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The Best Turkey Meatball Recipe!

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This is the tastiest Turkey Meatball recipe… a great alternative to beef and they’re seasoned with most the flavorful ingredients. They’re cooked to a beautiful deep golden brown in a cast iron skillet and moist inside, with a delicious browned outside. A family favorite!

These turkey meatballs are unique and have been one of my family’s favorite recipes for the past 10 years. We use flavors like Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, yellow mustard, cajon seasoning and onions to give them a unique taste and absolutely to-die-for flavor! They’re easy to make too. Everything is in one bowl, and then seared in a cast iron skillet. This recipe is truly my favorite meatball recipe ever.

They’re flavorful enough to eat alone or just add them to your favorite sauce!

Turkey Meatball Recipe Ingredients

The flavors in these meatballs sound so different and interesting, but when it all comes together, it’s the best flavor combo ever!!

  • Ground turkey
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Sweet onion (yellow is fine too)
  • Yellow mustard
  • Cajon seasoning
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Butter & Olive oil

How to Make Meatballs (Step by Step)

It’s easier than you think to make these meatballs! You only need one bowl and one cast iron pan!

  • Add all of the ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Have a baking sheet or platter close by to set the meatballs on while you shape them.

 

Why do my meatballs fall apart?

To keep meatballs together, you need to use a binder such as an egg or breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs need to be very small, like Panko, and you can’t use too many or it will result in a loose meatball. We use 1 egg and 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs. These meatballs never fall apart!

  • Using clean hands or a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients well.
  • Using clean hands, shape the meatballs into small gold sized balls.
  • Once all of the meatballs are shaped (should be about 12 for this recipe), heat butter and oil in a cast iron pan until sizzling.
  • Turn heat to medium and place all of the meatballs in the cast iron pan.
  • Brown them on each side.
  • Cover and let them up for a few minutes, turning them occasionally.
  • They will turn a deep, deep brown color which is what you want.
  • Using a meat thermometer, put it in the center of one meatball. When it reaches 140 degrees, the meatball should be done.
  • Cut one in half (this one can be yours to eat!), and check the center to make sure it’s cooked, but still moist inside.

How to Cook Meatballs

There are a few ways to cook meatballs. Personally, our favorite is to cook them in a cast iron pan with melted butter and olive oil. They get brown and crispy on the outside and stay juicy and plump inside. They are SO good cooked this way!

You can also cook meatballs in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure to turn them once or twice.

Why are my meatballs tough?

The meatballs are most likely tough because they’re overcooked. The recommendation for cooking turkey is 160 degrees. Personally, this is a little high for a meatball and can result in dryness. Usually anything around 140 degrees will still result in a thoroughly cooked turkey meatball without drying it out.

Cut one open around 140 and check the center. It should not be fully gray and dry. It should be moist and more of a white, cooked center.

Variations for Meatballs

You can use a different meat with this recipe, like beef or pork and they will be just as good or better, depending on your favorite meat!

Try a combination of meat, like beef and pork together.

If you don’t like the meatballs too spicy, leave out the red pepper flakes.

Eat them with a red sauce or they’re good alone!

How to Freeze Meatballs

  • You can freeze meatballs cooked or uncooked. It will be the same both ways.
  • Place the meatballs in a freezer bags and seal tightly.
  • Both will last for up to 3 months in a sealed freezer bag.

Best Way to Reheat Meatballs?

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place frozen meatballs in a single layer on a baking dish.
  3. Heat for about 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

How to Make a Quick Red Sauce

Truly, there is no recipe for this! I quickly like to whip up a yummy red sauce after the meatballs are done cooking. It requires zero chopping and it’s quick and easy. I do everything to taste. It’s a great lesson in cooking and you can do it too!

  • Leave all the oil and butter fat from the meatballs in the cast iron skillet.
  • With heat on low, add in a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes.
  • Add in some garlic and onion powder to taste.
  • Add in dried basil to taste (usually like 1 teaspoon).
  • Toss is about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup red wine.
  • Pour in a little cream, about 1/4 cup.
  • Season with salt and pepper and let it simmer while stirring.

Pair these with our Salad that Goes with Everything for a complete meal!

 

Let us know how you like these meatballs by leaving a comment and review below!

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Turkey Meatball Recipe

The best ground turkey meatballs with a little spice in them! They've been our families favorite for years!

Course dinner
Keyword dinner, Meatballs, Turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 medium meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey lean
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion purple or yellow onion will work
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped or pressed
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional if you don't like spicy
  • 1 1/2 tsp cajon seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add the ground turkey and all of the ingredients (except butter and oil) into a mixing bowl.

    Stirring turkey meatballs with a wooden spoon.
  2. Mix well with clean hands or a wooden spoon. 

  3. Make small golf size balls and shape with your hands.

    Shaping turkey meatballs with hands
  4. Place them on a plate or platter. 

  5. In a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil on medium heat. 

  6. Add in the turkey meatballs and let them cook on each side for a few minutes. 

    Cooking turkey meat balls in butter and olive oil in a cast iron skillet pan.
  7. Turn them using a wooden spoon. Continue to turn them so they cook evenly. 

  8. Turkey meatballs can get really dark, you want them to have a deep, dip golden brown (sometimes they almost look brunt, but they're not!) color to them.

  9. After each side has been browned, cover the pan and cook for about 5 more minutes.

    Turkey meatballs cooked in a cast iron skillet
  10. Use a meat thermometer and when it reaches 120-135 degrees, you can remove the meatballs from the pan.

  11. To be extra sure, cut one of the meatballs in half and check if it's done. With turkey it's important the meat if fully cooked. 

Recipe Notes

These meatballs can be a little spicy. If you don't like spicy, do not add the red pepper flakes. 

Add a few grinds of course sea salt to the meatballs before serving. 

Make a yummy red sauce in the pan the meatballs were cooked in. Leave the oil and butter in the skillet for more flavor!

 

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6 responses to The Best Turkey Meatball Recipe!

  1. June 10, 2019

    These were so savory and perfectly mouth watering! Saving this recipe for future meatballs, for sure!

  2. Emily
    June 10, 2019

    I love the spice in these meatballs, and was surprised how good the turkey was!

  3. Julie
    June 10, 2019

    I always prefer turkey meatballs over beef! These are so delicious and easy to make!

  4. Jen
    June 10, 2019

    We love this healthier twist on a family favorite. So delicious!

  5. Kristyn
    June 10, 2019

    I have become a huge fan of meatballs!! These looks so tasty & I love how crispy they look on the outside. It’s the perfect family meal!

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