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Easy Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs (Gluten Free)

These Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs are the perfect way to herb up your healthy menu plan. (heh, get it? Herb up?) Gluten free, dairy free (unless you choose the second option), and 5 minutes to prepare, these meatballs will be perfect for your clean eating weekend meal prep! Plus, the low cost ingredients will keep you right on budget. You will love this crazy healthy recipe!

Gluten Free Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs

Easy, Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs | Simple, delicious, and perfect for your healthy meal prep! Gluten free and dairy free recipe. |

I posted a picture of this recipe on Instagram, and it got such a response that I realized that I had to post it. I had originally planned on making these as beyond simple pesto turkey meatballs, but changed my mind when I decided that I wanted to have some fun with herbs and also make them a bit healthier.

I served these two ways: for Alex, with Cheese tortellini and pesto sauce; for me, with spaghetti squash and my quick mustard sauce. Both were equally delicious, and because I didn’t commit to the pesto within the meatballs, the flavor was easily adaptable for other sauces or the next day over salad for lunch!

Easy, Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs | Simple, delicious, and perfect for your healthy meal prep! Gluten free and dairy free recipe. |

All you need is an Italian herbs blend and ground turkey. These meatballs would also be delicious if made from ground pork or beef, but I love ground turkey. Often, people don’t like to use turkey because it can dry out, but if you cook it properly (as I will tell you how!), you will find these to be the most moist turkey meatballs you’ve ever had! PS, if you  want to learn how to cook a moist oven roasted turkey, check out this post from Thanksgiving 2015.

Easy, Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs | Simple, delicious, and perfect for your healthy meal prep! Gluten free and dairy free recipe. |

Now, make sure that you add ground turkey to your weekend grocery list so that you can give these healthy turkey meatballs a go for the next week!

Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs (Gluten Free)
Yields 12
These gluten free, healthy turkey meatballs with Italian herbs are a fantastic clean eating recipe for your healthy menu meal prep!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 lb ground turkey (preferably organic and free range)
Italian Herb Blend
  1. 1 tsp thyme
  2. 1 tsp parsley
  3. 2 tsp basil
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/2 tsp oregano
  6. 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  7. 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  1. 2 TBSP sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  2. 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  3. 2-3 TBSP freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Mix herb blend in small ramekin, prepare optional ingredients, if desired.
  2. In medium bowl, add herb blend and optional ingredients to ground turkey in portions. Do not over mix--ingredients should be incorporated and mixed through, but not overworked.
  3. Form golf ball sized meatballs and place on plate. Cover meatball plate with plastic wrap and let sit for 5-15 minutes at least to allow to meld.
Cook the meatballs
  1. Turn oven to 350*F. Line a cookie sheet or lasagna pan with foil, pour 1/2 cup water or chicken broth (enough to coat the foil with a millimeter or so of liquid. Cover with foil and place in oven.
  2. Heat large saute pan over medium high heat on stove. Spray with cooking spray or oil of choice. In batches, sear meatballs on all sides over a period of 5 minutes. Pull back foil from oven pan, transfer meatballs and re-cover with foil. Finish baking in the oven for 10 minutes for each batch.
  3. Remove balls and serve! Balls should be firm, but not hard to touch.
 Easy, Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs | Simple, delicious, and perfect for your healthy meal prep! Gluten free and dairy free recipe. |

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Also, I want to say thank you all very much for you understanding and support yesterday. But I actually had a few epiphanies later on yesterday after I posted it that have inspired a new post for next week. Deep thoughts to come! But for now, let’s eat!

Do you meal prep? If I meal prep, I just end up eating all the food I prepped for the whole week, or all of our plans change.

Do you often have to make your recipes different ways to appease those in your family?

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  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Turkey meatballs are actually one of my favorite foods to food prep! I haven’t been making them as regularly, but I am looking to try some different recipes so this will be perfect!

    January 8, 2016 at 5:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And they are so easy, there is no excuse!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    My kids love turkey meatballs more than any other kind. These are winners I can see!

    January 8, 2016 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that they might love these!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Julie

    I have been getting them from TJ’s but these look really good and easy. I don’t meal prep and its so funny how you say you’d eat stuff. Totally me!!

