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turkey meatball recipe

Ground Turkey Meatballs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: ground turkey, meatballs, turkey meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Bobby Parrish

This homemade turkey meatball recipe covered in melted cheese is so easy to make and low carb. Just be sure to season the ground turkey thighs aggressively and sear them in a hot pan to create even more flavor. The meatballs don;t even need breadcrumbs, so they are keto approved.



  • 1 pound ground turkey thighs
  • 1 heaping teaspoon each onion & garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup finely grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese optional
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 24 ounces of your favorite marinara sauce


  1. Make the turkey meatballs by adding the ground turkey to a large bowl along with the onion and garlic powder, egg, parsley, oregano, pepper flakes, grated pecorino cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, a few cracks of pepper, and mix to combine. Make sure not to overmix as that will make the meatballs tough. Dip your hands in some cold water and form the meatballs, should make 7 meatballs the size of a large golf ball. The mixture will be loose, so form them into balls the best you can and immediately place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the marinara sauce to a sauce pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Pre-heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Once hot, add the meatballs to the pan and cook until well browned, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and repeat, then go immediately into the marinara sauce. Gently simmer the meatballs for 20 minutes, making sure they are submerged in the sauce.
  3. At this point the meatballs are ready and you can serve, or you can turn the heat off the pan and cover the meatballs in shredded mozzarella cheese. You may have to transfer the meatballs and sauce to a shallow and wide pan so the cheese can evenly melt. Place the pan with the cheese covered meatballs 10 inches from the broiler set on high and cook just until the cheese is melted, don’t walk away.
  4. Remove from broiler, garnish with parsley, and enjoy! Turkey meatballs will keep in the fridge for 5 days or can be frozen for 3 months.

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Recipe Notes

Marcos per meatball w/ cheese, makes 7:
165 calories
1.1 grams of net carbs
1.2 grams of total carbs
12.4 grams of fat
12.8 grams of protein
0 fiber

Macros per ½ cup of marinara sauce:
60 calories
4 grams of fat
10 grams of net carbs(12 total carbs)
2 grams of fiber
2 grams of protein

Nutrition Facts
Ground Turkey Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 meatball)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 112
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.4g19%
Carbohydrates 1.2g0%
Protein 12.8g26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.