Easy-Peasy Turkey-Apple Meatballs

Light, tasty, and with a nice amount of fruit/veggie goodness, these meatballs are easy to make. The recipe’s easy to double as well.

Use this recipe for patties too, or a little bit of both! 


  • 2 tsp olive oil, plus a little more to grease baking dish 
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped or minced 
  • 1/2 small apple, like Granny Smith, finely chopped or shredded 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or through a garlic press 
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken 
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs 
  • 2 ½ tsp dried parsley 
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2-3 Tbsp grated Parmesan 
  • 1 egg, beaten 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Nonstick cooking spray 
  • Optional: About 1 Tbsp tomato sauce 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease/spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with oil or nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in saucepan. Sauté and stir onion and apple for 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds more. Set aside to cool. 
  3. Mix together ground meat, breadcrumbs, parsley, paprika, Parmesan and tomato sauce (if using). Add in beaten egg and stir to combine. 
  4. Form mixture into meatballs, about 1″ in diameter, or patties as big or small as you’d like. Place in rows in the baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden and internal temperature reads 165°.  
  5. Let cool. Enjoy!