Leftover Turkey Meatballs

Leftover turkey meatballs are a unique, quick and easy way to use up uneaten remnants from a meal. I’ve used turkey but you can use any meat you have leftover!

Leftover Turkey Meatballs
Leftover Turkey Meatballs

Leftover Turkey Meatballs


1 cup cooked turkey

¼ cup bread crumbs

1 egg

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp dried sage

½ tsp dried parsley

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 tbsp vegetable broth

1 tbsp vegetable oil


Pulse turkey in a blender or food processor until finely shredded.

Remove to a small mixing bowl and add bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, sage, parsley, salt, pepper and vegetable broth. Mix well and shape into 6 meatballs.

Heat oil in a heavy pan. Brown meatballs, turning frequently, for about 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160℉.


2 servings, 220 calories per serving.

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6 Replies to “Leftover Turkey Meatballs”

  1. Hey Cynthia, thanks for another amazing recipe. I love meatballs and have never personally tried turkey meatballs yet alone this recipe. I am excited once again to try this one out. I will save the page so I can remember next time I am cooking and want to try something new. Looks absolutely delicious!

    1. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, you should have plenty of leftover turkey to make these. Please let me know how you liked them!

  2. What a great and simple recipe! I’ve actually only just got a food processor (got one for Xmas) and I can’t believe I went so long without one! I wouldn’t be without one now as I use it at least twice a week. 

    Do you know the carb content for these? I’d like to make them for my wife but she’s on the low carb keto diet so not sure if the breadcrumbs would make it too carby?



    1. This recipe calls for 1/4 cup bread crumbs, which is about 20 carbs total.  If your wife prefers to stay away from carbs altogether, you could substitute almond flour, almond meal or ground fried pork rinds.

  3. Wow! I totally wish I’d seen this after the holidays, when I had all that leftover turkey to eat. Not that there was anything wrong with eating it the same way or making burritos and sandwiches out of it, but I never would’ve thought of meatballs in a million years. I’ve never made meatballs of any type before, so this is all new to me. But the delicious recipe is much appreciated! Thanks for sharing!

    1. There are holidays yet to come, Mark!  😉 I hope you’ll think to try this the next time you have turkey leftovers.

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