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Gluten-Free Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

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These Gluten-Free Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs are a real crowd-pleaser. If you’re craving turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs, this is the recipe.

Turkey Meatballs sitting in a black cast iron pan.

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Here, traditional breadcrumbs are replaced with a hearty portion of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, while a combination of spices and fresh herbs pack tons of flavor into every bite. These healthy turkey meatballs prove that it’s a breeze to make gluten free meatballs right at home.

Why you’ll love these Easy Turkey Meatballs

  • Simple and easy meal prep for dinner
  • These keto turkey meatballs are low carb
  • You can make a big batch of these gluten-free turkey meatballs for the whole family to enjoy

Turkey Meatball Ingredients

  • Sugar-free tomato sauce – You can also use a marinara sauce as well if you prefer that taste.
  • Ground turkey – I use ground turkey breast, but ground turkey meat would be fine, too.
  • Eggs – The binding agent that holds the meat mixture together.
  • Parmesan cheese – This cheese adds so much flavor to the baked turkey meatballs.
  • Oregano – The perfect seasoning.
  • Basil leaves – For added flavor.
  • Parsley – Fresh parsley or dried will work.
  • Garlic – I like fresh garlic but garlic powder is fine.
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes – For a bit of heat. Can be optional as well.
  • Black pepper 

How to Make Low Carb Turkey Meatballs without Breadcrumbs

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Pour tomato sauce into 9×13” glass baking dish and spread in a thin layer to cover the bottom and set aside.
  3. Add ground turkey, eggs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, onion salt, and crushed red pepper flakes in a large glass bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Thoroughly combine mixture with your hands and divide into 24 equal-sized portions. (For larger meatballs, separate into 18 pieces). Add more Parmesan cheese, if necessary, to bind the ingredients.
  4. Gently roll each portion into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving room between each meatball. Place baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to a prepared baking dish. Drizzle with additional tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
  5. Place baking dish in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until sauce and meatballs are heated throughout, Remove from oven and serve immediately with additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil if desired.
Turkey Meatballs in a black pan garnished with Parmesan cheese.

Storage and leftovers


The great thing about making meatball recipes is that there are typically leftovers. Just store them in an airtight container and keep them chilled in the fridge. When you’re ready to enjoy those tender meatballs again, just reheat the cooked meatballs slowly in the oven on a baking tray or in the microwave as well.

If you want to freeze this easy meatball recipe, just add the paleo turkey meatballs to a freezer bag and store in the freezer. They should stay fresh for up to 2 months.

Substitutions

Even though these simple turkey meatballs are good as is, you can change up a few ingredients. Instead of using ground turkey meat, you can use ground beef. (This will make the fat content higher)

You can also add some ground up pork rinds into the mixture as well if you’re wanting a bread crumb texture, without the carbs.

The first time you make these juicy little protein bombs, you’re gonna be hooked!

Turkey Meatballs topped with cheese.

FAQs

Do Turkey Meatballs need breadcrumbs?

Nope, not at all. Just mix the ingredients of this recipe today, pack the mixture into your cookie scoop, or roll in your hands, and that’s all you have to do. There is no need for added bread.

How do you keep meatballs from falling apart without breadcrumbs?

This is where the parmesan cheese and herb mixture comes into play. It is what is used in place of the bread crumbs and works well!

Why are my meatballs rubbery?

If the meatballs are tough, you may have packed them too tightly. Just pack them enough so that they’ll stay together.

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Gluten-Free Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields 8 Servings
These Gluten-Free Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs are a real crowd-pleaser. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cup (490 g) sugar-free tomato sauce
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey breast
  • 1 large or 2 small eggs
  • cup (150 g) Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • tbsp (1 ½ tbsp) oregano
  • 3 tbsp basil leaves chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tbsp onion salt
  • ½ tbsp red pepper flakes crushed
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Makes: 9 x 13inch rectangle2inch height

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F (177 °C) and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  • Pour tomato sauce into 9×13” glass baking dish and spread in a thin layer to cover the bottom and set aside.
  • Add ground turkey, eggs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, onion salt, and crushed red pepper flakes in a large glass bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Thoroughly combine mixture with your hands and divide into 24 equal-sized portions. (For larger meatballs, separate into 18 pieces). Add more Parmesan cheese, if necessary, to bind the ingredients.
  • Gently roll each portion into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving room between each meatball. Place baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to a prepared baking dish. Drizzle with additional tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
  • Place baking dish in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until sauce and meatballs are heated throughout, Remove from oven and serve immediately with additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil if desired.

Notes

Tip: To help the meatballs hold their round shape, bake them on their own first before adding the tomato sauce. Optional: Additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil for serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 225kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 6g (2%) Protein: 35g (70%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 75mg (25%) Sodium: 1561mg (68%) Potassium: 594mg (17%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 770IU (15%) Vitamin C: 7mg (8%) Calcium: 256mg (26%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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