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Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

Adapted from Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

I'm not one to tell long tales about a recipe. I prefer to get right to the point. These meatballs can be cooked in the oven or the air fryer (I personally love the result with the air fryer), so I will include instructions for both. To see a video of me making this recipe, check out this Instagram post: or this Facebook post:


1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan (can omit if dairy free)

1/3 cup almond flour or oat flour

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 lb. ground turkey (or lean ground beef)

1 egg

If you are using the oven, preheat to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle oil across the paper and use fingers to spread it out evenly. (This is not necessary for the air fryer)

In a large bowl, combine the Parmesan (if using), flour, parsley, garlic powder, sale, and pepper. (For an extra kick, also add 1/2 tsp fennel seeds and/or 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes!) Add turkey and egg and use your hands to combine. Set aside for 15 minutes to absorb moisture. (I honestly forget to do this part most of the time.)

Use a spoon (or a small ice cream scoop) to scoop out equal amounts of the meat mixture and place on the baking sheet. After they are all scooped, roll each into a ball. (It's honestly easier to do all the scooping and then all the rolling.) If you are baking the meatballs, make sure they are evenly spaced.

For the oven, bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes, depending on the size of the meatball. For the air fryer, cook at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes, depending on the size of your meatballs. For both methods, cut one meatball open to make sure it is fully cooked (no pink!)

Dairy free: omit cheese

Gluten free: serve on gluten free noodles

Ideas for serving:

  • Meatball hoagies

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Dipped in spicy mustard

  • Simmered in barbecue sauce

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