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healthy turkey meatballs and zucchini noodles and marinara sauce on a white plate with a fork set on a wooden board with a glass of red wine

Healthy Turkey Meatballs - Baked or Fried

These easy turkey meatballs are healthy & delicious, and can be baked or pan fried for a stress-free weeknight dinner!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Author:Andrea Howe


  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs or 1/4 almond flour if making gluten free
  • 1 large egg
  • Greens from 2 scallions sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt & 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined. Roll heaping tablespoons of turkey mixture into small meatballs about 1.5" in diameter. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake at 400 for 15 minutes, or until center of meatballs registers 160 degrees.
  • Alternately, if pan frying, cover raw meatballs with plastic wrap or paper towels and refrigerate tray for at least 15 minutes to allow to firm up.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook meatballs for about 10 minutes, rotating half way through cooking to brown on each side. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and serve.


Make sure yo use 93% ground turkey, not 99%, as the meatballs will become dry and tough.
Also, cooked meatballs can be frozen in airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.
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Serving: 4g | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Protein: 24.1g | Fat: 9.3g