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Homemade baked Turkey Meatballs give you the satisfying comfort of your favorite meatball recipe, done lighter with ground turkey. They’re moist and juicy (no dry meatballs allowed here!), use pantry ingredients, and are right at home atop a big bowl of spaghetti. Mangia!

a plate of homemade turkey meatballs

Why You’ll Love These Baked Turkey Meatballs

  • Easy. Like all of my 30-minute meals, these turkey meatballs come together fast, making them a hero on busy evenings. Baking makes them hands-free!
  • Juicy and Moist. Burned by bland (or, gasp!, dry) turkey meatballs in the past? Me too! That’s why with all of my ground turkey recipes from Turkey Burgers to Turkey Chili, I made sure the meat is tender and moist.
  • Simple Ingredients. Once you have your ground turkey and Parmesan in the fridge, you’re likely to already have everything else in your pantry to make this simple turkey meatballs recipe.
  • Pure Comfort. It’s hard to get more intrinsically satisfying than good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs! No matter the day, pasta recipes always seem to hit the spot.
  • Makes Plenty. The recipe yields about 20 meatballs, so it covers a few dinners for our leftover-loving household of two, or it feeds a small dinner group. If you need a larger quantity of turkey meatballs for a crowd, you can check out my Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs.
a close up photo of juicy baked turkey meatballs with herbs

5 Star Review

“Best recipe ever! As soon as there were done and cooled I had 10 of them!!! I was doing a happy dance when I ate them!!!”

— Ruby —

How to Make Turkey Meatballs

The Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey. While traditional meatball recipes usually call for a mix of different meats (sometimes up to 3!), this turkey meatball recipe keeps it straightforward with ground turkey only. For a taste most similar to a classic meatball, try a mix of ground pork and ground turkey or ground beef and ground turkey.
  • Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs + Egg. These bind the meat and keep the meatballs moist. I do not recommend panko breadcrumbs for this recipe, as they are more dry and will not bind the meatballs as effectively.
  • Lazy Girl Basic Spices. Garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes. Because sometimes I am hungry and I want to eat meatballs…without having to grate an onion or mince garlic cloves for them.
  • Parmesan. Because meatballs are better with cheese. It’s true. Parmesan also helps to ensure the meatballs are moist.

The Directions

combining turkey for meatballs
  1. Start the Recipe. Add the spices, Parmesan, and ground turkey to a big bowl.
turkey and breadcrumbs for turkey meatballs
  1. Add the Egg. Be gentle when combining.
a baking sheet of healthy turkey meatballs
  1. Shape into Meatballs. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
brushing turkey meatballs on baking sheet
  1. Brush the Meatballs with Olive Oil. These helps them crisp outside and stay moist.
  2. Bake. Cook the turkey Meatballs at 375 degrees F for 15 Mmnutes for a 1 1/2-inch meatball, or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer. When you cut into a meatball, it should be cooked through.
turkey meatballs with a bite revealing a juicy inside

Recipe Variations

  • Air Fryer. If you want to know how to make turkey meatballs, follow my Air Fryer Meatballs recipe.
  • Without Breadcrumbs. Those looking for turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs can check out my paleo Whole30 Meatballs, which use almond flour instead.
  • Gluten-Free. Swap the Italian breadcrumbs in this recipe for your favorite Italian gluten free breadcrumbs. You also could experiment with making the meatballs with oats that are lightly ground in the food processor (add additional seasoning to the oats, such as salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning).

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate meatballs in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days (either with or separately from the sauce).
  • To Reheat. Reheat leftovers gently on the stovetop, in the oven at 350 degrees F, or in the microwave (with or without the sauce).
  • To Freeze. Turkey meatballs can be frozen cooked or raw. Place meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer frozen meatballs to an airtight freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months.

Meal Prep Tip

Having pre-shaped, ready-to-cook meatballs in the freezer is ideal for meal prep.

  • Shape the meatballs as directed and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Freeze until firm, then transfer to an airtight container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to cook, let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Brush with oil and bake as directed.
spaghetti and turkey meatballs with tomato sauce

Serving Suggestions

  • Marinara Sauce. Turkey meatballs in tomato sauce are pure comfort! You can warm the sauce in a small pot on the stove, then serve the turkey meatballs in sauce, or take our favorite approach: warm the sauce in a large skillet, then simmer the meatballs at the end to heat them through.
  • Pesto Sauce. Serve these meatballs with Basil Pesto and Pesto Pasta.
  • Creamy Sauce. Serve your meatballs with a creamy Penne Alla Vodka, or swap your favorite alfredo sauce.
  • With Pasta. Cook up your favorite dried pasta, or for a low-carb option, add your meatballs to Zucchini Pasta or Crockpot Spaghetti Squash.
  • Over Polenta. Serve meatballs with Creamy Polenta for a rustic, hearty dinner.
  • On a Sandwich. Grab a hoagie bun and cheese and turn these meatballs into a meatball sub!
  • As an Appetizer. Place the meatballs on a plate with toothpicks and enjoy as an appetizer with a side of sauce for dipping.
  • With Vegetables. For a complete meal, pair meatballs with Sauteed Zucchini Recipe, Air Fryer Broccoli, or Roasted Mushrooms.
a plate of homemade turkey meatballs with spaghetti pasta and sauce

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t Overwork the Meat. Overworking will make the meatballs tough; handle it lightly and you’ll have tender, juicy turkey meatballs every time. If your turkey meatballs are hard or rubbery, you likely overworked the meat or compacted them too tightly.
  • Trust and Believe: Baking Is Best. It’s fast, has easy clean up, and as long as you brush the meatballs with olive oil, you’ll get juicy results. Arrange the turkey meatballs on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (or parchment paper if you prefer) for easy cleanup. Then brush with olive oil to ensure the meatballs become nicely golden on the outside and juicy on the inside, no messy frying required. Save the stovetop method for when you’re looking to prepare a meatball recipe for a slow evening or special occasion (as with this Mozzarella Meatball Casserole).
  • Use a Meat Thermometer. Your meatballs can still be a little pink inside and be cooked safely. The best way to know if they are done without drying them out is to use a meat thermometer.
  • Add Herbs if You’ve Got ‘Em. No matter how you are serving meatballs, if you have fresh basil or other herbs on hand, it makes a nice addition.

