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turkey meatballs

Simple Turkey Meatball Recipe


Turkey meatballs adapted from Turkey Tailgate Meatballs, at


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2/3 C panko bread crumbs
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (smoked, if you like)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 c fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Turkey meatball ingredients


  • Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a large bowl. Mix, either by hand or with a spatula, until well combined and homogenous. 

the mixed and seasoned meat

  • Portion the mixture into whole-walnut-sized balls, rolling to shape. 

portioned meatballs on a plate ready to cook

  • Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. 
  • Place the meatballs in the hot oil and start to cook. After a minute or two, check to see if they are browned on the side touching the pan. If so, use an offset spatula or other thin tool (like a butterknife) to turn them to another side. 

flipping the turkey meatballs

  • Once browned on the second side, you should be able to turn them and move them around by shaking the pan.
  • Start temping the meatballs all around the pan with your Thermapen ONE. Once the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), remove them from the pan. Thermapen ONE is fast enough that you can easily check every meatball.

temping the meatballs

  • As the meatballs reach their pull temperature, remove them from the pan.
  • Serve them up with your favorite dipping sauce and reap the praise of your peers!

Turkey meatballs