Turkey zucchini meatballs are a quick and easy, healthy meal you can make in less than 20 minutes right in the air fryer. These juicy, golden, flavor-packed meatballs are a crowd-pleasing recipe everyone will go crazy for!
These turkey zucchini meatballs come together quickly by mixing up some hearty ground turkey and shredded zucchini with some herbs and spices. You can make them in the air fryer or bake them in the oven. They are the best healthy weeknight dish that even the kids will love!
My kids don’t even question the green specs of zucchini if I mix these turkey meatballs. Because they are just so perfectly golden and flavorful especially topped with some zesty tomato sauce.
What more could you want in a meatball? Plus these meatballs are so good for you since they are Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Whole30, Low-carb and Paleo.
What makes these zucchini meatballs healthy?
- These meatballs are loaded with nutrition like protein, vitamins A and C, and healthy fat.
- This recipe contains no eggs, no dairy, no breadcrumbs, and almost no carbs. Which makes it a light and healthy recipe you are going to want to make over and over again.
- These meatballs are air-fried using little added oil, so they are crispy and delicious without extra calories but still juicy and so good!
- You only need a few simple, whole ingredients to make them!
- Perfect healthy meal prep recipe that you will want to eat over and over again!
Ingredients for the turkey zucchini meatballs
- Ground turkey – I recommend 93/7 lean ground turkey. You can also use ground chicken in this recipe, although the meatballs will take a little less time to cook.
- Zucchini – fresh shredded zucchini with the water squeezed out. More on that is below.
- Olive oil – this gives the meatballs a nice crispy outer layer and keeps them moist while they cook. You can also use avocado oil.
- Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, Chili Powder – the combination of these spices provides some Italian flavor to these turkey zucchini meatballs that are amazing.
- Salt & pepper – just kosher salt and ground black pepper to bring out all of the wonderful flavors of the meatballs.
How to shred Zucchini?
The best way to shred zucchini is to use a box grater. For this recipe, I like to use the smaller grated side so the zucchini is easier to mix in with the ground turkey and other ingredients.
How do you remove extra water from zucchini?
This is fairly easy to do. After you have shredded the zucchini, place it in a clean kitchen towel and wring out the excess water over the sink or over a bowl. Then combine the zucchini with the rest of your ingredients.
How To Make Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
Get the complete list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.
- Make the meatball mixture. Add all of the meatball ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
- Roll into balls. Use an ice cream scoop to roll the mixture into even size meatballs, about 2 tablespoons each in size. This recipe makes about 20 meatballs.
- Cook. Cook the meatballs at 390 degrees F for 9-11 minutes until they are super crispy on the outside and cooked through. The time needed to cook will vary based on how big or small you make the meatballs. Per the recipe card below.
- Serve. Remove the zucchini meatballs from the air fryer basket and roll them in your favorite tomato sauce and serve over cooked pasta or with roasted veggies.
How good do these look? It’s hard to believe they are good for you too! Not to mention the fact that they are also a great meal-prep recipe as well as freezer-friendly. More on that is below.
- Use good quality ground turkey that is 93/7. I have found that the quality of the turkey really matters when you are making turkey meatballs. I prefer to use organic since I feel like it has the best flavor.
- Shred the zucchini and make sure to remove excess water as suggested in this post. This will ensure your metaballs come out golden and juicy and not watery.
- Space the meatballs out in the air fryer so they are not touching. This will allow them to get nice and golden brown on all sides.
- Cook the meatballs until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
- Enjoy them with a side of Oven Roasted Potatoes and Carrots or with some yummy Sautéed Spinach with Garlic.
- Serve them with some delicious Crispy Roasted Broccoli or crazy good Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts.
- Pair them up with a crisp and fresh salad like this Easy Kale Salad or this Italian Chopped Salad.
How to meal prep turkey meatballs?
I love a good meal prep recipe and these meatballs are perfect for your weekly meal prep since they store easily and reheat nicely.
To store these meatballs in the refrigerator: cook them and let them cool completely then transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheating these zucchini meatballs: remove them from the refrigerator and cook them in the air fryer at 390 degrees F for 4-5 minutes. Then remove them, roll them in some sauce and serve.
How to freeze zucchini turkey meatballs?
To freeze these turkey zucchini meatballs: mix up the meatball mixture then form the meatballs and place them on a lined baking sheet or clean plate. Freeze for about 1 hour then transfer them to a freezer-friendly bag or container and keep them in the freezer for up to 1 month.
To cook them from frozen: place them frozen right into the air fryer and cook them as directed in this recipe or defrost them in the refrigerator overnight and then cook them. To bake them from frozen: Bake them right from the freezer on a lined baking sheet at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Note: If you cook them in a frozen state then they may take 1-2 minutes longer to cook all the way through.
Can I bake these meatballs in the oven?
Yes, you can! To bake these in the oven: roll them and place them onto a lined baking sheet and cook them at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
More Meatball Recipes you’ll love!
- Baked Eggplant Meatballs
- 10-Minute Healthy Turkey Meatballs
- 20-Minute Healthy Greek Meatballs
- Air Fryer Ground Chicken Meatballs
- Easy Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
- Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs
Other zucchini recipes to try!
Did you try this turkey zucchini meatballs recipe? If you did, then please leave a rating and comment below. I would love to hear how yours turned out!Print