Turkey Meatballs

4.92 from 181 votes
For a quick, delicious dinner, you can't beat this homemade baked turkey meatballs recipe! Juicy, moist, and made with simple ingredients.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Servings: 20 meatballs


For the Baked Turkey Meatballs:

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1/3 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs whole wheat if possible
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs basil, parsley, or chives a combo, plus additional for serving
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey keep in your refrigerator until the last possible second
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more as needed

For serving:

  • Prepared pasta sauce
  • Cooked whole wheat pasta or zucchini noodles
  • Creamy Polenta
  • Split and toasted hoagie buns
  • Prepared brown rice


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cheese, bread crumbs, herbs, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes and stir well to combine. Add the turkey.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg, then add it to the meat mixture. With a fork or your fingers, mix just until combined, being careful not to compact the meat.
  • With a scoop or spoon, scoop the meat and shape into 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet. You will have about 20 meatballs total.
  • Brush the tops of the meatballs with the olive oil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165°F on an instant-read thermometer. As an alternate way to check, a meatball in the center of the baking sheet should be fully cooked through when cut in half.
  • While the meatballs cook, warm the sauce and any other items you’d like to serve them with (pasta, hoagie buns, rice, etc.). Serve the meatballs hot, topped with the sauce, cheese, herbs, and any other additions.



  • Adapted from my Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs.
  • TO STORE: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days (either with or separately from the sauce). Rewarm gently with the sauce on the stove.
  • TO FREEZE: Cooked meatballs can be frozen baked or unbaked for up to 3 months. See detailed notes in the post above for a step-by-step.


Serving: 1meatballCalories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.4mg

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      1. I didn’t have breadcrumbs, and I’m gluten free, so improvised with crushed cheerios (multi-grain), and these turned out great! Honestly I didn’t think it would work, but I had to have some meatballs tonight ?5 stars

        1. I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit, Sarah! Thank you for sharing this kind review and your adaptation!

    1. Hi Erin
      Made these meatballs the other night. They were fantastic. My husband is a believer that meatballs are made of beef. So i made with half beef and half Turkey. He could not tell the difference. I followed the rest of the recipe as you wrote it. They were great tasting.
      Thanks for great recipes that you create
      You are doing a great job for people like me, that have idea how to create a great tasting recipes. Thanks again5 stars

  1. Another winning recipe from Well Plated! After being sick all week, I finally got my sense of taste back and was craving something homey and classic. These were perfect, easy to make and tasted amazing over a bed of zoodles and some tomato sauce. Will definitely be adding these to my regular rotation!5 stars

    1. Melanie, I am so so soooo happy to hear this. Thank you for sharing your feedback and taking time to leave this wonderful review!

    1. Never made these before and they were very tasty with plenty left over to freeze. But I could not find any details on how to reheat from frozen, or do I defrost first, what temperature, how long for etc. Please help, I am a novice cook!5 stars

      1. Hi Annie, I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this recipe! Let the frozen meatballs thaw overnight in the refrigerator first, then you can reheat them with the sauce in a large skillet on the stove over medium-low heat until warmed through. I hope this helps!

  2. Hi Erin!!

    These were AMAZING and my husband (Kenneth ;)) LOVED them. I added dill and parsley for ther herbs because it’s what I had on hand and it was so yummy. Will be making these again!!5 stars

      1. So delicious! I love most of your recipes but these are my new favorite. I eat them as appetizers with sweet chili sauce, perfection! 5 stars

        1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Landy! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

    1. This is the most moist and juicy turkey meat balls I have ever tried! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Si delicious!! Thank you!5 stars

  3. Super easy to make. Great recipe!  I doubled the red pepper flakes and added chopped poblano pepper to spice them up, works good with zoodles which need some spicing up for our tastes. 5 stars

    1. Hi Rose! If you look under the title at the top of the page or under the nutrition info at the bottom, there will be a button that pops up with the Pinterest logo. If you click that button, it will pull up everything you need to save this to any of your boards. Additionally, this is a link directly to this recipe on Pinterest, so you could follow the URL and Pin from there as well. I hope this helps!

  4. I have been making these probably every other week and they are absolutely perfect!

    Would you be able to prep the meatballs the night before and store in fridge to be cooked the following evening? What amount of time would be safe for this?

    Can’t wait for your cookbook!
    :)5 stars

    1. I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed these meatballs, Dana! I have not tried to make the recipe this way, but from what I can find online, you should be able to prepare them the night before as long as they are stored in the refrigerator immediately. I hope this helps!

  5. Very good recipe I added onions,red and green peppers excellent! I’m gonna try it with deer meat5 stars

    1. Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, Jerome! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit!

    1. Elizabeth, I am so so pleased to hear this, THANK YOU! And thank you for taking time to leave this review and rating. It means so much to me and is really helpful for others considering the recipes too!

  6. I use ice cream dishes, different sizes to portion the meat mix. I have a full set from 3/4 oz – 4oz depending on what I am am=making. They make for VERY uniform meatballs…

      1. I meant ice cream dishers, the scoops with a thumb operated bail that eases the meat/or ice cream  out. 

  7. Wow these are good! I did follow the recipe, had fresh herbs but not exactly the ones listed. Reheat very well. I did a very basic sauce since there’s so much flavor in these (diced onion roux, turkey stock, salt pepper, and heavy cream that was it). My husband said “you could put this sauce on poo and it would taste good” but it wasn’t the sauce, it was the meatballs. THANK YOU!5 stars

  8. No kidding, the best turkey meatball recipe. Seems wrong to put any sauce on them, they are soo delicious on their own. I didn’t change a thing. It’s in our nature to put our own spin on everything, but trust me, just follow the recipe, you won’t be sorry!5 stars

  9. Erin, how do you think these would do without the Parmesan? Any ideas for a sub? I’m (very sadly) dairy free at the moment. 

