Go Back
+ servings
turkey meatballs on a baking tray

Turkey Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

Healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs, an easy-to-make, lean, and low-carb recipe for turkey meatballs.
Course Poultry
Cuisine American
Diet Diabetic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 -22
Calories 578kcal
Author Adina


  • 1.5 lb ground turkey 750 g
  • 2 onions about 100 g/ 3.5 oz
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 apples about 250 g/ 8.8 oz
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons ground almonds divided (more if needed for coating)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder more or less to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius/ 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Mix: Place the ground turkey in a large bowl. Grate the onion and garlic cloves. Peel the apples and grate them as well. Add them to the meat together with the chopped herbs, grated Parmesan, lightly beaten eggs, 1 tablespoon ground almonds, chili, salt, and pepper. Combine well, but don't overmix.
  • Form the meatballs, about ¼ cup turkey mixture for each meatball. Press to flatten them slightly; they should now be about 5 cm/ 2 inches large. Coat them in the remaining 3 tablespoons of ground almonds. If necessary, use a little more ground almonds, but the coating should be light.
  • Fry: Heat half of the oil in a large cast-iron skillet or non-stick pan. Fry the turkey meatballs on medium-low heat in two batches, about 3-4 minutes, turning them a few times in between. Add the remaining oil and fry the second batch of low-carb turkey meatballs.
  • Bake: Transfer them to the prepared baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.


Serving: 5g | Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 300mg | Sodium: 1136mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g