Easy Turkey Meatballs

a bowl of turkey meatballs with sauce and pasta.
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These turkey meatballs are so easy you’ll want to add them to your weeknight dinner rotation!


  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups store-bought marinara sauce


  1. In a large bowl combine the breadcrumbs, egg, cheese, oregano, garlic and onion powders, salt, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the ground turkey and mix until just combined.
  2. In a large pan heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture to form each meatball. Add the meatballs to the pan. Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in batches. You want the meatballs to have some space, so they brown properly. I used a 5 quart sauté pan.
  3. Give the meatballs a chance to brown all over by periodically rolling them around. You may need to adjust the heat up or down. Once browned, lower the heat to medium and add the tomato sauce.
  4. Gently stir the meatballs around, so they get coated with the sauce. Adjust the heat to medium or medium-low. Allow the meatballs to simmer in the sauce for at least another 10 minutes. Serve with pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.


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