    1. Erin, try nutritional yeast! I’d do maybe 1/4 cup instead of 1/3 cup since it’s dryer than parm and add a bit of olive oil to the meatballs if they don’t seem to be holding together. I hope that helps (and that you can dive back into dairy soon!).

  10. We had these for dinner last night. I have made many turkey meatball recipes, but this one has been my favorite so far. I did not have fresh herbs in the house, so just added some extra dried. 5 stars

  11. Not sure why I even made the sauce and spaghetti! My boys (7 & 15 mos) gobbled them up before the rest of dinner was done. These are tender, moist and oh so yummy. For the spices I used a left over Tuscan Heat Spice packet from my Hello Fresh meals and it worked perfect.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this, Amanda! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

  12. Made these smaller (3/4 of an inch) and baking them now. Plan to add them to a chicken tortilla soup to kinda-sorta make a hybrid Italian Wedding Soup. I think it will work out well!5 stars

  13. I have found that it takes longer than 15 minutes at 375.  It should probably be 400 or 450.  It’s taking a while to get the internal temp to 165.

    1. Hi Susan! Do you have an oven thermometer? You’d be surprised how many ovens may not actually reach the temperature they’re set to. Regardless, I truly appreciate you sharing the cooking specifics that have worked for you, as this could be very helpful for other readers!

  14. I love this recipe! So easy to make and delicious! I didn’t have Italian bread crumbs so I just added 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning and the flavour is amazing!5 stars

  15. Fantastic!!! It smelled so good even when I was making the meatballs, I knew it would be amazing! I had over spaghetti squash and gave to kids over thin spaghetti. Rave reviews all around! 5 stars

  16. I’ve been looking for tasty recipes that are low in calories and today I found your Baked Turkey Meatballs recipe. I made them, a nice marinara, and zoodles and they we’re a Huge hit! My son is autistic and a very picky eater and he actually asked for more! These meatballs are so delicious and will become a staple in this house. Thank you!!!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit, Leslie! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

  17. These were amazing. I blanched 2 oz of baby kale and chopped finely. I added fresh 1/4 onion and 2 cloves of garlic and a sprig of rosemary and minced. I decreased the garlic powder and did no onion powder because I used fresh. I added a few shakes of dried parsley and dried basil. Followed the recipe besides that. They came out amazing! Perfectly done after 15 mins. 5 stars

  18. We LOVE these meatballs! I always add extra parmesan and I love how quick they are to throw together but still healthy. We make them all the time, and we so appreciate you sharing this recipe!
    5 stars

  19. I left a review for 4 stars because I couldn’t find the hyperlink to go straight to the recipe at the top and (of course) I found it right after leaving my review! Goodness me.
    Thank you again for this amazing recipe!5 stars

  20. Our first time making meatballs ever. We just made these last night, unsure if it would taste good. I. Was. Completely. Wrong. They were AWESOME! The only recommendation would be to add a little bit of olive oil, but other than that, fantastic!5 stars

  21. I made this recipe.  The meatballs turned out better than I was expecting.  I used two pounds of ground turkey in  the recipe.  I served them with Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce and Parmesan cheese.  The meatballs are juicy, full of flavor,  and so easy to make.  I will serve these at least twice a month.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, Laurie! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  22. These meatballs are amazing. Thank you for the recipe! My husband already asked when I’ll make them again!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, Erin! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

    1. Hi Kara! I’ve only tried freezing them after they’re cooked, but it should work fine. You may want to try freezing the meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet before moving them to a storage container so they don’t stick together. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  23. Wonderful! We love turkey meatballs in soups and pastas but I always make way more than the two of us can eat. Now I don’t need to worry!5 stars

  24. These were great. Added chopped sautéed onions because I didn’t have onion powder. (Which is on my list for the next time on put on protective gear and head to the grocery store). Thanks!5 stars

  25. Hi Erin,
    I can’t use the parmesan cheese with the turkey. (I don’t mix meat and dairy), what ca I use instead of the cheese? or will this recipe just not work for me?  

    1. Hi Shelley! You could try nutritional yeast instead. I’d do maybe 1/4 cup instead of 1/3 cup since it’s more dry than Parmesan, and add a bit of olive oil to the meatballs if they don’t seem to be holding together. I hope that helps!

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Roselee! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  26. Love this quick simple easy recipe! I’m not much of a chef but I have been recently trying out a lot of new dishes with foods I’m used to preparing and this was a HIT. I tried the meatballs style “Lazy Girl Basic Spices” and it was so easy and good! It’s already how I usually season my ground turkey pretty much. Then made it with wheat spaghetti and tomato sauce ?? 
    Took me about 30 mins total to prep and make all foods. Can’t beat it! 5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the recipe, Katherine! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  27. I made these for a family dinner last week and they were a huge hit.  Everyone liked them even the beef eaters in the family. My 8 year old  granddaughter loved them.  I served them with Trader Joes marinara  sauce(I add spices to the sauce) and over pasta.  Make extra because they will be gobbled up. 5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the recipe, Angie! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  28. I added a teaspoon of soy sauce, lemon juice and a few dashes of hot sauce, along with some Italian seasoning and rosemary. These meatballs were the tastiest ones I’ve ever tried! So moist and flavorful! My hunnie couldn’t believe these were turkey and were so good. They were gone in an instant!5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the recipe, Nora! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  29. So pleased I tried this very simple and delicious recipe.  I used panko instead of seasoned bread crumbs.  I also added extra thyme and a teaspoon of herbs de Provence.  Since I didn’t have onion powder I added two level teaspoons from a dried onion soup mix.   I made the diameter a bit bigger so the recipe yielded 15 meatballs.  Cooking time was 20 minutes at 375 degrees.  I also used stick proof aluminum foil on the baking sheet for easy cleanup.   What an easy, flavorful recipe!  Thank you.5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the recipe, Jan! Thank you for sharing this kind review and your adaptations!

