I confess: I really, really love ground turkey. It’s lean, it’s easy to use as a substitute for ground beef, and it’s so versatile. I’ve used it in everything from tacos to burgers to breakfast sandwiches. One of my favorite recipes for ground turkey is turkey meatballs.

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This recipe for super easy turkey meatballs is my favorite of all time. I love it because it only takes thirty minutes start to finish, which makes it a great dinner option. The meatballs pair really well with mashed potatoes and broccoli for a well-rounded meal that tastes great.

What I most love about it is that it doesn’t take very many ingredients. Turkey, an egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, ketchup, and spices – that’s it! I don’t use fresh onion or garlic in mine because I don’t like onion pieces in my food (I’m picky!) but you certainly could. Most of these things are in my pantry as staples, so it doesn’t usually require a whole trip to the grocery store. Plus the only kitchen items you need are a mixing bowl and a baking sheet.

One of the best things about this turkey meatball recipe is how easy it is to scale up. I use these meatballs for meal prep all the time, which usually requires more servings. I’ve made huge batches for my family, and everyone loves them – even my boyfriend, who usually turns up his nose when I substitute turkey in place of beef! Making double or triple batches doesn’t take much longer at all. You can even freeze the leftovers to bake again another day.

Another great thing? You don’t have to fry them! Baking is a healthier alternative, and it’s also so much easier. I use my toaster oven to bake smaller batches, and my large oven for when I need more servings.

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Baked Turkey Meatballs

These baked meatballs are super quick and easy to prepare with minimal ingredients and can be scaled to feed a whole group of people.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  • Mix together breadcrumbs, egg, cheese, ketchup, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in large mixing bowl.
  • Add in ground turkey and mix gently until combined. Do not overwork. Form into 1-inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through.

Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!