Fast and Friendly Meatballs


These easy turkey meatballs are quick 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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
18 meatballs


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ¼ pounds 93%-lean ground turkey

  • cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1 large egg, beaten


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

  2. Mix turkey, bread crumbs, and egg together in a bowl with your hands. Use an ice cream scoop to form mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs.

  3. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Place meatballs into the hot dish, about 1 inch apart. Press gently on each meatball to flatten the bottom just slightly.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Flip meatballs over and continue baking until somewhat crispy on the outside, about 5 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

    close up view of Meatballs with sauce over spaghetti on a white plate


You can use lean ground beef instead of turkey; just make sure it has at least 7% fat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
14g Fat
5g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 247mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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