How to Make Ground Turkey Meatballs


Ground turkey is often used as a healthy alternative to beef. The texture is similar and the taste is just as flavorful, but the fat content is significantly lower. One pound of ground turkey has approximately 28 grams of fat, while the same amount of ground beef contains about 84 grams. This recipe yields between 14 to 18 ground turkey meatballs.

How to Make Ground Turkey Meatballs
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Things You'll Need

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • Small bowl
  • ½ cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1½ tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey, thawed
  • ½ tbsp. black pepper
  • ½ tbsp. kosher salt
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Casserole dish
  • 1 (26 oz.) jar marinara sauce
Step 1

Pour the milk and nutmeg into a small bowl and stir well. Add the breadcrumbs to the bowl and let it stand for 10 minutes. Strain the milk from the breadcrumbs and set them aside.

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Step 2

Peel and dice the onions, and combine them in a mixing bowl with the egg, garlic, tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, turkey, breadcrumbs, black pepper and salt.

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Step 3

Apply a light coat of vegetable cooking spray to a baking sheet, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Form the meat mixture into small balls, about 1½" in diameter. Place them on the baking sheet about 1" apart.

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Step 4

Cover the turkey meatballs with a sheet of aluminum foil, and transfer them into the oven to bake for 10 to12 minutes. Fill a large casserole dish with the marinara sauce, and then add the meatballs.

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Step 5

Bake the meatballs in the marinara for 15 minutes, or until the turkey is thoroughly cooked. Remove from the oven and server over pasta or on sandwiches.

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