Turkey Meatballs [Recipe]

Turkey Meatballs [Recipe]

Thanksgiving in a bite!  These lean turkey meatballs make great appetizers, or for a more casual gathering you could use these instead of roasting a full turkey.  They are super easy to freeze too; just arrange them in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet and place in the freezer until frozen (this prevents them from sticking to each other). Then transfer them to freezer bags. Remove and warm in pasta sauce or in the microwave as needed.

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Turkey Meatballs

Roasting a full turkey takes time and careful attention to make sure it's cooked to perfection. Make your life easier with turkey meatballs instead! 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatball, Thanksgiving, Turkey
Servings: 20
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Laura Daniel


  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 1/4 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 20 oz lean ground turkey 93%
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  • Heat pot over medium heat.  Melt butter and add diced celery, carrots, onions.  Cook until softened, about 15 mins.  Stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off heat and add in sage, rosemary and garlic.  Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and let cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Once veggies are cooled, add in turkey, breadcrumbs, egg whites, salt and pepper to taste. Mix until combined.
  • Spray mini muffin tin with non-stick spray.  Measure out 1.5oz of mixture, roll into ball and place each into a cup of the muffin pan.  
  • Bake for 30 mins or until the meatballs start to brown and the internal temperature is 165°F.


If the mixture is too wet and you want to ensure the balls stay round, roll each ball into more breadcrumbs before shaping and placing in muffin tin.  I did not do this and they still tasted great!  They just ended up taking on the shape of the muffin tin.  Still perfect little turkey bites to set out for a party!  Bonus, they don't roll around the serving dish! 


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.2g | Protein: 6.3g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21.5mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 13.7% | Vitamin C: 2.3% | Calcium: 1% | Iron: 2.8%
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