Baked Turkey Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce

These Baked Turkey Meatballs are served in a red wine mushroom sauce for an easy, quick, and filling weeknight dinner.

Baked Turkey Meatballs with a Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

While there’s no childhood nostalgia in meatballs for me (can I please get a surrogate Italian nonna?!), as a cook I really appreciate how quick, easy, filling, and comforting they tend to be.

I like them in all varieties but gravitate toward a rotation of the classic Italian beef and pork meatballs, turkey meatballs, and eggplant & white bean meatballs (sounds strange but it’s so good. Will share that recipe in the future). Today I’m sharing one of my favorite turkey meatball fixes.

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce

This is one of those recipes that you’d call solid, satisfying, simple, and perfect for dinner.

[If you’re looking for appetizer meatballs, I recommend these Bourbon Meatballs, which are sticky, sweet, and addictive].

This dish is very savory with the mushroom sauce, which coats the meatballs with earthiness and saltiness.

Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Mushrooms

Let me show you how to make them!

In a bowl, combine panko bread crumbs and buttermilk (you can also use regular milk):

How to Make Turkey Meatballs

Using soaked panko breadcrumbs is my preferred bread component for meatballs, to give them a softer texture.

If you’re accustomed to something else, like using a slice of white bread, you could certainly substitute that instead.

Let this sit for 5 minutes to soften, then add it to a bowl with ground turkey, egg, parsley, parmesan, salt, and pepper:

Weeknight Baked Turkey Meatballs

Mix to combine:

Easy Turkey Meatballs

Portion the mixture into meatballs. My favorite tool to use for this is a cookie scoop, so the meatballs are all the same size and cook evenly:

Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Bake the meatballs in the oven, then make the sauce in the meantime.

In a large skillet cook sliced baby bella mushrooms in some butter:

Easy Mushroom Sauce for Turkey Meatballs

After about 5 minutes, they should look slightly softened:

Baby Bella Mushroom Sauce Turkey Meatballs

Add a touch of red wine to the pan:

Red Wine Mushroom Sauce for Turkey Meatballs

Cook for a few minutes, then add a cornstarch slurry:

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

Cook for a couple minutes until the sauce thickens, then add the meatballs to the pan. Cook for a couple more minutes until the sauce coats the meatballs:

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Mushrooms


Baked Turkey Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce

These Baked Turkey Meatballs are served in a red wine mushroom sauce for an easy, quick, and filling weeknight dinner.


  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (or milk)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more for the mushrooms
  • a few grinds of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and buttermilk. Let this sit for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the turkey, parmesan, egg, parsley, the salt, and pepper. Mix this mixture together with your hands until the ingredients are combined, taking care not to overmix.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the meatballs, and place on a sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes, until the meatballs are fully cooked through to 160F.
  4. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium high heat, then add the mushrooms. Season with a pinch of salt, then cook for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms have softened. Add the red wine to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Whisk together the cornstarch and chicken broth to make a slurry, and add to the mushroom pan. Cook for 2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for 2 more minutes, until the meatballs are also coated in the sauce. Serve and enjoy!
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