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These baked turkey & quinoa meatballs are simply seasoned for maximum versatility and baked in the oven to keep the process easy and fast! 

baked turkey & quinoa meatballs

Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs?

Or a meatball sub?

Or what about a meatball bento box, complete with steamed vegetables and bbq dipping sauce?

These baked turkey & quinoa meatballs can be ALL of those meals and more.

Baked Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs

I wanted to keep the seasonings simple so that the meatballs could be used in a variety of ways, no matter what type of sauce (or non-sauce) you use.

I also wanted to keep them REALLY easy. So instead of browning them in a pan, and finishing them in a sauce or the oven, I skipped the browning and they went straight into the oven. Fresh herbs and onions are swapped for dried seasonings to save on prep time.

Baked Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs

I also wanted to keep these meatballs as nutritious as possible so instead of the typical breadcrumbs, I used cooked quinoa instead. The quinoa ended up being a perfect whole-grain binder – it holds the meatballs together without drying them out.

Do three requests (versatile, easy and nutritious) out of a humble, little meatball make me high-maintenance? If yes, I’ll own it. Because they are actually more demands than requests.

Baked Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs

And most importantly, even with all of my demands – these baked turkey & quinoa meatballs aren’t lacking in flavor. They’re perfectly tasty to eat all on their own, or equally as delicious smothered in sauce or dipped in bbq sauce.

Give them a try and double the batch so that you have plenty to freeze for later. 🙂

Baked Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs

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Baked Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 30 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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These baked turkey & quinoa meatballs are simply seasoned for maximum versatility and baked in the oven to keep the process easy and fast!


  • 24 oz. ground turkey (I used dark meat, 85% lean)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (cook the quinoa in broth for extra flavor!)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper


  1. Preheat oven and two large cookie sheets to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix together with your hands until just combined.
  3. Take pan out of oven, spray with olive oil and using a cookie scoop, scoop out golf ball sized balls onto pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, flip meatballs and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with pasta and your favorite sauce, or as desired!


  • Nutrition facts are for one meatball.
  • Be sure to preheat the pans while the oven is preheating.
  • Meatballs are a little smaller than golfballs, if you make them larger, you may need to adjust cooking time and increase it a bit.

Keywords: meatballs, turkey meatballs, easy dinner

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  1. Emily

    These are great! Made them for my family last night and everyone loved. Thank you so much for including the salt measurements, so many meatball recipes say salt “to taste” which is so annoying.

  2. Katie

    I made these for my 1 year-old, as he is diving into finger food. My 3 year-old also loves them! The quinoa is an awesome addition because I’m always trying to shove all the nutrients I can into one meal, and better yet, one meatball. 🙂 I love the simplicity of this recipe. You truly understand what parents need on a typical busy week night!

  3. Tara

    Made these for my husband and toddler and they absolutely loved them – all the meatballs were gone within 10 minutes!! Amazing recipe, super quick and easy but with full-on flavour. Sending this recipe to all my friends and family!

    • Emily

      Thanks, Tara! So glad the whole family liked them. And thanks for sharing with others, I appreciate it. 🙂