Turkey Meatballs For One

Tender, oven-baked Turkey Meatballs For One, 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 is perfect if you are Cooking for One.

Three big turkey meatballs with tomato sauce on a plate of pasta with a glass of red wine in the background

When I get a craving for meatballs, I want big, round, very tender and immensely flavorful meatballs.  I want hearty meatballs, ones that are stuffed with bits of sweet onions, minced garlic, salty parmesan and an aromatic mix of herbs.

What I don’t want is a dry, dull, flavorless meatball – to me, that isn’t even a meatball.

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The meatball should indeed BE the star of the plate.

These turkey meatballs for one are all that I’ve described and more.  They are, in fact, THE perfect meatballs!

A plate of five turkey meatballs on top of spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes with a glass of red wine in the background

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.  They’re wonderful when added to a pot of tomato sauce and they are outstanding when eaten on their own.

I’ve scaled down the ingredients so that this particular recipe will serve one or two people and makes about 5 big turkey meatballs.

I start with ground turkey, although ground beef would do fine as well.  To the meat, I add a finely chopped blend of onions, garlic, parsley and parmesan cheese.  Then, the mixture is seasoned with salt, pepper, dried basil and dried oregano.  To bind the meat mixture together, an egg and seasoned breadcrumbs are mixed in.

The meatballs are placed on a baking sheet and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Overhead view of a plate of five turkey meatballs on top of spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes with a glass of red wine behind it

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.

Fork cutting into a turkey meatball on a plate of pasta with two more meatballs and tomato sauce with a glass of red wine in the background

These turkey meatballs can be served over pasta or rice, or eaten all my themselves.  The choice is up to you.


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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

Turkey Meatballs For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Main Dish
Servings: 6 Meatballs
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/2 cup chopped onions , (about 1/4 of a small onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves , roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 ounces ground turkey


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 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.
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18 thoughts on “Turkey Meatballs For One”

  1. Oh my gosh I am sitting here literally drooling at the mouth haha!! You're making me want to have this meatball plate for lunch!

  2. There's something about a meal of spaghetti and meatballs that makes me feel like a kid again. These look so good!

  3. Mallory Mitchell

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this!! My husband is a chef so he works most nights of the week. I am always looking for new recipes-for-one to try! 🙂

  4. How do you make this look so pretty??? I am def going to make this Saturday night.. I hope I can present it as well as you too! haha Had to share this too!

  5. Oh. My. Gosh. These look amazing!!! spaghetti and meatballs is a favorite at my house and I will definitely be making these this week! (If not tonight..)

  6. Ok! How YUMMMMM is this? Cannot wait to try out this recipe! I hope it doubles easily because I don't plan on sharing with my Hubby!

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