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Ground Turkey Meatballs are a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional beef meatballs. They’re low in fat and calories and are a good protein source.
It costs approximately $9.73 to make these turkey meatballs. The recipe makes six servings and costs about $1.62 per serving.
Turkey Feta Meatballs
If you have tried to master the art of making meatballs without success, this Turkey Feta Meatball recipe is for you! This simple recipe is easy to make and skips the mess of pan-frying the meatballs. Baking the meatballs on a sheet pan in the oven is less messy and leaves you with perfectly cooked and juicy meatballs every time.
In about thirty minutes, you will have these on the table. It is a fantastic recipe for busy weeknights.
The healthy option is one that the whole family will enjoy. We’ve perfected the recipe to create moist, flavorful, and juicy meatballs so you do not have to eat dry or bland meatballs again.
What You’ll Love About Ground Turkey Meatballs
- Healthy Option: Turkey is a healthy protein compared to traditional ground beef. These meatballs are also baked instead of fried, which is a healthier option.
- Flavor: The ingredients come together to create a flavorful meatball. The addition of crumbled feta cheese adds a unique tanginess.
- Versatile: Serve the meatballs over pasta, with garlic bread or vegetables, or over rice.
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 1 pound ground turkey – $3.82
- ½ cup breadcrumbs – $0.28
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs – $0.27
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese – $1.20
- 2 cloves garlic – $0.08
- ½ small onion – $0.23
- ¼ cup fresh parsley – $0.28
- 1 egg – $0.23
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano – $0.02
- ½ teaspoon dried basil – $0.05
- ½ teaspoon salt – $0.01
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper – $0.02
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese – $3.00
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil – $0.24
The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained. The pricing for this recipe was updated in October 2023.
How To Make Turkey Meatballs
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Then, mix the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, egg, oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
- Gently mix in the crumbled feta cheese.
- Scoop the mixture into small balls, place them on the baking sheet, and brush the tops with olive oil.
- Bake the meatballs for fourteen to sixteen minutes or until they are browned and cooked.
- Finally, serve the meatballs over pasta, with garlic bread or vegetables, and garnish with parsley or basil.
Easy Turkey Meatballs Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- You can use 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning instead of fresh basil and oregano.
- If you don’t have any fresh parsley, dried parsley will work in a pinch, but fresh parsley is preferable for the extra flavor and color.
Serving and Storage Tips
- Serve the meatballs hot over pasta or rice, with garlic bread, or with a vegetable like roasted broccoli.
- You can also serve the meatballs as an appetizer with toothpicks or a dipping sauce.
- If you serve the meatballs with a sauce, such as marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce, you can heat the sauce in a saucepan over low heat until it is warmed. Then, add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for a few minutes until they are heated.
- Cooked turkey meatballs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Let the meatballs cool completely.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the meatballs in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Freeze the meatballs for 1-2 hours or until they are solid.
- Once the meatballs are frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container.
- Label the bag or container with the date and contents.
- Freeze the meatballs for up to 3 months.
- You can thaw turkey meatballs overnight in the refrigerator or reheat them directly from the freezer.
- To thaw turkey meatballs overnight in the refrigerator, place them in a bowl or on a plate and cover them with plastic wrap.
- To reheat turkey meatballs directly from the freezer, place the meatballs in a saucepan with a small amount of water or broth. Bring the water or broth to a simmer and cook the meatballs for 5-7 minutes or until heated.
- Place the meatballs in a microwave-safe bowl and add a small amount of water or broth.
- Microwave the meatballs on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated.
- Place the meatballs in a saucepan with a small amount of water or broth.
- Bring the water or broth to a simmer and cook the meatballs for 5-7 minutes or until heated.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Place the meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake the meatballs for 10-12 minutes or until heated.
Turkey Feta Meatballs Recipe FAQs
Turkey is leaner than beef, so it can dry out easier. One way to help avoid this is to brush the tops of the meatballs with olive oil before baking them.
Typically, this happens because of the binder. The egg is the binding agent in this recipe. If the mixture seems too wet, you may need to add additional breadcrumbs to avoid mushy meatballs.
Our turkey meatballs are made with turkey, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, herbs, and feta cheese.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Have your child practice their counting skills by counting the number of meatballs you form and set on the baking sheet.
Ages 4-5: Your kids will enjoy pouring in the ingredients for these meatballs and mixing them. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce the concept of fractions.
Ages 6-8: Teach your child the importance of washing your hands before handling food, and then show them how to scoop and form the meatballs. They will enjoy this hands-on activity.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe unsupervised while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Ground Turkey Meatballs Budget Tips
Eating healthy can get expensive. But for about ten dollars, you can make six servings of these meatballs.
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- baking sheet
- large mixing bowl
- cookie scoop
- pastry brush
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese grated
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ small onion finely diced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 egg beaten
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Chopped fresh parsley optional
- Chopped fresh basil optional
PREP OVEN AND BAKING SHEET:
- Move oven rack to the middle position.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray the sheet with a cooking spray.
MAKE MEATBALL MIXTURE:
- Combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, egg, oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
- Add the crumbled feta cheese to the mixture and gently mix until combined.
- Using a small cookie scoop or a spoon, form the mixture into small balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the tops of the meatballs with olive oil using a pastry brush.
- Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for 14-16 minutes or until they are browned and cooked.
- Check the internal temperature with a thermometer to ensure it reaches 165 degrees.
- Serve the meatballs hot over pasta, with garlic bread or a vegetable like roasted broccoli. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil, optional.