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Turkey Meatballs

Laura Daniel
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! 
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 57 kcal


  • 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: 1ballCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 2.2gProtein: 6.3gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21.5mgSodium: 65mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 685IUVitamin C: 1.9mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword meatball, Thanksgiving, Turkey
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