Meatballs might not be the first dish to come to mind when you consider holiday food, but they should!

Here’s why: meatballs are simple to prepare, versatile to serve, and people tend to love them. You can serve them as-is, mix them with gravy for a quick party appetizer, or throw them into tomato sauce or soup for a comforting dinner. This recipe makes a big batch, so feel free to freeze a portion to use at a later date too.

These meatballs are a lighter alternative to traditional versions as they are made with ground turkey meat and fresh ingredients; essentially a holiday workhorse that you can feel good about eating and sharing with your company alike!

Baked Turkey Meatballs (Makes 25-30 mini meatballs)


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs, white or whole wheat
  • ½ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (or water)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, cheese, herbs, egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and milk in a large bowl. You may need to adjust the amount of milk you use based on how dry your bread is, etc. The mixture should be wet enough to stick together, but not loose.
  4. Using a teaspoon (for uniformity) or your hands, roll portions of the meat into approximately 1-inch balls, and drop them onto a baking sheet. You should end up with 25-30 meatballs.
  5. Bake the meatballs for approximately 30 minutes, turning once, so that the meat is cooked through and all sides are lightly browned.

Would you make this holiday appetizer for a gathering?