These Baked Turkey Meatballs are healthy, filled with flavors, and amazingly moist on the inside. A combination of fresh parsley, onion, and garlic flavors give this dish an Italian kick while it also avoids frying everything in a oil bath.
This is the most satisfactory thing about this recipe: the fact that they are made using the oven. First of all, this is a more heathy way of preparing meatballs. Secondly, the benefit of not having a pan full of boiling oil on the stovetop is a real one for me. I will always prefer baked goods as everything stays clean and without any smells.
How to Make Moist Turkey Meatballs Every Time?
Well, here is the trick about the ground turkey meatballs recipe: how can we keep them moist on the inside? No worries, loves, I made my research as always and I came with a list of tips and tricks regarding this.
So, in order to make some juicy and tender turkey meatballs, please, follow the next tips:
- Don’t over-mix or over handle the turkey mixture: It can break it down and make it tough.
- Keep the meatballs the same size as much as possible: This will ensure that they cook at the same rate and some won’t be under done or over done. You can use a cookie scoop to make sure they are just the same size.
- Don’t over cook the ground beef turkey meatballs: Check them after 15 minutes just to make sure. Over cooking will dry them out and make them tough.
Variations of the Italian Turkey Meatballs Recipe
I know that almost all of us prefer beef meatballs, however, keep in mind that ground beef and turkey are both nutritious meats that provide protein, fat, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Also, turkey is generally lower in saturated fat than beef. Therefore, it may be a better choice for heart health. Not to mention is cheaper.
That’s why I recommend baking turkey meatballs instead of beef and I even noted three interesting variations of the main recipe for you. I will give you some basic hints about how to prepare the two variations, but for step-by-step recipes please do some extra research yourself. You know how I always say you should be well informed before starting preparing anything!
Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Our main recipe of tender turkey meatballs filled with flavors are best served in the Italian way: bathed in plenty of tomato sauce and fresh basil leaves. In this way, you can serve them over spaghetti or polenta, or even stuff them into a hero roll, add some cheese, and make a tasty sandwich.
When you prepare meatballs in tomato sauce, you don’t have to worry if they are moist enough, as the sauce will make them tender anyway. The turkey meatballs will absorb some tomato sauce in the cooking process and they will become moist and filled with tomato and basil flavors.
Turkey Meatballs with Maple Mustard Sauce
Here is a turkey meatballs recipe with a not-so-popular sauce, but surely a delicious one. The maple Dijon meatball sauce is sweet and savory with a silky-smooth texture that coats the meatballs perfectly. This impressive way of serving turkey meatballs is quick and easy to make. You’ll just need the following:
- chicken or turkey broth;
- Dijon mustard that thickens the sauce and adds that representative spicy kick;
- maple syrup for the sweetness;
- mayonnaise for some extra flavor and thickness.
How to Make Italian Turkey Meatballs?
Now, just take 30 minutes of your time and start preparing this quick and easy Italian recipe.
Here are all the ingredients you’ll need in order to prepare these baked ground turkey meatballs we adore so much:
- 2 pound ground turkey;
- 2 cup Italian breadcrumbs;
- 1.5 cup parmesan (grated);
- 4 tablespoon olive oil;
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley (chopped);
- 1 teaspoon onion powder;
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder;
- 1 teaspoon black pepper;
- 1 teaspoon salt.
Easy Step-by-Step Recipe with Images
Now, that you know what you need, it’s time to find out what you have to do. So, here is the step-by-step recipe with images:
- First of all, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and a little cooking spray (optional).
- Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl (clean your hands and use them for this step).
- Now, roll the mixture into about 30 small balls and place them on the baking sheet.
- Next, bake them for 25-30 minutes.
- Serve them warm and add them to your favorite dishes!
First of all, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and a little cooking spray (optional).
Next, mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl (clean your hands and use them for this step).
Now, roll the mixture into about 30 small balls and place them on the baking sheet.
Next, bake them for 25-30 minutes.
Serve them warm and add them to your favorite dishes!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 25
Tell Me How Do You Serve Them!
Finally, loves, it’s your time to give me a little insight from your kitchen. I’m a bit curious how you serve these turkey meatballs in your family, as my kids are bored of the classic meatballs pasta. So, help me a little and tell me in the comment section below how to serve the turkey meatballs to the little monsters in order to impress them.
In addition, I really wanted to let you know that I’m here for all your further questions about the turkey meatballs recipe, the kitchen in general, and everything else I can help with. Just let me know what are your curiosities and dilemmas in the comment section below. I always make time to take a look to that section and answer all my loves’ questions.
Last but not least, if you are interested in more turkey recipes, especially considering Thanksgiving is on its way, take a look to the next recipes I made in the past: