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Fast and Friendly Meatballs Recipe
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Fast and Friendly Meatballs
Make these oven-baked meatballs with turkey or ground beef. See more
  • READY IN 30 mins

Fast and Friendly Meatballs

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"These oven-baked meatballs are fast and easy to prepare and very kid-friendly. You can serve them with pasta and spaghetti sauce or just eat them with ketchup, as my children do. Feel free to substitute lean ground beef for the ground turkey. The turkey should have at least 7% fat."

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Original recipe makes 18 meatballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with the olive oil, and place it in the oven while preheating.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, egg, and bread crumbs using your hands. Using an ice cream scoop if possible, form the meat into golf ball sized meatballs. Place about 1 inch apart in the hot baking dish. Press down to flatten the bottom just slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until somewhat crispy on the outside. Serve with pasta and sauce or however you'd like.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 08, 2006

My daughter sent me this recipe. She loved it so much. I added 1/2 tsp. sage, 2 Tbsp. of grated parmesan, onion power, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Also, I added about 1/8 cup of water. It made the meatballs soooo delicious. This is a keeper for me for sure!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 31, 2008

Ok, but because of food allergies I had to use Egg Replacer and plain crumbs. Suspect the original recipe is alot better than my attempt. Loved the way you cooked them in the oven, that will be my technique from now on.

Aug 04, 2005

Maybe I should have been more specific about the fat content of the turkey (see the previous review) but 99% fat free turkey does not work (I also tried to use it). The meat should have at least 7% fat.

Feb 24, 2008

Absolutely delicious! I did make a couple of additions/changes - I used meatloaf mix (beef/pork/veal), and added 2 TBSP of parmesan cheese and 2 tsp crushed garlic for extra flavor. Baked them according to the recipe then put them in a pot of sauce to simmer for a couple hours. They were fantastic! Definitely a keeper!

Oct 05, 2006

These are very good. I tripled the recipe, put the cooked meatballs in a zip lock, put them in the freezer and use them as needed. This is a simple recipe that gets even better when the meatballs are tossed into homemade marinara sauce.

Mar 22, 2008

Very nice! I didn't have Italian bread crumbs so I added dried Italian seasoning to the plain bread crumbs. I also added minced garlic and some Parmesan/Romano cheese. They were delicious. I simmered the baked meatballs in Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce from this site and ate them with whole wheat spaghetti. Healthy and quite light dinner yet so tasty...

Apr 04, 2008

A great way to prepare a meatball! I made these with ground beef. Very nice. . I rate it a 5 because it is a great basic meatball and is fine as is. However it’s simplicity leaves plenty of room for additions. I will spare you a list of little additions that could be made to the basic recipe. I definitely think I’ll have my son make these next time. It is a great starter recipe for kids in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing it!

Mar 25, 2007

These were a very good base recipe. I only had 99% fat free turkey, but I added cheese and a touch of olive oil and they were very moist. I also added garlic, salt, pepper, oregeno, basil & minced onion. My 2 and 1 year gobbled them up.


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  • Calories
  • 218 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.6 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 13.5 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 18.5 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 218 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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