Light Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Stock the freezer with these healthy basics and, when the mood strikes, try them in our Whole-Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs, Turkey-Meatball Salad with Roasted Peppers and Parmesan, or in Mini Barbecue Meatball Sliders.


  • 3 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey (93 percent lean, dark meat)

  • 3 scallions, finely chopped

  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 large egg

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Place bread in food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs with milk; set aside at least 5 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, scallions, garlic, parsley, egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and breadcrumb mixture; mix gently with a fork.

  3. With hands, form mixture into balls, each equal to 2 level tablespoons; arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  4. To freeze, place baking sheet with meatballs in the freezer, and freeze for 1 hour to set their shape; transfer frozen meatballs to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.

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