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An easy recipe for 5 ingredient paleo turkey meatballs with sweet potato. This turkey meatball recipe has no breadcrumbs and no dairy, AND these kid-friendly meatballs have vegetables inside. If you are looking for an easy freezer-friendly turkey meatball recipe that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and grain-free, this is it!

5 Ingredient Paleo Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Potato

5 Ingredient Paleo Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Potato

Though I haven’t eaten red meat in 27 years, I’m a big lover of turkey meatballs. Most recipes include gluten and dairy (think breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese); I actually have a pretty popular recipe for kid-friendly meatballs that has both of those ingredients within. But I personally can’t do gluten, dairy or grains … so I wanted a paleo turkey meatball that was easy to make that I could enjoy, too. I try to eat plant-based most of the time, but sometimes I just feel like I need a little bit extra protein! So there ya have it – I had a selfish reason to make this recipe;).

Easy baked paleo turkey meatballs – they’re:

  • made with 5 ingredients
  • grain-free
  • dairy-free (no cheese!)
  • perfect for kids and lunchboxes
  • freezer-friendly
  • meatballs made with vegetables
  • a coconut-flour recipe

turkey meatballs on a platter with potatoes and broccoli

How to make meatballs without breadcrumbs

You might be wondering – how do you make meatballs without breadcrumbs? Well if you are gluten-free, you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs or even oats. But in this case, I wanted no grains at all – so I opted to use coconut flour. Coconut flour is unlike other flours and typically can’t be substituted on a 1:1 basis. But one of it’s characteristics is that it soaks up lots of liquid. And for this reason, I knew it’d be perfect for helping to form a more solid structure that I needed in these meatballs. And it worked! If you’re new to using coconut flour, I’ve got a number of recipes that use this paleo flour – I only mention this, because there’s nothing that I hate more than buying an ingredient for one recipe and never using it again.

What you need to make baked meatballs with sweet potatoes:

  • This 1 inch cookie scoop makes making meatballs soooo much easier. Simply scoop and place on a lined cookie sheet!
  • Speaking of – these are my favorite cookie sheets. I bought them years ago and they are still going strong.
  • A microplane is necessary for grating the ginger. As an aside, this is a job that my kids love to do!
  • Of course you’ll need roasted sweet potatoes to go in this recipe, too. Here’s more on that:

paleo baked meatballs on a cookie sheet

How to roast the sweet potatoes

Roasting whole sweet potatoes is easy. Here’s what to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash potatoes well. Dry them and poke holes in them with a fork.
  3. Rub the potatoes all over with oil. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet or aluminum foil and roast until tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes.
  4. Let cool.

For this recipe, I make the sweet potatoes ahead of time and peel the skin off when ready to use. If you don’t have time to roast the sweet potatoes, you can cook them in the microwave by cooking them on high for 5-6 minutes.


easy baked turkey meatballs on a sheet pan

How to serve these easy paleo turkey meatballs:

5 ingredient turkey meatballls on a salad

  • My daughter has been great about making salads – she crumbled up some of these baked meatballs and put the on top of this yummy salad.

paleo turkey meatballs with greens and peppers

  • For a simple lunch, serve these paleo meatballs along with fresh or cooked vegetables.

paleo meatballs in a lunchbox

baked turkey meatballs with roasted potatoes and broccoli

Additional notes about these baked paleo turkey meatballs with sweet potato:

  • This is a very basic recipe. You can spruce it up by adding either chopped cilantro, or a little bit of soy sauce to the mixture before forming it into meatballs.
  • These are really easy to freeze. Bake the meatballs and then put them in either a freezer-safe bag or in a covered glass dish to freeze. These make great throw-ins for kid (or adult) lunches to take with you.
5 Ingredient Paleo Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

An easy recipe for 5 ingredient paleo turkey meatballs with sweet potato. This turkey meatball recipe has no breadcrumbs and no dairy. Meatballs are kid-friendly and have vegetables inside. If you are looking for an easy freezer-friendly turkey meatball recipe that's gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and grain-free, this is it!

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 90 meatballs
Calories: 31 kcal
  • 4 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 medium roasted sweet potatoes , cooled and peeled
  • 1 1/2 inch knob ginger , grated
  • 1 tsp salt (add more to taste)
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, sweet potato (mashed with a fork), grated ginger, salt and coconut flour.

  3. Line two baking sheets with tin foil. Using a 1 inch cookie cookie scoop, scoop into 1-1 1/2" meatballs onto lined baking sheets leaving a little space in-between.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. As an alternate way to check, a meatball in the center of the baking sheet should be fully cooked through when cut in half.

  5. Let cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts
5 Ingredient Paleo Turkey Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 718IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

So there you have it! Super simple baked turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs or eggs. I hope you love these as much as we do. Let me know if you try them!

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