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A bowl of turkey meatballs (gluten free)

Turkey Meatballs

These buttery, garlicky turkey meatballs make both a delicious appetizer or main course.
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free appetizer, gluten free recipes, party appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 meatballs
Calories 67kcal
Author Maike


  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • ¼ cup sage loosely packed
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • ½ Red Onion
  • 1 cup almond flour unblanched
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper


  • Add ground turkey meat into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Next dice half a red onion (or shallot) and mince 2-3 fresh garlic cloves. Remove the fresh sage from the stem and tear the leaves into smaller pieces.

Sage Infused Butter

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a sauté pan. Add fresh sage leaves and simmer for 2-3 minutes in the butter. Remove the sage leaves with a slotted spoon and discard.
  • Next add the red onion and the minced garlic to the sage-infused butter. Sauté over medium-low heat until the onions and the garlic are soft. About 5-7 minutes. Add to the mixture to the ground turkey meat.

Almond Crumbs

  • Melt the remaining butter and add the unblanched almond flour and cook until the almonds are golden-brown and crumbly. Season with salt and pepper.

Cooking The Turkey Balls

  • Add the toasted almond crumbs to the ground turkey mixture. Combine with the rest of the ingredients but don't overwork the meat.
    Shape the meat into about thirty ½-inch turkey meatballs.
  • Meanwhile use a large sauté pan and heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey balls and cook for 6-7 minutes and turn them around to cook them for another 6 minutes. Make sure that the turkey balls have an internal temperature of 165°F. Serve and enjoy


If you don't want to cook the turkey meatballs on the stovetop you can cook them in the oven. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F and cook the turkey meatball for 15-20 minutes. 


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg