These Whole30 Turkey Meatballs are packed with flavor! This easy ground turkey meatball recipe is versatile, savory and tasty. This 30 minute meal is great for a weeknight dinner, meal prep and leftovers!

Whole30 turkey meatballs with marinara sauce and spaghetti squash

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These Whole30 turkey meatballs are made with only 8 ingredients.
  • This recipe takes 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Meatballs are a great family friendly dinner!
  • Serve with spaghetti squash and marinara sauce for an easy meal. This Coconut Milk Pasta Sauce is a delicious option!
  • These meatballs reheat well.
  • They are Whole30 approved, Paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, Keto and sugar free.
  • See this Ultimate Guide to Whole30 for more great ideas!

Ingredients & Substitutions

The ground turkey is the main ingredient. Use ground turkey that is 85% lean or even lower. Leaner meat will yield dry results. Feel free to substitute ground beef if desired.

The egg is completely necessary to help bind the meatballs. If looking for an egg free recipe, check out these AIP Meatballs Without Eggs.

Almond flour is used in place of breadcrumbs.

The oregano, garlic powder and onion powder add the depth of flavor. Feel free to adjust quantities for stronger or milder flavors.

Serve with spaghetti squash and marinara sauce if desired. These Paleo turkey meatballs are also great with zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice.

Marinara sauce with meatballs

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, combine all meatball ingredients. Gently combine with hands or spoon.

Paleo meatball mixture in bowl

Step 3

Spray hands with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop or hands to form 1 inch round meatballs.

Step 4

Continue for remaining meatball mixture. Then, place on baking pan.

Ground turkey meatballs on baking pan

Step 5

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until cooked through and no pink remains.

Step 6

Remove from oven. Discard excess grease.

Baked meatballs on pan

Step 7

Warm up marinara sauce. Serve turkey meatballs with spaghetti squash and sauce if desired.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Choose ground turkey that is not too lean. I used 85% and it worked well!

Do not overwork the meatball mixture. Gently combine ingredients until mixed.

Spray hands with nonstick spray before handling meat. This makes it so much easier to form meatballs.

Form meatballs into uniform size for even cooking.

Ground turkey is done when it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer for accurate reading.

How to Serve & Store

Serve Paleo turkey meatballs hot from the oven. If desired, serve with spaghetti squash and marinara sauce.

These are also great with veggie noodles, cauliflower rice, or by themselves.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month if needed.

Meatballs with sauce and spaghetti squash

Whole30 Sauce

There are some great Whole30 approved sauces!

I used Primal Kitchen Foods Marinara sauce.

Consider making a homemade teriyaki sauce, like in these Whole30 Sesame Ginger Meatballs.

The sauce in these Whole30 Swedish Meatballs is drinkable. Trust me.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use almond flour instead of breadcrumbs in meatballs?

Yes, almond flour can be used in meatballs instead of breadcrumbs.

Is Rao’s Whole30 compliant?

Yes, Rao’s is Whole30 compliant. Some of their flavors might not be compliant, so double check labels to be sure.

What is the secret to tender meatballs?

The secret to tender meatballs is not overworking the meat mixture and not overcooking them.

How do you keep meatballs from falling apart?

In this case, the almond flour and egg help the meatballs stay together. If needed, place meat mixture in fridge or freezer for 5 minutes to firm up before forming meatballs.

How do you form round meatballs?

Use an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop to form round meatballs. Then, use hands to roll out any imperfections.

Are they Keto and low carb?

Yes, these turkey meatballs are Keto and low carb.

Paleo dinner on plate

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Whole30 turkey meatballs with marinara sauce and spaghetti squash

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These Whole30 Turkey Meatballs are an easy, healthy and delicious Whole30 dinner! These easy ground turkey meatballs are great for the whole family. They are versatile, flavorful and hearty!
5 from 17 votes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients. Use your hands or a spoon, combine ingredients.
  • Once combined, spray hands with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop or hands to form 1 inch round meatballs.
  • Continue for remaining meatball mixture. Place meatballs on parchment lined pan.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and no pink remains. If meatballs are on the smaller side, check after 15 minutes.
  • Remove meatballs from oven. Discard excess cooking grease.
  • Warm up marinara sauce. Serve with spaghetti squash and sauce if desired!

Notes

  • Use a rimmed baking pan lined with parchment paper for easier clean up.
  • Choose ground turkey that isn’t too lean.  I recommend using 85% fat or even less.  Anything more than 85% will be too dry.
  • When combining ingredients, try not to overwork the meat mixture.
  • Spray hands with nonstick spray before forming meatballs.  This helps them not stick to your hands.
  • If meatball mixture is still too sticky, place it in the fridge or freezer for 5 minutes to firm up.
  • Ground turkey is done cooking when it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Store meatballs in freezer for up to 1 month.  Thaw before reheating and eating.
  • Warm up Whole30 marinara sauce before tossing with meatballs.
  • Nutritional value does not include sauce or spaghetti squash.
  • This recipe makes about 10 medium sized meatballs or 15 small sized meatballs.
Calories: 71kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 149mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

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