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Roasted Garlic Turkey Meatballs

Soft and tender, these Roasted Garlic Turkey Meatballs start with slow roasted garlic. It is not as powerful as fresh, the flavor is rich and adds so much to the sesame and ground turkey. The preparation time includes the time it take to roast the garlic.
Prep Time55 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time1 hr 13 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: meatball recipe, roasted garlic, turkey meatball recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 221kcal


  • 6 large garlic bulbs
  • olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • With a sharp knife slice the top portion of the head of each garlic bulb. Place the top back on the garlic bulb. Wrap the sliced garlic bulbs in aluminum foil, making a nice little package and place in a 8” round cake pan or baking sheet.
  • Roast for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. When cooled squeeze the garlic from each top and bottom into a container and top with olive oil to seal. This gets sticky, but get every last drop and discard the garlic skins.
  • Store in the refrigerator for multiple uses. Turn oven up to 400°F.
  • In a bowl mix together the ground turkey, 1/4 cup of the roasted garlic, egg, Panko, sesame seeds, kosher salt, red pepper flakes and chopped flat leaf Italian parsley.
  • Using a small scoop make the meatballs and place on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking mat or aluminum foil. Bake for 18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and serve as is with a squeeze of lemon or with your favorite sauce.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.2mg