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Spinach Turkey Meatballs

Our children call these "Gramby Meatballs" because the recipe came from my dear mother-in-law. It's a great way to make spinach palatable. I usually make a triple batch, bake them all and freeze the extras for a quick meal later. —Mimi Blanco, Bronxville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Hot cooked pasta, optional


  • In a bowl, combine spinach, egg, bread crumbs, onion and seasoned salt. Add turkey and mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. If desired, serve meatballs with pasta.
Nutrition Facts
3 meatballs: 295 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 626mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat, 1/2 starch.

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  • ebramkamp
    Feb 2, 2019

    My husband loved these. I did make a couple of changes based on other reviews. I added 2 cloves minced garlic. used panko instead of bread crumbs but reduced them by about 1/4 cup. I added about 1/3 c shredded parmesan cheese plus 1/4 tsp each black pepper and cayenne pepper. My husband likes foods a bit more spicy. The meatballs were delicious. They were not dry at all. I served them in a thick marinara sauce over pasta. He was delighted.

  • sdipiazza
    Nov 10, 2015

    Good recipe and very adaptable to personal tastes. I followed the recipe but used panko bread crumbs, some powered chicken bouillon and a few other herbs. I should have added the Parmesan cheese as mentioned by other commenters. Served them with pasta and sauce.

  • choward70
    Oct 26, 2015

    Outstanding! I made a few adjustments based on reviews and personal taste: used fresh spinach (chopped), only 3/4 cup bread crumbs but added 1/2 cup shredded parmesan/romano cheese blend, 1/2 tsp minced garlic and 1/3 cup milk because it was a little dry. Best meatballs I have ever made!

  • cctp1016
    Oct 23, 2015

    Not bad! I added them to spaghetti sauce and they were good!

  • KittieCatt
    Oct 14, 2015

    This is a very nice (basic) recipe for Turkey Meatballs. I always add cracked black pepper, one finely minced garlic clove, 1/4 C. of Grated Parmesan Cheese (from the plastic jar), a generous sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning, and some (fresh) finely chopped parsley. I use whole wheat Panko bread crumbs, since they give the meatballs a nice texture, and they're 'healthier'. They're very delicious.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Sep 1, 2015

    These were good. I used fresh spinach and added fresh garlic, oregano, and thyme. My toddler even enjoyed these!

    Jul 1, 2015

    i use fresh spinach and after making my balls I insert a chunk of cream cheese in the middle. I also add more seasoning such as garlic, pepper, sea salt, etc. Usually the balls have to be smashed down a little after cooking half way so they're more like a patty, (which is my ocd way of ensuring they're cooked all the way). My fiance and I love these! The cream cheese really makes then amazing!

  • Yummy377
    Mar 24, 2015

    What kind/brand of seasoned salt? That would make all the difference.

  • cindihartline
    Sep 3, 2014

    my first rating for this recipe was not good, however my husband really liked these. using whole ground turkey makes a world of difference in taste.

  • bingobrilla
    Apr 22, 2013

    I have made many different types of meatballs, mostly with beef since we don't care for ground turkey too much. These turkey meatballs were by far the best we have had. Delicious!