Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy

  • By KJ

Want the holiday flavors of a traditional turkey but not the hassle?

Enter: Herbed Turkey Meatballs With Gravy.

All of the festivity. None of the “I forgot to thaw the turkey” panic.

Turkey meatballs are seasoned with classic Thanksgiving herbs and spices, lightly seared, and then simmered in a homemade gravy. They’re savory and tender, with a perfectly smooth sauce you’ll want to smother over mashed potatoes.

Make these meatballs part of your Thanksgiving menu or for an easy weeknight meal.

It’s a super easy way to get turkey on the table in less time.

After all — you wouldn’t want to miss out on that traditional turkey-induced nap. 😴

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy on a serving platter with mashed potatoes.

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy

Want the holiday flavors of a traditional turkey but not the hassle?

Enter: Herbed Turkey Meatballs With Gravy. 

All of the festivity. None of the “I forgot to thaw the turkey” panic. 

Turkey meatballs are seasoned with classic Thanksgiving herbs and spices, lightly seared, and then simmered in a homemade gravy. They’re savory and tender, with a perfectly smooth sauce you’ll want to smother over mashed potatoes. 

Make these meatballs part of your Thanksgiving menu or for an easy weeknight meal. 

It’s a super easy way to get turkey on the table in less time. 

After all — you wouldn’t want to miss out on that traditional turkey-induced nap. 😴

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy on a serving platter with mashed potatoes.

Why KJ Loves

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy

Want all the wonderful, nostalgic flavors of Thanksgiving in one little bite? These herbed turkey meatballs are for you! I love how easily these meatballs come together and deliver so much flavor. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Meatball Ingredients

Ground turkey

If you’re making these meatballs for a weeknight meal, you could even make them out of ground chicken instead. 

Egg

Breadcrumbs

Salt & pepper

Spices & herbs

We’re making this an easy turkey meatball recipe with dried herbs (no need to de-stem or chop fresh herbs!). Use dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried sage, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Extra virgin olive oil

Gravy Ingredients

Butter

Flour

Chicken stock

Thyme

You can use dried or fresh! 

Salt

All of the meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl.

How To Make Herbed Turkey Meatballs

1

Make the meatballs.

In a large bowl, mix the egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic powder, and onion powder. Then add the ground turkey and gently mix together until just combined, being careful not to overmix. 

Roll each meatball into a 2 tablespoon-size ball.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Working in batches, sear the meatballs until golden brown on all sides. Set them aside on a plate. 

2

Whisk the sauce. 

Reduce the heat to low and add the butter to melt. 

Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour until smooth, cooking for 30 seconds to a minute or until lightly golden brown. 

Whisk in the chicken stock until smooth. Then, add in the thyme and salt.

3

Simmer the meatballs and gravy.

Nestle the meatballs back into the gravy, gently spooning some of the gravy over the top of the meatballs. 

Bring the gravy and turkey meatballs to a simmer, uncovered for 5-10 minutes.  

Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F. 

Toss to coat the meatballs in the gravy and serve immediately. Or, transfer them to a slow cooker to keep them warm for serving.

4

Wash the dishes. How sad.

Rolled turkey meatballs on a baking sheet.

Turkey Meatball Tips

Use a large cookie scoop.

Ground turkey can get a little messy. Make it easier on yourself by using a 2 tablespoon-size cookie or ice cream scoop. 

Don’t overwork the meatballs!

Overworking meatballs can result in dry or tough meatballs. Not what we’re going for here!

Pre-mix the meatball fillers.

Before adding the ground turkey, mix the other meatball ingredients together. This allows you to get a good distribution of the ingredients without overmixing the turkey. Which leads me to…

Use disposable gloves.

Try using some disposable meat gloves to make the process easier and keep your hands cleaner!

Seared meatballs in a skillet.

What To Serve with Turkey Meatballs

If you’re serving these turkey meatballs for Thanksgiving, here’s a full holiday menu you can use!

Herbed turkey meatballs in gravy on a platter of mashed potatoes.

Ideas For Leftovers

Turkey Cranberry Sliders: Try the turkey meatballs on a roll or bun with brie, arugula, and cranberry sauce!

Turkey Meatball Salad: Serve the meatballs over fresh greens with dried cranberries, pecans, and vinaigrette.

Turkey Meatball Wraps: Fill a lettuce wrap with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and meatballs. 

Turkey Meatball Bowls: Serve over rice with the gravy and any other toppings you desire!

A close-up photo of herbed turkey meatballs with gravy.

Freezing Turkey Meatballs

Homemade turkey meatballs can be made ahead and frozen. 

However, with this recipe, they need to be cooked in the sauce. So you’ll need to remember to take these out to defrost in the refrigerator the day before you want to cook and serve them. 

Make the meatball mixture and form the raw meatballs. Then, freeze them in an airtight container or freezer bag. 

The night before you want to cook and serve them, defrost the meatballs in the refrigerator. Sear the turkey meatballs and follow the rest of the directions in the recipe to whisk up the gravy and simmer the meatballs in the sauce. 

Make sure the internal temperature of the turkey meatballs reaches at least 165°F.

A close-up photo of herbed turkey meatballs with gravy.

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Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy on a serving platter with mashed potatoes.

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy


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  • Author: KJ & Company -Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Want the holiday flavors of a traditional turkey but not the hassle?Enter: Herbed Turkey Meatballs With Gravy. All of the festivity. None of the “I forgot to thaw the turkey” panic. Turkey meatballs are seasoned with classic Thanksgiving herbs and spices, lightly seared, and then simmered in a homemade gravy. They’re savory and tender, with a perfectly smooth sauce you’ll want to smother over mashed potatoes. Make these meatballs part of your Thanksgiving menu or for an easy weeknight meal. It’s a super easy way to get turkey on the table in less time. After all — you wouldn’t want to miss out on that traditional turkey-induced nap. 😴


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic powder and onion powder. Gently mix together until just combined, being careful to not overmix. 
  2. Roll the meatballs into 2 tablespoon-worth sized meatballs.
  3. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Working in batches, sear the meatballs until golden brown on all sides. Set on a side plate. 

For the gravy:

  1. Reduce the heat to low and add in the butter to melt. Once melted, whisk in the flour until smooth, allow to cook for 30 seconds to a minute or until lightly golden brown. 
  2. Whisk in the chicken stock until smooth. Add in the thyme and salt. 
  3. Nestle the meatballs back into the gravy, gently spooning some of the gravy over the top of the meatballs in the process. Bring to a simmer, uncovered for 5-10 minutes.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. 
  4. Toss to coat the meatballs in the gravy and serve immediately, or transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm for serving. 

Notes

  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dinner

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 183
  • Sugar: .7g
  • Sodium: 568mg
  • Fat: 9.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.6g
  • Fiber: .4g
  • Protein: 22.3g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg
Thanksgiving table set up with turkey meatballs, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, salad and pie.

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