    January 8, 2016 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, there is no worry of my munching while I’m prepping these πŸ˜€

      January 8, 2016 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Yes, I meal prep! Otherwise my husband would drive me out of my mind with “what do you want to have for dinner?”. No…not that…no not that..

    You get the picture…

    January 8, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha sadly we do that even with meal planning and prep!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    These meatballs look amaze-balls! Pinned for later πŸ™‚

    January 8, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are! thanks love!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:19 am
  • Reply lindsay

    why dont you bring you balls… i mean meat balls over here and i”ll share my salad. p.s Can’t wait to hear more about your deep thoughts .. WE LOVE YOU!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love you! and deal!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Being injured leads to all kinds of deep thinking! :-)) I’ve been there!
    Your pin for these is so pretty!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exercising my brain, if I can’t exercise my body, right?

      January 8, 2016 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Jen

    I gotta try these out. The Hubs was just complaining the other day about not wanting turkey burgers or meatballs because they are always dry. These look so flavorful and wonderful! I bet he would love them!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These are so easy, so flavorful and moist–you gotta try them!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    These look SO good! We always make a billion extra meatballs for meals later in the week when we make them, so I dig that the flavors aren’t too crazy and over powering!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They seriously go with EVERYTHING

      January 8, 2016 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    These sound so good and your photos are so pretty! I don’t meal prep much, except prepping stuff for work lunches and sometimes roasting a whole chicken.

    January 8, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t know how people keep from eating everything in their fridges when everything is prepared. Also, I love the act of cooking πŸ˜€

      January 8, 2016 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    My boys love turkey meatballs and these are so simple and easy perfect for a weeknight. Have a great weekend!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that they would love them! Thanks and you too, Deborah!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Cora

    No way!! I am totally one of those people who speak of who prefer not to use ground turkey, as I have always found it to be too dry. How the heck did you come up with such a cooking/baking/water-in-a-foiled-pan strategy? Brilliant. Also weird that I’ve been craving meat balls this week, and also weird that I just bought an italian seasoning blend for no real reason. Meat ball omens!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha Well give it a try and let me know what you think!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Give me pesto or give me death.

    January 8, 2016 at 8:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I know you, lol

      January 8, 2016 at 11:11 am
  • Reply The Food Hunter

    they sound healthy and delicious

    January 8, 2016 at 9:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Theresa! They are fantastic!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I love turkey meatballs, haven’t made them in a long time though! Maybe I’ll some this weekend! πŸ™‚

    January 8, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hadn’t made them… ever! WHY? I have no clue why I’ve waited so long!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Meal prep helps me when I have a quick craving and need something healthy fast. But usually, our food is gone after 3-4 days.

    January 8, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My problem is that I eat the entire thing while I’m making it. I do the same thing with dinner, ha!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Angie @ Pace with Grace

    Love how versatile these are! I am also a turkey fan so I would make them just as you do. I do make some adoptions to recipes to appease my husband and step son if I need to. Its a little more work but hey, I can do it sometimes πŸ˜‰

    January 8, 2016 at 9:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These were amazingly applicable to everything. And I just about always have to make substitutions for people, but it just makes for more chances to be creative!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    I love easy and I love delicious. I think this is a winner, thanks girl!

    January 8, 2016 at 9:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always happy to help!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Heather @ Life In Leggings

    Those Turkey Meatballs look right up my alley! Yum! Have a great weekend Susie πŸ™‚

    January 8, 2016 at 10:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So easy and delicious! Thank you for the link up, Heather!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Have fun on your vacation!!! Make your husband carry you everywhere. Hehe!!!

    January 8, 2016 at 11:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      He is going to have to fireman carry me, but it will still be fun πŸ˜€

      January 8, 2016 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    A little food prep goes a long way! I love turkey meatballs and will be saving this. So easy and delicious!

    January 8, 2016 at 11:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Woohoo! I hope you enjoy!

      January 8, 2016 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    This is my second week of prepping meals, and I must say…I can see why people do it! But it takes FOREVER and my back hurts afterwards lol. These look scrumptious! We’re on the Italian train today, with your meatballs and my Italian chicken sausage πŸ˜‰

    January 8, 2016 at 11:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I see why people do it, but I also feel guilty if everything doesn’t get eaten. And you are right, it takes forever.

