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Turkey meatballs cooked in a cast iron skillet
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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 pound ground turkey lean
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion 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 cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Add the ground turkey and all of the ingredients (except butter and oiinto a mixing bowl.
  • Stirring turkey meatballs with a wooden spoon.
  • Mix well with clean hands or a wooden spoon.
  • Make small golf size balls and shape with your hands.
    Mix and make balls with hands
  • Shaping turkey meatballs with hands
  • Place them on a plate or platter.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add in the turkey meatballs and let them cook on each side for a few minutes.
    add meatballs to skillet
  • Cooking turkey meatballs in butter and olive oil in a cast iron skillet pan.
  • Turn them using a wooden spoon. Continue to turn them so they cook evenly.
  • 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.
  • After each side has been browned, cover the pan and cook for about 5 more minutes.
    brown on all sides
  • Turkey meatballs cooked in a cast iron skillet
  • Use a meat thermometer and when it reaches 120-135 degrees, you can remove the meatballs from the pan.
  • To be extra sure, cut one of the meatballs in half and check if it's done. With turkey, it's important the meat is fully cooked.


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!


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg