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Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs in a baking dish with a spoon scooping one.

Baked Turkey Meatballs (in Garlic Butter Sauce)

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Created by Mariam E.
This is one of my favorite easy turkey meatball recipes. Made with only a handful of kitchen staples, this Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs recipe comes together quickly and easily. The sauce is just perfect for drizzling over the top of some grains or soaked up with some bread.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 servings
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Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp oil

For the Garlic Butter Sauce

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsps. parsley chopped
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon slices to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • To a large bowl combine the meatball ingredients except oil. Mix it well until everything comes together.
  • With the help of an ice cream scooper, scoop the meatball mixture and roll it into a ball. Repeat the same with the remaining mixture.
  • Spread the oil over the baking dish and arrange the meatballs evenly and bake the meatballs for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the garlic butter sauce by melting the butter in a small bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients; lemon juice, garlic, parsley, pepper and salt. Mix well.
  • Pour the prepared garlic butter sauce over the baked turkey meatballs and bake again for 5-10 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh lemon slices and serve the meatballs.

Notes

  • Avoid overmixing the meat mixture. It’ll cause the meatballs to become tough, heavy, and dense.
  • Avoid rolling the meatballs too tightly as it’ll cause the meatballs to be dense.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get an even amount of ground turkey mixture so the meatballs are all the same size and bake evenly.
  • The ground turkey is mild in flavor so feel free to be generous with the seasoning.
  • Avoid overcooking the meatballs. They will become dry and tough if cooked for too long. 
  • If you’re not sure if the meatballs are done, check the internal temperature. It should be 165F when done. 

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1143IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg
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