Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs are seriously the best! They’re garlicky, herby, and simmered in a heavenly maple mustard sauce for a soon-to-be favorite weeknight dinner.

Turkey meatballs in a pan with maple mustard sauce with a spoon.

What is there not to love about meatballs? They pack a ton of flavor in one single bite, are so easy to make, and are extremely meal prep friendly. My baked tuna meatballs or fennel pork meatballs are a spring/summer go-to. But when fall/winter hits – it’s all about these turkey meatballs.

They’re infused with fresh rosemary and thyme, and when they do a little swim in that sweet mustardy sauce they become highly addictive. Bonus – they’re a leaner meat, so they’ll fill you up without weighing you down.

Ingredients for turkey meatballs on a table

What’s In This Turkey Meatball Recipe?

This truly is an easy meatball recipe with a delicious sauce that makes it taste like a million bucks. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Ground Turkey: I’m using ground turkey for a lean option. But you can also use ground beef, pork, chicken, or a blend of two meats!
  • Egg & Almond Flour: These act as the binder to help hold the meatballs together.
  • Onion: A bit of finely diced onion melts into the meatballs and adds that perfect punch of flavor.
  • Garlic: Most meatball recipes include two garlic cloves, I add four garlic cloves. The more garlic the better (in my opinion)!
  • Herbs: Fresh rosemary and thyme are what give these lighter meatballs a delicious, aromatic flavor.

Now comes the best part… this maple Dijon meatball sauce. It’s sweet and savory with a silky-smooth texture that coats the balls perfectly.

  • Chicken Broth: You can use either chicken broth or turkey broth.
  • Dijon Mustard: The mustard thickens the sauce and adds that notable spicy flavor.
  • Maple Syrup: I love to use maple during the fall, but you could use honey as well, for a honey mustard spin.
  • Mayonnaise: Just a little bit of mayo adds a delicious aioli-like flavor to the sauce!

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How To Make Homemade Meatballs

Want to know why I love this recipe? There’s very little slicing and dicing involve. All you have to dice is half of an onion and chop a few herbs – that’s it!

  • Make the turkey mixture. The secret to tender meatballs is to not over mix them. Which is I always opt for hand-mixing over any other kitchen appliance. Just add the meatball ingredients to a medium bowl, and dig in with your hands!
  • Form the meatballs. To make sure you get meatballs that are uniform in size, use a medium cookie scoop. Then roll a ball with your hands and place them on a plate.
  • Sear the meatballs. Heat up some oil in the pan and cook half of the meatballs (so that you don’t crowd the pan). Transfer those to a plate, cook the second half, and remove them to the same plate.
  • Make the sauce. Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth, then add the Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and mayonnaise. Whisk the sauce until it’s creamy.
  • Combine it all together. Add the meatballs back to the pan, toss them in the sauce, and finish the meal off with a sprinkle of fresh herbs!
Turkey meatballs in a sauce in a pan with a spoon

How To Serve Turkey Meatballs

I love to serve these over rice with a side of roasted vegetables. But there’s endless ways to eat these turkey meatballs.

  • Make it a savory zoodle dish by layering a big spoonful over fresh zucchini noodles.
  • You can’t ever go wrong with a vegetable mash plus saucy meatballs! Think classic mashed potatoes or a mashed cauliflower.
  • Besides dinner or lunch, make these the star appetizer at your next get together! Just serve them up with toothpicks.
Pouring sauce over turkey meatballs with a spoon

Oh Yes, Meatballs = Best Meal Prep Ingredient

Not only do these turkey meatballs taste amazing fresh out of the oven, but they’re even better as leftovers. They can be prepped ahead of time and frozen so you don’t have to spend extra time in the kitchen on a busy weeknight.

  • To store: Simply put any leftovers (or the whole batch) in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • To freeze: If you plan to store these for longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.
  • For reheating: Make sure to thaw the frozen meatballs overnight in the fridge. When you’re ready to reheat, add them to a pan on the stove or microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until warmed through.

Turkey Meatball Recipe Video

Want to see how I make these delicious turkey meatballs? Give the video below a watch!

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If you make these turkey meatballs, let me know how they turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

a large pan with turkey meatballs next to fresh herbs

Turkey Meatballs with Maple Mustard Sauce

4.97 from 53 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 30 meatballs
Author: Lisa Bryan
Garlicky, herby turkey meatballs covered in a heavenly maple mustard sauce makes for one delicious and easy dinner idea!


