.

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Baked Turkey Meatballs

4.79 from 33 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Baked Turkey Meatballs are perfectly seasoned, tender, juicy and absolutely delectable! Super easy and healthy your whole family is going to love these!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium size bowl combine turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, eggs, milk, garlic, and salt and pepper. Mix until incorporated.
  • Roll into 2 inch balls and place onto a greased baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked throughout.

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Notes

*Or can use regular breadcrumbs with 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 35gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 789mgPotassium: 503mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 230IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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70 Comments

  1. As someone else mentioned above I felt the ratio of breadcrumbs to Turkey way too high. Felt like I was biting in to bread rather than meat. I ate these with tzatziki or hummus. I’ll use my leftovers in tomato sauce.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!! I’ve never used ground turkey and wasn’t sure about the texture! I followed the recipe and the end result was perfect meatballs!!! Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    I love the recipe!!! I recommend blending the ingredients by beating the eggs first. Stir milk and seasonings into eggs. Stir in breadcrumbs until mixture is like a paste. Add ground turkey and chopped onions to breadcrumb mixture until fully blended.

  4. 5 stars
    These are always so good! The milk makes all the difference! This time I added about 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan and fresh chopped parsley. Delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This is my only recipe that I use for turkey meatballs! I just change up the sauces,,,Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Very flavorful. I’m a ground beef, veal and pork meatball guy. These are a great healthier option. Added them to cheese tortellini. Try them again with traditional spaghetti and sauce the next time I make them.

  7. 5 stars
    I accidentally added to much milk so I just created this into mince meat , so obviously not their fault. Flavour: on core!

  8. 5 stars
    Yum! These turned out great. I used pre seasoned turkey and added a splash of olive oil and they turned out great!

    I don’t eat Egg so I subbed Just Egg plant based and gluten free bread crumbs and the texture was perfect.

  9. I’m planning to make these for my meal prep, but could you specify how many meatballs the recipe makes and how many are in each serving?

    1. This makes about 12-15 meatballs and the serving size is 3-4, depending on what you are serving this with!

  10. 5 stars
    Excellent easy recipe! I used an ice cream scooper in greased muffin tins and they are fast and easy and very moist. Turkey meatballs are usually very dry and lack flavor but these turn out great every time. I use Italian seasoning and half and half for the milk. Yummy and perfect for meatball sandwiches with melted
    Mozzarella the next day. I use Rao marinara sauce and rotini pasta so it’s easy for the kids to eat, everyone loves it!

    1. I made these and thought the ration of turkey to bread crumbs was off. I thought they were mushy. I may try again but use less breadcrumbs.

  11. 4 stars
    I made these last night and since I had fresh mozzarella, I added a little to the middle as a nice surprise! These were really good. I used fresh oregano and basil because I have it in the garden. I will make more and freeze them! Good recipe.