Pan Fried Turkey Meatballs

Pan Fried Turkey Meatballs

Pan Fried Turkey Meatballs

You'll need a pan that measures at least 9-inches across the bottom with a tight fitting lid. I use my own homemade bread to make fresh crumbs, white or soft whole wheat, crusts removed. No food processor? Just cut the bread into very small pieces. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Makes: 16 meatballs

Pan Fried Turkey Meatballs


  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs, white or soft whole wheat bread (2 slices)
  • 2 Tablespoons whole milk (3 Tablespoons if using whole wheat)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste

  • 1 pound ground white turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon oil (I use olive or avocado oil)
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a food processor pulse bread to make soft crumbs.
  2. Place crumbs in a bowl and use a fork to mash in the milk.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except turkey. Combine thoroughly.
  4. Add turkey, folding in gently by hand. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls and set aside.
  5. In a large fry pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Add meatballs and cook for 5 minutes, turning constantly to brown all sides.
  7. Add water and cover. Cook, covered, for 3 more minutes. (after 3 minutes if any water remains, remove lid and cook off the water). Meatballs are done at 165° F.

32 Comments on "Pan Fried Turkey Meatballs"

  1. Olivia

    I made these and wondered why they were not staying together like a “normal” meatball, then I realized I forgot to add the egg. Brilliant. These still came out really good, my toddler inhales them and does not seem to mind his mother’s egregious lack of egg as a binder. Can’t wait to make these the correct way next time!

  2. Andrea Burke r

    Fudged up you should been specific with the oil and water in the ingredients list and said in the list it was for the meatballs, I mixed the water in with the oil in the meatballs, ughhhh

  3. Irmama

    Where have been all my cooking years? ? so glad I came across you. Last night I made the turkey meatballs so simple so healthy and good. Doctored up a Jared sauce with mushrooms and onions, served over zucchini noodles yum! Thanks.

  4. Charyll

    God bless you Jenny for sharing so freely.
    You are my favorite ‘go-to resource’. All your recipes work out for me.
    Especially love the breads.. I’m making your biscotti again today!
    I love your YouTube videos. You always make me laugh.
    I’m 73 and live in Las Vegas .
    Thank you for being a wonderful lady.

  5. Mary Anne Macartney

    Jenny, thank you for teaching me how to cook healthier and much easier than ever before. I love your videos.
    You are wonderful. Keep up the great work. Thanks for all you do for us.

  6. Mary Anne Macartney

    Jenny, thank you for teaching me how to cook healthier and much easier than ever before. I love your videos.
    You and wonderful. Keep up the great work. Thanks for all you do for us.

  7. Sandy

    Thanks so much for sharing, Love the recipes, can’t wait to try many more !!!

  8. Janeen

    Thank you Jenny for sharing your AWESOME recipes and videos!!!
    Have enjoyed cooking and baking a lot more. :-))))))) Sooooooo yummy in my tummy. :0

    PS: You’re AWESOME TOO!!!! Blessing!!!!

  9. Cyrina

    recipe for carrot cake

  10. Gerri

    These are very good and easy to make – no need to add salt.

  11. friday lynn

    Hi Jenny

    Miss u on TV but I like some of yr recipes that I have made.
    keep up the good work Jenny it looks like yr having fun……

    Friday lynn

  12. Deb

    Thank you, love the taste and timing……so happy to see another recipe!

  13. Cathy

    Just finished making this for dinner ?
    Thank you very much , you’re the best.

  14. Sonja

    I fell over your videos just this winter and remember you from your TV show, but I really love your straight forward, simple recipes and videos. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you are well and happy.

  15. Gonzalo Perez

    Thanks Jenny, another great recipe from your kitchen.

  16. Yoly T

    Thank you again and again for all your soooo easy, delicious recipes. You always make it easy for us to follow. I love ALL your recipes and I have made most of it. For your kindness in sharing it with us THANK YOU.

    Yoly T.

  17. Tina

    Yes, me too. I love your recipes but I miss your videos

    • Natalie

      Yes I wish Jenny you would continue making videos. Love your recipes I also make them.

  18. Laura M

    These sound wonderful. How would you serve them and with what?

    • Grama Penny

      I’ve been making these meatballs for years, I usually make a creamy mushroom gravy and after the meatballs have been browned, I simmer them in the gravy. You can serve them with mashed potatoes, and vegetables.

  19. Cathy

    This sounds delicious, thank you Jenny ,I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love getting new recipes from you.!
    Thank you again Cathy

  20. Lu

    Dear Jenny – I also love your recipes and miss your U- Tube videos. I have a Polish heritage and enjoy those cooking videos also.

    The meatballs look delicious & cannot wait to try them!


  21. Terry

    iMHO, If you use panko breadcrumbs they would turn to mush, I am sure bread would be better, why waste your time and effort and be disappointed with the results, I use panko breadcrumbs for breading and frying only

  22. Lynn

    Do you still make videos?
    Can’t wait to try these…
    Dziękuję Ci

  23. Beth

    It is always so good to hear from you again! I can’t wait to make these meatballs. Thank you! Be well! 🙂

  24. Nora

    Can Panko breadcrumbs be used instead of fresh bread crumbs? Just curious. Thank you.

  25. Annie

    Love this easy recipe Jenny, and the pic showing perfectly shaped and browned meatballs looks so appetizing. Gonna be sure to make these and will enjoy every bite. Thank you for all your recipes and kindness in sharing them – I always look forward to them and save all.

  26. Mayann

    Love your recipes

  27. Mayann

    Dear Jenny,
    I just love all your recipes.
    Love you on u tube also.

  28. Cyrina

    I love your recipes, they are soooooo simple, i cannot wait for the next one in my e-mail.

    I wish that i can receive a recipe from you at lease once a week.

    Many Blessings,


    • Janine

      Cyrina, she does have awesome recipes! So good, so simple! I miss her You Tube videos! Not only for the recipes but her colorful kitchen and her sense of humor! She always made my day!

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