Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

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Baked Turkey Meatballs are a healthy turkey meatball recipe that’s beyond easy to make.  They’re juicy, flavorful and no browning is required!  Gluten free option.

overhead shot of baked turkey meatballs in skillet with marinara

I have a meatball obsession.  I absolutely love them, but I hate making them.  Let’s just say that I despise browning meatballs even more than ironing.

And I hate ironing.

These Baked Turkey Meatballs are the solution to my problem, which means there will be a lot more meatballs in my future. 🙂

healthy baked turkey meatballs over zoodles on white plate

Why you’ll love this healthy turkey meatball recipe:

  • The meatballs are juicy, flavorful and no browning is required!
  • They include 5 ounces of cooked and chopped baby spinach for added moisture and nutrition.
  • Meatballs are easily made gluten free and/or dairy free.
  • The meatballs may be assembled in advance and even frozen.
  • This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or entertaining!

How do you keep meatballs from falling apart?

Meatballs need binders to help them keep their shape.

Meatball binders include:

  • Egg 
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Crushed crackers
  • Rice
  • Quick oats
  • Flour (wheat, oat, almond, etc.)
  • Cooked vegetables such as onions, riced cauliflower, carrots, zucchini and spinach
  • Cheese

Turkey meatball ingredients

  • Lean ground turkey.  Lean ground turkey contains more fat, which translates to a juicier meatball
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Breadcrumbs (regular or gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Kosher salt (use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for serving (optional)

front shot of oven baked turkey meatballs in skillet with marinara

How to make oven baked turkey meatballs

  • Make my Homemade Marinara Sauce.  This can be done a few days ahead or use 32 ounces of your favorite store bought sauce.  My all time favorite store bought sauce is Rao’s Homemade.
  • Cook the spinach and garlic.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Cook the spinach until wilted, then add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more.  Remove from heat and coarsely chop the spinach.
  • Make the meatballs.  Place the ground turkey in a medium bowl and add the chopped spinach, egg, breadcrumbs, feta cheese, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste.  Mix together gently with your hands until the ingredients are incorporated, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  • Assemble and bake the meatballs.  Pour the marinara sauce into the bottom of a skillet or baking dish.  Form about 2 tablespoons of the meatball mixture into a ball and place in marinara sauce.  Repeat until all the meatballs have been made, then bake for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 165 degrees.

baked turkey meatballs in skillet after baking

How long to bake turkey meatballs

The meatballs normally take 20-25 minutes to bake at 375 degrees, but check for doneness after 15 minutes as all oven temperatures vary.

How to serve baked turkey meatballs

Serve your meatballs with the following:

  • Your favorite pasta
  • Polenta
  • Veggie Noodles
  • Rolls for sub sandwiches

overhead shot of turkey meatballs with zucchini noodles

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • I use lean ground turkey as it makes for a juicier meatball.  I don’t recommend using lean ground turkey breast as it’s quite dry due to the lack of fat content.
  • If you don’t have breadcrumbs on hand and you are gluten intolerant, try subbing them with quick oats. I’ve used them in my turkey meatloaf recipe and they’re amazing!
  • 5 ounces of spinach sounds like a lot, but it cooks down considerably. I’ve opted to chop the spinach after cooking as it’s much less work. I‘m sure frozen chopped, thawed spinach would work, just be sure to squeeze out a lot of excess moisture.
  • Sub the feta cheese for grated parmesan or omit to make dairy free.
  • Meatballs are a great meal prep meal and they’re freezer friendly.

baked turkey meatball cut in half on plate with marinara and zoodles

More ground turkey recipes you’ll love:

Grilled turkey burgers

Turkey enchiladas by Delish

Turkey meatloaf 

Turkey tacos

White bean turkey chili

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Yield: About 18 meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Baked Turkey Meatballs are a healthy turkey meatball recipe that's beyond easy to make.  They're juicy, flavorful and no browning is required!  Gluten free option.

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

  • Tomato Basil Marinara or 32 ounce jar of store bought
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey*
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (regular or gluten free)**
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Kosher salt (use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon) and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Pour the marinara sauce in a large skillet or baking dish and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, then add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Remove the spinach from heat and coarsely chop on a cutting board.
  3. Place the ground turkey in a medium bowl. Add the chopped spinach, egg, breadcrumbs, crumbled feta cheese, oregano, salt and pepper and mix gently with your hands until the ingredients are incorporated. Be careful not to over mix as this will toughen the meat.
  4. Form about 2 tablespoons of the turkey mixture into a ball and place in the skillet with marinara. Repeat with the remaining turkey mixture.
  5. Bake the turkey meatballs for 20-25 minutes, checking for doneness after 15 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 165 degrees. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve over zucchini noodles or pasta and enjoy!

Notes

  • *I use lean ground turkey as it makes for a juicier meatball.  I don't recommend using lean ground turkey breast as it's quite dry due to the lack of fat content.
  • **If you don't have breadcrumbs on hand and you're gluten intolerant, try quick oats. I've used them in my turkey meatloaf recipe and they're amazing.
  • 5 ounces of spinach sounds like a lot, but it cooks down considerably. I've opted to chop the spinach after cooking as it's much less work. I'm sure frozen chopped, thawed spinach would work, just be sure to squeeze out a lot of excess moisture.
  • Sub the feta cheese for grated parmesan or omit to make dairy free.
  • Meatballs are a great meal prep meal and they're freezer friendly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 servings

Serving Size:

3 meatballs

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 36g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This recipe does not include the marinara sauce as that information is included in a separate post. Added salt has not been included as well as the amount of salt is a personal preference.

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