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Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

These slow cooker turkey meatballs are the ultimate easy slow cooker meal! This recipe is delicious, packed with nutrients, and is perfect for meal prep.

This is a bowl of turkey meatballs. The meatballs are covered in sauce and topped with parmesan cheese.

Slow cooker turkey meatballs

These slow cooker turkey meatballs are the ultimate easy slow cooker meal! Slow cooker meals are the key to my heart (and busy schedule) because all you need to do it dump ingredients into a bowl and let the slow cooker do all the work.

While there are plenty of meatball recipes out there, I created this recipe to fill the gap of meatball recipes made in the slow cooker!

Turkey meatballs

Why turkey meatballs? Quite frankly, I prefer the taste of turkey over beef.

On top of delicious taste, turkey has awesome nutrition benefits! Turkey is a very lean source of meat that is packed with protein, among other nutrients.

Turkey serves as the base of our recipe and will be combined with a few other common ingredients to be formed into a mixture, rolled into meatballs, and cooked to perfection.

One serving of these turkey meatballs is 140 calories and contains 21 grams of protein.

Easy dinner recipe

This recipe is easy, nutritious, and absolutely delicious. These slow cooker turkey meatballs are perfect for meal prep and can be served over pasta, noodle alternatives, on subs, or with salads.

Grab these ingredients and let's get cooking!

What ingredients do I need?

I’m a firm believer that you can make easy and delicious recipes with fewer than 10 ingredients. This slow cooker turkey meatball recipe only requires a few ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ground turkey - While meatballs typically use ground beef as the primary ingredient, these use ground turkey! Turkey is a very lean source of meat that contains a high amount of protein and additional nutrients.
  • Egg - One egg will serve as a binder to help hold the mixture into a meatball shape.
  • Breadcrumbs - A few breadcrumbs will provide a slight crispy texture to the outside of the meatballs.
  • Parmesan cheese - Grated parmesan cheese adds so much flavor to these meatballs!
  • Kosher salt -A pinch of salt will give add to our final meatball flavor.
  • Black pepper - Some black pepper will provide a little kick in flavor to the meatball mixture.
  • Garlic powder - Fresh garlic or garlic powder will work, but these will provide some flavor to the meatball mixture.
  • Basil - A bit of chopped basil will add a little bit of color and some flavor to our meatballs.
  • Pasta sauce - The pasta sauce is going to be poured over the meatballs while they cook. Any flavor of pasta sauce will work great!
There is a bowl of turkey meatballs. The meatballs are covered in sauce and topped with parmesan cheese. There is a fork holding up a meatball with a bite into it.

What equipment do I need for this recipe?

The main piece of equipment you need is a slow cooker. I absolutely love slow cooker recipes because all you do is dump the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it do all the work for you. Slow cooker recipes are so helpful for meal prep and when life gets busy! 

What is the process?

Get ready for an EASY cooking process.

  • Mix all ingredients (except pasta sauce) in a large mixing bowl.
  • Roll mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet.
  • Place the meatballs in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Cover the meatballs in pasta sauce (at least 1 cup).
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the meatballs is 165 degrees.
  • Take out the meatballs and top with more mozzarella cheese, if desired.
  • Serve with pasta, salad, or whatever you wish!
This is a tray of the pre-cooked turkey meatballs. They are rolled into small balls of all the ingredients mixed in.

How should I eat this?

These slow cooker turkey meatballs are enjoyable in so many ways! Here are some ideas of how you can incorporate the meatballs:

  • Over pasta (or a pasta alternative)
  • On Spaghetti Squash Boats
  • On a salad
  • With sauce and cheese
  • On a toasted bun
This is a plate of turkey meatballs. The meatballs are covered in sauce and topped with parmesan cheese.

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Can I have the recipe?

If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! I hope you enjoy these slow cooker turkey meatballs as much as I do.

This is a bowl of turkey meatballs. The meatballs are covered in sauce and topped with parmesan cheese.
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5 from 9 votes

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

These slow cooker turkey meatballs are the ultimate easy, slow cooker meal! This recipe is delicious, packed with nutrients, and is perfect for meal prep.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatballs, slow cooker, turkey
Servings: 6
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • cup basil chopped
  • 1-2 cups pasta sauce

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients (except pasta sauce) in a large mixing bowl.
  • Roll mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet.
  • Place the meatballs in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Cover the meatballs in pasta sauce (at least 1 cup).
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the meatballs is 165 degrees.
  • Take out the meatballs and top with more mozzarella cheese, if desired.
  • Serve with pasta, salad, or whatever you wish!

Notes

  • Using a cookie dough scoop will make about 30 small meatballs. 
  • Serve over pasta, salad, or whatever you wish!

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 750mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe Rating




Brianna

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Try it with orzo! My husband and I try to prep three meals for dinners each week; one with chicken, one vegetarian, and one with another type of protein. These turkey meatballs are a great addition to the rotation. We swapped out basil and used parsley instead. So delicious!

Kim

Saturday 27th of November 2021

How can you go wrong with meatballs?

rbn0818

Saturday 27th of November 2021

Post Thanksgiving meals call for something hearty, but not heavy. These meatballs hit just the spot! My husband loved them, and ate them with a side of veggies. Mine went over spaghetti squash. I didnt have turkey, but had beef, and they were wonderful as well. So easy, so good!

Amy Deschamp

Monday 8th of March 2021

Made these tonight so easy and taste great. Great as a protein with spaghetti squash or pasta. I just had mine with salad! Tomorrow in a sandwich!!

Kellie

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Loved this recipe! The meatballs were delicious. I actually cooked them in the air fryer and it worked great. I served them over spaghetti squash and added the sauce at the end. Will make again for sure! Kids loved it too.