  30. Thank you for the yummy recipe! I skipped the cheese and egg and added freshly chopped garlic. They turned out fine! Didn’t come apart at all. Stayed in perfect shape. 5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed them, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  31. Easy and delicious! I used Jennie-O Italian seasoned ground turkey and plain bread crumbs. I will definitely make again!5 stars

  32. Hi
    Looking to make some meatballs and came across yours , I have everything that’s on the list except for herbs . will the dry herbs be ok ??

    1. Hi Leslie! While I haven’t made this recipe with dried herbs, other readers have done so with success. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  33. Hey Erin, I was wondering if these can be made a few hours ahead of time and then kept in the fridge until I am ready to cook them. Thanks!5 stars

    1. Absolutely Maggie! I think you could leave them for a whole day if you needed to. I hope you all love them!

    1. Hi Ann! This recipe doesn’t actually use any spinach, but my Baked Chicken Meatballs do. If you’d like to make a meatball with spinach, you can swap the chicken for turkey in that recipe. I hope this helps!

  34. I’m making these now but I’m using 1lb of ground turkey and 1ld of mild chicken sausage because I couldn’t find turkey sausage. I sautéed some mushrooms, onions and chopped garlic in a little evoo then I added Italian seasoning garlic powder black pepper red pepper flakes the parm cheese bread crumbs and two eggs because I had small ones. I put them in the oven for 10 mins then I turned them and put them back in for a few more mins. Getting ready to take them out and put in the sauce they smell so good. Thank you for the help.

  35. Thank you – this recipe is a keeper! They turned out great : ) 
    I look forward to trying other recipes of yours! 5 stars

  36. Really easy and tasty.This is definitely going into my keep file. They are very very light and would go with almost any sides. 5 stars

  37. I have made these 4 times now and they are so delicious! Thank you for an excellent and easy recipe.5 stars

  38. These are terrific. We like a lot of flavor so I was a little heavy handed with the spices and herbs. I made a second batch to freeze for lunches and snacking. :)5 stars

  39. They smell good but they flattened out and were very loose. I didNt use Parmesan. Is that my problem?

    1. Emerald, the Parm does help hold them together, so yes that’s what happened. If you try it again with the Parm per the recipe, I think you’ll love them!

  40. I have made these meatballs a handful of times for my family and they are always a hit, even with my two kiddos! My 7 yo is gluten free, so I use GF Italian seasoned Breadcrumbs, but keep everything else the same. We love them with pasta, but my family’s favorite way to eat them is served with mashed potatoes and gravy and a green veggie of some kind. Thank you for all of your great recipes!  :)  5 stars

  41. Great meal! Served it with bowtie pasta, marinara, and green beans. Next time I will half the salt and pepper, it was way too much.5 stars

  42. I made these for my son’s birthday last night. They were a big hit. Will definitely make them again and try other recipes from well plated also.5 stars

  43. Very good and very easy to make! I added minced garlic and shallots instead of garlic and onion powder and baked for 20 mins. My family loved them. We had homemade garlic mashed potatoes but next time will enjoy with pasta. Thank you!5 stars

  44. Made this recipe for dinner tonight. These meatballs are moist and flavorful and I will definitely make them again. Thanks Erin!5 stars

  45. Super quick, easy, and delicious! I hadn’t planned on making meatballs, so I didn’t have any fresh herbs or breadcrumbs. Instead, I used dried herbs and I crushed up what was left of a bag of Olive Garden Garlic and Romano croutons. So good!5 stars

  46. I should probably review this since it’s the only turkey meatball recipe I make! This recipe is wonderful. It seems like such a simple recipe but produces the best turkey meatballs EVER! Seriously. The timer is going off right now because they’re about to come out of the oven! Happy Meatballing!5 stars

  47. I never made meatballs before but this was soooooo easy and they were soooooooo delicious. This is my go to from now on! Thank you! Also a tip for whoever didn’t have fresh herbs i substituted three teaspoons of dried.5 stars

  48. Thank you so much Erin! I made these turkey meatballs and they came out perfect. My husband and son liked them snd I liked how easy they were to prepare and the final product was just right with the right amount of moisture. I also used fresh Parmesan cheese. Cheers!5 stars

  49. This recipe is delicious! I added chopped onions and peppers to mine since I’m working on losing weight and currently skipping the pasta. They are delicious even in their own. Thank you!5 stars

  50. WOW These were so tasty!

    I made mine smaller in size to add to a shortcut tortilini soup that I make on nights when prepping dinner makes me go “meh” and the fam really, really enjoyed it. It’s been pinned to my food board on Pinterest. Sharing is caring right?

    Thanks for the great recipe!
    Mel5 stars

  51. I’ve made this so many times for my husband and I, and we love them. Can’t get enough! And they are really easy to make, and disappear as quickly as they are made lol5 stars

  52. There’s not much to say other than these are REALLY good meatballs! Follow the recipe and don’t change a thing!5 stars

  53. I like these, but they were too salty. I used dried herbs, so put in less than 3 tbs.

    I’ll make them again with about half the salt.3 stars

  54. These are yummy! I used Italian seasoning added fresh garlic fresh parsley and shallots. I baked on parchment paper and added a little avocado oil before making them into balls. Delicious!! Thank you.5 stars

  55. I had bought a pound of ground turkey breast and had a taste for turkey meatballs. Very happy to find this recipe and your blog! Even tho the recipe calls for 93% lean ground turkey, and I didn’t have fresh herbs (it’s Feb.), these were super tasty, easy as heck to make. Definitely will be making these again. FYI, I used about half the salt (typical for me). Looking forward to making your apple cranberry turkey meatball appetizers, too!5 stars

  56. Delicious! These were moist, tender, and very flavorful meatballs. I followed the recipe as written. Will definitely be making them again! Thank you Erin for a tasty and easy recipe!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed them, Gay! Thank you for sharing this kind review! I haven’t tried doubling the recipe myself, but I think it would work fine.

