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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

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posted: 03/17/17

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These Healthy Turkey Meatballs are a family favorite and ready in under 30 minutes! Great authentic taste without all the work.

Plate of spaghetti and healthy meatballs.



Today I’m going to share with you the BEST healthy meatballs! They are a family favorite, we could eat them once a week every week, and best yet, they make for a dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes.

Healthy meatballs on top of spaghetti and marinara sauce.


If you ever run into the soul of my deceased and beloved Italian Grandmother, please do not tell her about this recipe. It flies in the face of everything she was about. If you want her great meatball recipe, go here for The Best Italian Meatballs.


Actually, my grandmother might have less to say on the subject if she knew that the traditional spaghetti and meatballs dinner is more American than Italian. Yes, Italy does make a great meatball, but traditionally they’re not served with pasta. That’s an American tradition.


Regardless of their country of origin, these meatballs, these healthy meatballs, are the meatballs we make all the time! They are made with nice lean ground turkey, and they are baked on a cooling rack, so that all the fat drips off, and they aren’t fried in oil. They cook up so nicely, and they are done in the oven! So that means that once you pop them in the oven, and you put a pot of water on the stove for the pasta, you are nearly home free. Nice right? Last week I went from nothing ready to this full meal on the table in under a half hour. I’ve even started this dinner and then gone for a work out while Nathan finishes it off!

Win. Win. Win.


Well, that all depends on which cut of meat you get. If the ratio of fatty meat to lean meat is high, then turkey isn’t necessarily any healthier than beef. But comparing apples to apples — or lean cut to lean cut in this case — turkey is healthier.

The real key is in the way these healthy turkey meatballs are cooked. Baking them on a wire rack means the grease can drip down. So you’re not soaking the grease back into each meatball as it cooks. It’s a much leaner way to prepare the food.

It’s nice to know you can enjoy great tasting food without all the guilt. And you know you’re serving your family a comfort food they’re going to love.

Healthy meatball with one bite taken out of it.


In my world, you can never have too much pasta on your plate. Leave me a shout out below in the comments if you love pasta. I want to hear about your favorite!

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If you try these or any of my other amazing recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know.

5 from 1 vote

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Serves: 20 meatballs
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These Healthy Turkey Meatballs are a family favorite and ready in under 30 minutes! Great authentic taste without all the work. 


  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder not garlic salt
  • 1/2 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1/2 TBSP dried basil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground Italian seasoned turkey I used Jennie-O Sweet Italian Sausages


  • Preheat your oven to 375. Line a jelly pan with tin foil and set a cooling rack on top of it.
  • In the bottom of a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder, oregano, basil, and cheese.
  • Add the ground turkey (casings removed). Mix together until throughly combined.
  • Roll into into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and set on the cooling rack (I got about 24 meatballs out of it).
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Pick one of the meatballs in the middle of the batch and cut it in half to make sure that it is no longer pink inside.
Fat: 8g (12%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 87mg (29%) Sodium: 634mg (28%) Potassium: 199mg (6%) Sugar: 2g (2%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: dinner, healthy
Cuisine: Italian

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  1. Sneha says

    Most of the stores sell ground turkey in 1lb packages. Do I have to scale down the other ingredients if I only want to use 1 lb turkey, or do you think I can keep them the same amounts?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I have made this keeping everything else the same with just 1 pound and it’s been fine :)

      • Sneha says

        Perfect, thank you :)


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