These crazy good 10 Minute Healthy Turkey Meatballs are so easy to make and are packed with hearty protein. A super simple recipe you can make in minutes for a healthy dinner or lunch. Cooked completely in the air fryer until crispy then tossed in a 2 ingredient sweet and spicy sauce. This is a meatballs recipe you must try!
I love a good meatball and these Healthy Turkey Meatballs are currently at the top of my list. Mostly because they are packed with so much flavor, are super moist on the inside and crispy on the outside and covered in the most insanely good and easy sweet and spicy sauce.
These meatballs are the best healthy snack or appetizer
These healthy turkey meatballs are like one of the best meatball recipes I have ever made or had. Maybe I am slightly biased but they really truly are wonderful. They are perfect as a healthy snack or appetizer or as complete meal served over some rice and veggies.
The best part of all is that they are ready in 10 minutes and are completely cooked in the air fryer, which requires much less oil but they still get that great crispy golden brown outer layer that is everything.
Why you will love this recipe
- Packed with flavor and nutrition
- Only 10 minutes to make it!
- Requires only a few simple ingredients
- Super moist centre with a crazy crispy outer layer
- The best easy sweet and spicy sauce to cover these meatballs in
- Great for meal prep or a simple healthy dinner
Ingredients needed to make this recipe
You can find a full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kitchen tools needed to make these healthy turkey meatballs
Here are some key items needed to make this recipe.
- Air Fryer
- Use your hands or this great everyday rubber spatula to mix up the meatball mixture.
- Measure out even size meatballs using this small ice cream scoop that I love or this rounded tablespoon.
- Mixing bowl
- Cooking spray
Now let’s get these babies cooking because once you make them, they will not last long since everyone will want some.
How to make healthy turkey meatballs
This is a quick and easy 10 minute meatball recipe that your whole family will love!
STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
STEP TWO: Add all meatball ingredients to a medium size mixing bowl.
STEP THREE: Use your hands or a rubber spatula to mix all ingredients together into a meatball mixture.
STEP FIVE: Once the air fryer is ready, spray the basket with olive oil spray. Working in batches, add the meatballs in a single layer about 1 inch apart. Close the basket and cook the meatballs for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time. Continue until you have cooked all of the meatballs.
STEP 6: While the the meatballs are cooking, you can mix up the sauce. Add the chili sauce and apricot preserves to a small mixing bowl and stir well to combine into a crazy good sweet and spicy sauce. When the meatballs are done cooking, transfer them to a large mixing bowl, pour the sauce over them and toss them all in the sauce to coat them all over. They are so good.
Serve warm over cooked rice and veggies.
These meatballs are so delicious, super moist and so crispy on the outside. Don’t get me started on this sauce that is just the perfect compliment to this recipe and really takes it to a whole new level.
Your whole family will go crazy for this recipe. These healthy turkey meatballs are also great for entertaining since they make a wonderful appetizer as well.
Meatballs are always the first thing to go at any party for sure. Especially these easy meat-free Eggplant Meatballs that everyone in my family loves. Even the meat-eaters.
What to serve with this recipe
These meatballs work great as an appetizer or complete meal paired with some other easy healthy side dishes. Here are some of my favorite ways to serve these healthy turkey meatballs.
- Layered on top of this Simple Sautéed Spinach With Garlic.
- Enjoy these meatballs with some healthy easy Roasted Broccoli.
- Lay them on top of this insane Mashed Butternut Squash.
- Pair them with these Butternut Squash Noodles for a lower carb spin on spaghetti and meatballs.
- Serve them with a hearty, healthy salad like this Easy Kale Salad, this Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad or this Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Salad.
How to store and reheat meatballs in the air fryer
If you plan to make these ahead of time then do not roll them in the sauce until you are ready to serve them. After you cook them, let them cool and keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Reheat them in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 3-4 minutes, then make the sauce and roll them in the sauce.
More healthy meatball recipes to try!
- Baked Eggplant Meatballs
- Butternut Squash Vegan Meatballs
- 20 Minute Healthy Greek Meatballs
- Air Fryer Ground Chicken Meatballs
- Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
- Air Fryer Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
Variations to this recipe
- Make it even lower in carbs. To make this recipe lower in carbs, use pulsed cashews or walnuts in place of the breadcrumbs. Almond flour will also work.
- Make this recipe gluten free. To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free seasoned breadcrumbs.
- Use ground beef or even ground chicken instead of ground turkey.
- Toss the meatballs in your favorite tomato sauce instead.
- Use good quality ground turkey meat. I used organic 93/7 lean ground turkey for this recipe, which is perfect.
- Roll the meatballs a little smaller than usual. Rolling these meatballs into 1.5 inch balls or smaller will allow them to cook faster and not dry out. Also using a small ice cream scoop or rounded tablespoon to portion the mixture will really help create even size meatballs that will all cook at the same time.
- Use the little bit of olive oil in this recipe. There is a little bit of olive oil in this recipe which allows the meatballs to get nice and crispy when cooked in the air fryer. It still ends up being much less oil than what is used to make traditional meatballs like this, making this a healthier meatball recipe.
- Make sure to spray the air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray before you add the meatballs so that they don’t stick to the basket.
- Toss the meatballs in the sauce right after they are done cooking so the sauce sticks to them.
I hope you try this recipe. If you do, then please leave a rating and comment below. I would love to hear how yours turned out.Print