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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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  • CitySenior
    Dec 24, 2020

    Love this recipe! I followed most of ebramkamp recommendations and used panko, minced garlic, and shredded parmesan cheese, and black pepper, and got great compliments. Meatballs were very moist..

  • 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.

  • test
    Jan 24, 2018

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  • 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.