Turkey Meatball Grinder

Turkey Meatball Grinder
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Broil Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
42 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 14.5 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoon no-salt-added tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 2 cloves garlic, halved

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • cup soft whole grain or whole wheat bread crumbs*

  • 12 ounce uncooked ground turkey breast

  • 1 medium red sweet pepper, cut into thin strips

  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 4 whole grain or whole wheat hot dog buns, toasted

  • 1 ounce thinly sliced mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a blender or food processor combine undrained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and salt. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

  2. In a large bowl combine the egg, 1/4 cup of the sauce, and bread crumbs. Add turkey and mix until combined. Form mixture into twelve 2-inch meatballs. Place meatballs in prepared baking pan. Bake about 15 minutes or until no longer pink (165°F).

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook sweet pepper and onion in hot oil over medium heat about 8 minutes or until very tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining sauce. Heat through. Add meatballs and stir gently to coat with sauce.

  4. Increase oven temperature to broil. Broil split buns 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 1 minute. Line buns with cheese slices. Broil about 1 minute more or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.

  5. Place three meatballs in each bun. Top with sauce.


Use a hot dog bun for crumbs. Place in a food processor and pulse with several on/off turns to form crumbs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

364 Calories
8g Fat
43g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 364
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 600mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 49.6mg 248%
Calcium 171.6mg 13%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 241mg 5%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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