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 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

5 from 8 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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32 comments on “Turkey Meatballs”

  1. 🤩 WOW. I  am not a meatball eater. My husband loves them but he’s highly particular about his meatballs. These were a hit.!😋They were tender and flavorful. (I had one for breakfast LOL). They are a  great autumn dish. I can see the these  as an appetizer or a full meal. The sauce for these… hello you had me at maple syrup LOL. 🙃 So delicious! Give them a try at least once. 5 stars

  2. I’m making these today. And this might be silly to some but is there a way to quantify certain ingredients. For example in this recipe you call for a half of a chopped onion. So in my onion basket I have a probably 7 inch diameter onion and a 3 inch diameter onion. Both would yield a lot different measurement. I don’t know if that would make a difference in this instance I’m not worried about it I like onion I’m just saying for other recipes that might be not as forgiving if you use too much of an ingredient. And I feel it goes for things like carrots when people call for two carrots or potatoes etc.Does that even make sense?

    • Absolutely! Moving forward, I’m going to do a better job in specifying weight and sizes of certain ingredients as I know it differs across different states and even countries. But for this recipe, a little more onion isn’t a bad thing :)

  3. No leftovers!  Need I say more about this delicious dinner.5 stars

  4. Dear Lisa thank you for this wonderful recipe! Ground turkey is not very common in my part of the world but I managed to buy some. Did your recipe,  sans the mayo because I was out of it, the result was mind blowing. My daughter 11 and my mom 67 LOVED the taste. The balls are super moist and the sauce is just to die for! Will be making those again soon, actually my daughter called my husband to report what a delicious lunch she had and how I will make it  for him soon! I served it with roasted potatoes and carrots. Your cooking never disappoints, from a far away land thank you!5 stars

    • If you don’t have access to ground turkey, you can also use any other ground meats. But, happy to hear the whole family enjoyed these meatballs Lina!

  5. The turkey meatballs were DELICIOUS!
    I followed your detailed instructions and the family and I enjoy the scrumptious results😋5 stars

    • Thrilled to hear everyone loves these turkey meatballs! It’s surely a recipe that will be on repeat all autumn and winter :)

  6. Another delicious recipe! I can’t say i would’ve cooked anything like this before, but if Lisa makes it then I know it’s good. I forgot fresh herbs, so i used a 1/2 tsp each of tried. turned out great! whole family loved it! I served it with rice and roasted broccoli and brussels. great meal!5 stars

    • Glad this turned out great with dried herbs instead of fresh! Also, love the way you rounded out the meals with veggies :)

  7. These meatballs were amazing! So much flavor!! I loved the simplicity of the recipe! Thank you!5 stars

  8. So happy you are back on You Tube Lisa. This recipe is such a winner. Never made meatballs with a sauce before but this dish just hits the spot. Everybody in my house loved them. This one will be on repeat!5 stars

  9. Lisa, Can I bake these in the oven instead of pan frying?

  10. This recipe sounds delicious!
    Could you bake the meatballs instead of frying them?  I generally bake any meatballs I make. 
    Thank you

  11. Good morning Lisa! 🌞
    Congratulations on turning in your manuscript! ✨ WooHoo!!✨
    I’m looking forward to your behind-the-scenes post, sounds fun!
    These turkey meatballs look great, it’s an easy-peasy recipe, my favorite kind of recipe.
    I’m going with the baking method on these little guys.
    I plan on doubling the recipe for a friends gathering.
    The sauce is what’s really got me hooked, I’m a big sauce person…LOL!
    Have a nice day Lisa!🌼

    • Thanks so much for all your support Dalila! Can’t wait for you to make these turkey meatballs… especially that sauce :)

  12. Hello! This recipe looks yummy :-) What can I use to substitute the mayo? Would a vegan mayo work? Thank you :-)

  13. These look amazing! I have found that I’m not a big fan of the texture of almond flour in meatballs … wonder if there’s another flour you would suggest trying as a substitute? 

    • You can use other types of flour if you can’t have almond flour. It’s just used as a binder, along with the egg.

  14. Hi Lisa,
     Can all-purpose flour be used in substitution to almond flour?

  15. Do you think the turkey can be replaced by chicken? 
    Thanks!5 stars

  16. Will be making this soon can i use mushrooms and tofu for the meatballs and can i use vegetable broth and vegan mayo for the sauce as am a vegan i will let you know how it goes with mushrooms /tofu / vegetable broth and vegan mayo once i made this perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    • I haven’t tried making vegan meatballs yet, but let me know how it turns out! As for the mayo, yes you can use a vegan mayo.