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Homemade baked turkey meatballs are perfect for a spaghetti dinner, feeding a crowd or freezing to have on hand for busy nights. And this easy recipe takes just minutes to prep!
Hello from the beach! I hope you guys are having as great a week as we are!
We’ve been headed to the beach in the morning – building sand castles, zooming trucks around, splashing in the water – and then hitting up the pool in the afternoons. The kids are practicing their swimming, jumping in from the sides and just living it up. It’s been so great to have a week off (mostly) with these crazy kiddos. 🙂
And not to be short, but I’m ready to get back to it, so without further ado, let’s get to today’s recipe!
I’m always tempted to buy frozen meatballs at the store. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up various brands and bags and thought I might cave and buy them.
But I can’t not look at the ingredient list. And every time I do, I think, I don’t really want to buy this. I don’t know what all of that stuff is. I’m sure I could make them better and cleaner at home.
So finally, I did. It took me a while because I kept thinking they needed to be complicated and involved. Wrong!
These easy baked turkey meatballs are super basic, with wholesome ingredients, and they couldn’t be easier.
Mix everything in a bowl, roll up your meatballs and bake them off. Done and done. 🙌
And the flavor is crazy good! They are tender and perfectly seasoned and ready to be drenched in sauce and devoured.
The store-bought version has nothing on us!
A few notes for you on these easy baked turkey meatballs:
- Grated onion is best, but I know it’s a pain in the butt. You can also finely chop the onion but do try to get it very finely chopped so you don’t have big onion pieces in your meatballs. (Guilty as charged: I’m lazy and frequently give the onion a basic small dice and call it a day. The meatballs are still delicious, but the kiddos are definitely more suspicious. Look at that, I rhymed! 😂)
- After you get these easy meatballs in the oven, start cooking some spaghetti noodles, throw together a simple spinach salad and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time.
- If you want to use my easy homemade spaghetti sauce with these, like I do, just get the sauce going before you fix the meatballs and everything will be ready at the same time. 👍
- Don’t stop at spaghetti! You can also use these baked meatballs for meatball subs, meatball pizzas, appetizers, meatball lasagna, meatball and veggie noodle bowls – anything you like!
- I use 93% lean ground turkey but you could substitute lean ground beef if you prefer.
- You can adjust the seasoning, too, to suit your family’s tastes. Add another clove or two of garlic to emphasize that or some extra red pepper flakes for spicy meatballs. You can increase the cheese to 1/2 cup to make them extra cheesy if you like.
If you’ve been looking for a homemade turkey meatball recipe, I hope you give these a try. You’ll love how easy they are to make, how delicious they are to eat and how perfect they are to freeze for another night.
(Speaking of, I definitely packed a bag of these to bring down to the beach with us for a spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner one night. We all loved it!)
Hope you do, too. Enjoy!
P.S. You should check out my cheesy chicken meatballs too! Seriously yummy!
Easy baked turkey meatballs
Easy homemade baked turkey meatballs take just minutes to prep and come out perfectly tender and delicious!
- 1.25 pounds ground turkey (see notes)
- 1/2 small onion, grated (or very finely chopped)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray for easy clean-up.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. Be careful not to overmix. I usually start with a fork to get things somewhat combined and then use my hands to gently mix it together well.
- Shape into 1-inch round meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes, until done.
Serve these meatballs with pasta and marinara sauce, or stuff them into a hoagie for a meatball sub. Or serve them as an appetizer with toothpicks and sauce for dipping.
I use 93% lean ground turkey. You could also substitute lean ground beef here, if you prefer.
You can easily double the recipe and bake extra meatballs to freeze. Cool them completely then place the extra baked meatballs in a labeled freezer bag and remove excess air before sealing. To reheat, just pop a batch in the microwave, straight from the freezer. Start with 1 minute then add time in 30-second intervals until they are heated through. You also can defrost them the night before then heat them on the stove in a pan as you warm up your marinara sauce.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 56kcal Calories from fat 25|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 3g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|