These Healthy Meal Prep Baked Turkey Meatballs are going to be an amazing addition to your healthy eating plan! They're loaded with lean protein and lots of delicious flavor! This recipe makes 45 meatballs and they freeze perfectly - a fabulous recipe to help you meal prep for the week!
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Healthy Meal Prep with Meatballs
So I'm just becoming kind of a junior meal prepper, and meatballs are one of my favorite ways to eat protein. I love that you can pack in so much yummy flavor… plus, they’re so cute with their little bite-sized selves.
You can adjust them to whatever your diet preferences are: gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, low-carb… the possibilities are endless. They are super versatile in the never-ending quest for healthy lunches - or even healthy breakfasts!
You could use ground turkey, chicken, pork, beef or lamb, or combination them… whatever suits your needs or desires.
I have a bunch of amazing baked meatball recipes on the blog already… buffalo chicken meatballs, Vegan meatballs, Italian meatballs - so many flavor bombs to choose from.
Baked Turkey Meatballs
Today I wanted to add another yummy meatball to the line-up that could be used in variety of ways… Baked Turkey Meatballs!
They’re perfect for soups, chilis, salads, energy bowls, pastas, pitas, subs… the list goes on and on. You could even serve them as appetizers with a tasty marinara or a cheese sauce. Mmmm.
These little guys are so delicious – It’s hard to stop eating them.
But that’s not all… these turkey meatballs are gluten-free, low-carb and low-calorie, and they bake in 15 minutes. Whaaa!?? Crazy talk – right!??
They can be the basis for so many delicious healthy freezer meals too! I know – you may need to pinch yourself cause this is really happening my friend.
These little meat bombs are not only versatile and super tasty but they’re also perfect for meal prepping! Yep – we’re going there.
Healthy Meal Prep Ideas:
Whip up a batch of these meatballs, freeze half and use the rest for meal prep dinner or lunches for the week.
- They’re delicious over veggie noodles or with pasta and red sauce.
- They make a great sub sandwich - just add your favorite veggies and sauce, and voila! Subway on a whole ‘natha level.
- Add them to your favorite chili instead of ground meat.
- Stir them into some hot broth with veggies and spices for a delicious hearty soup.
- Swap them out for the protein in your favorite energy bowl or salad creation.
See, like I said – they’re so versatile! And since we’re baking them and using low-fat ground turkey, they’re actually pretty good for you as well. These healthy turkey meatballs are definitely winning!
Let’s get to it shall we??
My Healthy Meal Prep Turkey meatball recipe:
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next, add all of your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir until everything is mixed together well.
(Important tip!! This recipe calls for turkey meat that is 93% lean. I do not recommend using anything leaner for this recipe, or your meatballs may be dry.)
Using a 1½ inch scoop, roll 45 meatballs onto 2 parchment lined baking sheet pans.
Bake for 15- 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees when placed in the center of a meatball.
Now they're ready to eat! It's up to you to decide what you’ll do with these baked turkey meatballs...
Whatever it is I’m certain it will be delicious!
If you’re freezing the meatballs allow them to cool completely and freeze them in a large freezer bag. They’re best when used within 2-3 months.
For meal prepping lunches for the week use some PBA free Tupperware containers or order some of these glass or plastic meal prep containers from our friends over at Amazon.
I’d love to know what creative meal prep ideas you come up with for these turkey meatballs… let me know!!
Healthy Meal Prep Baked Turkey Meatballs
These Healthy Meal Prep Baked Turkey Meatballs are going to be an amazing addition to your healthy eating rotation! Loaded with protein and super-lean, this big batch meatball recipe can feed the family for days.
- 1 cup almond meal (or bread crumbs if preferred)
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons salt and pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- ⅔ cup finely chopped parsley
- 8 large size garlic cloves, minced
- 2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey (I do not recommend using anything leaner for this recipe, or your meatballs may be dry!)
- Preheat oven to 400F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- To make the meatballs, add the almond flour, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl and stir together.
- Beat the eggs and stir them into the bowl.
- Stir in your parsley, onion and garlic.
- Now add your turkey and mix together just enough to get everything evenly distributed.
- Use a 1 ½-inch scoop to scoop the meatballs (be sure the meat mixture is firmly pressed into the scoop). Place them evenly spaced on a parchment lined sheet pan. (You can also spray some cooking spray on your hands and roll them if you prefer. It takes a little longer so I don't bother.)
- Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm as part of your entree.
- To freeze, allow the meatballs to cool completely. Then freeze in one large freezer bag or divide into portions in smaller freezer bags.
This recipe calls for 93% lean ground turkey meat. I have tested this recipe many times and found that turkey leaner than 93% will produce dry meatballs! So be sure to use ground turkey that is 93% lean or less.
If you're unable to find it in the store, you can easily make your own almond meal
Serving Size1 Meatball
Amount Per Serving Calories 46Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 19mgSodium 134mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 6g
I used pork rind crumbs in place of almond meal or bread crumbs and these are great, and a hit with the fam! This recipe is a definite “keeper!” Thanks for posting.
Hi Karen, I like that you made the recipe your own with the pork rind crumbs. What a great low-carb alternative. I am thrilled you and your family enjoyed the recipe. Thanks a bunch!
How would you alter the recipe to be dairy (cheese) free? I’m okay will the eggs, but need to substitute the cheese out.
