Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound (450g) ground turkey (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (panko or whole wheat work well)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For Cooking:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)

Optional Add-ins:

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes for a little heat
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, for extra garlic flavor

Instructions:

  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  • Combine Meatball Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients (and your optional add-ins, if using). Use your hands or a sturdy spatula to mix until everything is just combined – avoid overmixing.
  • Form Meatballs: Gently shape the mixture into evenly sized meatballs, about 1.5 inches in diameter.
  • Brown the Meatballs (Optional): For deeper flavor, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs in batches and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides. They don’t need to be cooked through. Transfer browned meatballs to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake: If you browned the meatballs, bake them for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F/74°C). If you did not brown them, bake for 18-22 minutes, until fully cooked.
  • Serve: Let the meatballs rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

  • With pasta and marinara sauce: A classic, comforting favorite!
  • In a wrap or pita: With lettuce, tomato, and a drizzle of tzatziki sauce.
  • On a salad: A great way to add protein to your greens.
  • As an appetizer: Serve warm with toothpicks and your favorite dipping sauce.

Tips:

  • Don’t overmix: Overmixing the meatball mixture can result in dense, tough meatballs.
  • Use an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop: This will help you get evenly sized meatballs.
  • Check for doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Or cut a meatball open and ensure it’s no longer pink inside.

Enjoy your healthy and flavorful turkey meatballs!

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