Everybody loves meatballs, and baked turkey meatballs are one of my personal favourites. This turkey meatball recipe is oil free and low fat, making it ideal for an easy weeknight dinner. It is also a great starter, snack or finger food served with toothpicks inserted and a dipping sauce on the side.
How to make turkey meatballs in the oven
Making meatballs in the oven is really easy. First, combine the meatball mixture and shape into meatballs. Add them straight to a baking tray. Meatballs should be baked on 200°C / 180°C fan oven / 395°F, and the meatballs take 25-35 minutes to cook through, depending on how big you make them. Healthy baked turkey meatballs cook completely without any oil, which means that they will contain less fat and calories compared to frying them in a pan. If you want to add the meatballs to any kind of sauce, I suggest cooking them completely in the oven first, then adding them to the sauce.
How to make turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs
I usually use breadcrumb in turkey meatballs, simply because it’s convenient. I always keep a container of breadcrumbs in my kitchen. The breadcrumbs help the meatballs keep their shape, and I would not recommend omitting them. As an alternative, you could use almond flour, which is ideal to keep the recipe gluten free and keto friendly. Crushed crackers or oats ground up in a food processor will also work.
What do you serve with turkey meatballs?
Serve turkey meatballs as you would serve any meatballs. They are great with pasta and tomato sauce, gravy and mashed potatoes or with potato wedges and ketchup. I also love to serve mine with salad and a nice dip like tzatziki sauce or hummus. Alternatively, try serving them with roasted green beans or broccoli salad.
How to store leftover turkey meatballs
You can store leftover meatballs in airtight containers in the fridge for 2 days. Leftover meatballs can be enjoyed cold, but I prefer to heat them up either in the oven or in the microwave before serving. Leftovers can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen turkey meatballs in the fridge over night, then reheat them before serving. Baked turkey meatballs are perfect for meal prep, and if you double or triple the recipe, you’ll have healthy frozen meatballs ready when you need them.
More healthy kid friendly meals:
- Cashew chicken stir fry
- Slow cooker chicken taco soup
- Broccoli and cheese balls
- Greek turkey burger with spinach
Baked turkey meatballs
- 500 g minced turkey low fat version
- 1 egg
- 50 g breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- salt, pepper
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Use a spoon or your hands to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Form evenly sized meatballs. This recipe will yield between 12 to 15 meatballs, depending on how large you make them. Keep in mind that the size and shape of the balls will not change during cooking, so you can control exactly how you want them to turn out. Try to make them as evenly sized as possible.
- Place the meatballs on a baking tray, and bake them in the oven for 25-35 minutes, turning them around halfway through the cooking time. The exact baking time will depend on the size of your meatballs. To ensure they are cooked through, you can split one meatball in half. The meat should be white all the way through, with no pink juices.