Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

This turkey meatball crockpot recipe is low calories and easy to make!

I took my best meatball recipe, and made it healthy with lean turkey… And with my turkey meatball trick, no one will know you didn’t use beef or pork!

Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

My recipe for turkey meatball has a little “cooking hack” worked into it. This helps flavor and darken the meat, so it’s not obvious that you used turkey instead of ground meat.

This turkey meatball crockpot recipe is low in calories. Plus it includes a “cooking hack” to make the meatballs look like beef or pork!

Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

In this article I will show you how to make a turkey meatball recipe in the slow cooker. This is the best meatballs recipe for people looking to cut calories, without sacrificing flavor.

I’ll share my healthy recipe, along with a homemade meatball recipe shopping list, how to serve… And so much more!

Here’s what you’ll find in this article:

  • Ingredients in Crockpot Meatballs (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Meatballs in Crockpot
  • Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe (recipe card!)
  • How to Serve Turkey Meatball Recipe

I make this meatball recipe easy enough for even the newest cook. And thanks to the slow cooker, it’s a foolproof recipe!

Learn how to make crockpot meatballs, and find a turkey meatball shopping list in the next sections…

Ingredients in Crockpot Meatballs

Most turkey meatballs recipes call for the same (or close to) ingredients… But this traditional Italian meatballs recipe has a special hack to make them the best ever.

My homemade meatball recipe has been passed down from my 1st generation Italian-American grandmother. It’s a traditional Italian meatball recipe, with one difference… Turkey.

turkey meatball crockpot recipe

In the next meatball how to cook section I will show you how to make the best meatball recipes with turkey. Plus I’ll show you how to make them look like ground beef or pork…

Shopping List for Crockpot Meatballs:

  • Lean ground turkey
  • Egg
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Breadcrumbs (regular or Gluten-free)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Marinara Sauce

This Italian meatball recipe is easy and impressive, and at only 124 calories it won’t blow your diet!

This low calorie Italian meatball recipe comes from my family in Italy…

How to Make Meatballs in Crockpot

I realize the traditional way to make meatballs is on the stovetop… But once you go slow cooker, you won’t ever want to go back!

I make this meatballs recipe easy by cutting out all the watching and stirring.

Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

Here you will find out how to make meatballs in the slow cooker. In the section below you will find a sharable recipe card with full instructions and measurements.

How to Make Meatballs in the Crockpot:

  1. Add the turkey, egg, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper to a large bowl.
  2. Add in 1/4 cup marinara sauce (it’s ok if it’s cold).
  3. Mix with your hands until just combined, over-mixing will make tough meatballs.
  4. With wet hands (to avoid sticking) divide the meatballs into 8 portions, then roll each in your hands until you have a perfect ball. Place in the slow cooker and keep working until you have 8 meatballs.
  5. Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the meatballs and cook on high for 5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours.

It’s easy to make your favorite recipe for meatball in crockpot with these directions! You can use this meatball how to make section for any meatball recipe!

For the best meatball recipe, see below.

This is a traditional Italian meatball recipe from my family… Made healthy.

Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

This crockpot meatball recipe can also be found in my best selling cookbook Lose Weight By Eating.

I changed it a bit with some Gluten-free options. Plus my new secret “cooking hack” to make the crockpot meatball recipes more flavorful and darker (so they don’t look like turkey!)

Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

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This low calorie turkey meatball crockpot recipe has a special tip to trick the eyes (and the tastebuds) into thinking you're eating pork or beef meatballs.
I like to add marinara sauce to the crockpot meatballs before mixing them. The color helps to darken up the meat, and it adds loads of flavor and moisture.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 124 kcal

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs regular or Gluten-free
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups Marinara Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Add the turkey, egg, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper to a large bowl.
  • Add in 1/4 cup marinara sauce (it’s ok if it’s cold).
  • Mix with your hands until just combined, over-mixing will make tough meatballs.
  • With wet hands (to avoid sticking) divide the meatballs into 8 portions, then roll each in your hands until you have a perfect ball. Place in the slow cooker and keep working until you have 8 meatballs.
  • Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the meatballs and cook on high for 5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1meatballCalories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 13.1gFat: 6.2gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 230mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.6gCalcium: 48mgIron: 0mg
Keyword crockpot, dinner, Main Course, meatballs, slow cooker
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If you want to make fresh marinara with the meatball slow cooker recipe, see my best selling cookbook Lose Weight By Eating for directions…

How to Serve Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

The most traditional way to serve this Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe is over pasta… Here are a few more ideas:

  1. Over Pasta – The old standby… Spaghetti and Meatballs, it’s hard to beat!
  2. In Lasagna – I like to quarter or chop leftover meatballs and add to homemade lasagna recipes.
  3. In a Sandwich – As a young Italian girl, cold meatball sandwiches were a staple in my lunchbox!
  4. On Pizza – Oh boy… if you haven’t done this yet you are missing out! Quarter the meatballs and use in place of Italian Sausage on pizza.
  5. Make a Meatball Dip – Chop the turkey meatballs into bite sized pieces, add to marinara sauce and cover with mozzarella cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.

This recipe for turkey meatball in a crockpot is versatile and makes great leftovers!

Final Thoughts

As a proud Italian woman I just can’t… won’t… refuse to give up pasta and meatballs! And I don’t have to if I have a healthier version like this one.

If you’re looking for a traditional Italian Meatball recipe, this one is fantastic! Though my Italian grandmother is no longer with us, my 100% Italian Uncle tells me these are just as good as his mother’s… and his Grandmother’s (who moved from Italy to America as an adult).

These low calorie, healthy meatballs in the slow cooker are a great way to curb our cravings while eating healthy.

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