  57. Delicious! I used a tad more of the seasonings than recommended though for more flavor and did 18 min in oven! These were amazing! I’ve shared this recipe with friends and my children love it too!5 stars

  58. This recipe is now my go-to meatball. (I added a small, grated zhuccini, a little less salt, and replaced half the bread crumbs old fashioned oats. I made a double batch and froze half for days I’m too tired to cook. They froze and reheated just like the day I made them. We LOVE this recipe and using the baking method.5 stars

  59. High praise from this half-Italian home cook! Recipe is exactly as described, simple and delicious. My husband asked that I only make these turkey meatballs from now on. Don’t hesitate to try them!5 stars

  60. I am 14 years old and am just getting into cooking, and today I made these for my family and I. They were easy enough for me to make, and so yummy! My mom said I should make these again. Thank you so much for this recipe! :)5 stars

  61. Hi, they were yummy. I added a dash of smoked paprika to give a different twist. Easy and fun to make. Slightly dry but my oven runs hot so I think a tad over cooked. :)5 stars

  62. I hope you read this before you make these.
    Do not add ANY salt. It does not need it. We doubled the recipe which means we doubled the salt, and basically ruined two pounds of ground turkey because they were too too salty. The cheese has enough salt to flavor the meat. Other than that they had a good flavor but we really couldn’t eat them.3 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear the recipe had too much salt for your tastes, James. The exact ingredients you use can make a difference in the saltiness of the dish too. I hope you enjoy the recipe even more next time if you decide to try it again!

  63. I have never had turkey anything and was nervous about it. But these are really easy and really good! I have made them twice now.5 stars

  64. I made these last night to add a little flavor to my meal prep for the week. I added it to sweet potato noodles and made another version for Mediterranean rice bowls. This recipe is so versatile and tasty!5 stars

  65. I made this tasty and super easy recipe. I had dinner on the table in 1/2 hour. I added to the recipe 1/4 cup finely chopped onion and reduced to salt to 1/3 tsp salt. We all loved the meatballs and ate them without sauce. The meatballs were a great hit with my family! No fuss clean up afterwards made me very happy!5 stars

    1. Hi James! The kcal amount listed is the number of calories per serving. Hope you enjoy the meatballs!

  66. These were both excellent and easy to make. I added a bit more red pepper flakes and I added about 2 ounces of finely crumbled feta cheese. This gave them a little bit more depth of flavor. This is definitely a keeper of a recipe. Spot on for timing and quantity.5 stars

  67. Love these so much! Perfect for my one year old. She loves them! Question though- do you know if it’s safe to eat these cold (right out of the fridge)? Need day care lunch ideas!5 stars

    1. Awe, that’s great to hear Alanna! While I am no expert from what I can find online, harmful bacteria will start to grow after 2 hours at room temperature. Hope that helps! Thank you for this kind review!

  68. LOVE this meatball recipe. It’s my go-to favorite recipe for meatballs. They are healthier than frying, and taste delicious! My little daughter loves them, and can eat them up rather quickly. Thank you so much!5 stars

    1. Hi Rox! So happy that you and your daughter enjoyed the meatballs! That makes me so happy! Thank you for this kind review!

  69. This is the first meatball recipe that my whole family loved – and it was so quick to prepare! This is definitely going into my regular meal prep rotation.5 stars

  70. I absolutely love this recipe! My boyfriend and I have it at least once a month with a delicious salad! Once the turkey is all prepped, I beat another egg in a separate container, panko breadcrumbs in another container and dip the turkey in the egg then panko before baking. It makes the outside super crunchy and yummy! This is totally a go to for us, so thank you! I usually bake 22 minutes.5 stars

  71. Easy and delicious! As a garlic lover, I do think these could use a touch more garlic powder or maybe sub fresh garlic for a stronger flavor. I tripled the batch to last us all week and they are a hit. Living in Colorado (and elevation) I added 2 mins to the cooking time. Served with marinara pasta and zucchini. Will make again :)5 stars

  72. These were amazing! I told my 9 year old son I was making spaghetti for dinner and he begged for meatballs. A quick google search lead me to this recipe, and I had most ingredients on hand! (I used panko breadcrumbs since I didn’t have Italian seasoned regular breadcrumbs, and 3 tsp dried Italian seasoning in place of 3 Tbsp fresh.) My husband, my son, AND myself all loved the meal!!!! Thanks for this quick and easy recipe that will go into my rotation for sure!5 stars

  73. These came out delicious and made exactly per the instuction except I added come sautéed onions and bell pepper. I made the meatballs about double the size the recipe calls for and cooked for 22 minutes and they came out perfect. This one is a winnet5 stars

  74. This recipe is amazing! I’ve made these about 5 or 6 times so far and it’s definitely a staple at my house. Unlike most turkey meatballs these weren’t dry at all, and they’re so flavorful! I’ve been adding some extra spice via red pepper flakes but I’d 10/10 recommend these.
    Thanks for the recipe Erin!5 stars

    1. Hi Shirley! I’ve only tested them with turkey but you could probably make them with beef. I would used a lean ground beef so there is less fat. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  75. Another excellent recipe Erin! I made these the other night and everyone loved them. I always come to your site first whenever I’m looking for a recipe or new ideas and have never been disappointed. Love your cookbook too!5 stars

