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Baked Italian turkey meatballs in a bowl with polenta.

Italian Turkey Meatballs

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:15
  • Cook Time: 00:15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Meatballs
  • Method: Broil


Seasoned with parmesan cheese, marinara sauce and herbs, these Italian Turkey Meatballs are oven-baked and quick to put on the dinner table.


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  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup smooth marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought,
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey (a mixture of light and dark turkey is best)


  1. Preheat the broiler to 500ºF and lightly oil a baking sheet. (see notes for other cooking options)
  2. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, marinara sauce, salt, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning to a large bowl and mix together. Add in the meat and mix it in using your hands until it is fully combined.
  3. Scoop out about ¼ cup of meat, roll into meatballs and place on the baking sheet. 
  4. Broil for 15-18 minutes, turning once, or until the turkey registers an internal temperature of 165ºF. 
  5. Serve with pasta, polenta, or salad and garlic bread.


Don't want to broil? That's totally fine. You can also bake these turkey meatballs, or pan-sear them. To bake them, cook in a preheated 425ºF oven for about 20 minutes, or until they reach a temperature of above 165ºF.

Also, using a scoop is the easiest way to portion out meatballs. Sometimes when I'm feeling really in a rush I don't even roll them in a ball, but instead, scoop out the mixture and put it directly on the baking sheet. Nobody cares if the meatballs aren't perfectly round.