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Loaded Veggie Turkey Meatballs )gluten free, paleo, whole30) \

Loaded Veggie Turkey Meatballs (gluten free, paleo, whole30)

  • Author: Katja from Savory Lotus
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 28-30 small meatballs 1x
  • Category: make ahead
  • Method: bake


  • 1 pound ground turkey (preferably thigh meat)
  • 1/2 cup lightly steamed broccoli florets , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup kale, finely chopped (or any other green)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped (or basil, parsley, or dill)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee, melted
  • 1 tablespoons coconut flour (like this) **see note
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (like this)
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400′ F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper OR place a cooling rack on top of baking sheet.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated.
  3. Roll into about 28-30 small meatballs ( I use a small cookie scoop to get uniform balls) and place onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until baked through and slightly golden.


  • I HIGHLY recommend using a food processor to chop you veggies.  This makes for a super nice texture in the meatballs.
  • I prefer to steam the broccoli before adding it to the recipe.  I’ve tried grated raw broccoli and don’t love the texture.  Simply steam broccoli in a steamer basket for 3-4 minutes until slightly soft and still bright green. Be sure to finely chop for best texture.
  • Most people bake meatballs right on the baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), which works fine.  I find that my meatballs cook a bit more evenly if I place them on a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet.
  • I use 1 tablespoon of coconut flour as a binder.  You can sub any flour that you have like almond or cassava, but you will have to use at 2-3  tablespoons of any other flour.  Start with 2 and add another if mixture seems too sticky to roll.

Keywords: meatballs