All of the comfort, less of the calories.
Mix up your meal rotation with healthy and versatile recipes for turkey meatballs. Turkey gives you all the protein and amino acids of red meat, but boasts a lower fat content. Prepare a large batch and eat fresh or freeze and use throughout the week for easy meal prep. Whether you’re making a classic Italian meatball or experimenting with red curry and plum glazes for an Asian fusion recipe, nothing beats the comfort and convenience of delicious meatballs. These one-bite wonders will perfect your next spaghetti, appetizer, sub, and more!
Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs
The grated parmesan, breadcrumbs, fresh basil, and tomato paste in these baked turkey meatballs give them an authentic Italian taste. A quick fifteen minute bake in the oven means dinner gets on the table in time and you can be sure your meatballs are cooked to perfection without standing over the stove. Finish meatballs in a skillet with an easy homemade tomato sauce for a classic pairing that goes great with pasta, in a sub, or simply on a toothpick.
Budget Turkey Meatballs
This budget-friendly recipe uses lean Italian turkey sausage and egg whites to make tasty and health-conscious mini meatballs. These tiny bites pack in flavor with red pepper flakes, a dash of sriracha sauce, and Italian seasoning already in the sausage. At 59 cents per serving, these meatballs give you a bang for your buck.
Turkey Dumpling Filling Meatballs
This Chinese-American recipe is inspired by traditional Chinese dumpling filling. Shitake mushrooms, green onions, and ginger give these ground turkey meatballs a fun fusion flare. Serve with tomato sauce and rice for a unique and filling dish.
Veggie-Heavy Turkey Meatballs
The zucchini, carrots, and onions in these turkey meatballs make them an easy way to sneak extra veggies into a classic comfort food. Simmering in chicken broth while cooking in the skillet keeps the meatballs savory and moist.
Turkey and Jasmine Meatballs
Jasmine rice gives these turkey meatballs a unique texture and keeps them moist and filling. Experiment with different varieties of rice for even more textures and flavors. This innovative dish will impress even the most adventurous eaters.
Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs
These red coconut curry baked turkey meatballs are amazingly creamy and perfectly spiced. Bursts of flavors from fresh basil and ginger shine through the creamy coconut milk and red curry paste to make this dish sweet, spicy, and savory all at once. Substituting almond flour for breadcrumbs makes these meatballs gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. This versatile dish can be served over spaghetti squash, pasta, or rice. Try one or all pairings because this recipe makes enough to store and the smooth curry sauce only gets better after a day in the fridge.
Turkey Taco Meatballs
These delicious ground turkey meatballs will spice up dinner with taco seasoning and green onions. Folding up a cheddar cheese cube inside the seasoned meat before baking means a gooey surprise center for friends and family lucky enough to get their hands on one. This is the perfect recipe to satisfy a taco craving without all the mess and fuss. Bake meatballs sprinkled with extra shredded cheese for an additional few minutes to get a cheesy golden brown meatball crust. Top with fresh cilantro for a pop of green. These savory morsels would be perfect sliced up in a crunchy Mexican salad or folded up in a tortilla with some sautéed peppers.
Hoisin-Plum Asian Turkey Meatballs
Delve deeper into Asian-American cuisine with these crock pot Asian turkey meatballs. Panko, scallions, ginger and cilantro give the body of these turkey meatballs a light Asian twist, while the Hoisin and plum glaze add a rich and savory flavor. Form meatballs and leave them to cook with the glaze for 3 hours for a no-hassle dinner that impresses your friends and family. These flavorful meatballs could be a fun appetizer for a fusion meal or an innovative entrée served over thick rice noodles.
BBQ Turkey Meatballs
Nothing says southern comfort like a dish covered in warm bubbly barbeque sauce. These ground turkey meatballs are crisped up in a skillet before they are smothered in sauce and baked to give a firm outer texture that holds more barbeque flavor. Garlic powder, chili powder, and paprika give each bite an extra kick. This is a perfect recipe for a potluck or tailgate. All you need is a toothpick and guests won’t be able to stop coming back for more.
Bacon-Wrapped Baked Turkey Meatballs
Wrapping these ground turkey meatballs in bacon may cancel out some of their low fat health benefits, but it sure makes a novel treat. After forming the meatballs, gently wrap with half a slice of your favorite bacon and bake until bacon is crispy and golden brown, approximately 45 minutes. Try rolling the bacon wrapped meatballs in brown sugar before baking for a crunchy sugary glaze that makes the perfect savory and sweet appetizer.