These healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs are juicy little protein bombs that are packed with flavor! They’re super easy to make and ready in just 40 minutes.
You won’t believe how flavorful and juicy these turkey meatballs are. Plus, they are PACKED with protein! Just 3 meatballs is about 31 grams.
Most turkey meatball recipes call for breadcrumbs. Personally, I don’t have the patience to make breadcrumbs from scratch, and it’s almost impossible to buy any that don’t have a lot of unnecessary ingredients.
You would be shocked how many store-bought brands are full of sugar!
So instead of breadcrumbs, I simply use good old-fashioned oats. You fold them right into the ground turkey to bind it all together. It really couldn’t be easier.
And let me tell you, these are the juiciest turkey meatballs I’ve ever had. You definitely won’t miss the breadcrumbs.
How to make healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs
These meatballs only take about 15 minutes to prep and then 25 to bake. You’ll have a delicious dish ready to go in about 40 minutes!
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).
Step 2: Chop the onion, garlic, and celery very finely (or use a food processor), then add to a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: Add the turkey, egg whites, oats, and spices to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Make sure there are no pockets of spices or oats in the mix.
Step 4: Chop the spinach, green peppers (stemmed and seeded), and parsley. The pieces should be about the size of a dime.
Step 5: Add the vegetables to the bowl and mix everything until well-combined.
Step 6: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 7: Roll the turkey mixture into 15 balls (about the size of golf balls) and place them on the baking sheet.
Step 8: Bake for 25 minutes, until cooked through.
That’s it! Just chop, mix, roll, and bake.
For such a simple recipe, it’s AMAZING how juicy and flavorful these meatballs turn out!
Getting the best taste from turkey
When ground turkey is the main ingredient in a dish, don’t be afraid to choose some with a bit of fat in it!
You can get 99% lean ground turkey, but it doesn’t have a lot of flavor to it. It also tends to get a bit dry when cooked.
Instead, I typically use the 93% lean ground turkey. The 85% lean version tastes even better and doesn’t have that many calories more per serving if you prefer!
Veggies, herbs, and spices
If you like to get creative when you cook, feel free to use this recipe as a template for all kinds of different-tasting meatballs!
The spice combination I used was really delicious, but there are plenty of spice combinations that go well with turkey. For a classic taste, paprika, oregano, pepper, and garlic powder are a good place to start.
Whenever possible, I like to use fresh herbs in this recipe. This dish still tastes great when made with dried herbs, but fresh herbs like parsley or basil take the flavors to a different level.
And finally, you don’t need to use the same vegetables I did. If there’s something else in your fridge that you think would go well with the meatballs, give it a try!
What to serve with turkey meatballs
I often just eat these meatballs by themselves for a quick snack. They’re so tasty and satisfying!
But they are also delicious when served with a little whole-wheat pasta and some tomato sauce. Perhaps even a little parmesan cheese on top.
I also enjoy crumbling them over a salad or wrapping them up for a nutritious lunch on the go.
Because these baked meatballs are almost pure protein, adding a few carbs and a little fat turns them into a perfectly balanced meal that’s as tasty as it is good for you!
This recipe is great for meal prep!
Once cooked, the meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. I love to make a big batch and enjoy them over pasta, on a salad, or in a wrap throughout the week.
You can also freeze them for longer storage. I recommend placing each serving in an individual ziplock so you can defrost them when you need them.
These meatballs taste great both cold and reheated.
More healthy turkey recipes
I LOVE turkey! It’s such a tasty lean protein that goes so well in a variety of recipes. Here are a few of my favorites that you’ll find me cooking on a regular basis:
If you’re someone that cooks with chicken more often than turkey, then be sure to check out my roundup of the best healthy diabetic chicken recipes!
When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Healthy Turkey Meatballs (Without Breadcrumbs)
- 20 oz. ground turkey
- 3.5 oz. fresh or frozen spinach
- ¼ cup oats
- 2 egg whites
- 2 celery sticks
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ green bell pepper
- ½ red onion
- ½ cup parsley
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).
- Chop the onion, garlic, and celery very finely (or use a food processor), then add to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the turkey, egg whites, oats, and spices to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Make sure there are no pockets of spices or oats in the mix.
- Chop the spinach, green peppers (stemmed and seeded), and parsley. The pieces should be about the size of a dime.
- Add the vegetables to the bowl and mix everything until well-combined.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the turkey mixture into 15 balls (about the size of golf balls) and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes, until cooked through.
The meatballs were low sodium, low fat, low carbs, and gluten free. Very delicious and moist. Of course next time I will add sauted mushrooms ( they put out alot of water if not sauted).
Steve S. says
Excellent recipe, I didn’t have the Chipotle for the turkey meatballs so I used a little cayenne powder. Followed the rest of the recipe.
Margie Avila says
I have made this recipe numerous times, but here lately not so much. Our grandson, he’s 7, asked me to make them again. This kids gives me the hardest time to eat veggies, but your meatballs he gobbles up! Thank you for sharing this recipe. They are sooo delicious! Margie from Texas.
Christel Oerum says
Love to hear that! Thank you for letting us know
Natalia Berryman says
Delicious! Freeze very well too.