Meatballs can be flavored so many ways. I’ve seen recipes for and made tons of different versions. Chipotle, cheese stuffed, teriyaki. Countless options. Sometimes you just need a plain old meatball. This is my go to recipe for meatballs whether I’m using ground beef, chicken or turkey. I sneak in some chopped spinach to add some extra nutrients for my husband and son too.
We most recently ate turkey meatballs with my Lasagna Roll Ups when I was too tired to cook anything to go with them. My husband loves meatball sandwiches too. You really can’t go wrong with this recipe. It is a total winner. You can even make the meatballs, bake them then toss them in the freezer for another day.
1 lb ground turkey
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
3/4 – 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with oil to make sure the meatballs don’t stick. Set that aside for now.
In a bowl, add the ground turkey, egg, spinach, egg, garlic, onion and salt and pepper. Add about 3/4 of a cup of breadcrumbs. You may only need that much breadcrumbs, but you may need to add a little bit more later depending on how wet the mixture is.
It is definitely messy, but the best way to mix everything is with your hands. Take off your rings, put them somewhere safe (don’t want to find one in a meatball!) and get in there! Mix everything for a few minutes just until combined.
You can use a mini ice cream scoop or just eyeball 1-1.5 tablespoon amounts and roll them into balls in your hands. Place them on your lined and greased baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they are cooked through. You’ll see the juices run clear. Serve these cuties up with some marinara sauce, on a toasted roll or with spaghetti!