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Dinner is done in under 20 minutes with this delicious Easy Turkey Meatball Recipe with Ginger Peach Sauce, a tasty flavor twist for weeknight dinner. Make a double batch for the freezer to make it even quicker next time!
WHAT MAKES THIS THE BEST TURKEY MEATBALLS RECIPE? (OR AT LEAST TOPS ON MY LIST!)
When we were first married (back in the 90s!), my repertoire of recipes was pretty limited. Even though I had been cooking on my own since I was a teenager, I tended to do more baking than cooking. Enter these delicious turkey meatballs. The ginger peach sauce is a perfect addition to mix things up on just your plain ground turkey meatballs.
I was a Tupperware consultant for a short time and easy ground turkey meatballs was one of the recipes we exchanged when we were learning out to feature our products. This recipe was originally made in the microwave but I’ve modified it to make on the stovetop instead.
This turkey meatball recipe is also very budget friendly. Since it’s made with simple pantry items, some of which you probably already have on hand, it costs about seven dollars. I sometimes find the ground turkey on sale and that makes it even more budget-friendly!
Be sure to check out some of my other Budget Friendly Recipes in this post.
Helpful Tips for Making Delicious Turkey Meatballs
What makes this one of the best turkey meatballs recipes is how quickly I can make it. There are just a few ingredients and I can seriously have this on the table in about twenty minutes!
I use this metal scooper to form these meatballs much more quickly! I have had a set of them for over a decade and I use them ALL THE TIME. For making meatballs but also other things like these Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies or Soft and Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies or Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Energy Bites.
Ok, now back to this meatball recipe. I love my sauté pans to brown and cook these meatballs. First you brown them on all sides then cook for about 15 minutes total. Meatballs are done baking when they reach at temperature of 160°F. The easiest way to check is to use a food thermometer (I have a digital one similar to this) in the center of one.
Another simple way to tell if your meatballs are done is when they have a nice outer brown crust and the juices run clear from them and they are mostly firm to the touch.
What To Serve With Ground Turkey Meatballs?
I like to pair these amazing turkey meatballs with steamed brown rice (made in my favorite rice cooker here) and a vegetable. Some of my family’s favorites include steamed edamame or roasted broccoli—yum!
The ginger peach sauce adds such a wonderful sweet and sour taste to the meatballs. I like that it literally takes minutes to make the sauce and pour over the meatballs before cooking.
Who doesn’t love a quick and easy, budget-friendly weeknight recipe?
Just a few Ingredients are all you need to make these Easy Turkey Meatball Recipe with Ginger Peach Sauce
Egg – one regular large egg is what you need
Bread Crumbs – I usually purchase these but you can also make your own. Watch the ingredient label though as some brands have added sugar (what?! Yes!)
Green Onions – These are found in the produce section of your grocery store. They look like long, slender green “leaves” and a white stalk and are sold in bunches.
Salt – just regular table salt is what you use here
Ground Ginger – I like to buy my spices in bulk from Penzey’s but it can be found in the spices aisle of your grocery store
Ground Turkey – This is usually found next to the ground beef section of the grocery strore.
Peach Preserves – I find this near the jellies and jams section at the grocery store
Soy Sauce – I prefer the light soy sauce to cut down on sodium
Ketchup – I usually buy the store brand to save some money here.
Easy Make Ahead and Freezer Friendly Tips for these Simple Turkey Meatballs
I’ve already mentioned how super easy it is to make these ground turkey meatballs but if you’re looking to make dinner prep even quicker I have a few tips to help you out.
Combine meatballs ingredients in one bowl and the sauce ingredients in another bowl. I like to use Pyrex containers like these because they have lids and they store easily in the refrigerator. You can take it one step further and form the meatballs then store in a flat storage container with a lid in your refrigerator.
How Can I Make This Freezer Friendly?
I will sometimes double this recipe so I can make one for the freezer—kind of like a meal kit. It’s simple to do.
Then I put the baking tray in the freezer to flash freeze the meatballs. Flash freezing means you freeze the food, oftentimes individual items like these meatballs, until they are solid.
You can also combine the sauce ingredient in a freezer safe bag or container. Make sure you store these together so you know that they can thaw and be prepared together when you are ready to cook and enjoy the meatballs.
To thaw the meatballs, you’ll want to place the frozen meatballs on a tray or flat container with a lid (like these Pyrex ones). Then thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at least several hours.
The sauce can thaw in the container it was frozen in but be sure you thaw it in the refrigerator for safe food temperatures!
From there, just follow the preparation instructions to make the Easy Turkey Meatball Recipe with Ginger Peach Sauce
MORE EASY MEATBALLS RECIPES
I’ve gathered up a few other easy meatball recipes from some other food blogger friends that you might like to try.
I tried some meatballs like these Juicy Jumbo Oven-Baked Meatballs from Sizzling Eats at a local restaurant recently and they were SO good so I am glad to have a recipe that I can try at home. They’re also make ahead! And these Healthy Baked BBQ Turkey Meatballs from Cupcakes and Kale Chips sound super delicious and would make a great appetizer too.
Peachy Ground Turkey Meatballs
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
- ¼ cup green onions sliced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 4 tablespoons peach preserves
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- In medium mixing bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, green onions, salt and ¼ teaspoon ground ginger. Add ground turkey and mix well. Shape mixtures into meatballs-about 1 ½ inches large.
- In small mixing bowl, combine peach preserves, soy sauce, ketchup and ½ teaspoon ginger. Set aside.
- In large saute pan, brown meatballs on all sides, about 5 minutes.
- Spoon peach mixture over meatballs and simmer about 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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