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: The Gracious Pantry


  • 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
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  1. Yum! I make a similar recipe and sometimes cook them in a frying pan with a little olive oil. The kids like them “crispier”. I’m going to try this recipe next time.

    1. Anonymous says:

      LaurieS – I hope you all enjoy it!

  2. I am totally addicted to ground turkey. I have three packages of it just waiting to be made into something delicious… and I’m totally making these this week. Yum!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Heather – Let me know how you like them!

  3. Amyvulgamott says:

    What sides do you recommend with these??? Btw I make something from your box almost 4 times a week! Love you!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Amy – Thanks so much! They are great for spaghetti dinner or you could do brown rice and veggies. I have a recipe coming up in 3 days that uses them as well.

  4. Lori Beckmann says:

    We made these tonight and absolutely loved them. We had to sub ground chicken as our local store was out of the turkey on special but they were absolutely delicious. Even my 3 year old gobbled them up. Will definitely be making them again soon. Yet another recipe from TGP added to our list of favorites. Thank you!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lori – Thanks so much!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Netnet – I would keep them in the fridge and then warm them in the microwave briefly just before serving. You can’t keep things warm in a slow cooker for very long, especially meat. Hope everyone enjoys them!

  6. Sherry Olmscheid says:

    Want to try this…but am a bit concerned about the TEN cloves of garlic. Sounds like a lot. Am I wrong here? Would value an opinion or two. Thanks so much!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sherry – You can certainly put in less. But the garlic really makes these. It’s not overwhelming, but the flavor is there. Depends on how much you like garlic I suppose. If you feel better using 4 or 5 cloves, that will work fine as well. Enjoy!

  7. I am going to make these tomorrow — they sound delicious

    1. graciouspantry says:

      OMC – I hope you enjoy it!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Cec – Fantastic!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Cec – Fabulous! Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Jill – Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed them!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Becky – I don’t see why not. Meatballs typically freeze pretty well.

  12. These were dinner last night with some clean pasta sauce….soooo yum!! Thank you!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Anita – Fantastic!

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  14. Tanya Lamb says:

    Made these with my 6-year-old son who loves to be in the kitchen. They turned out great. He was so proud and loved them!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      How awesome is that???!!!! 🙂

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Good suggestion. Thanks! :0)

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Sure, you could add just about anything to them.

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  18. Tara Lujan says:

    Spaghetti is on the menu for tomorrow — planned to make turkey meatballs and I think I’ll try this version. Yum — thanks for the inspiration — I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s dinner already!

  19. I thought ground turkey was not clean? Sorry new to this…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Depends on what type you get. Read the ingredient list, and if you can afford it, purchase organic and pastured turkey. You can even have a butcher grind the breasts for you if you really want to go the extra mile.

  20. 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!

  21. 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. 🙂

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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! 🙂

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