Versatile Make Ahead Turkey Meatball Recipe

Summer is pretty much here and the fun is about to begin! Long busy days filled with family fun, means less time to be in the kitchen cooking. I am starting to get into meal prep and cooking some of our meals ahead of time. Cutting things up and leaving them in the fridge ready to go as well as freezing meals for later int eh week. Saves time and helps my family maintain a normal schedule while eating healthy.

One of the meals I am excited about making ahead are the turkey meatballs. My kids love meatballs and will eat them on their own, on a sandwich, in pasta etc.

Versatile Make Ahead Turkey Meatball Recipe

Yields: 12 large meatballs

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 18-22 minutes


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Using clean hands, mix the ingredients – being careful not to overmix as this could result in tougher meatballs.
  3. Scoop the meat using a 1/3 cup measure (fill it just slightly full to get 12 meatballs). Lightly roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.

Freeze Option:

Simply allow the meatballs to cool, and then place them in freezer containers before freezing.

To use – place frozen meatballs on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.

I shared this recipe with a friend of mine and she is going to cook hers on the BBQ. I can not wait to see how they turn out.

We have a lot of people visiting in the summer, these will be great to have while entertaining. So fresh and tasty!

How do you enjoy your meatballs?


  1. Stephanie LaPlante says

    Oh these sound so very delicious! I’ve never tried turkey meatballs before.

  2. These sound really tasty, I will have to give them a try!!

  3. I would love to try cooking these on the BBQ. I have never done that before but they must get a nice crust.

  4. Shirleyp says

    These sound awesome ty for the recipe

  5. Never thought of making meatballs with steel cut oats. That sounds really good!

  6. I’ve never tried turkey meatballs before,but i am looking forward to trying them soon !

  7. Elva Roberts says

    I love meatballs that are lightly spiced and well cooked. Yours look yummy. Thank you for this reciipe.

  8. Shirleyp says

    This sounds like a great recipe

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    I love turkey but I’ve never used steel cut oats, I usually just use breadcrumbs in meatballs. How did they turn out on your friends BBQ?

  10. Treen Goodwin says

    yummy these look and sounds delish , a must try thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. These meatballs sound delicious but I think I would add some sage too just to spice them up a bit.I love the spice sage and add it to many of my ground turkey recipes.

  12. This looks like a delicious recipe for turkey meatballs

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