Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Turkey meatballs have always been in a staple in my life – there is something so comforting about a bowl of pasta with perfectly moist meatballs swimming in tomato sauce. I like my pasta jazzed up!

Juicy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Frozen meatballs are my fall back for prepping lunches when I don’t have anything else planned- popping them out of the freezer on top of a bowl of veggies and leftover grains in the morning so they defrost by lunchtime.

Baked Turkey Meatballs- an tasty recipe to keep in the freezer for quick meals

After buying so many packages of Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs, I realized how much tastier I could make these in bulk and then freeze for the same quick bowls of pasta.

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Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12 (4 meatballs per serving)
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey (93% lean or higher)
  • ½ cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup carrot
  • ¼ cup onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional: dash of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Finely mince carrot and onion by hand or in a food processor and then combine all ingredients. This is easiest if you use your hands to gently mix everything - over mixing will make them tougher.
  3. Shape meatballs into 2-tablespoon-sized-balls and place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, checking at 30 minutes to ensure there is no pink in the middle of the meatballs. Continue cooking 5 minutes if they aren't cooked through.
  5. Freeze in a plastic bag in the freezer for up to 3 months, letting them defrost in the fridge or in the microwave before eating.
Notes
This recipe makes 48 small meatballs, for 12 servings of 4 meatballs. They freeze really well (go through all the steps including cooking), but the recipe can also be halved for a much smaller amount!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 117 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 5 Protein: 20

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Serve with pasta or spaghetti squash, and your favorite tomato sauce (still working on perfecting my quick recipe and hope to share it soon!). I love adding sautéed onion, zucchini, red pepper, and grape tomatoes.

Looking for more freezer-friendly recipes? Try my crockpot shredded chicken, black bean & spinach baked taquitos, or date truffles!

Marisa

Comments

    • Marisa says

      I haven’t made beef meatballs in a long time- I much prefer turkey! Let me know if you try them out! xo

  1. says

    I love food-prepping for the week with meatballs. :]! I’ve never actually tried freezing them though. I should really get on that!

    • Marisa says

      Let me know if you try freezing them, Farrah – I almost think they become juicier after defrosting (which I love).

  2. says

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever had turkey meatballs…and I definitely haven’t made them! But these look great, and I’m bookmarking the recipe.

    Also, I was just in Oregon over the weekend. What a beautiful state! I can’t wait to go back and explore further.

    • Marisa says

      I’m glad you enjoyed your Oregon vacation, Traci! I try to get home on a regular basis for my Portland fix :) Let me know if you try the recipe – would love to hear your thoughts on how they turn out!

  3. says

    These look divine! Turkey meatballs are a staple for me too, especially when I’m trying to slim down. I skimp on the breadcrumbs and eat them plain – they’re so delicious and hearty!

    • Marisa says

      Thanks Rachel! They are such a tasty and healthy addition to lots of different meals. I have made them without breadcrumbs before too and they’re just as good!

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