Baked Turkey Meatballs

There’s nothing like having a good meatball recipe in your arsenal, and to shake things up, these are made of turkey.

Turkey has always been a favorite of Bill’s ~ I’m just joining the turkey lover’s society, and liking it more and more.  These meatballs clinched it; they’re moist tender meatballs with a ton of flavor.

I’m not crazy about the texture of meatballs when breadcrumbs or cheese are added.  It’s all just extra calories anyway, and seems to me it gives the meatball a mealy mushy texture.  The egg substitute binds the meat perfectly, no mushiness.

By the way, you know how you open a can of tomato paste; only use a tablespoon or two, then stash it in the refrigerator, only to eventually toss it in the garbage?  You need tomato paste in a tube!  You’ve passed by it many times, on the grocery shelf by canned tomato paste.  Just squeeze the amount you need from the tube, store it in the refrigerator until the next use.  It’s great!

I usually double this meatball recipe, or make even more and freeze the extras. Serve them with sauce over your favorite pasta, in a sandwich or any creative way you like them.  

This is my keeper recipe that I keep returning to ~ truly turkey meatball love!

Baked Turkey Meatballs


1 pound ground turkey
¼ cup Egg Beaters
¼ cup parsley, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup onions, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
2 teaspoons paprika


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a bowl, mix all ingredients together well, shape into meatballs and place on pan.
Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.
Makes 15-20 meatballs


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes!


  1. Love that you've used turkey to make this a healthy meal. I've grown accustomed to tomato paste in a tube so much I hardly ever buy the canned stuff anymore.

    Have a great weekend Pam.

  2. Pam, We've never made turkey meatballs...or turkey burgers or a turkey meatloaf...but given the fact that turkey is healthier, we should give it a try. I do agree with your feelings on fillers in meatballs. (and in my case, in meatloaf too)For me, its all about the texture! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. I love turkey meatballs, Pam! And the spices in here are great, looks good!!!

  4. When I discovered tomato paste in a tube, it was like a gift! No more tossing away the remaining contents of a can when a small amount is needed. :) Your Meatballs look great, Pam.

  5. I think I'll hubby just had his check up. I need to get him off all that red meat!


  6. Oh, yum! We are a fan of turkey here as well, and these meatballs sound delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Because we eat mostly venison, it's been years since I bought ground turkey (or beef) but my daughter uses ground turkey for everything in place of beef.

  8. Hi Pam,
    I have only eaten roasted turkey during Christmas. Funny thing is, I have not seen ground turkey meat being sold anywhere!
    These turkey meatballs looks great, perfect with the pasta!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi Pam!

    Ground turkey and I just don't seem to get along. I don't know what it is but when I try to make meatballs out of it I just don't enjoy them. That goes for burgers too. perhaps I should omit the bread crumbs and give them a try again.

    As for that paste dilemma, I've never used the tube but I have been known to freeze leftover paste in cube trays to save for a rainy day. It works GREAT!

    Thanks for sharing, Pam...

  10. A definite to go into my recipe files. Sam loves meatballs! This is the only Italian food that he orders when going out to eat at an Italian restaurant. Thanks for this recipe...

  11. Ryan and I were just talking about making pasta this week. This looks so good! What kind of turkey to you buy? Lean? Extra lean? I can't wait to try this!

  12. I have to say I am not crazy about turkey but I do like turkey burgers or meat balls. I prefer the taste of thigh and leg, breast is pretty uninteresting to me. Have a good day. Diane

  13. YUM!!! These look and sound amazing....and oh so moist!!

  14. I love that tomato paste in a handy. My youngest does not like meatloaf or meatballs, and I'm thinking your breadless, cheeseless version will be more to his liking. They look terrific!

  15. These look delicious Pam! I love that you used paprika! A great way to season up turkey. I'm just seeing your furbabies for the first time - they're gorgeous!


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