These gluten-free meatballs are versatile, flavorful and completely delicious! They also freeze great for homemade gluten-free frozen meatballs to have on hand to add to your favorite dishes.

Serve for dinner with tomato sauce and pasta or as Swedish meatballs. Or make them for an appetizers to mix with BBQ sauce or another favorite sauce.

overhead shot of meatballs on white plate with marinara sauce

These gluten-free turkey meatballs are my new favorite thing to make! They are absolutely delicious and flavorful on their own, but can be use for so many meals and dishes.

If you’ve been searching for a good gluten-free frozen meatball with no avail, you can easily make your own with this recipe!

Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey: I like to use 93/7 because it has good flavor. For best results don’t use 99/1.
  • Gluten-Free Panko Breadcrumbs: Any kind of gluten-free breadcrumbs will work. I like this brand.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Use a high quality grated parmesan cheese. I like the kind from Trader Joes.
  • Olive Oil: Gives the meatballs a yummy texture and helps them brown.
  • Egg: Needed for binding
  • Onion Powder & Garlic Powder: I prefer using onion powder and garlic powder for flavor rather than grated onion and garlic because of the texture.
  • Salt: The parmesan cheese is already salty so just a touch.

Tip: Use 93% lean/7% fat ground turkey instead of 99% lean/1% fat for meatballs with delicious flavor and texture.

How to Make Gluten-Free Meatballs

Making gluten-free meatballs is easy! All you do is add the ingredients to a large bowl…

all meatball ingredients in a bowl

Then mix with your hands (easiest way) or spatula (cleanest way) until evenly combined.

gluten-free meatball ingredients mixed together

Then you shape them into balls. I like to use a small cookie scoop to measure out even sizes then roll them into round balls with slightly wet hands.

Place the shaped meatballs onto a lined baking sheet and bake.

meatballs shaped on baking pan

These make the BEST freezer meal!

I like to make a big batch of these meatballs and freeze them in a resealable bag for later. To serve, all you have to do is dump the meatballs into a microwave safe bowl and defrost slightly before adding to your favorite sauce.

close up shot of meatballs on white plate

Here are some of our favorite ways to eat these meatballs:

  • Add to marinara sauce and serve with spaghettti
  • Make Swedish meatball sauce and and serve over gluten-free spaetzle
  • Add to BBQ sauce (or your favorite sauce!) and serve in a crockpot for appetizers

For more turkey recipes, try these Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs or these Gluten-Free Dan Dan Noodles. You also might like this creamy, weeknight gluten-free mac and cheese!

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try the recipe, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. Thank you! ♥

meatballs on white plate with bowl of marinara sauce
5 from 11 votes

Gluten-Free Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 8 servings
These gluten-free meatballs are versatile, flavorful and completely delicious! Serve with tomato sauce and pasta, BBQ sauce, or as Swedish meatballs. They also freeze great for homemade gluten-free frozen meatballs to have on hand to add to your favorite dishes! 

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey I use 93/7
  • 1 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix with your hands or a spatula to evenly combine.
  • Shape the meatballs. I like to use a small cookie scoop to measure out even sizes then roll them into round balls with slightly wet hands. Place the shaped meatballs onto the prepared pan and brush with a little more olive oil if desired.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and cooked through. Add to your favorite sauce or let the meatballs cool to freeze for later.
  • TO COOK FROM FROZEN: Place the meatballs in a microwave safe bowl and defrost slightly before adding to your favorite sauce. 

Notes

Use 93% lean/7% fat ground turkey instead of 99% lean/1% fat for meatballs with delicious flavor and texture.
I prefer using onion powder and garlic powder for flavor rather than grated onion and garlic because of the texture. 
Any kind of gluten-free breadcrumbs will work. I like this brand
TO FREEZE: Let cool completely then transfer to a resealable bag. Frozen meatballs will keep for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My first time making meatballs. Total SUCCESS. Super easy to follow recipe. Thanks for posting and sharing it.

  2. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING! Everyone in my family likes them including my picky husband! I already made them twice within 2 weeks.
    I did use the air fryer instead, I think I did 350F for 15-18 min.

  3. These meatballs are delicious. I didn’t want them bland but also didn’t want them too strong as I’m making grape jelly chili sauce cocktail meatballs for Xmas eve. I added a teaspoon of Bells seasoning. I didn’t have Panko so used potato flakes. They were perfect. Love that they browned. Makes all the difference in appearance and flavor. A lot easier to make than I expected and really superior to store bought and I needed gluten free this year..

  4. 5 stars
    Hi, this says 310 calories for the turkey meatballs. For How many? Im trying to log my calorie intake.
    Thank you
    P.s. these are the bomb!

    1. That is the amount of calories for 1/8th of the recipe. It can vary based on how big you make the meatballs! I hope this helps!

  5. 5 stars
    This was the first recipe I made after starting my gluten free diet. I hadn’t had meatballs in years. The flavor of the meatballs isn’t too strong which is probably good for some people. But I drown virtually all my foods in ridiculous amounts of spice. I will definitely be making this recipe again but I’ll be using heaping spoons instead of level ones.

  6. 5 stars
    My husband raved about these meatballs. Very tasty and a nice crust to them. Much better than store bought meatballs. We will definitely be making them again!!

  7. 5 stars
    These are perfection! I’d never made meatballs in the oven before, but it was so simple and the texture was incredible. This recipe is going in our family favorites file! We served them with spaghetti squash, and my kids ate every bit of it with the meatballs.

  8. Is there a way to make the meatballs a little softer? Mine turned out to be really tough, which I didn’t mind but the rest of my family did.

  9. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how veggie filled this is! I love the sauce and it was so interesting adding arrowroot to the meatballs. I was pleasantly surprised how delicious they were.

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