Clean Eating Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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These clean eating garlic parmesan turkey meatballs are either a great addition to a pasta dinner or a main course all on their own! And sometimes, they are the only thing to make for dinner.

Sometimes, I get desperate for ideas when I walk in to the kitchen. Sometimes, I just have to open the fridge and pray that I can make something out of whatever it is that stares back at me. Occasionally, I put those few items together and they turn out just marvelous. And occasionally, the recipe is so simple I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before.

Clean Eating Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs piled on a small, white plate and garnished with some greens.

This is one of those recipes. In fact, this recipe inspired an entire meal, which I will share with you in my next blog post. But for now, just know that these are incredibly easy and incredibly delicious.


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Clean Eating Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Clean Eating Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs are a delicious part of a pasta dish, but they can also be a main course!
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 18 meatballs
Calories: 49kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 ยฝ lb. ground turkey
  • 10 medium cloves garlic (chopped fine)
  • ยผ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ยฝ tsp. sea salt
  • ยฝ tsp. black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and form in to meatballs, approximately the size of a golf ball (maybe just a tad smaller).
  • Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes, or until the meatballs reach a minimum of 165 F. on a thermometer.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 49kcal | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 113mg | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. I tried these they were good however they were a little on the dry side even with a sauce on them.. My thoughts would be because the ground chicken needs a little moisture to grade in some onion too it to add that moisture that it would need.. Next time Ill have to try this out to see if it makes a difference other than that great recipe..

    1. Patricia – Did you use chicken instead of turkey or was that a typo? I can’t be sure, but that could be one of the issues…

  2. Lori Mackenzie says:

    Made these today, and plan on serving them with a tomato sauce over spaghetti squash. I may have overlooked them a bit ( they were a bit dry ) but they were still OH SO tasty!! Great recipe ( and so easy )

  3. Lori Mackenzie says:

    PS I couldn’t wait for dinner so I had to try one hot out of the oven ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. These were absolutely delicious! I added dried onion, red pepper flakes, dried basil and oregano to mine. My husband went back for seconds and even I enjoyed them (I’m usually not a fan of ground turkey). I also made my meatballs very small so they would cook quicker, and broiled them at the end. Served over brown rice with pasta sauce. I will definitely be making these again.

    1. Michelle – Awesome!!! If you get a chance, give the danish meatballs a shot as well. YUM!!!

  5. Made these and ate them over a md/lg spiraled zucchini with a little bit of clean low sodium tomato and basil sauce… TO DIE FOR! so amazing!

  6. Eat.Style.Play says:

    So simple as a base for a meatball as well, I think I might add some veggies to these sounds really good.

  7. These are delicious!!! I am 26 and live in NYC (aka tiny kitchen and barely ever cook) and this was so easy and yummy! THANK YOU!!! I love your site it’s really helping me get through this whole clean eating thing ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

    1. Nadine – I lived in NYC for a while so I know exactly what you mean! So happy you enjoyed them! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Hi! I’m trying these or the first time tonight. In the frying pan as I type. They smell so good!

  9. Stacy Davis says:

    Is clean hamburger ok to use in place or turkey (We have a whole freezer of grass fed cow!)

  10. 5 stars
    Sorry if I missed it, but what is the recommended serving size?

    1. Sara – The data given is approximate info for 1 meatball. So the serving size is really up to you and how much protein you’d like to eat.