For The Meatballs

  • pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For The Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • extra fresh rosemary and thyme for garnish


  • To a large bowl, add the turkey, egg, onion, almond flour, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix everything together, until fully combined.
    Mixing turkey meatball ingredients in a bowl
  • Measure out 1 1⁄2 tablespoons of mixture (or use a medium cookie scoop) and roll the mixture between your hands, forming approximately 30 meatballs. Place the meatballs on a plate.
    Raw turkey meatballs on a white plate
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add half of the meatballs to the pan and brown on all sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove the first batch of meatballs to a plate, add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, and repeat with the remaining half of meatballs. Once the second meatballs are cooked, remove them to the plate as well.
    Cooking turkey meatballs in a large pan
  • Deglaze the pan by adding the chicken broth, and use a spatula to scrape up any bits off the bottom. Then add the Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and mayonnaise. Whisk everything together and let the sauce simmer until it's creamy. Add the meatballs back to the pan and warm through. Garnish with additional fresh chopped herbs before serving.
    A large pan filled with turkey meatballs in a maple mustard sauce

Lisa’s Tips

  • What can I use instead of almond flour? If you’re looking for a nut-free binder, you can use a gluten-free flour blend.
  • How can I make the sauce thicker? Add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder (mixed with 2 teaspoons of water in a slurry first) to help thicken it up as it simmers in the pan.
  • Can I bake the meatballs instead? Absolutely! Just place the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes at 400°F(200°C), until they’re perfectly browned on the outside and cooked through. While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce in the pan and add the meatballs in when they’re done.


Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 617mg, Potassium: 451mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 104IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatball Recipe, Turkey Meatballs
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125 comments on “Turkey Meatballs”

  1. These were delicious! Mustard sauce not overpowering. Highly recommend!5 stars

  2. I made these for Thanksgiving instead of a whole turkey and they turned out great. I used a mini chopper (food processor) to chop the onions and garlic. The mayonnaise I used wouldn’t melt into the sauce after about 30 minutes, so I had to put the sauce in the blender to mix. I think that was probably more to do with brand of mayonnaise that I used.  The meatballs still tasted great though.5 stars

  3. How many meatballs in a serving size? 

  4. Excellent recipe for otherwise bland ground turkey! I found myself out of maple syrup after my trip to the store so I substituted organic light agave. It was delicious! ☺️💙5 stars

  5. One of my absolute favorites of yours!! I doubled the recipe and froze half the meatballs for the next time! So much flavor!! 

  6. Can we use cassava or oat flour in this recipe 

  7. My hubby said these are the best turkey meatballs he has ever eaten. 5 stars

  8. This was a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer last year! The flavors in this recipe are amazing! I’ve made them 3 times now and I prefer to use a small cookie scoop to make smaller meatballs and found I was able to cook them easier and faster, even though it took longer to roll. I found the meat harder to work with as it got warmer so I work in batches and keep it in the fridge while I roll and cook. Super easy to heat up in a pan with some sauce the next day IF there are leftovers. I cooked them all the day before the holiday and warmed up in a pan which made Thanksgiving day easier. These were a hit, thanks for such a great receipe!5 stars

  9. Enjoyed these delicious meatballs tonight. The sauce is especially wonderful too. 
    Appreciate the time you out in to perfecting the recipes so we can confidently prepare and serve them. 5 stars

  10. delicious i used a bit of heavy cream instead of mayo.5 stars

  11. Absolutely delicious! Served with sweet potatoes and a little cranberry on the side for my husband. I had mine on top of a bed of Quinoa and kale and it was to die for. Lisa, I would love to try this recipe/ ingredients with quinoa and kale for a unique stuffed pepper recipe. With your blessing of course … maybe add horseradish cheddar on top. How would you recommend doing this to impart the best flavors and texture?

  12. Delicious and so simple to make. The sauce is amazing with only a few ingredients. Will make this again.5 stars

  13. So good and super easy! I baked the meatballs and added them to the sauce. Served with quinoa and steamed broccoli. Prefect for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner plus we have leftovers! This will be on regular rotation!5 stars

  14. Quick & easy weeknight dinner! I had it with spaghetti squash & really enjoyed it.4 stars

  15. If I want to substitute matzo meal instead of flour do I use the same proportion?

  16. I baked these in a large oven proof skillet, then removed the meatballs to a plate while I finished the sauce in the pan on the stove (eventually returned the meatballs to the pan). It was a good compromise and allowed me to still have brown bits on the bottom for extra flavoring in the sauce, but didn’t require me to stand over the stove to brown the meatballs. The meatballs are moist and super flavorful (even using dried equivalents of the herbs) and the simple sauce is SO good. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  17. This recipe looks amazing but I have a question – is there an alternative to use instead of mayo?

  18. These were absolutely delicious.  I forwarded the recipe to a friend told her to give them a try. We really liked the sauce,  Happy I chose to do the in the pan version.  Served on top of mashed potatoes with a cauliflower and Savoy cabbage sautéed with vinegar 5 stars

  19. I finally got around to making these. Really tasty and the sauce was a breeze to put together and added just the right touch. I will be having these again soon. 5 stars

  20. My husband and I have made these and they are great! We did half italian sausage and half turkey last time, so I’m looking forward to trying it with just turkey. Do you have a suggestion for an alternative sauce/dressing if we are eating Whole30?5 stars

    • Using half Italian sausage actually sounds super delicious! As for the sauce, I’ll have to get back to you on that, since maple syrup is a key part of what makes this sauce so good!