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Turkey Meatballs

From a hearty weekday meal to an elegant starter. This turkey can multi-task!


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 23 min
  • Ready Time : 33 min


4-6 Servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (14.5-ounce)


  1. In a large bowl, combine turkey, onion, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  2. Form into 1-inch balls, rolling between the palms of your hands.
  3. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium- high heat. Cook meatballs 12 to 15 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  4. Add tomatoes with liquid and bring to a simmer. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, or until meatballs absorb some of the sauce.

MAKE IT A MEAL: Serve over a short pasta, such as bowtie or penne.
DRESS IT UP: Instead of rolling the meat into balls, deconstruct your meatballs, and serve the filling in beautiful Boston lettuce cups. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until nicely browned, breaking up into smaller pieces with a spoon. Add onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes more. Add drained tomatoes and cook 5 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from heat, stir in parsley, salt, and pepper to taste. Place about ¼ to ½ cup filling in each of 4 lettuce cups. Note: this preparation serves 4.


About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




35 Responses to Turkey Meatballs

  1. avatar says: jessica

    want source for kosher recipes

  2. avatar says: Erika

    This was easy and delicious. Love the deconstructed way too. Just like a pasta meat sauce

  3. avatar says: Alice

    Good, and healthier than beef.

    • Totally agree. We actually swap almost every ground beef recipe for ground turkey at my house.

      • avatar says: Alice

        Jamie – looking forward to seeing you in Livingston in March.

        Best – Alice Katchen (Jeff, Steven, and Michi’s mom).

        • AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! HI!!!!!!!!!! So exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t realize it was you! I am so looking forward to seeing you and Michelle. Can’t wait!!!

  4. avatar says: Faye

    YUM! Made these last night and follwed the recipe as written. Easy and so delicious. Thanks!

  5. avatar says: pixframe

    Last night’s dinner was turkey meatball heroes. The meatballs covered with sauteed onions and bells peppers. Fast and easy to prepare and very tasty!

  6. avatar says: Debby

    Absolutely delicious. My family loved them. The red onion and the parsley give the meatballs a nice delicate flavor. Served over pasta, it was a delicious supper!

  7. avatar says: Golda

    Even my daughter who frowns when I cook with raw chopped turkey, enjoyed this dish. Thank you for a super easy & delicious supper!

  8. avatar says: debkarow

    Easy delicious meatballs! I simmered them in jarred spaghetti sauce instead of diced tomatoes and had over spaghetti. My family couldn’t believe the minimal ingredients, thinking they tasted more “complicated” I definitely will make these again!

  9. avatar says: RachelY

    Definitely a hit. Easy and wonderful. My husband loved this and it will definitely be on our “repeat” list.
    Added the bowtie pasta – looked and tasted great.
    Next time I will try to add some vegetables to the sauce and then it will be a “meal in a pot.”

    • so happy and great add in ideas for next time thanks so much for sharing with everyone.

  10. This was really tasty to eat and a simple recipe to make. Would make again.

  11. avatar says: JOKTaster

    These came out wonderfully! They were fast and easy to assemble, thanks so much Jamie for this great recipe!!! I made half of the batch with onions and half without, both turned out tender and delicious!

  12. avatar says: aro208

    These were definitely easy to make and I would make it again. They were a drop tough for my liking, I think I might try an egg to the mix next time as I have young kids who like it a little softer. I also might add a little more seasoning to the diced tomatoes if you are going to put it over pasta. With that being said they were tasty and my two year old ate some of the parsley raw when i was cooking it and liked it! My husband has his doubts but when I made him take it for lunch the next day, he told me he liked it as well!

    • YAY all around and thanks for sharing your suggested adjustments for next time.

  13. avatar says: singingt

    Doubled it and as per the family taste added a bit more garlic and they were so, so tasty!

  14. avatar says: j israel

    These meatballs were so simple and delicious. I added garlic and basel to to the diced tomatoes when they were simmering and my beef loving husband thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • YIPEEEE!!!! I also had to turn to turkey for my beef loving husband for health reasons and it’s going well too :-)

  15. avatar says: raizy

    Simple & delicious. Yum. First recipe in my new cusinart wok. How do I post a pic?

  16. avatar says: SeffiScho

    Really yum making it this week!! Love the healthy option for dressing it up!

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