by Olena

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

by Olena

5 from 8 reviews

Healthy Turkey Meatballs without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.

Try your pack of ground turkey in ground turkey meatloaf or healthy turkey burgers next time. Both are reader favorites. Also how could I not mention turkey sliders. 🙂

healthy turkey meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

Equipped with Costco size packs of ground turkey, I have busted the myth of dry turkey meatballs. Today we are gonna learn how to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs. Meatballs that are juicy inside and golden on the outside.

These baked turkey meatballs are moistened with virtually zero calorie shredded zucchini. Instead of browning in oil and creating a mess, we bake meatballs just enough to be cooked through and brown on the outside without losing the moisture.

Serve on their own with spaghetti, or add some low sugar jarred marinara/spaghetti sauce. Serve as an appetizer (goes well with beer). You can also freeze ground turkey meatballs for quick and healthy dinner.  Sky is the limit!

healthy turkey meatballs served with spaghetti and corn salad on a plate

Are Turkey Meatballs More Healthy?

There is a belief that turkey is leaner than beef. The truth is only if you choose ground turkey made from breast meat only, otherwise dark meat and skin get mixed in. I buy extra lean ground turkey at Costco and call it a day.

I just like the taste of turkey, end of story. And I still feel they are more low fat than pork or beef meatballs.

How to Make Healthy Turkey Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Or I love using silicone baking mats, no oil necessary.
  • Make meatball mixture by combining ground turkey, zucchini, eggs, garlic, onion flakes, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands. That is when rings come off. 🙂
  • Form 47 meatballs using small cookie scoop. Number is approximate. It helps to dip hands in a bowl with cold water occasionally. Lay meatballs on baking sheets.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. At about 15 minute mark you will see meatballs surrounded by a bit of liquid coming out from zucchini. Turn and toss meatballs with spatula (mostly to get rid off of that extra water) and bake for 5 more minutes.

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How to Freeze and Cook Frozen Meatballs

  • Freeze meatballs on a lined baking sheet.
  • Pop in a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw completely and then bake. Here you have to listen to me and don’t be like my mom who could never bake a thing because she never followed a single recipe. 🙂 Don’t bake from frozen – meatballs will be dry. That is just too long of a baking time.

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What to Serve with Turkey Meatballs

Turkey meatballs are extremely versatile as they can be dinner or an appetizer.

I served meatballs with whole wheat spaghetti and Mexican street corn salad. That is what I had on hand that day.

With mashed potatoes and cucumber and tomato salad meatballs would make a totally Ukrainian dinner I grew up with.

Warm up a jar of low sodium pasta sauce in slow cooker or Instant Pot and serve like that with toothpicks nearby. Or just pop toothpicks inside and serve on a platter with dipping sauce like Thai  sweet chili sauce.

Make a sub on a whole wheat bun with marinara sauce and Mozzarella cheese on top. Pop under the broiler for a few mins and serve with lemon parmesan kale salad to balance off the meal. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

5 from 8 reviews

Healthy Turkey Meatballs without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 47 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, liquid squeezed out (measured before squeezing)
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 4 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp onion flakes or powder
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Or I love using silicone baking mats, no oil necessary.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, zucchini, eggs, garlic, onion flakes, oregano, salt and pepper; mix well with your hands.
  3. Using small cookie scoop form 47 meatballs (it helps to dip hands in a bowl with cold water occasionally) and lay on baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, turn and toss with spatula (mostly to get rid off of that ground turkey residue) and bake for 5 more minutes. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

Freeze: Lay rolled raw (!) meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze completely and transfer to a large Ziploc bag. Thaw (!), then bake following recipe’s instructions. Baking from frozen will result in dry meatballs (I tried!). 

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I made these into teeny, tiny meatballs, baked them, and put them in a soup with some leftover mac and cheese after I’d pureed together a quart of chicken broth, a can of green chilies, maybe 3 cups of kale, and some salt and blackened seasoning. It made a very green and spicy soup, and the little meatballs were tasty and perfect in it!

  2. I would like to try this recipe but right now I am not able to use egg yolks (temp dietary restrictions) is there anything else I can use to replace the egg?

  3. Another great recipe! These were easy to make and very flavorful.Every recipe that I’ve made of yours has been great.

  4. This recipe looks amazing, can’t wait to try it. What size cookie scoop did you use? The recipe said small but was it a 1 inch?

    Thank you!

  5. these are the bomb.com
    I switched out zucchini for riced up cauliflower as my supermarket was out of them. I have been having these cold with salad for lunch and I am the envy of my office. I have started to get adventurous with herds and spices to mix them up a bit. Tonight I am going to heat them in some pasta sauce to have with some pasta as a quick filling meal.
    I have been cooking mine in the air fryer.

  6. Everyone liked this. Really is very flavorful. You were very right – had to keep my on it to keep them juicy. Those last few minutes can make or break the recipe. Thank you again. Always know it’s going to be go if it’s an Olena recipe.

  7. Wow very good. I did a few substitutes: really ground up the zucchini, removed salt, but added 1T WOR sauce, also added chilli flakes, cayane, parsley, basil and a handful of breadcrumbs. Great consistency and really really tasty!

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