Mini Turkey Meatballs


These mini turkey meatballs get huge flavor from fresh herbs, seasonings, and Italian cheeses. These are always a hit!

mini turkey meatballsWe love meatballs at my house, and this turkey meatball recipe is one of our faves. This is a slight adaptation of one of Giada’s recipes, and it is a hit with everyone I’ve ever served these to.

Although these meatballs can be sautéed in a skillet, I prefer baking them. This method is quicker, as you can bake all the meatballs at once (if you have a large baking sheet). Covering the sheet with parchment or foil makes cleanup a breeze.

Since meatballs take a bit of time and prep, I tend to always make a double batch to freeze and pull out for future meals. If frozen in the sauce, they are easy to reheat and toss with pasta in a matter of 30 minutes or less.

You can use any marinara that you like. If you are looking for a good recipe, you might want to try my Best Marinara Sauce. It is so fresh and flavorful, you may never buy jarred pasta sauce again.

If you try these, please leave your thoughts in the comments of the post! I’ve heard from several readers who have raved about these and declared them their new favorite meatball. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

Mini Turkey Meatballs

Mini Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These are worth every minute of prep; they are outstanding! You won't believe that turkey can be so flavorful.


  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TB butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • marinara sauce (your favorite)


  1. In a skillet, saute the onion in melted butter. Add garlic at the end.
  2. In large bowl, add onion mixture, egg, bread crumbs, ketchup, Worcestershire, parsley, Parmesan, Romano, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix in the turkey, being careful not to over handle the meat.
  4. Shape the turkey mixture into 1 1/4-inch-diameter meatballs.
  5. Place on a large baking sheet that is covered in parchment or foil (I spray with Pam also).
  6. Bake the meatballs at 375 degrees until done (45 minutes), turning once during cooking.
  7. Place marinara in skillet; simmer meatballs in marinara for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve over pasta.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1623Total Fat 115gSaturated Fat 39gCholesterol 397mgSodium 4331mgCarbohydrates 42gSugar 14gProtein 113g




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  1. The ingredient list includes 3 tablespoons olive oil but I don’t see in the instructions steps where it is used. Can you please clarify? Thanks!

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