These Homemade Turkey Meatballs are healthy, tender, and flavorful. They’re incredibly easy to make and the combination of fresh and dried herbs gives them a ton of a flavor.

oven baked turkey meatballs on a baking sheet

Best Baked Turkey Meatballs

For an easy stress-free dinner, these turkey meatballs really hit the spot! They can be anything from a finger food appetizer, the filling for a sandwich, added to a casserole, or an addition to pasta. A few reasons I love these turkey meatballs include:

  • great freezer meal
  • easy to make large batches
  • makes great meal prep
  • easy for parties
  • easy to reheat

I wanted to provide another meatball recipe that not only was oven-baked rather than fried but included turkey rather than beef. Sometimes when you just exchange turkey for beef, your final product sometimes will lack flavor. These pack a major flavor punch while staying juicy!

Ground Turkey Meatballs Ingredients

  • ground turkey
  • eggs
  • Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • dried sage
  • onion
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper
ingredients to make easy turkey meatball recipe

How to make Turkey Meatballs in Oven

Detailed instructions and measurements to make baked turkey meatballs are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs, spices, onion, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
  3. Add in ground turkey and using your hands, gently combine the turkey into the mixture. Don’t over mix.
  4. Once that is mixed together, add in the eggs and gently mix to combine.
  5. Using a cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons), scoop the mixture onto a baking sheet. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can also measur out about 2 tabelspoons and roll it into balls before adding to the cookie sheet.
  6. For smoother balls, you can roll them in your hands to smooth them out into balls, but this step isn’t necessary.
  7. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 20-23 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

How to bake Turkey Meatballs in Oven without overcooking

When baking turkey meatballs, it’s important not to overcook them. Using an instant-read thermometer, pull them out as soon as they reach 165°F. Overcooking them will result in dry meatballs.

How long to bake Turkey Meatballs

If you set your oven to 350°F and scoop 2 tablespoon size balls, turkey meatballs only need to bake for 20-23 minutes. You will want to bake them until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Turkey Meatballs Baked Tips & FAQs

Be sure not to overcook the turkey meatballs. They’ll end up dry.

If you can, don’t leave out the onions. The onions help add moisture to the fat-free ground turkey.

How long to bake turkey meatballs at 350°F?

When making 2 tablespoon size balls, turkey meatballs need to bake for 20-23 minutes at 350°F.

What are the benefits of eating turkey?

Turkey is high in protein and contains Vitamin B and selenium. It’s an excellent source of lean protein.

How do you keep the meatballs from falling apart?

By having the right wet to dry ratio, the meatballs will hold together. It’s important to have the right ratio so it adheres without being too dry or too wet.

How to serve Turkey Meatballs

  • as an appetizer
  • in pasta dishes
  • in a casserole
  • the filling of a sandwich
  • on their own over rice
homemade turkey meatballs stacked on a baking sheet

Turkey Meatballs (Baked) Substitutions/Alternatives

  • Fat free ground turkey – you can use a higher fat ground turkey or even a combination of turkey and ground chicken.
  • Italian seasoned breadcrumbs – If you’re unable to find Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, you can use any other seasoned version you prefer or season them yourself with Italian seasoning.
  • Cayenne pepper – This is a spice you can choose to omit entirely if you do not want any spice. If you’d like it spicier, you can add more. With the measurement I’ve used in the recipe as publishd below, it does not make them spicy, but adds a depth of flavor.
  • Onion – It’s important to chop the onions up finely so that you don’t bite into a large chunk when eating them. If you don’t want to do that, you can also pulse them in a food processor. You could also substitute onion powder.

How to store Turkey Meatballs

Turkey meatballs need to be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator and 6 months in the freezer.

How to freeze Turkey Meatballs

One thing that I like to do with these Oven Baked Turkey Meatballs is to make a large batch and freeze them. They make a wonderful freezer meal.

To properly freeze meatballs, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, place them in a large freezer-safe zip bag or airtight container.

When you’re ready to reheat them, grab out as many as you’d like for that meal and follow the reheating instructions.

How to reheat Oven Baked Turkey Meatballs

The best method for maximum flavor and to avoid overcooking them is to place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover them with foil. Bake them at 300°F for about 15 minutes.

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Baked Turkey Meatballs

5 from 3 votes
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Servings: 55 meatballs
These Homemade Turkey Meatballs are healthy, moist, and flavorful. They're incredibly easy to make and the combination of fresh and dried herbs gives them a ton of a flavor.



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs, spices, onion, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Add in ground turkey and using your hands, gently combine the turkey into the mixture. Don’t over mix.
  • Once that is mixed, add in the eggs and mix to combine.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop onto a cookie sheet. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can also measure out about 1 1/2 tbsp and roll into balls before adding to cookie sheet.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20-23 minutes or until it reaches 165°F internal temp.


If you are freezing the meatballs, allow them to cool completely before freezing. Freeze them separated on a cookie sheet, and once frozen add to a freezer-safe zip-top bag. To reheat, I recommend placing them on a baking sheet and warming them in the oven.


Serving: 1meatball, Calories: 45kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 72mg, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 115IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy. It should only be used for estimation purposes and is not a guarantee of any kind. Nutritional information varies widely between brands and types of ingredients used. It is recommended that you calculate the nutritional information based on your own ingredients and brands used. Sweetly Splendid, LLC makes no guarantees as to the exact nutrition information.

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  1. Found this recipe couple years ago and am making it now. Love to pair the meatballs with a side of Kirklands basil pesto sauce. So yummy and thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Found you on TikTok and now following you on Instagram. Made the baked Turkey Meatballs today and they turned out great. Will be making Parmesan Orzo as my side for my lunches for the week. Thank you!

    1. That’s so nice of you! Thank you so much. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes. I hope you really like the Parmesan Orzo as well. It’s one of my favorites.