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Italian Turkey Meatballs

Italian turkey meatballs are a classic ground turkey meatball recipe. Serve with sauce and spaghetti for a complete meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 22 meatballs
Calories 81.8kcal
Author Ashley C.


  • 2 slices plain white bread
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more as needed


  • Wet bread and squeeze out water. Crumble wet bread into a large bowl. Add the parmesan, onion, basil, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir to blend. Add the ground turkey and egg and mix gently with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  • Form the meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls (22 to 24 meatballs). Place the meatballs on a heavy nonstick baking sheet, spacing apart. Chill 1 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle meatballs with olive oil and bake until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with pasta and marinara sauce.


  • *Use gluten free bread to make this recipe gluten free.
  • Nutritional info is for one (1 1/2 inch) meatball.


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 81.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.7g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 5.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 32.1mg | Sodium: 211.7mg | Potassium: 23.5mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g