Turkey Meatballs + Dipping Sauce Print Recipe Print Recipe


{Created/Photographed by With Style and Grace}

My first thought when I hear Super Bowl, meatballs. Meat + balls. That’s manly. Next: wings, bean dips, nachos & burgers. Those are manly too, but I didn’t want to make them – not yet, at least.

Let’s be honest here, I only “care”/pay attention to football when I’m watching it with friends I can either entertain (a.k.a. play hostess) or talk to their wives. I’ll also get into it when it’s a team I actually know (Seahawks) and it’s a bar packed with passionate fans.ย  Still, I do more people watching vs. the game.

Right, the meatballs. I ate one. They looked so good, I could resist. Then my allergies {dairy + gluten) made their presence and that was the end of that. Knowing Super Bowl was just around the corner and wanting to make something healthy and bite-size, I figured thisย  was the perfect option. Plus, I knew my {protein, meat eating} husband would love this and could eat plain, add to pasta or what became is favorite meal – meatballs in the tomato soup I made. All gone.

TIPS: Serve as appetizers at a dinner party, freeze a batch or two for weeknight meals, or serve over wilted greens and tomato sauce for a healthy, low(er) carb meal.

I’ve also made chicken meatballs, my goodness, they were amazing! I’ll share, don’t worry.

Turkey Meatballs Recipe

(adapted from The Kitchn)

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  • 1 package (1.3 lb) of ground turkey – I used extra lean
  • 1/2 medium onion, grated on a box grater (about 1/4 cup grated onion)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs – I used gluten-free bread – make you own
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups jarred tomato sauce or homemade, if you prefer


In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, onion, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley. Using your (clean) hands, dig in and mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Using either an ice cream scoop or your hands, form 1 1/4-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Recipe makes 26 – 30 meatballs.

In a medium size skillet, heat olive oil on medium to high heat. Place 4-5ย  meatballs in the skillet,ย  brown on one side, about 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully rotate the meatballs using tongs – brown on all sides. Continue cooking for about 12 minutes, rotating them carefully every few minutes so that all sides are brown and cooked all the way through. Remove from the heat.

In a saucepan, heat the tomato sauce. Pour the tomato sauce in a shallow plate or bowl, lay the meatballs gently on top of the sauce. Fill a small glass with toothpicks for your guests to pick up the meatballs. Enjoy!

You can also add these meatballs to your pasta or if you’re like my husband you can add them to tomato soup.

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  • http://a-bicycle-built-for-two.blogspot.com/ Cait @ A Bicycle Built for Two

    Just wanted to let you know that I love love love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Very cute and love your recipes! This one is perfect for a party-I’m looking forward to trying it this weekend.

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Maria

    Great recipe for game day. Love your photos too:)

  • http://www.StudioJewel.blogspot.com lisa @thebeadgirl

    these look AH-MAZ-ING…but the recipe won’t open with the link. help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://www.withstyle.me With Style and Grace

    You’re so sweet! Ok, try the link again, it should work. If you make these, let me know what you think! xo

  • http://www.withstyle.me With Style and Grace

    Oh how sweet are you!! Thank you for visiting and for leaving the incredibly sweet comment! I love “meeting” new people ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Linda Baker

    If I was home for game day I would be making these meatballs! They look so good Lisa..

  • http://www.lunaandchloeweddings.com Kristi

    Oh these are making me drool!! I am gonna need to get a bib soon and put it on before I come and look at your blog!!!! Yep, still drooling!


  • Stefanie

    making these and they absolutely smell delicious! i sampled one and gave one to my children and they absolutely love them. cant wait to serve them later today for dinner.