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Baked turkey meatballs in lemon butter sauce in a glass casserole dish with one in a spoon.
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Baked Turkey Meatballs in Lemon Butter Sauce

Baked Turkey Meatballs in Lemon Butter Sauce are a wonderful weeknight dinners, appetizers or a side dish or can even be served on their own. Made with zesty lemon and other flavorful spices and greens, these are sure to become a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Non Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


For Meatballs

  • 1 pound Lean Ground Turkey chilled
  • 1 small Onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup Green Onions chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Panko Crumbs
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon Salt or as needed
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper as needed or as needed
  • ½ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ cup Fresh Parsley finely chopped

For Lemon butter Sauce

  • ¼ cup Unsalted Butter melted
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • Few Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley


Making Meatballs

  • Pre-heat the oven at 400°F.
  • Ina a large bowl, add the ground turkey, onion, green onions, panko crumbs, minced garlic, egg, dijon mustard, parmesan, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and ½ cup fresh parsley.
  • Using, spatula, hand or fork, mix everything until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • With a spoon (or a cookie scoop), scoop the meat mixture and roll into 1½-2 inch meatball. You should get around 18-20 meatballs depending upon the size of the balls.
  • Place the prepared meatballs on greased baking dish and brush the top with the melted butter.
  • Bake the meatballs for 12-15 minutes or until its cooked through.

Making Lemon Butter Sauce

  • While the meatballs cook in the oven, combine all the ingredients for lemon butter sauce in a bowl and whisk well.
  • Remove the baked meatballs from the oven, pour the prepared sauce and sprinkle some roughly torn fresh thyme. Pop it back into the oven and bake for another 8-10 minutes ensuring meatballs should not be dry or overcooked.

Serving Turkey Meatballs

  • Serve the meatballs topped with sauce over your favorite rice, quinoa, pasta along with a side salad or mashed potatoes and enjoy!


Variation: You can use any kind of meat when making these juicy baked meatballs. Feel free to use ground chicken, beef or lamb instead of turkey.
Chilled ground turkey : All of the ingredients are chilled except for the melted butter.
To make juicy meatballs: add plenty of great flavors like herbs and spices.
Keeping the meatballs moist: you can add dark turkey meat with white or add little butter/ another healthy fat or oil, or little milk to the mixture.
Same sized meatballs: Keeping the same size or as close as possible will ensure that all the meatballs are cooked evenly.
Avoid over-mixing: Be light on mixing the turkey mixture and refrain from over-working as it will result in dry meatballs.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 782mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1424IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg