Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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

Sometimes, when I walk into the kitchen, I get desperate for ideas. Sometimes, I just have to open the fridge and pray that I can make something out of whatever stares back at me. Occasionally, I put those few items together, and they turn out 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

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 ½ lb. ground turkey
  • 10 medium cloves garlic (chopped fine)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ 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

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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  1. Was looking for meatballs I could make with recipes I already had because I didn’t feel like going to the store. All the recipes had so many ingredients, so I went with this one and I am SO glad I did! They were delicious!!!! To cut back on the chopping time on the garlic, I stuck them in a mini food processor, and I actually pan fried them in coconut oil instead of baked. They were perfect. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jade – My pleasure! Sounds wonderful!

  2. My husband and I just started our clean eating today! I made these for dinner with organic wheat pasta and sauce. The meatballs are SOOOO good, I was so surprised that eatin clean can be so delicious! Your website has given me so many good recipes and ideas and information already, thank you so much for what you do! It is greatly appreciated!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bethany – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Just want to add that if you make these with the “clean green bean casserole” and add kale….it makes a great casserole! Just like thanksgiving! Hahaha it’s very hearty but clean….two things I never could have imagined together! Thank you Tiffany for all your recipes! You give clean eating so much variety! I’m starting to hate the same old boiled chicken and veggies with brown rice everyday routine.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – My pleasure! Clean eating should NEVER be boring!

  4. i make them…variation use egg beaters and oatmeal….moist tasty DELICIOUS..can also use same recipe as turkey meatloaf….love your page!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Barb – Thanks! Enjoy the meatballs!

  5. Tiffany W says:

    I made these tonight, and put it on some pasta with homemade alfredo! It was my first time cooking with turkey, and they were wonderful tasting! I loved it so much! I think I should have chopped up my garlic a little better, but oh man, these were spectacular! I can’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tiffany W – That’s great to hear! Thanks for the feedback! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 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. The Gracious Pantry says:

      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…

  7. 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 )

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lori – Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lori Mackenzie says:

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

  9. 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. The Gracious Pantry says:

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

  10. 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!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sara – So glad you enjoyed them! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. 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.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      ESP – Yep! Mushrooms and carrots might be yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 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. The Gracious Pantry says:

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

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

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynn – Wonderful!!! I really hope you enjoy them! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Stacy Davis says:

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

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacy Davis – Yep! The flavor will be slightly different, but it will work just fine!

  15. 5 stars
    Sorry if I missed it, but what is the recommended serving size?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      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.