Baked Meatballs with Veggies

These flavorful baked meatballs are made with both ground beef and ground turkey. The secret ingredient to keeping them moist is a cup of minced veggies!

When using ground meat in recipes, I often like to mix ground turkey with ground beef. The beef adds flavor and fat, while the turkey cuts down on some of the greasiness.

Obviously you can use all beef or all turkey, whatever your family prefers.

My turkey and beef meatball recipe is simple yet flavorful. The meatballs also stay moist and not dried out.

My secret ingredient is a veggie mince made of carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and onion.

These aromatic vegetables not only add moisture, but they also add savory and umami flavors, as well as extra fiber and nutrients.

Joby's Test Kitchen meatballs in sauce in white plate.

How to Make Turkey and Beef Meatballs

Start by preheating oven to 400°F and drizzling some olive oil into two (9×13) baking dishes or 1 large roasting pan.

In a large bowl, add 1 pound each of ground turkey and beef, 1 cup of minced veggies, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 cup chopped parsley, 2 crushed cloves of garlic, and 1/2-1 cup fresh or dry breadcrumbs.

Worcestershire sauce adds flavor but it’s optional, and the meatballs will taste fine without them. Or use soy sauce in place of Worcestershire sauce. It adds a similar umami flavor and is something most people have.

Gently mix together all the ingredients with a large spoon or your hand.

Then using your hand, spread the oil out in the baking dishes/roasting pan. With the oil still on your hands, form meatballs that are about 1 1/2 inches wide. You will get about 48-56 meatballs! Place them in the greased dishes. 

Bake meatballs uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until they have browned. The internal temperature should be at least 165°F. There will be a lot of liquid in the dish from the veggies. Don’t throw it away!

At this point, the meatballs can be cooled and portioned out into freezer safe containers, along with some of the liquid from the dish.

When ready to serve, put the meatballs (frozen or thawed overnight in the refrigerator) into a pot with your favorite sauce. Simmer 8-10 minutes or until heated through.

This recipe makes a large amount of meatballs, about 48-56! I divide them into 4 batches and freeze, making approximately 16 servings. It’s perfect when I want a delicious meal but don’t feel like doing much cooking.

Our favorite way to have them is the classic way with spaghetti, marinara sauce, and plenty of fresh grated parmesan.

other ways to enjoy meatballs:

  • Swedish Meatballs: Add to a cream sauce and serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
  • Meatball Sub: Serve with marinara inside toasted bread rolls, topped with mozzarella cheese.
  • Pizza: Crumble or slice and use as a topping on pizza.
  • Wrap: Place in a tortilla or flatbread, with veggies, cheese, and a dressing or spread.

What My Kids Say:
9 year-old: “They are so moist and delicious.”
7 year-old: “They are okay.”

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Plate of baked meatballs with veggies.

Baked Meatballs with Veggies

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Flavorful baked meatballs made with ground beef, ground turkey, and minced veggies.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 16 servings
Calories 121 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 2 Baking Dishes (or 1 Large Roasting Pan)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup veggies, minced or grated (carrots, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, etc)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tsps Worcestershire sauce, optional
  • tsps salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup chopped parsley, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • ½-1 cup fresh or dry breadcrumbs (I grind 2 slices of wheat bread in a food processor)
  • 2 tsps oil (to grease baking dish/pan)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Add some oil to two (9×13) baking dishes or 1 large roasting pan.
  • In a large bowl, gently mix together all the ingredients with a large spoon or your hand.
  • Using your hand, spread the oil out in the baking dishes/roasting pan. With the oil still on your hands, form meatballs that are about 1½ inches wide. You will get about 48-56 meatballs! Place them in the greased dishes.
  • Bake meatballs uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until they have browned. The internal temperature should be at least 165°F. There will be a lot of liquid in the dish from the veggies. Don’t throw it away!
  • At this point, the meatballs can be cooled and portioned out into freezer safe containers, along with the liquid from the dish.
  • When ready to serve, put the meatballs (frozen or thawed overnight in the refrigerator) into a pot with your favorite sauce. Simmer 8-10 minutes or until heated through.

Notes

Substitute for Worcestershire: Soy sauce adds a similar umami flavor and is something most people have on hand.
Calories: The calorie amount listed is for about 3-4 meatballs.
Keyword ground beef, ground turkey, meatballs

 

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