PaleoTurkey Meatballs (gluten-free)

meatballsI know I’ve been posting a lot of workouts lately and not as many recipes, but that’s because I’m working on some awesome stuff that will be available on the site soon! For now, I have to share with you the turkey meatball recipe I’ve been working on (and noshing on, like weekly). I’m a big fan of turkey because:

—> It’s a member of a group of high-protein foods (that also includes tuna and eggs) that can help regulate post-meal insulin levels.
—> It’s an excellent source of selenium and Vitamins B3 and B6
—>It’s high in protein
—>Certified Organic turkey is my top pick, because the turkeys have been raised on organic feed, and the meat is far less likely to contain contaminants
—>You can read tons more awesome information about turkey here.

Right now the top 3 lean proteins I’m including in my diet include buffalo, fish (almost any kind) and turkey. I’d been making buffalo burgers with a version of this recipe, and then got inspired to tweak it a little and make meatballs. They’re paleo by default because I primarily cook gluten-free and there’s no need to add a binder other than the almond meal. Let me know how you like them by commenting below!

Meatballs, before and after baking.

Paleo Turkey Meatballs
Yield: 16 meatballs
You will need: Grater (or food processor), garlic press (optional), medium-sized mixing bowl, knife and cutting board, measuring cups, cookie sheet, olive oil cooking spray

1 lb ground turkey (I get half breast and half thigh ground mixed)
1/2 cup almond flour
1 egg
1 small yellow onion
1/2 cup baby carrots, grated
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed (or minced)
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/4 tsp salt
Fresh black pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Prepare vegetables: peel the onions and grate them. Grate the carrots. Finely chop parsley and basil. Peel and press (or mince) garlic.
3. Add ground turkey to a medium sized bowl, and add in the onions, carrots, parsley, basil and garlic. Season with fresh ground pepper and a little salt.
4. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and add it to the meat mixture.
5. Add the almond flour, and mix everything together.
6. Form meat mixture into 16 evenly sized meatballs with your hands.
**hot tip: be very aware when handling raw meat to use either a separate cutting board that’s just for meat, or be sure to thoroughly wash everything with soap and water.
7. Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray and evenly distribute meat balls.
8. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

I serve my meatballs over a bed of mixed greens, and top them with 365 Brand Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce. Delicious!

  • Madeline Berky

    Loved these! Made them with grass fed beef instead of turkey, and they were super awesome. The leftovers were also a great on the go protein grab!

    • BettyRocker

      Awesome! So glad you made them. I really enjoyed the leftovers too, they kept really well.

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  • http://Great&GlutenFree!! michelle

    These meatballs were delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe. I only made one change, that was to use spinach instead of parsley. And the fact that they are gluten free is great!

    • BettyRocker

      Oh nice move on the spinach, that would be great. I’m making some tomorrow actually :)

  • AmyTexasDiva

    Delicious. Great texture and flavor. I was out of Almond Meal so we used Flax Meal. Mmmmmmmm…….Thanks for sharing!

    • BettyRocker

      Oh nice substitution!

  • AmyTexasDiva

    Do you know the calorie count?

    • BettyRocker

      I don’t count calories on purpose, I’m more focused on the nutrient content. Turkey is a wonderful lean protein source, with lots of B vitamins. The almond meal (or flax seed in your case) and the egg adds a little healthy fat, and fresh herbs will give you an additional dose of antioxidants.
      You can certainly calculate the calorie content if you need to know it by looking up each ingredient, adding up all the numbers, then dividing by how many meatballs you had.

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  • Trelle

    YUMMY! Always looking for a bread substitute and just recently began using almond flour/meal. Going to have fun digging through your recipes. I wanted to make these because I have to stay prepared and am extrememly busy so these on the go protein grabs are PERFECT!

    • BettyRocker

      Thanks Trelle! Glad you liked them. They’re so tasty!

  • Kristinemichele

    Do these freeze and reheat OK?!

    • BettyRocker

      At my house, they never last long enough to go in the freezer! I am sure they’d be fine.

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  • ariel

    I think these are going to be my dream paleo meatballs….. Hoping my coconut flour mixed w/ og corn meal is an ok substitute for almond flour! 😉

  • kylie

    I am Gluten Free anyways, so I am loving your recipes! So are the family. Thx for posting! Sometimes I use LSA as well :)

  • kylie

    Made this tonite as Burger patties for the BBQ, huge hit with the Fam! Thank you

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  • Dave K from Westchester, Il.

    I used rice flour because i didn’t have any almond flour on hand and they still came out delicious! Thanks

    • Betty Rocker

      Great substitution! Thanks for sharing!

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