Turkey Meatballs

Yay, it’s Thursday! Which means it is “little Friday” and almost the weekend, woo-hoo! It has been a super busy month thus far for me with being in a wedding, attending wedding events, holidays, and trying to close on our house. I apologize if I am not posting as much yumminess (that’s a word, right?) for you all but hope to change that once the crazy dies down a bit! If you have something you want to see me make — COMMENT BELOW!!


In my house we are growing tired of eating the same few meals a week and were looking to change things up. I know I’m not the only one who runs into this problem. The main issue is that I find all these amazing recipes online to try out but never have the energy or groceries on hand to make all of them. I had tried turkey meatballs before and failed but this time they came out perfect! Live and ya learn!


These turkey meatballs are a close rendition to my ground turkey pasta sauce but have SO much more flavor from searing the ground turkey meatballs and allowing them to simmer in the savory tomato sauce. This is going to be a staple in my house for sure!!


My husband raved about them. They tasted a lot like ground beef to me – but without all the fat and cholesterol that typically comes along with eating beef. What could be better than that?!


NOTE: This looks like a ton of steps and ingredients…but it really isn’t! Give it a try and let me know how much you love it – comment below!

Ground Turkey Meatballs

Servings: 4 (large portions)


For the Sauce:

  • 2 cans no-salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can no-salt added tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

For The Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground turkey thigh
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 Tbsp. bbq sauce ( I use Chubby’s – organic and low sugar/sodium)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp. low-sodium Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. all purpose seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil


  1. In dutch oven or large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, garlic powder, all purpose seasoning, and red pepper flakes to saucepan/dutch oven. Stir to combine. Add in water to pot until desired consistency is reached. For thicker sauce add less water than the above mentioned 1/2 cup.
  3. In medium mixing bowl, combine turkey, oats, bbq sauce, worchestershire sauce, egg, all purpose seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well and form mixture into small meatballs with hands and set aside.
  4. In separate saucepan, add remaining olive oil over medium high heat. Add in meatballs about 5-6 at a time (do not over-crowd pan). Let cook on each side about 1 minute just until browned then immediately remove from heat and add to pot with the sauce.
  5. Once all meatballs are seared and added into the sauce pot, simmer on low for 25-30 minutes, gently stirring occasionally. Meatballs should be browned in center prior to consuming.

Nutritional Information per 1 serving: 355 calories, 5.5g fat, 38.2g carbohydrates, 39.7g protein, 10.1g fiber, 22g sugar


Serve over spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or whole wheat pasta and enjoy!!