These All Purpose Baked Turkey Meatballs are great for freezer meal prepping because they go with just about any sauce you can think of from Italian to Indian inspired!
The inspiration for this recipe came to me 10 years ago, however I never followed through with the idea. We were out visiting family after their new baby had just arrived. When it came time for dinner, I watched her pull a bag of meatballs out of the freezer, and the lightbulb went off!
I mean… how nice would it be to have ‘all-purpose’ meatballs just ready to go in the freezer? The kind of meatballs I could put in everything from your classic Marinara Sauce, to Butter Chicken, to these Sweet Potato Meatball Subs.
They would even be good in a stroganoff sauce, in chicken soup, or dipped into a myriad of sauces like a chicken nugget. And I can attest they’re great in BBQ sauce, Ranch, or even ketchup!
This recipe is definitely my kind of freezer friendly meal prep. I love things that are 2 for 1, and making a double batch to have another one ready to go for the future, is the kind of convenience I think we all need!
So far we’ve been enjoying these way too much. And so that means I really need to make some time to put together a giant batch rather than just a 2 pound batch.
So let’s get started and make my All Purpose Baked Turkey Meatballs step by step!
Start by mixing together all the ingredients for the meatballs. This recipe is extra simple and uses only pantry ingredients!
Next up use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion out the meatballs, you should have around 36. But you can also make these any size you’d like, just adjust your baking time. You can either bake them as is, or roll them into a better rounded shape with your hands. Ground turkey can be quite sticky, so I recommend using some oil on your hands to make this easy.
Bake until golden browned and just done in the centers.
How to serve these baked meatballs:
- You can serve them straight out of the oven with your choice of dipping sauce – my Blender Ranch Dressing is our favorite, but ketchup or BBQ sauce are great too. Try my Easiest Roasted Garlic Green Beans and The Best Mashed Potatoes for an all-American kind of dinner.
- With my Butter Chicken sauce from my Easy Butter Chicken – this is actually outrageously good – we just had this last week and I ate the leftovers for breakfast because it’s just that good!
- Add them to my Simple Marinara and pair with mashed potatoes, cooked pasta, or my Cauliflower ‘Polenta’.
- In my Meatball Sub Stuffed Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes.
How to meal prep these for the freezer:
- You can multiply this recipe for as many pounds of ground turkey as you’d like to have leftovers to place in your freezer. I tend to do 2 pound batches as written in the recipe. But since they disappear quickly, I really want to do larger batches from here on out. I like to think of it like baking cookies, but instead you’re getting sheet pans full of meatballs for dinner!
- You definitely want to freeze these already cooked. Turkey is quite soft and while I’m sure you could freeze these raw, then transfer them to a storage container, I think their shape wouldn’t be great when you thaw them. Also you’d need to thaw them in the fridge before baking. So overall it’s much simpler just to cook then freeze them.
More meatball recipe inspiration:
- Thai Zucchini Thai Mango Meatballs
- Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
- Pomegranate Moroccan Inspired Meatballs
- Meatball Sub Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
So I hope you’ll enjoy these tasty meatballs soon! If you do make them, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. And I always love hearing from you here. Or over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with your photos.Print
These basic but super tasty meatballs are great with so many different sauces, or dipped into ranch/ketchup like a chicken nugget!
2 pounds ground turkey
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup almond flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Teaspoon granulated garlic, or 2 cloves minced
1 Teaspoon granulated onion
1 Teaspoon sea salt
1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 450ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, egg yolks, and olive oil. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond flour, granulated garlic and onion, sea salt, and pepper. Add the almond mixture to the ground turkey, and mix just to combine.
Using a spoon or a small cookie scoop, (I use a #40 scoop) portion out half the meat mixture or 18 meatballs onto the prepared cookie sheet. Lightly oil your hands and roll the meatballs into a rounder shape.
Then bake until just done in the centers, 10-12 minutes. Repeat with the remaining half of the meat mixture and bake again until done.
Let the meatballs cool to room temperature before freezing in an airtight container for 1 month.
You can also use half of this batch of meatballs right away in any recipe/sauce to serve 4.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
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