Who Says NO to Meatballs??

I love using ground turkey for meatballs and I’ve created meatballs using different types of meat before.  Turkey, opposed to beef, absorbs the flavor of herbs and spices much better in a short amount of time.  To make these turkey meatballs, I added a lot of traditional Italian flavors since the meatballs will be used in a pasta dish with tomato sauce.  The meatballs were rolled out on to a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and chilled for more than 30 minutes and then placed in a grill basket. We have a grilling basket that is just for grilling meatballs. (Always spray grill baskets with a nice coating of non-stick cooking spray  to avoid sticking.)DSCN7085

DSCN7088The tasty meatballs cooked perfectly. They were then dropped into a pot of hot (temperature hot, that is) homemade pasta sauce and simmered for about 15 minutes. DSCN7090DSCN7091I make my own pasta, so I just dropped noodles into boiling water. Once they were cooked I then placed the cooked and drained noodles on to plates and spooned the yummy pasta sauce and meatballs on top. This made for a very good homemade meal.

You’ll love these meatballs. Enjoy!DSCN7109

Double Turkey Meatballs

Yields: about 25 meatballs


1 lb. ground turkey

1 link Medium Italian Turkey Sausage, casing removed

¼ cup minced onion

2 Tbs. minced green and red bell pepper

2 Tbsp. Italian seasoned Paco bread crumbs

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 ½ Tbsp. (or about 4-5 leaves) minced fresh basil


Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. (I like using my hands for mixing.)

Roll into medium-sized meatballs. Place in a grill basket or wrap with aluminum foil and place on a hot grill. Cook, approximately 7 or 8 minutes each side on medium-high heat (until meatballs reach 165° F.).


About Angela Milani

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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