I love using ground turkey for meatballs and I’ve created meatballs using different types of meat before. Turkey, opposed to beef, absorbs the flavor of herbs and spices much better in a short amount of time. To make these turkey meatballs, I added a lot of traditional Italian flavors since the meatballs will be used in a pasta dish with tomato sauce. The meatballs were rolled out on to a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and chilled for more than 30 minutes and then placed in a grill basket. We have a grilling basket that is just for grilling meatballs. (Always spray grill baskets with a nice coating of non-stick cooking spray to avoid sticking.)
The tasty meatballs cooked perfectly. They were then dropped into a pot of hot (temperature hot, that is) homemade pasta sauce and simmered for about 15 minutes. I make my own pasta, so I just dropped noodles into boiling water. Once they were cooked I then placed the cooked and drained noodles on to plates and spooned the yummy pasta sauce and meatballs on top. This made for a very good homemade meal.
Double Turkey Meatballs
Yields: about 25 meatballs
1 lb. ground turkey
1 link Medium Italian Turkey Sausage, casing removed
¼ cup minced onion
2 Tbs. minced green and red bell pepper
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoned Paco bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 ½ Tbsp. (or about 4-5 leaves) minced fresh basil
Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. (I like using my hands for mixing.)
Roll into medium-sized meatballs. Place in a grill basket or wrap with aluminum foil and place on a hot grill. Cook, approximately 7 or 8 minutes each side on medium-high heat (until meatballs reach 165° F.).