These oven-baked meatballs are fast and easy to prepare and very kid-friendly. You can serve them with pasta and spaghetti sauce or just eat them with ketchup, as my children do. Feel free to substitute lean ground beef for the ground turkey. The turkey should have at least 7% fat.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with the olive oil, and place it in the oven while preheating.

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, egg, and bread crumbs using your hands. Using an ice cream scoop if possible, form the meat into golf ball sized meatballs. Place about 1 inch apart in the hot baking dish. Press down to flatten the bottom just slightly.

  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until somewhat crispy on the outside. Serve with pasta and sauce or however you'd like.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 18.5g 37% DV; carbohydrates 4.6g 2% DV; fat 13.5g 21% DV; cholesterol 105.7mg 35% DV; sodium 217.8mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2006
My daughter sent me this recipe. She loved it so much. I added 1/2 tsp. sage, 2 Tbsp. of grated parmesan, onion power, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Also, I added about 1/8 cup of water. It made the meatballs soooo delicious. This is a keeper for me for sure! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2008
Ok but because of food allergies I had to use Egg Replacer and plain crumbs. Suspect the original recipe is alot better than my attempt. Loved the way you cooked them in the oven that will be my technique from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2006
My daughter sent me this recipe. She loved it so much. I added 1/2 tsp. sage, 2 Tbsp. of grated parmesan, onion power, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Also, I added about 1/8 cup of water. It made the meatballs soooo delicious. This is a keeper for me for sure! Read More
(1468)
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2005
Maybe I should have been more specific about the fat content of the turkey (see the previous review) but 99% fat free turkey does not work (I also tried to use it). The meat should have at least 7% fat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
Absolutely delicious! I did make a couple of additions/changes - I used meatloaf mix (beef/pork/veal), and added 2 TBSP of parmesan cheese and 2 tsp crushed garlic for extra flavor. Baked them according to the recipe then put them in a pot of sauce to simmer for a couple hours. They were fantastic! Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2006
These are very good. I tripled the recipe put the cooked meatballs in a zip lock put them in the freezer and use them as needed. This is a simple recipe that gets even better when the meatballs are tossed into homemade marinara sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2008
Very nice! I didn't have Italian bread crumbs so I added dried Italian seasoning to the plain bread crumbs. I also added minced garlic and some Parmesan/Romano cheese. They were delicious. I simmered the baked meatballs in Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce from this site and ate them with whole wheat spaghetti. Healthy and quite light dinner yet so tasty... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2008
A great way to prepare a meatball! I made these with ground beef. Very nice.. I rate it a 5 because it is a great basic meatball and is fine as is. However it s simplicity leaves plenty of room for additions. I will spare you a list of little additions that could be made to the basic recipe. I definitely think I ll have my son make these next time. It is a great starter recipe for kids in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2007
These were a very good base recipe. I only had 99% fat free turkey but I added cheese and a touch of olive oil and they were very moist. I also added garlic salt pepper oregeno basil & minced onion. My 2 and 1 year gobbled them up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2008
Very very good. I made them for a Weight-Watchers Mediterranean-style pita sandwich. I added cumin garlic powder onion salt salt pepper ground sage and a splash of water. Also I used two egg whites instead of an egg. They turned out moist and VERY flavorful. Don't massage the meat too much though if you're using extra lean ground turkey. I mixed everything with the beaten egg first and then mixed it in JUST enough. YUM!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2006
Good foundation recipe for meatballs. The recipe itself is bland but you can season to your taste. For myself I used garlic some finely chopped onion italian seasoning. Be creative:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2008
Ok but because of food allergies I had to use Egg Replacer and plain crumbs. Suspect the original recipe is alot better than my attempt. Loved the way you cooked them in the oven that will be my technique from now on. Read More
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