by Olena

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

by Olena

5 from 4 reviews

How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!

Equipped with Costco size pack of ground turkey, I have busted the myth of dry ground turkey meatballs. Today we are gonna learn how to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!

Serve on their own with spaghetti, or add some low sugar jarred marinara/spaghetti sauce. Serve as an appetizer (goes well with beer). Double the recipe, then pull out from the freezer on busy weeknight. Sky is the limit!

Are Turkey Meatballs 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 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.

Can You Make Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs?

Yes. These meatballs are moistened with virtually zero calorie shredded zucchini and then baked just enough to be cooked through but baked on the outside without losing the moisture.

How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!

How Long to Bake Meatballs at 375 Degrees F?

20 minutes. At about 15 minute mark you will see meatballs surrounded by a bit of liquid coming out from zucchini but that’s good. Means there is more to stay inside the ball. Don’t worry, I do share the trick in the recipe how to brown the meatballs and get rid of the “residue”.

How to Freeze Healthy Turkey Meatballs

  1. Half or fully freeze on a lined baking sheet.How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!
  2. Pop in a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months.How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!

Can I Cook Meatballs From Frozen?

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.

How to Make Healthy Turkey Meatballs

  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. How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!
  3. Mix well with your hands. How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!
  4. Using small cookie scoop form 47 meatballs (it helps to dip hands in a bowl with cold water occasionally) and lay on baking sheets. How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!
  5. 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. How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!
  6. Serve hot. How to make easy healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs juicy inside and golden outside. You can also freeze them!

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

5 from 4 reviews

Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe 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
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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.

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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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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