This Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach recipe is healthy, full of flavor, and they’re baked in the oven so you won’t have to stand at the stove frying them. Use these meatballs for a spaghetti dinner, in meatball sandwiches, or as an appetizer with your favorite sauce.
We use both lean ground turkey and lean ground beef in our house (we usually use the 7% fat variety in both cases). There are some meals that I’ll use turkey or beef in. It usually depends on which one I get the best deal on.
But, there are some meals that I only use ground turkey in and some meals that I only use ground beef in. My Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach are an example of a recipe that I only make with ground turkey. Sure, you could make them with beef, but I think this recipe has always been best for ground turkey. Several years later, I’m still making these meatballs for my family — and always with ground turkey.
What I love about these Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach is that they are full of flavor and they’re healthy. I really like it when I can stretch meat out with vegetables. Also, I LOVE that I don’t have to stand at the stove frying them. I’m really not a fan of rolling meatballs, but it can’t be avoided. But, I can avoid extra time in the kitchen by placing them on a baking sheet and baking them in the oven.
Below you will find my meatball recipe, which uses lean ground turkey meat, frozen spinach, onions, and an assortment of other ingredients.
The most common way we enjoy them is in my Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches — which are super easy. We also enjoy them with spaghetti and pasta sauce. But even if spaghetti or meatball sandwiches aren’t your thing, I have shared other ways you can use these Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach right after the recipe.
UPDATE: There have been so many great comments on this recipe! One of the biggest questions was about the calorie count on these and one of my readers determined them to have 60 calories per meatball — I’m sure this will vary depending on each how you make them, but this is great to know. Also, I’ve had readers who have successfully used fresh spinach, rather than frozen spinach, so if you want to give that a try, go for it!
Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach Recipe
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10 Ways to Meatball Ideas
1. Meatball Sandwiches (cooked meatballs in a hoagie roll with a tomato-based sauce and mozzarella cheese)
2. Served on top of pasta with pasta sauce
3. Covered in a casserole dish with pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese; bake until hot & bubbly
4. Used as the main filling in calzones (wrapped in a pizza-type dough and baked)
5. Placed on a skewer before or after baking (fun for the kids)
6. Make and cook very tiny meatballs, only 1/2 inch in diameter (reduce baking temp/time as necessary) and top pizza with them
7. Place cooked meatballs in crockpot and simmer in favorite sauce; serve with toothpicks
8. Replace the chicken in your favorite soup with cooked meatballs instead (turkey meatball noodle soup, anyone?)
9. Slice cooked meatballs and use as filling in Italian quesadilla with mozzarella cheese in a tortilla
10. Make big meatballs (2-3″ diameter) bake in muffin tins; adjust cooking time as necessary
What are your favorite ways to serve meatballs?