      January 8, 2016 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Alicia

    This is perfect. I already had ground turkey on my shopping list for this weekend thinking that it had been a while since I had some. Going to try your way of baking the meatballs. I have only made meatballs in a pan on the stove before and they do tend to dry out after some time. I try to meal prep 2 meals that will provide leftovers. Sometimes I get carried away and make too many things and then cant eat it all.

    January 8, 2016 at 11:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that it works for you! I’ve had great success. Luckily, I have a husband that I can force to eat things when there is too much, lol.

      January 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Yum! I used to always buy the pre-packaged turkey meatballs and didn’t realize it was so easy to make them on my own. Good stuff, Susie! πŸ™‚

    January 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously, it is pointless to buy them predone! Pasta, sure, but the meatballs, no reason!

      January 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    I don’t think I’ve ever made meat balls before. I don’t know why! I love your method for keeping them moist. I kind of meal prep. Usually I just end up making a whole bunch of something and we eat it for days.
    Can’t wait to hear your deep thoughts!

    January 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Be careful what you ask for πŸ˜€ Alex always eats all of whatever we make that is supposed to last for days, lol.

      January 8, 2016 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles

    I used to love and make turkey meatballs all the time before going vegetarian. Looks great!

    January 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Luckily, the herb mix translates to just about everything.

      January 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Is it bad that I want to eat this right now and it’s only 3:00?

    January 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Dive on in πŸ˜€ I had it for lunch the next day!

      January 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    I’m going to use your herb blend in my white bean and quinoa meatballs. Serious goodness!

    January 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it! so delicious, and would be perfect in that!

      January 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    These look delicious! I love ground turkey and tend to always make turkey burgers with it, but now I’m thinking meatballs will have to be next! πŸ™‚ I’m not much of a meal prepper, but I do like to eat up leftovers the next day! Happy Friday!

    January 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You could even make little sliders!

      January 10, 2016 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite

    I love love love turkey meatballs! Yum!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These are so good–I hope that you try them!

      January 10, 2016 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Yay for meatballs! I haven’t made those for the longest time! (Truth be told, I haven’t cooked for ages. ._.) I need to get back to that soon! :O

    January 8, 2016 at 10:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You will, you just need to be in one place long enough to do so!

      January 10, 2016 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Totally don’t eat turkey, but chicken meatballs πŸ˜‰ Always fun and a great way to change up the protein form!

    January 9, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These would be great with chicken, for sure.

      January 10, 2016 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Jill

    I’ve been eating a lot of ground turkey lately, mostly in burger form, but these look yummy and easy for Jilly to make! Thank you for clarifying the balls should be firm. I’ll def check to make sure of that! Haha thanks Susie

    January 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, and you know that balls shouldn’t be squishy ;D

      January 10, 2016 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Oh yum. Thank you for meal planning for me. I have a spaghetti squash waiting to be used and didn’t know what to do with it. Going to take out some ground turkey from the freezer right now! Yummmm!!

    January 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always happy to be of service!

      January 11, 2016 at 7:28 am
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  • Reply Cailee

    YUM! These look amazing! I love that you made them free πŸ™‚ Also, I haven’t had turkey meatballs in like… forever!! Oh my goodness, I really want these! Thanks for the recipe!!

    January 10, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it girl! I hope you enjoy them!

      January 11, 2016 at 7:28 am
  • Reply jennifer f

    I’m making these! My kids love meatballs and my husband is like “meh” so i never make them for all of us and just end up buying the crappy store ones for the kids. But I think these will fly for everyone!

    January 11, 2016 at 4:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sure that your’s will put mine to shame!

      January 11, 2016 at 7:29 am
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  • Reply Cora

    Hey Suz – I’m planning to make these but am a little confused. You put a sheet of foil over top of the water covered sheet…it goes in the oven by itself… and then you place a third sheet over top of the meatballs? Aka – 3 sheets of foil?

    January 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha no just 2 sheets. I’ll make sure that is more clear! Tent it, like a turkey.

      January 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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