Hi Lisa taking out the 1/2 cup of Parmesan shouldn't hurt the recipe! If you still want to include something like Parmesan you can look up "vegan Parmesan ingredients" and there should be a couple recipes so you could change the recipe to become dairy free!
If I don't want to bake all of them, can I freeze the raw mixture? If so, how do you suggest storing it in the freezer (should I go ahead and make up the meatballs or could I just freeze it in a roll or loaf type form)? Also, if it's possible and they can still be just as delicious, what would be your recommendation for thawing and baking after frozen raw? Thanks so much! I'm baking my first batch now and they smell so good already!
Hi Kathy, glad you are trying this recipe out! They are so flavorful and versatile. We've not tested out freezing the mixture uncooked, but raw meatloaf mixture can certainly be frozen before cooking. I'd recommend freezing this in a roll or loaf, then when you're ready to cook it, thaw in the fridge overnight, shape into meatballs and bake. You may need to add a few minutes of cook time and also be sure to cook within 1-2 days after thawing. Another option that we have tried many times is to go ahead and cook them, then freeze them. To do this, let them cool fully, then place them on a tray uncovered in the freezer for an hour or so... once they are hard enough, you can put them all into a resealable freezer bag for freezer storage. When you're ready to use them, just thaw overnight in the fridge. Enjoy! 🙂
Too you cook the zucchini zoodles? Then add warmed turkey balls and marinara sauce?
Hi Janie, it totally depends on how crunchy you like those zoodles. Here's what we would probably do if we were making this for a dinner, with a marinara or red sauce like this post shows. When the meatballs are done cooking, heat the red sauce over medium in a large saute pan. Spiralize your zoodles and if they are really long, use some kitchen shears to cut the zoodles down to 6-inch lengths. Then drop them into the red sauce, add the meatballs, and cover for just a minute. Sometimes we'll actually turn off the heat at this point because the zoodles can get soft rather quickly when heated.
Again, this depends on personal preference. If you like a really crunchy zoodle, then you could certainly plate them up without cooking, add the meatballs, and top with sauce.
Also, if you are using them for meal prep, I would recommend putting the uncooked zoodles into each container, and topping with sauce and meatballs. Then when you are ready to eat them, the zoodles will soften up a bit when you heat up the dish. Enjoy!! 🙂
Could I use almond flour instead of almond meal?
Hi Kimberly, I haven't tried using almond flour yet but I think it should work just fine. Let me know how it goes!
If I use breadcrumbs, how will that effect the calories and macros of this recipe?
Hi Jiordanne, that will depend a little bit on the exact breadcrumbs you use... regardless, we have found that this recipe nutrition calculator is a pretty good one: https://www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076. It should help you to sort out the macro changes in the recipe if you adjust ingredients. 🙂 - B&H
My goodness these look good!! Plus I love turkey meatballs and turkey burgers so these are a must try. Going on the list!
That's terrific to hear, Tara! These are a meal prep staple in our house. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
These are SO good! I made them in the morning for dinner later that night but everyone ended up snacking on them during the day and they never made it into the pasta!
I really want to make these but I’m having a hard time finding almond meal. Is there a keto-friendly substitution you know of?
Hi Jen, I have the problem as well. I order mine from amazon. You can also use other nut meals or sunflower seed meal. I just saw walnut meal at the grocery store last week. Here's the link to what I buy from amazon... https://www.amazon.com/Barney-Butter-Natural-Almond-Ounce/dp/B06XCGLRNL/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=almond+meal&qid=1575390715&s=grocery&sr=1-4
How many meatballs would this recipe make?
Hi Nikki, it makes about 45 meatballs.
I had 1.67 lbs of ground turkey (just how Costco sells it) and I got 24 meatballs.
Substituted Mrs. Dash for the salt, and ground up steel cut oats for the almond meal. Turned out very tasty!
Those are some great swaps! So glad you enjoy the recipe1
Best method to reheat frozen turkey meatballs?
Kyle, my favorite way to reheat the frozen meatballs is on a sheet pan in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Hope that helps.
I’ve made these twice in the last week...they are SO good! Very flavorful and moist. And so easy to make.
That's so great to hear, Kristi! I literally made a batch last week and just purchased the ingredients to make another batch this week. I think I'm going to create a creamy parmesan sauce for them and put it on the blog. Thanks so much for your feedback!
Yes that would be awesome my family loves the meatballs and making them again today but would love the recipe fore creamy Parmesan sauce
Sure thing, Janele! I can email it to you when I've finalized it. Also, I think I will post it on the blog within the next two-three weeks.
Hi Janele, here's a link to the Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Meatball recipe you mentioned wanting the recipe for... https://tasteandsee.com/creamy-parmesan-mushroom-turkey-meatballs/ Enjoy!!
Looks delicious! Do you have some sort of broth at the base of your meal prep meals?
Hi Laura, Thank you! I had to look to see what your were talking about... it does look that way but I didn't use any. I think it's just the warm meatballs and marinara heating the noodles and them giving off liquid.
I made these last night. So moist and delicious! I cut recipe in half because I only had a pound of ground turkey. Forgot and added all salt and pepper but they were still wonderful. I'll make these often and freeze.
Yayyy - I love hearing that, Kathryn! We love them too - I seem to always have some on hand in the freezer. Thanks so much for sharing your feedback!