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Yes, you can indulge in rich, flavorful, Italian homemade meatballs — guilt free! These Baked Turkey Meatballs are a healthy and incredibly easy dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Plus, the leftovers freeze nicely for a simple meal prep option on your busiest nights.

Healthy turkey meatballs in a bowl of spaghetti with marinara

Y’all…when I find a recipe that checks all of my “mom” boxes, it just makes me so happy! These turkey meatballs are the perfect example of just that type of meal…and they have me jumping for joy!

Baked Turkey Meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet


  • kids love meatballs (duh!), so this is one rare dinner that I know the entire family will actually eat;
  • the meatballs are light and healthy, yet still nourishing and satisfying;
  • the ground turkey doesn’t get dried out or tough, but instead stays juicy and flavorful;
  • they’re baked (instead of pan-fried), so they don’t require my attention or flipping on the stovetop;
  • it’s nice to have some freezer-friendly options that I can stash away for super-busy days;
  • it’s even nicer to know that I can throw together a healthy dinner from scratch in less than 30 minutes — any night of the week!

Overhead image of Italian Turkey Meatballs with pasta

Have I convinced you yet? 

If you’re ready to see how I pull together this quick turkey meatballs recipe, let’s get right to it! Your dinner awaits…

Close up image of bowl of Turkey Meatballs in Sauce


This recipe is so easy, you guys! It’s basically a 3-step process.

Step 1: combine all of your ingredients in a bowl.

Pro tip: I use frozen pre-diced onion for a shortcut so that I don’t even need to pull out my cutting board or knife!

Turkey meatballs ingredients in a glass bowl

Step #2: Gently combine the ingredients using a fork or your fingers, and then use a teaspoon, a melon baller, or another small dough scoop to portion out 1-inch balls.

Pro Tip: Be careful that you don’t overmix the meat. Just make sure that everything is combined, and then STOP. Overmixed meat will be tough and dry when it’s cooked.

Mix together ingredients for turkey meatballs

Step #3: Place the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake at 500 degrees F for about 6-8 minutes, or until cooked through.Ground turkey breast meatballs on a baking sheet ready for the oven

Ta-da! Three easy steps to the most beautiful baked turkey meatballs!Baked Italian Turkey Meatballs on parchment paper on a pan

Serving Ideas for these Turkey Meatballs:

The options are endless, so I’d love to hear how your family enjoys them, too!

Baked Turkey Meatballs in Sauce with Spaghetti

More easy turkey recipes that you might enjoy:

Baked Turkey Meatballs

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
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Total: 22 minutes
Servings 42 meatballs
Calories 17 kcal
These Baked Turkey Meatballs are a healthy and incredibly easy dinner that the whole family will enjoy.


  • 1 lb. ground turkey (I used white meat ground turkey breast, but any version will work)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup finely minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup


  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, use a fork or your fingers to gently combine all ingredients. Be sure that you don’t overmix the meat mixture or it will be tough and dry.
  • Using a teaspoon or melon baller, shape turkey mixture into 1-inch balls. Drop on prepared pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 6 – 8 minutes.


Have Leftovers? The extra meatballs freeze really well!


Serving: 1meatballCalories: 17kcalProtein: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 39mgVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword: ground turkey, Meatballs, turkey
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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