Air Fryer Ground Turkey Meatballs

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These ground turkey meatballs are loaded with veggies and are a healthier twist to the Italian classic, make them in the oven or the air fryer. Flavorful and simple, the entire family will request these weekly! This recipe is also a great way to sneak in veggies for that picky eater.

Healthy Ground Turkey Meatballs in a bowl.
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Why Make These Turkey Meatballs.

I fool my Italian beef eating father every time I serve these meatballs. He loves them and always asks whats in them. They are chock-full of veggies. A great way to sneak in some greens for that picky eater… eh hem – kids. They are allergy friendly and can be customized to anyones needs. Leave the cheese out tot make them dairy free and use gluten free breadcrumbs if needed.

These ground turkey meatballs are versatile for a cozy comfort meal, or a healthy easy meal prep dinner for the weeknight. You can make meatball subs with them (my personal favorite) or top spaghetti or spaghetti squash with them.

Ingredients For This Recipe.

Ground Turkey Meatballs ingredients.

Ground Turkey. I go for the leaner kind. You can also use ground turkey for my Turkey Smash Burgers.

Zucchini. This keeps the meatballs super moist and add a bonus of veggies.

Onion.

Garlic.

Seasoning. Paprika, chili powder, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano

Egg. To bind everything together well.

Panko Bread crumbs. Or any bred crumb of choice.

Marinara. Both for the ground turkey meatballs and if you are serving over pasta.

How To Make These Ground Turkey Meatballs.

Ground Turkey Meatballs steps to make in a bowl and skillet.

Step 1. Set oven to 400º finely chop onions and garlic up. Add ground turkey to a large bowl. Using a cheese grater, shred up zucchini. discard the stems. You can squeeze excess moisture, but I typically leave it. For the air fryer, set it to 390º cook for 16 minutes.

Step 2. Add all the ingredients (except oil and marinara) into a large bowl. Using your hands mix everything really well. On an aluminum or parchment covered baking sheet, or in a greased skillet, form meatballs into 2 inch balls. try to be sure they are equal in size to ensure proper cooking.

Step 3. Drizzle the marinara over/around the meatballs, keep the rest of the marinara to the side for after the bake. Place in the oven on the center rack cook for about 20-22 minutes.

Step 4. Add the rest of the marinara and enjoy. If serving over pasta, you may need extra red sauce.

Ground Turkey Meatballs up close in a skillet.

FAQs And Expert Tips for Ground Turkey Meatballs.

I don’t like ground Turkey what else can I use?

You can use a lean ground beef, or ground chicken would make a great substitute.

I am gluten-free. Can I make these gluten free?

Yes! Choose gluten-free crackers or use gluten-free oats in place of the crackers.

I don’t have zucchini, what else can I use?

Yellow squash or carrots would make a great substitute for zucchini. Otherwise skip the zucchini and just bake them for 5 minutes less. They won’t be a moist but all have more density to them.

These meatballs are a great thing to make in bulk. Pop them in a ziplock and keep them in the freezer for when you need a quick dinner. Just pull them out and let them sit a little bit on the counter to defrost. They can be reheated in sauce on the stovetop, air fryer or microwave

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Ground Turkey Meatballs
5 from 6 votes

Ground Turkey Meatballs

These ground turkey meatballs are loaded with veggies and are a healthier twist to the Italian classic. Flavorful and simple, the entire family will request these weekly!
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • ¼ cup finely chopped white onions
  • ¾ cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tsp dried crushed oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika , *
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, *see notes
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs, *see notes
  • cup marinara
  • ½ cup parmesan

Instructions 

  • Set oven to 400º finely chop onions and garlic up. Add ground turkey to a large bowl. Using a cheese grater, shred up zucchini. discard the stems. You can squeeze excess moisture, but I typically leave it. *if cooking in the air fryer cook on 390 for 16-18 minutes.
  • Add all the ingredients (except oil and marinara) into a large bowl. Using your hands mix everything really well. On a aluminum or parchment covered baking sheet, or in a greased skillet, form meatballs into 2 inch balls. try to be sure they are equal in size to ensure proper cooking.
  • Drizzle the marinara over/around the meatballs, keep the rest of the marinara to the side for after the bake. Place in the oven on the center rack cook for about 20-22 minutes. 16-18 minutes in the air fryer
  • Add the rest of the marinara and enjoy. If serving over pasta, you may need extra red sauce. 

Notes

* Use gluten-free crackers, saltines or oats. Bread crumbs will also work. 
*You can also use ground chicken or beef for this recipe.
*Add in parmesan cheese if you are not dairy free! 
*add less red pepper flakes if you don’t like spice

Nutrition

Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 1454mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 271
Keyword: healthy meatballs, turkey meatballs
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Those meatballs are fantastic! I love that the lean meat makes it a healthy guilt free option. So good!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Bailey, I wanted to let you know that these meatballs were some of the best I’ve ever made. My husband is a big beef eater and he even enjoy these and requested that we make them again soon. Bravo!

  3. 5 stars
    These were really good. I didn’t even realize there, a zucchini of them when eating.

  4. 5 stars
    These were surprisingly tasty. Didn’t even notice the zucchini. They were extra moist without the grease.