Baked Turkey Onion Meatballs

Baked turkey onion meatballs are a healthy, easy, and quick dinner recipe. You can have this nutritious dinner on your table in less than 30 minutes!  Come on in to the virtual kitchen and I’ll show you how to whip up a batch for dinner tonight!

 These baked turkey meatballs from @itsyummi are perfect as an appetizer OR a main dish!

I’m running crazy busy this weekend, so I pulled this recipe from my favorite Pinterest board to whip up for dinner tonight.

Actually, these baked turkey onion meatballs freeze really well, so I recommend making a triple batch. Then you can freeze them for a quick and easy meal any night you want them.  To freeze the meatballs, just prep them as outlined in the directions below. Then place them onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and put the whole kit and kaboodle into the freezer.

It’ll take a couple of hours for them to freeze. Then, transfer them to airtight freezer bags, label them, and pull them out when you need them. Reheat in the oven, microwave, slow cooker, or on the stove top.  Easy peasy!

These baked turkey meatballs from @itsyummi are perfect as an appetizer OR a main dish!

They’re great as a main dish, served with pasta and sauce, over rice with some veggies, or with potatoes and gravy. They’re perfect as an appetizer, too!  Serve them up with my Asian dipping sauces or some fresh marinara sauce or pizza sauce. My friend Joan has an easy go-to pizza sauce recipe HERE!

I originally made this recipe for my good friends at Gill’s Onions. They have a delicious line of onion products that are grown and manufactured using sustainable practices and they’re super convenient to use!  Check out the products here and then hop over to your local grocery store for them and stock up. They’re yummi goodness!

Here’s the baked turkey meatball recipe. Enjoy!

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Baked Turkey Onion Meatballs

Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 18 min Yields 18


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup grilled onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste


  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Soak oats in milk in a small bowl until softened, about 2 minutes. Squeeze oats to remove any excess liquid; discard milk.
  4. Lightly beat egg in a large mixing bowl, then add turkey, onions, oats, and seasonings. Use gloved hands or a mixing spatula to incorporate all ingredients together. Use a large cookie scoop (3 Tablespoon size) or gloved hands to form 18 meatballs. Space evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Stir together tomato paste and olive oil and brush over meatballs. Place pan into oven and bake until meatballs are just cooked through and a food thermometer inserted into the center reads 163 degrees F., about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Serving suggestion: Serve meatballs over rice or pasta with your favorite sauce, or alone, along with a garden salad.
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20 Replies to "Baked Turkey Onion Meatballs"

  • Low Fat Turkey Pumpkin Pasta October 16, 2014 (6:46 am)

    […] pumpkin pasta casserole recipe, I took the remaining 8 ounces of turkey and created a batch of my baked turkey meatballs. It was super easy and convenient. The recipes have more in common than the fact that they use […]

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) June 5, 2014 (9:09 pm)

    This is a great reminder that making a big batch of turkey meatballs and freezing them for later is something I GOTTA do more often and your recipe looks like a great one to use 🙂

    • Chef Becca June 5, 2014 (9:31 pm)

      Making extras has never been a bad thing, Deanna! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon June 5, 2014 (1:18 pm)

    I am currently eating a batch of my turkey meatballs for lunch today at work, and thanks for the fabulous reminder to make tons extra! I go the extra step and cook them all so that I don’t have to cook them before throwing them frozen into lunches. Love the photos!

    • Chef Becca June 5, 2014 (1:39 pm)

      Making extra has saved me precious time, Marisa! I hope it does the same for you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen June 4, 2014 (8:20 am)

    These look wonderful – almost like little mini meatloaves. And bonus that they freeze well!

    • Chef Becca June 4, 2014 (11:10 am)

      You know what, Ashley? You’re right… they’re very much like mini meatloaves! If you make them a little bigger, they’d be a great for a lunch box 🙂

  • Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean June 4, 2014 (7:42 am)

    my husband loves meatballs and they’re something I just don’t make enough. This recipe looks great!

    • Chef Becca June 4, 2014 (11:11 am)

      I hear ya, Lindsay! Brian loves meatballs and it seems that I never make enough 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • jill conyers June 4, 2014 (5:02 am)

    This is a great recipe for Sunday food prep and have on hand throughout the week. My family will love it!

  • Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog June 3, 2014 (8:50 pm)

    Love these! I need to bookmark them for my boys. They’re huge meatball fans 🙂

    • Chef Becca June 3, 2014 (8:53 pm)

      Thanks, Regan! I had to make a double batch again last time I made them. They’re super versatile and so yummi! 🙂

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch June 2, 2014 (1:56 pm)

    Oh my nom..nom…nom.. These look amazing! I could use a few for lunch!

    • Chef Becca June 2, 2014 (5:33 pm)

      Thanks, Serena! Wish I had a few extra to send to you! 🙂

  • Liz June 1, 2014 (4:25 pm)

    How I would love to have a bag of your meatballs in my freezer!!!

    • Chef Becca June 1, 2014 (5:00 pm)

      You should get a batch or two in there, Lizzy. They’re awesome to have on hand!

  • Kelley May 31, 2014 (10:36 pm)

    I love that you can freeze them so easily! I may have to whip up a triple batch soon! YUM!

    • Chef Becca June 1, 2014 (7:06 am)

      They’re so convenient, Kell! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness May 31, 2014 (10:51 am)

    Thank you for sharing my Jalapeno Popper Turkey Meatballs! These look yum!! Happy weekend!

    • Chef Becca May 31, 2014 (10:54 am)

      You’re welcome, Taylor! Your meatballs look equally YUM! 🙂

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