Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Feeling Balls-y

I love playing in the kitchen. Making new dishes, exploring great flavors, trying something a little different. Well, this recipe is actually a play on a recipe I created a few years ago. Fall is here and I’ve been finding myself thinking about my Apple Turkey Balls recipe wanting to make it but with ingredients I already have in my fridge so they don’t go to waste. So this is what I came up with. That char. Those flavors. The textures. It’s all there and you are going to love it!


Parmesan Turkey Meatballs




PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: 5 minutes


BAKE TIME: 10 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes


14 Balls


Red Onion (1/4, finely chopped)

Garlic (1 cloves, finely chopped)

Golden Delicious Apple (1/2, peeled. 1/4 finely chopped. 1/4 slices)

Ground Turkey (1 lb)

Panko (1/4 cup)

Parmesan Flakes (2 tbsp, plus extra for topping)

Fresh Thyme (1 tbsp, finely chopped, plus extra for topping)

Egg (1, beaten)



Canola Oil


Cutting Board

Chefs Knife

12" Oven Safe Frying Pan

Rubber Spatula

Large Mixing Bowl


Meat Thermometer

1. TO PREP YOUR TURKEY BALLS. over medium-high heat, coat your frying pan with a light layer of oil. 

Add in your apple, onion, and garlic and let them sweat. Use your rubber spatula to consistently move them around for about 3 minutes.

Transfer your apple, onion, and garlic mixture to your mixing bowl and refrigerate to room temperature—about 5 minutes.

Add you turkey, panko, thyme, parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper to your now cooled mixture in your mixing bowl.

Use your hands to mix it all together.

Use your hands to roll balls that are about 1 inch in diameter.

2. TO COOK YOUR TURKEY BALLS. preheat your oven to 350º.

Clean out your frying pan.

Coat your pan with canola oil.

Over high heat, heat your canola oil.

Add in your turkey balls. (they should sizzle when they touch the frying pan. If they don't, your oil isn't hot enough. Give it a little more time to heat)

Let your turkey balls sear until browned in the places where they touch the pan—roughly 1 1/2 minutes.

Then, flip them and allow them to sear on the other side for another 1 1/2 minutes.

Put your oven-safe frying pan filled with meatballs in the oven.

Bake until your turkey balls hit 165º— about 10 minutes. (to test their temperature, stick your meat thermometer into the center of the ball.)

3. TO TOP YOUR TURKEY BALLS. sprinkle your extra thyme and parmesan evenly over all of your turkey balls.

Lay in a few slices of your apple.(which will get nice and warm on the hot pan.)