Popeye Turkey Meatballs

These simple, clean eating Popeye turkey meatballs are moist and flavorful, loaded with veggies and require no binders! Great for meal prep because you can add them to pasta, sandwiches, salads and more throughout the week! Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo.

These simple clean eating Popeye turkey meatballs are moist and flavorful, loaded with veggies and require no binders! Meal prep a batch on the weekend so you can add them to pasta, sandwiches, salads and more throughout the week! Gluten-free, diary-free, paleo.

A few weeks ago I shared on Instagram about a new recipe I was working on for spinach turkey meatballs, which I affectionately called Popeye turkey meatballs. Everyone went crazy asking for the recipe so I knew I needed to test a bit more and share them ASAP. For those of you who have been waiting patiently, the recipe is finally here. I’m sorry it took a little longer than expected!

Anyhow, I am STOKED about this recipe because these are the most basic (in a good way) meatballs I’ve ever seen — they’re literally just turkey, veggies and spices. No flour, no bread crumbs, no eggs!

The first time I made them I was so worried that they wouldn’t stick together because we left out the flour and egg, but alas they held together perfectly. And the texture and flavor was sooo good!

These simple clean eating Popeye turkey meatballs are moist and flavorful, loaded with veggies and require no binders! Great for meal prep because you can add them to pasta, sandwiches, salads and more throughout the week! Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo.

We’ve been making them a part of our weekly meal prep and it’s been amazing because one batch makes a ton of meatballs (about 30) and they can be used in so many different ways! So far we’ve had them over zucchini noodles with a pasta sauce for dinner (pictured here) and I’ve been using them as a protein option on salads. Meatball salad is totally a thing and it’s dang good!

I’ve also been known to grab them straight from the fridge for a protein-rich snack. Cold meatballs FTW!

These simple clean eating Popeye turkey meatballs are moist and flavorful, loaded with veggies and require no binders! Great for meal prep because you can add them to pasta, sandwiches, salads and more throughout the week! Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo.

Now that I’ve figured out the basics to making meatballs I’m going to try my hand at a veggie version using my lentil loaf recipe as inspiration. I’ll report back soon!

Ready to whip up a batch of these turkey meatballs for yourself? Check out the easy, 8-ingredient recipe below:

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If you make these Popeye Turkey Meatballs let me know how they turns out in the comment section or share a photo on social media. Just be sure to tag me (@eatingbirdfood + #eatingbirdfood) so that I see it! 

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Turkey meatballs over zucchini noodles topped with tomato sauce.

Popeye Turkey Meatballs


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These simple clean eating Popeye turkey meatballs are moist and flavorful, loaded with veggies and require no binders! Meal prep a batch early in the week so you can add them to pasta, sandwiches, salads and more throughout the week!


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 3 ounces baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • coconut oil cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Chop veggies: Make sure your onion, carrot and spinach are finely chopped as you don’t want huge chunks of veggies in the meatballs. I like chopping all the veggies in my food processor to save time. The spinach was super chopped, which why the meatballs look so green!!
  3. Combine everything: Grab a large bowl and add turkey, chopped veggies and spices. Gently combine, using clean hands if needed.
  4. Form meatballs: Roll meat mixture into 1-2 inch balls and place on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick coconut oil cooking spray. Place them about 1-inch apart.
  5. Bake and serve: Bake until outsides are lightly browned and centers are no longer pink, about 25 minutes. Serve warm.
  6. Store: Let cool before placing in an air-tight container if you’re making these as part of your meal prep.

Notes

  • Feel free to add 1 egg or 3 egg whites to the mixture if you want a fluffier meatball, but I find the meatballs to taste great without it.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 155
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 271mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg

Keywords: turkey meatballs

These simple clean eating Popeye turkey meatballs are moist and flavorful, loaded with veggies and require no binders! Great for meal prep because you can add them to pasta, sandwiches, salads and more throughout the week! Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo.
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    23 comments
    1. Hillary A
      September 23, 2020 AT 2:30 pm

      I’ve made the twice and I LOVE them! I never eat ground turkey and so these especially surprised me. I cannot recommend this recipe enough. They’re delicious and EASY!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 2:44 pm

        Woot woot!! So glad you loved these. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful for other readers.

    2. Kayla
      April 26, 2020 AT 8:37 pm

      I made these for dinner tonight and they were absolutely delicious!! They were super easy to make and I will definitely be making them again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 27, 2020 AT 12:26 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these turkey meatballs, Kayla. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    3. Maren
      March 3, 2019 AT 6:58 pm

      I’ve made these 3 or 4 times and they are so good, and really easy to make. They have become a permanent replacement to the frozen meatballs I used to eat!

    4. Megan
      September 11, 2018 AT 12:54 pm

      Can you freeze the meatballs after they are cooked?? It would be great to have frozen ones on hand for a quick meal during busy weeks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 27, 2018 AT 11:52 am

        Totally! Once cool, I’d place them on a baking sheet in the freezer until hard. This step just keeps them from sticking together. Once hard you can place them in a freezer storage bag or freezer safe container and store them up to 3 months.

    5. Huma Ashraf
      March 13, 2018 AT 9:08 am

      These came out great, I just chopped up the veggies cause I don’t have a food processor and they are not annoying at all!

    6. Liz
      January 16, 2018 AT 2:49 pm

      These are amazing! Made them last night and served with zoodles and marinara sauce…delish! Husband loved them and he is not a huge turkey burger fan. I had some leftover Italian turkey sausage so added that in with the ground turkey and highly recommend!

    7. kissanime
      December 14, 2017 AT 9:50 pm

      This is looking an awesome recipe, I must try it in coming days.

    8. Anna Weiser
      December 11, 2017 AT 1:21 pm

      Hi, question: do you use the lean (meaning 93% turkey) or the all white meat (99%) ground turkey? I find they yield very different results in recipes. Thanks! Anna

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 11, 2017 AT 2:53 pm

        I’ve used both, but I think I prefer the 93% over the 99%.

    9. Julia
      December 9, 2017 AT 5:00 pm

      Saw these on your instagram account – can’t wait to make them! How long do they last in the fridge? Thanks!

    10. Aimee
      December 6, 2017 AT 9:32 am

      Can these be frozen if I don’t plan to use them all in the week?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 6, 2017 AT 10:10 am

        Totally! Once cool, I’d place them on a baking sheet in the freezer until hard. This step just keeps them from sticking together. Once hard you can place them in a freezer storage bag or freezer safe container and store them up to 3 months.

    11. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
      December 5, 2017 AT 5:24 pm

      LOOOVE that you stuck a ton of veggies

    12. Amanda
      December 4, 2017 AT 9:38 pm

      These spund amazing! I loved your Insta story showing how to make them too. I love that I can cover them in sauce and no one will know about the hidden veggies:)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 5, 2017 AT 9:17 am

        Thank you, Amanda. I’m so happy the Instastory was helpful too. You’ll have to let me know what you think of the meatballs.

    13. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
      December 4, 2017 AT 1:01 pm

      These look really good. It’s nice to find a healthy recipe for meatballs. They’re on my list to make next week.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 5, 2017 AT 8:41 am

        Yay!! I hope you love them, Fiona! 🙂

    14. Emily
      December 4, 2017 AT 12:05 pm

      These look great and I love that it packs in some veggies, thanks for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 4, 2017 AT 9:48 pm

        Of course, Em. I hope you get a chance to try them.

    15. Juliette Kopp
      December 4, 2017 AT 11:11 am

      My fiance is trying to give up re meat. This looks like the perfect recipe to ease the transition! Yum!

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