These Oven Baked Turkey Meatballs are so incredibly easy to make, and are a great item to store in your freezer for a later, busier date! I normally double this recipe to have some food for later, but it’s tough to keep this recipe around because it’s so popular. There are some sneaky veggies in these meatballs that make it a great meal option for when you’re busy and trying to stick to a paleo, Whole30, or keto diet.
Also, I realize that for many of my recipes that are marked “Keto” that there is no nutritional information provided. I personally do not follow a keto diet, but do know some people who do for health reasons. For this recipe, I’ve written in the notes the total net carbs along with some other information that might be useful. You can of course look up the dietary information yourself, but please note that I am definitely not a keto-dieter and need some grace when writing recipes that qualify as keto! 🙂
How to make Oven Baked Turkey Meatballs
You don’t need any fancy equipment for these turkey meatballs, but need the following ingredients:
- ground turkey or chicken
- olive oil
- almond flour
- Italian seasoning (or a combination of dried basil, oregano, parsley)
- marinara sauce
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F.
Chop your onion and zucchini into small pieces. Heat a large pan with olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil has heated, add the chopped zucchini and onion. Add in the salt and Italian seasoning. Stir until cooked. Set aside and allow it to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey or chicken with the almond flour. Crack an egg into the bowl and then using clean hands, combine both the ground meat, almond flour, and egg until an even consistency forms.
Once your vegetables on the stove have cooled, add them to your ground turkey mixture. Continue to mix with your hands until all the vegetables are evenly distributed.
Once all the ingredients have been combined, scoop out about an eighth to a quarter cup of the mixture and roll it between your palms to form a meatball. Place the meatball in a deep casserole dish. Continue rolling meatballs until all the mixture is used up, placing them in the dish so that they do not overlap.
Once your meatballs have been placed in the dish, pour marinara sauce over them so that they are completed covered. Cook in the oven for 60 minutes.
This recipe does not need anything else to complete the meal, but if you want to add some spaghetti squash or other noodles to make a more classic style spaghetti and meatballs, you can find instructions on either my Chicken Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash recipe or on my Spaghetti Squash with Ground Beef Sauce recipe. It’s a great way to add more veggies to your diet, and tastes delicious with these meatballs!
Oven Baked Turkey Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 small- medium zucchini
- 1 onion
- 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 jar marinara sauce (check for compliance on Whole30)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Finely chop the onion and zucchini.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and zucchini once the oil has cooked.
- Continue to stir the onion and zucchini, and add the salt and Italian seasoning. Stir and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey or chicken with the almond flour and egg. Using clean hands, mix the ingredients together until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- Once the vegetables have cooled, add them to your ground meat mixture. Again with clean hands, combine the ingredients until they are all evenly distributed.
- Using your hands, form the meatballs to be about 1" to 1 1/2 " wide. Place them in a deep casserole dish side by side. Do not overlap them.
- Once all the meatballs have been formed, pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs. Bake the dish in the oven for 60 minutes.
- Remove dish from the oven and allow the meatballs to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy on their own or with some spaghetti squash.