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Turkey meatballs garnished with herbs in a white bowl, with tomatoes on the vine and parmesan cheese on the side

Turkey Meatballs

  • Author: Jenny Meier | Kitchen Skip blog
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20 meatballs 1x


These tender and flavorful turkey meatballs are an easy and versatile meal. Cook the meatballs in the oven or Instant Pot.

Serve these turkey meatballs with pasta, mashed potatoes, rice or roasted vegetables. I also like to pack them in my kids' lunchbox!



1 egg
½ cup ricotta
¼ cup panko (or gluten-free rice crumbs)
1 ¼ pounds (20 ounces) ground turkey (I use 93% lean, 7% fat)
1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Optional: ¼ cup finely chopped herbs, like parsley or basil


Preheat oven to 425 F

Lightly grease two large, rimmed baking sheets or cover with parchment, foil or silpat.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg, then whisk in the ricotta and panko until blended. Add the ground turkey and season with salt and garlic powder. Add the herbs, if using. 

Use your hands to gently mix everything together, until the turkey and the ricotta are combined. 

Roll and shape the meatballs with your hands into approximately 20 equally sized balls that are about 1 ½ inches. The mixture will be very moist and sticky. Don’t worry too much about making the meatballs perfectly round. Tip: If your hands are slightly wet, the meatballs will be less sticky in your hands and easier to roll. I usually roll the meatballs next to the sink, with the faucet barely running so I can wet my hands a few times. 

Place the meatballs on the baking sheets, evenly spaced out. 

Bake 18 to 20 minutes, turning the meatballs halfway through the cooking time so both sides brown. Use an instant read thermometer to make sure the center of the meatballs reach 165 F. 

Instant Pot instructions: Fill the Instant Pot with ½ cup water and set an Instant Pot trivet or steamer basket over the water. Place the raw meatballs on the trivet. If the meatballs don’t fit in one, even layer it’s okay to place some on top of one another. Press the Manual bottom then program the Instant Pot to cook for 8 minutes at high pressure. 

You can do a quick release a few minutes after the cooking time is done, or just let the pressure release naturally before opening the lid. 

  • Category: Meatballs
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

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