  76. This was my lunch today, perfect and the best ever meatball recipe I’ve had. Thank you! I did not have fresh herbs but used dried ones. All works. Yumm!!5 stars

  77. So easy to make, so delicious, and healthy! I used 1 slice of keto bread from Aldi which yielded 1/3 c keto breadcrumbs! Printing and bookmarking this recipe! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars

  78. I made these meatballs and followed the recipe exactly except I had Panko crumbs…and they were still moist and tender and so delicious!!!!
    I used a high quality marinara sauce, Rao’s , and used grilled eggplant , red bell peppers and broccoli instead of pasta…it was just delicious!
    Thank you for this recipe.5 stars

    1. Hi Jabber, you probably could, it’s just not something I’ve tried doing before. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  79. Just made The meatballs. I doubled the recipe ( my market had a sale on ground Turkey) . Will freeze some for later on. I stopped making meatballs because I never like the recipes that I tried before. My husband was eating them out of the oven. This will be my meatball recipe from now on. So easy to make. Thank you for the recipe5 stars

  80. These meatballs were very tasty, I had to add a little more bread crumbs because they were a little sticky when trying to roll them. I will definitely will make these again.4 stars

  81. Delicious, simple, and tasty!
    Don’t throw them into a sauce like i did the first time, though. They will fall apart. I should have followed instructions and just scooped the sauce over the pasta and meatballs right before serving. But they are great!5 stars

  82. Meatballs were excellent!!
    Very juicy and flavorful. I will never
    Fry them in a pan ever again.
    Turkey is my go to meat always.
    Never use beef anymore.5 stars

  83. Made this today and it was very good. Moist and flavorful. I didn’t have the fresh herbs or it Italian breadcrumbs so I just used dried versions and added Italian blend to the plain breadcrumbs that I had in my pantry. Was delicious5 stars

  84. These meatballs were really yummy 😋. I made them for dinner recently and decided to make them again, for appetizers. I also made some other things, but these turkey meatballs were a huge hit. Absolutely delicious!5 stars

  85. Super easy and VERY yummy! Threw them on some pasta with Rao’s sauce. Outstanding! Definitely a keeper!5 stars

  86. This was so good with one caveat: it is waaaay too salty. I cut back to just under 3/4 tsp salt and wish I had decreased to more like 1/4 tsp. The Parmesan and Italian seasoned breadcrumbs provide a lot of salt as it is, and the herbs gave it lots of flavor without adding much more. The salt unfortunately overpowered an otherwise tasty dish (I served it with fettuccine and pasta sauce).4 stars

  87. These literally took 20 minutes to make and were sooo good!!! I meal prepped them for my toddler son and had to stop at tasting just one so he could have some too lol. This is a new staple recipe for sure!5 stars

  88. The meatballs were delicious! So easy and quick. I had fresh herbs on hand and used basil, chives and parsley. Served them with organic marinara sauce over zucchini zoodles.5 stars

  89. These were SO good!! I have a lot of dietary restrictions so I had to use gluten free bread crumbs, leave out some of the spices, and swap Romano cheese for the Parmesan (no cow’s milk cheeses). But they were still fabulous! My significant other loved them, too- I’ll definitely be making them again. Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  90. So delicious, will make again. So much flavor, usually I have to add more seasoning to recipes im following but this one was perfect 😋😋 I didn’t have pasta sauce so I ate them as is.5 stars

  91. I have to tell you this is my family’s favorite turkey recipe. It is just delicious. I want you to know that I add canned milk instead of olive oil. It keeps the meatballs moist and juicy. I have a brother who is a nurse that eats extremely extremely healthy, and he actually has me make this recipe for him and shape it into patties for burgers.5 stars

  92. I made this recipe 3 times. So good, so good! They are so moist and tasted great! I cooked them in the toaster oven, right?! Because of the heat wave! Other options were conventional oven and the ninja.

    Success! I set the heat to 350 bake, and topped with foil. Checked them A LOT!! It took about 20 minutes, removing the foil at 15!!

    Thank you!5 stars

  93. Delicious! I’m a teacher heading back to school this week and made a double batch, thinking I could freeze some for a quick school night meal – but the family devoured them. I was a little lazy and didn’t shape them – just plopped them on the baking sheets with a cookie scoop.5 stars

  94. This recipe is our go-to for meatballs, as it is our family’s favorite of all the recipes we’ve tried. They are delicious every time! Even when I double the recipe, the small number of leftover meatballs don’t make it past breakfast the next morning. Our twin teenage sons eat them cold, without sauce, straight out of the fridge! Thanks, Erin!5 stars

  95. I love the simplicity of this recipe! I can’t review it because I made several changes in the seasonings and I haven’t tasted them yet, but they are in the oven and smell delicious. A new go-to recipe for me. Thank you!5 stars

    1. I saw this recipe today on well plated I had made it the turkey meatballs came out delicious I also made with angel hair I highly recommend anyone who enjoys cooking you gotta make this one for sure and very easy to do.5 stars

  96. I’m trying to increase my protein intake. So I made 2 pounds of turkey meat into your meatballs. They are phenomenal! I used to do chicken but I have a allergy to them so the turkeys a better choice for me. I keep some in the Refrigerator and the rest are frozen. I have yet to have them with spaghetti and marinara sauce mostly I use them served with a salad or some rice and vegetables. I also have them just dipped in a sweet sticky barbecue sauce! A great little snack right out of the refrigerator heated in the microwave for a few minutes! The only change that I made was I used finally diced onions.5 stars

  97. I made these the other night. They looked, smelled, and tasted great, which is more than I can say about a lot of the food I try to make. I also found that I already had almost all the ingedients in the house, which was a plus. I like when recipes do that. 🙂5 stars

    1. Hi Alyssa, I’d suggest substituting with lean ground beef. No other changes are needed. Hope you enjoy it!

  98. What a wonderfully “simple” idea! My 13 year old son recently told me he prefers the version I make as opposed to the store prepared meatballs. The store prepared version saves me a TON of time but, he’s right, my version is almost identical to yours, and has WAY more flavor using 1/2 ground pork and 1/2 ground beef. I’ve always known about turkey being a better protein but I also knew you had to be dependent on other ingredients to help bump up the flavor. Typically, I double the batch when I make meatballs so I can pull the other half out of the freezer when I’m ready to make it again. I am going to make this version of meatballs on his next request for “spaghetti and meatballs” using 1/2 lean ground beef and 1/2 ground turkey (and, of course, the freshly grated Parmesan Cheese!)

