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Small Batch Turkey Meatballs

These tender, oven-baked turkey meatballs are wonderful with tomato sauce or on their own. They're full of flavor and so easy to make. This easy recipe makes 5 to 6 large meatballs and they bake in just 20 minutes!

five meatballs on a white plate surrounded by spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes.

These turkey meatballs are so easy to make. You can mix up a batch whenever a craving hits or when you want to add them to a small batch of tomato sauce.

I've been making a variation of these turkey meatballs for years for my family. They're so full of flavor and the texture is absolutely perfect. I've scaled down the ingredients so that this particular recipe will serve one or two people and makes about 5 big meatballs.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • The meatballs are tender and juicy and filled with flavor. They're healthy and light and great to add to sauces, in a sub or sandwich, or to eat on their own.
  • Aside from the ground turkey, many of the ingredients you may already have in your pantry.
  • These meatballs are baked, no browning in a skillet is even necessary.
  • The meatballs may be assembled in advance and frozen.
a plate of spaghetti and meatballs topped with parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Onions, garlic, and parsley: Use 1/2 cup of chopped onions which is about 1/4 of a small onion, 2 cloves of garlic and fresh parsley.
  • Parmesan cheese: I recommend using freshly grated Parmesan. It is a great binder.
  • Egg: 1 large egg helps hold the ingredients together.
  • Bread crumbs: store-bought or homemade.
  • Seasonings: Dried basil, oregano, salt and black pepper.
  • Ground turkey: Ground turkey is very lean and has a very mild flavor. The rest of the ingredients will add a whole lot of flavor!

Expert Tips

  • This recipe is very flexible. I sometimes don't even add an egg or the breadcrumbs, especially when I'm making the meatballs with a tomato sauce. When adding these meatballs to cook with tomato sauce, they seem to absorb the flavors of the sauce and become so tender and full of flavor, the egg and breadcrumbs aren't really necessary.
  • Feel free to play around with different spices to add instead of the ones listed.

These turkey meatballs can be served over pasta or rice, or eaten all my themselves.  

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this meatball recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Should I Bake Turkey Meatballs?

The meatballs usually take around 20 minutes to bake. Check for doneness after 15 minutes because oven temperatures vary. You will know the meatballs are done when a thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 165 degrees.

How Should I Store Leftover Meatballs?

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How Do I Freeze Meatballs?

Arrange the meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet with a little space between each one and freeze until solid. Transfer the meatballs to a freezer bag or container, date and freeze for up to 2 months.

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Tender, oven-baked Turkey Meatballs For One, wonderful with tomato sauce or perfect on their own. They're full of flavor and so easy to make. This single serving recipe makes 5 to 6 large meatballs. | onedishkitchen.com

Small Batch Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keywords: meatballs, turkey
Servings: 6 Meatballs
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped onions , (about ¼ of a small onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves , roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 ounces ground turkey

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400° F (200° C).
  • Place the onions, garlic, parsley and Parmesan in the base of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is very finely chopped.
  • Transfer the vegetable mixture to a large bowl.
  • Add the egg and the breadcrumbs and mix well
  • Stir in the salt, pepper, basil and oregano.
  • Mix in the ground turkey.
  • Dampen your hands with water and shape the meat mixture into 5 balls.
  • Arrange the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • This recipe is very flexible. I sometimes don't even add an egg or the breadcrumbs, especially when I'm making the meatballs with a tomato sauce. When adding these meatballs to cook with tomato sauce, they seem to absorb the flavors of the sauce and become so tender and full of flavor, the egg and breadcrumbs aren't really necessary.
  • Feel free to play around with different spices to add instead of the ones listed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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20 thoughts on “Small Batch Turkey Meatballs”

  1. made 1/2 recipe with beef (what i had). so delish with a fresh tomato passata. perfect for the first cool day in a while. love your IG!

  2. 5 stars
    What is the oven temperature for this recipe? I didn’t see one in the printable recipe or in the blog post. I assume 350 but maybe 400? Thanks!

    1. Hi Leslie, So sorry about that. The oven temperature should be 400 degrees. I’ve added it to the recipe, thanks so much for catching that I left it off.

      1. Oh thanks! I did bake mine at 350 and they were fine. Hah! (Also, very delicious! I used ground beef and didnt have any parsley but they still turned out really yummy.)

  3. Valentina | The Baking Fairy

    These turkey meatballs look so yummy! I love that it's such a small recipe, perfect for when I meal prep my lunches. Pinning for later!

  4. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    I am loving this! Pasta and meatballs is my favorite meal but I always make such a huge batch, I love that this serves 1!

  5. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    These meatballs look perfect! It can sometimes be hard to get turkey meatballs to stay moist, but it looks like you nailed it with this recipe. 🙂

  6. I'm sometimes wary of turkey meatballs but these ones look moist and delicious! I would love a plate of these right now!

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