Kid-friendly baked turkey & pork meatballs

I love making and freezing these kid-friendly tasty meatballs to serve them with pasta. They go well with tomato sauce, but they’re flavorful enough to enjoy without any sauce. I served them over buttered pasta in the video. For hubs and I, we served them with Caesar salad. They are kid-friendly and family-friendly. 😉 Plus, they are super simple to make.

I like to mix in some ground pork with ground turkey. I think pork improves the texture and flavor of very fine ground turkey. Beef gelatin also helps with the texture, but it is optional if you don’t have any on hand.

Kid friendly baked turkey & pork meatballs

Makes about 35-40 meatballs
Author whiteblankspace


  • 3 medium-size carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup ground Parmesan cheese
  • 2~3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sage powder
  • 1 tbsp optional beef gelatin


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Peel and chop carrots into 1″ chunks. Add to a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped but before it becomes a mush.
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs.
  4. Add all ingredients into the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Form meatballs in the size of a golf ball and place them on the sheet, not touching each other.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked through.

Recipe Notes

Can be frozen up to 3 months. Best way to warm up meatballs is by heating up in pasta sauce.

Beef gelatin helps make the meatballs juicy and chewy.

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