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Turkey, Spinach & Cheese Meatballs

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The addition of turkey sausage and cheese makes these meatballs tender and flavorful.

Turkey, Spinach & Cheese Meatballs

Photo by Johnny Miller, Clarkson Potter 2021

I used to be one of those opinionated people who felt you shouldn’t sneak vegetables into your children’s food, but then I gave birth to a picky eater and all that righteousness went right out the window. Parenting is nothing if not humbling, right? These meatballs are a great way to sneak in some spinach, but what makes them really special is the addition of turkey sausage. Not only does the sausage make the meatballs tender, but it also adds great flavor without the need for a ton of other ingredients.

What you’ll need to make Turkey Meatballs


How to make Turkey Meatballs

To begin, mix the egg with chopped spinach, scallions, and garlic.


Add the ground turkey, turkey sausage, bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano.


Mix until evenly combined.


Form the mixture into 1-1/2 inch balls.


Broil the turkey meatballs until golden, about 10 minutes.


Then simmer in the sauce for 10 minutes more.


That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

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Turkey, Spinach & Cheese Meatballs

The addition of turkey sausage and cheese makes these meatballs tender and flavorful.

Servings: 4 - 6 (makes about 30 meatballs)
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 ounces baby spinach, chopped (3½ cups whole; 1½ cups chopped)
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.25 pounds 93/7 ground turkey (I use Shady Brook Farms)
  • 1.25 pounds Italian turkey sausage, removed from the casings (I use Shady Brook Farms)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (preferably whole milk but low-fat will work)
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce, homemade or good quality store-bought


  1. Preheat the broiler and set an oven rack on the second-highest rack. Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil and grease with the olive oil.
  2. In a bowl large enough to hold all of the ingredients, beat the egg. Add the chopped spinach, scallions, and garlic and stir until evenly combined. Add the ground turkey, turkey sausage, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano and bread crumbs. Using your hands, mix until evenly combined. Shape the mixture into 1½ inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Broil the meatballs until golden brown on top, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the tomato sauce in a large pan on the stovetop. Add the broiled meatballs and simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: These can be frozen in their sauce for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, reheat the meatballs in their sauce on the stovetop over medium heat until hot in the center.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 509
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 49g
  • Sodium: 1409mg
  • Cholesterol: 194mg

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  • These were delicious and so easy to make. I’ve been just resorting to frozen meatballs for all these years – but not any more! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • — Barb on November 27, 2023
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  • I have been making this for years now and it never disappoints. Easy to put together and the ingredients generally what is on hand. Family favourite.

    • — Pat on November 26, 2023
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  • I’ve made these hundreds of times over the years. They never fail and are so delicious. This time I’m making ahead and freezing. How could I reheat these in a crockpot and can I do it from frozen? Thank you Jenn!

    • — Vikki on November 18, 2023
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    • Hi Vikki, so glad you like them! If you’re freezing them, I think I’d thaw them prior to reheating in a crockpot. And as I don’t have a crockpot, I’m honestly not sure how long it will take. Sorry, I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on November 20, 2023
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  • The texture of these came out great! my family loved the “herbaceous-ness”
    element the spinach and scallions added; their words, not mine. I had to substitute turkey sausage with pork sausage. Something I would not do again because the flavor of the pork sausage overwhelmed the meatball. Or if I had to use pork sausage again I would probably only use half the amount of pork sausage and make it up the difference with more ground turkey.

    • — Rachel on November 4, 2023
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  • These are perfect meatballs, delicious, nutritious and enough for 2 meals for my small family. You are the only chef I “follow” on social media for good reason. Your recipes are wonderful, and the ingredients are foods that I enjoy, have in my pantry and feel are most healthy for my family. Your hard work makes me look like a star! Thank you.

    • — Mary Liz DuCharme on October 31, 2023
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  • I want to serve these cocktail style size would that work ? If so how big should I roll them and how will it change baking and cooking
    Time ?

    • — Asra on October 3, 2023
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    • Sure, that should work. I’d broil them for 6 to 8 minutes and then simmer in the sauce until they’re fully cooked.

      • — Jenn on October 4, 2023
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  • I don’t like sausage of any kind. When I make my beef meatball recipe, I substitute veal for the sausages called for to make them more tender. Do you think substituting a milk and bread parade seasoned with oregano, basil and crushed red pepper would work to make these more tender? If so, how much milk and bread do you recommend for 2.5 lbs of turkey?

    • — Elissa on October 2, 2023
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  • Wonderful tasting, love that there is added spinach, easy and great for meal prep! My son helped me make these – he loved them!

    • — Jen L on September 28, 2023
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  • Wow! These were the best meatballs I’ve ever had! Usually, turkey meatballs are kinda dry, but these were soft, juicy, and flavorful! It makes a huge amount, so I was able to freeze the leftovers. We could have used more sauce—maybe double since we were eating with pasta. It’s enough sauce if you’re serving with mashed potatoes. This is definitely a keeper! Your recipes never disappoint.

    • — Nancy Whittlesey on September 28, 2023
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    • I forgot to mention that I only had one pound each of the ground turkey and sausage. I didn’t alter the rest of the ingredients. It worked out great, and I will do that when I make these again.

      • — Nancy on September 29, 2023
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  • Made these many times – they’re great!

    • — Kate on September 24, 2023
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  • Jenn,
    I can’t seem to find any scallions at my closest grocery store. Any good substitute ?

    • — staci copeland on September 20, 2023
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    • Hi Staci, you could substitute with chives or shallots. 🙂

      • — Jenn on September 20, 2023
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  • These are my family’s favorite meatballs! I am so thankful to have found this recipe!

    • — Kristina on September 10, 2023
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  • Jenn,
    Any suggestions as to what type of rice you would suggest pair with this?
    Thanks, Staci

    • — staci copeland on August 24, 2023
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    • Hi Staci, I don’t often serve meatballs over rice, but I think you could just use a basic steamed white or brown rice. If you wanted to go with something more Italian, you could make something like the rice portion in this recipe. Please keep in mind I haven’t tried it myself.

      • — Jenn on August 24, 2023
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  • Followed this recipe to the T, absolutely wonderful as are all your recipes.
    Thank you again Jenn,

    • — Phyllis L Green on June 10, 2023
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