    If, for a 13 year old, he says it’s good “as usual” I will know it’s not an insult but a resounding success!

    I’m willing to bet on it.5 stars

  99. I can’t believe how simple this recipe was.I had every ingredient on hand,and the meatballs were tender and moist.Thankyou5 stars

  100. This is a great, easy, healthy recipe. I only had plain panko crumbs so I added a teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning, which I also used for the herbs called for at a 1:3 ratio. Also, I did not have onion powder so I used a smaller amount of Penzey’s roasted garlic powder in addition to the regular garlic powder called for With a one inch cookie scoop, they took about 10 minutes to bake. Delicious! Thanks, Erin!5 stars

  101. So great, and so adaptible! I use crackers instead of breadcrumbs, which ups the flavor. I have made this for many people, and everyone gives it a “10”5 stars

  102. So great, and so adaptable! I use crackers instead of breadcrumbs, which ups the flavor. I have made this for many people, and everyone gives it a “10”5 stars

  103. When I saw the easy recipe, I had to have the baked meatballs. Hence, today, under the rain, I went to the grocery store to get the lean ground turkey. And soon thereafter I was in the kitchen getting all the ingredients ready. I made some substitutions–two dry spices plus made the bread crumbs–but the dish came out delicious. Everything in the recipe was easy to follow and I was surprised at the results. One thing, I had the required bread which I sliced and cut in small squares, placing it on a small oven bowl; sprinkled it with some of the spices on the list, added olive oil and placed the container in the air fryer. I learned to make meatballs… Yey! Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi Irene! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so unsure on what to replace the egg with. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it turns out!

  104. Does anyone use this recipe but hydrate the breadcrumbs first? I mix my breadcrumbs with almost an equal amount of milk, then the other ingredients (egg, herbs) before adding in the meat. Makes the meatballs very tender!
    I return to this page time and time again for a reminder of what temp and ow long to bake! Thanks!4 stars

  105. Made this one tonight for the whole family – used this as part of a lightened up pasta dish. These meatballs were the star of the show – my 3 year old ate her portion and showcased a meatball dance. Definitely going to be a staple recipe in our house.5 stars

  106. I make this recipe once a week and it’s a favorite in my household. My kids love the meatballs with spaghetti and a side salad. Easy and delicious meal!5 stars

  107. Thank you for the recipe I was making them for the first time trying to be more healthy using ground Turkey for the first time(have always used ground beef to make homemade meatballs before) the idea of brushing them with olive oil was very smart the browned nicely and cooked up sooo fast!! I used a convection bake and cooked them for an extra five minutes but my meatballs may have been a little larger. I usually cook my ground beef much longer so I was super surprised when I discovered these were in fact cooked when I did the temperature check on it and they were fully cooked.5 stars

  108. Just made these for an Italian Wedding Soup we’re having for dinner. They taste delicious! One thing — I’m at 6,000 ft altitude :) They weren’t ready at 15 mins. I had to go for about 22 mins, then they were perfect ~~5 stars

    1. Hi Kris! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review and feedback about cooking at high altitude!

  109. This has become my go to meatball recipe. It’s delicious and easy to make! Plus I love that it’s extra healthy with the ground turkey. Thanks Erin, for your fabulous recipes!5 stars

  110. I substitute ground up gluten free crackers instead of bread crumbs due to dietary restrictions. I usu omit the Parmesan, too, and it still ends up great.

    Thanks for the quick and easy recipe my whole family loves.5 stars

  111. These are delicious. I have also used ground beef and made meatloaf. Have tweaked some of the herbs, not usually using fresh because I don’t have them on hand. The meatloaf is awesome.5 stars

  112. Hi Erin, this is an excellent recipe! I used a tube of ground turkey, it was more like emulsified so I cooked the first dozen in a miniature muffin pan, well greased to help them hold their shape. I chilled the rest and then decided to try them in my air fryer. They cooked in 12 minutes. The air fried meat balls had a bit of a crust on top which I liked for serving with sauce on the side. Whatever the cooking technique the flavours and texture are spot on. Thank you5 stars

    1. Hi Gary! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review and feedback on the air fyer!

  113. The meatballs are delicious. The only thing I don’t like about this recipe is that I had to keep scrolling up and down between the ingredients and the recipe. Please keep them together.4 stars

    1. Hi Liz! So glad you enjoyed the meatballs! Were you looking through the blog post or in the actual recipe card (it’s in the area above where you commented)? In the blog post is an overview of the recipe with some extra tips and tricks included. In the recipe card you’ll find the full list of ingredients plus the full list of the directions. At the top of the each post you’ll find a “jump to recipe” button that will take you straight to the recipe and you’ll also find the print button. Hope this helps!

