Quick & Easy Baked Turkey Meatball Recipe
Hello from me and my meal-prepping self! Whether you’re a fellow meal-prepper, you’re trying to become a meal-prepper, or you just want a quick and easy turkey meatball recipe, I’ve got you covered!
I try to cook a whole bunch of healthy, yummy food to keep in containers every week so I can make healthy bowls, and turkey meatballs are a huuuuge part of this for me. They’re my protein staple, and I just love them. If I’m being completely honest, I probably make them too often, but if it works, it works! I’ve developed my own little recipe that’s simple and quick (although let’s be real, chopping onions—a part of my process—can be exhausting), and it leaves me with 10-15 meatballs I can pick from and add to salads and quinoa-and-veggie bowls throughout the week.
*Please note that I’m not the biggest recipe person. I follow recipes to an extent, and to get inspiration, but I’m not so much a measurer as I am an a-little-of-this-a-little-of-that kinda gal.
So, here we go!
- 1/2 Large Onion, Diced - Light Handful of Spinach, Chopped - 1lb. Ground Turkey - 2 Whole Eggs, Whisked - Your Choice of Oil or Cooking Spray (I use Trader Joe’s’ Garlic Infused Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Spices: - Salt - Black Pepper - Garlic Powder - Cumin - BBQ Rub - Red Chili Flakes
Optional: - 1-2 Tablespoons Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs
Tip: This is best prepared in a large bowl.
Step 1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2.) Line a baking pan with aluminum foil, and evenly coat it with your choice of oil or cooking spray.
Step 3.) Dice up the onion, chop the spinach, and pour it all into a large bowl with the ground turkey meat. Use your hands to mix this together so the onion and spinach gets evenly distributed.
Note: In the photos below, you can see I waited until the spices and whisked eggs were added to mix everything together with my hands, but I've found that an initial mix with just the onions and spinach helps get everything evenly distributed. So, I mix once after adding the onions and spinach, and then again after I've added the spices and eggs.
Step 4.) Add your preferred mix of spices. (I go the heaviest on the pepper, garlic powder, and BBQ rub, and I take it easy on the salt, cumin, and red chili flakes.)
Step 5.) Whisk the two eggs in a bowl, and add them to the mix.
(Optional: Add 1-2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs if you want (it’s not AS healthy, but it IS tasty. :))
Step 6.) Use your hands again to mix everything together and get the onions, spinach, and spices evenly distributed. (Note: It may take a minute or two for the whisked eggs to mix well into everything and not seem so liquid-y.)
Step 7.) Roll the mix into medium-sized balls, and line them evenly on the baking sheet, leaving a couple inches of space between them. (Try not to make them too small or they might burn!)
Step 8.) Once the meatballs are all lined up on the pan, set them in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
And there ya have it! If you try out this recipe, I hope you like the results! Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and tweak it according to your preferences. You’ll figure out what works for you the more you make ‘em!
Thanks for reading! Bon Appétit!