Baked Turkey Meatballs without Breadcrumbs
Baked turkey meatballs are a healthy turkey meatball recipe made from ground turkey and sweet, caramelized onions. You can have these easy meatballs for appetizers or dinner, 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!
I’m running crazy busy this weekend, so I pulled this easy meatball recipe from my favorite Pinterest board to whip up for dinner tonight.
Can you make and freeze meatballs?
Actually, baked turkey meatballs freeze really well, so I recommend making a triple batch. Then you can freeze them for a quick and easy dinner any night you want them.
How to Freeze Baked Turkey Meatballs
To freeze the turkey meatballs, just prep them as outlined in the directions below. Then:
- Allow the meatballs to cool slightly.
- Place them onto a rimmed baking sheet lined that’s been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Put the whole kit and kaboodle into the freezer. It’ll take a couple of hours for them to freeze.
- Once the baked turkey meatballs are frozen, transfer them to airtight plastic freezer bags or freezable storage containers, label them, and place them back into the freezer. Then, just pull them out when you need them.
Reheating Turkey Meatballs from Frozen
You can reheat the frozen baked turkey meatballs in any of the following ways:
- in the oven
- slow cooker
- pressure cooker (Instant Pot), or
- cooked in a pot of sauce or stock on the stove top
Of course, you can also put the container of frozen meatballs into the refrigerator to thaw first before reheating them, too. Easy peasy!
Meatballs without Breadcrumbs
Making the turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs turns them into a gluten free meatball that everyone can enjoy for dinner. These baked turkey meatballs are healthy and they freeze beautifully!
Serving Suggestions for Baked Turkey Meatballs
These baked turkey meatballs are delicious served:
- As a main dish, served with pasta and sauce
- Over rice with some veggies, or
- On a bed of homemade mashed potatoes and gravy
- As an appetizer, served with my Asian dipping sauces or some fresh marinara sauce or pizza sauce.
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MORE EASY MEATBALL RECIPES!
- Meatball Pepperoni Pizza Pasta is a kid-friendly favorite! Quick and easy to make, too.
- Low Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs have of the comfort food flavor of a bacon cheeseburger, without the carbs!!
- Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs takes all of the work from your hands, giving it to a slow cooker instead!
- Swedish Meatballs are a flavorful, favorite dinner of my husband’s!
How to Make Baked Turkey Meatballs
Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs without Breadcrumbs
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup milk any kind
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- ½ cup grilled onions
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- Heat oven to 400F.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray, or line with a silicone baking mat.
- Soak oats in milk in a small bowl until softened, about 2 minutes. Squeeze oats to remove any excess liquid; discard milk.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serving suggestion: Serve meatballs over rice or pasta with your favorite sauce, or alone, along with a garden salad.
Thank you for sharing my Jalapeno Popper Turkey Meatballs! These look yum!! Happy weekend!
You’re welcome, Taylor! Your meatballs look equally YUM! 🙂
I love that you can freeze them so easily! I may have to whip up a triple batch soon! YUM!
They’re so convenient, Kell! Thanks for stopping by!
How I would love to have a bag of your meatballs in my freezer!!!
You should get a batch or two in there, Lizzy. They’re awesome to have on hand!
Love these! I need to bookmark them for my boys. They’re huge meatball fans 🙂
Thanks, Regan! I had to make a double batch again last time I made them. They’re super versatile and so yummi! 🙂
This is a great recipe for Sunday food prep and have on hand throughout the week. My family will love it!
my husband loves meatballs and they’re something I just don’t make enough. This recipe looks great!
I hear ya, Lindsay! Brian loves meatballs and it seems that I never make enough 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
These look wonderful – almost like little mini meatloaves. And bonus that they freeze well!
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 🙂
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!
Making extra has saved me precious time, Marisa! I hope it does the same for you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
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 🙂
Making extras has never been a bad thing, Deanna! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