Classic Turkey Meatballs

Classic Turkey Meatballs

Look no further for the most flavorful turkey meatball recipe

This classic turkey meatball recipe has won over the hearts of many beef meatball lovers. When these meatballs are baking in the oven they get a caramelized delectable bottom. The layer of seasoning balanced with the perfect amount of wet ingredients creates a heavenly bite.

Let me just ask… Are you someone who impulsively reaches for ground beef, and considers ground turkey to be dry? I’m here to set the record straight, this recipe is flavorful, juicy and the beef is not something to be missed. Not that beef meatballs are not flipping delicious, but for myself I have a beef allergy. This allergy is why I was determined to create the best version of a classic turkey meatball.

RAO’S sauce to pour on those mouthwatering turkey meatballs

Recently, I was urged by some foodie friends to taste test this specific jar of sauce. They all raved it was the best premade sauce you can buy. Making fresh sauce is always a delectable option, but I have to say that I simply loved this roasted garlic sauce by RAO’S. My concern was the roasted garlic would be too strong for my kids, but they too gave it a huge thumbs up.

I’m planning on making this meal again next week with a lighter twist. This time I will be placing the turkey meatballs right on top of a beautiful bed of zoodles (zucchini noodles). Most stores now sell prepackaged zoodles, but personally I feel that having a spiralizer to make your own at home is best. There are very inexpensive spiralizers on amazon (click here to check some out). Also, if you already own a kitchen aid there is this attachment which is my personal favorite spiralizer.

If you have a Trader Joe’s near you then check out this very similar classic turkey meatball recipe below…

Trader Joe's Zoodles with Turkey Meatballs
Trader Joe’s Zoodles with Turkey Meatballs in a roasted red pepper sauce
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Classic Turkey Meatballs

Classic Turkey Meatballs

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  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a large bowl mix together all of the meatball ingredients just until incorporated
  3. Form about 1.5 inch meatballs and place on a greased baking sheet or line with parchment paper (my preferred method)
  4. Drizzle meatballs lightly with olive oil
  5. Bake meatballs for for 15 minutes
  6. Serve with favorite sauce, over noodles or zoodles
  • Category: Main Dish

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