  114. I was skeptical about using turkey instead of ground beef. But I gave it a try. Delicious! Easy on the salt though. Parmesan cheese is salty enough, so adjust to your taste. This is also a very forgiving recipe. Use ingredients that you like, leave out the ones you don’t. Make it your own. Having said that, I do suggest keeping egg for binding. This is a recipe I will use over and over again!5 stars

  115. Best meatballs!! They’re so flavorful with the fresh herbs, and I made them gluten free with g-free breadcrumbs. Delicious! Thank you, Erin!!5 stars

  116. Great! Both teens liked it as did the hubby! Usually if one kid likes it, the other does not. This was a win all around.4 stars

  117. I used Gluten Free Breadcrumbs for my gluten-sensitive husband and all dried herbs because that’s sadly what I had on hand, and they still turned out phenomenal! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I have tried a lot of turkey meatball recipes, and this is by far the best.5 stars

  118. Best recipe ever! As soon as there were done and cooled I had 10 of them!!! I was doing a happy dance when I ate them!!!5 stars

  119. I made these last week and they have immediately become one of our favorites. The wife and (picky) son absolutely loved them and so did I! I made them again the next night and we put them on homemade pizza. Turkey is on sale so we’re having them AGAIN tonight with spaghetti and tomorrow we’ll be having them on fresh hoagie rolls.

    I bought turkey with a bit more fat so I toss in a few extra spoonfuls of (gluten free) breadcrumbs. They’re super adaptable depending on what’s in the garden/pantry. Thanks so much!5 stars

  120. Thank you!👏 The best Italian turkey meatballs recipe I’ve ever had and I will keep it for future cooking. I substituted panko breadcrumbs and used dried basil and parsley, all same measurements and baking times. A little lazy to cook pasta so I paired the meatballs in red sauce with naan bread. Dinner was served in no time 😋♥️5 stars

  121. These are the tastiest turkey meatballs I’ve had and made to-date! Consistent turn out every time and I am a beginner-level cook :).5 stars

  122. I made gf as have to be gf. Very good . Recipe only made 12. I had to leave out the garlic, onions due to husbands allergies but still very good!
    Took an extra 5 minutes to cook. Very tasty!4 stars

  123. These were delicious!! Everyone in the family raved about them! I used fresh homegrown basil and the flavor really came through. Served with Rao’s pasta sauce and spaghetti squash.5 stars

  124. I’m looking for a lower sodium turkey meatball recipe. I think the sodium content is missing from the nutritional information?

    1. Hi Donna! I stopped including sodium info because it can vary so much depending upon what products you used, and I found a lot of conflicting info online, so ultimately I didn’t feel comfortable publishing it because sometimes it wasn’t even in the ballpark. If you’d like to calculate it yourself, there are lots of free tools online ( is popular). I hope that helps!

  125. Literally the best meatball recipe I’ve ever made. So much flavor and the meatballs kept their juiciness as well. 100/10! The only thing I did different is after baking them I pan seared them for a couple mins on each side just to give it some extra color before putting in my sauce. Just personal preference! Will be keeping this recipe in my vault forever.5 stars

  126. Made these but fried in a pan to get a good crispy outside because I was adding them to ChickPea Noodle soup for my kids. Husband and I are Vegan/vegetarian so this was a great way for the kids to have more calories with their soup. I tasted one, then added 2 to my soup they were so good!5 stars

  127. This is our new favorite! We added 4 jalpenos and 2 bell peppers to the mix. Love that I was able to adjust the reciped amount to 1.5Lbs of ground turkey. (Just under the amount in the Costco product.) Added a little extra breadcrumbs due to the moisture from the peppers. They came out perfect. Thank You so very much!!!5 stars

  128. These were absolutely amazing. I wasn’t expecting how good they were and ate three straight out of the oven. I mostly followed the recipe, I just doubled to use up the Turkey I had and because I didn’t have fresh herbs I added about 1.5 tsp dried basil. Absolutely would make again!5 stars

  129. Erin these turkey meatballs were very good! I dropped them, uncooked, into the red sauce I was making.and they turned out perfect.

    Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  130. These are so much better than any recipe I’ve tried before for meatballs. My family raves about them every time. Thank you!5 stars

  131. I made these tonite and they will be my go to meatball recipe from now on! I just changed it up with fresh parsley and garlic. Delicious!3 stars

  132. I’ve started to make these every weekend. I double the recipe and they just don’t last because they’re soooo good. I add a tsp of dried basil and a handful of fresh parsley, and I reduced the salt after the first time.5 stars

  133. These are great meatballs- I do cook them a little longer. They are super easy to adapt- don’t want Italian seasoning? Just go with plain breadcrumbs and leave out Italian herbs- – want a more Swedish profile- add some nutmeg and allspice. I have them plain for lunch at work as I’m trying to avoid lunch meat, or with any sauce/pasta/mash/polenta combination. And it makes a ton- enough for 3 meals for 4 people – or for about 7-10 lunch serving- (I like them w just a bit of BBQ sauce or Dijon mustard), a serving being 4 per person for me.5 stars

  134. These are the best meatballs; they are so much lighter than beef meatballs. Will be making these from now on.
    Thank your for the recipe!5 stars

  135. Love these meatballs!!! As do my family and they usually aren’t the biggest fan of ground turkey:) I didn’t have onion powder so I added fresh onion. We had it with spaghetti and red sauce but I also can just eat it alone. Very satisfying! Thank you THANK YOU5 stars

  136. This recipe is our go-to recipe for meatballs. They are light and airy and oh so good! My husband loved them. Served them with pasta sauce and a big Italian salad. Try this, you won’t be disappointed. I also learned a big take-away here…brushing with a little olive oil on the meatballs before baking keeps them moist and prevents drying out. Thank you so much for a great recipe!5 stars

  137. ABSOLUTEL delicious!! followed recipe as instructed…easy, tasty ingredients, juicy, perfectly baked meatballs @ 350 deg for 15 minutes! I love a recipe that’s easy to follow with good instructions. We’re Italian and never thought I’d be making ground turkey meatballs, but by adding lots of smashed garlic (lol) along with ingredients as written, the turkey flavor actually came through deliciously, tender and juicy! Thank you so much for opening my mind to a healthier choice!5 stars