Crockpot Turkey Meatballs (Whole30 Approved!)

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This is my favorite recipe for crockpot turkey meatballs— spiced just right, perfectly tender, packed with flavor, and incredibly simple to make!

This is my favorite recipe for crockpot turkey meatballs— spiced just right, perfectly tender, packed with flavor, and incredibly simple to make! And Whole30 approved! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com.

Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten a ton of requests for dinner recipes. Stuff I eat on the regular. Because as much as I’d love to eat chocolate chip cookies for the rest of my life, it’s just not in the books.

I made this recipe a few weeks ago with no intentions of sharing it. It ended up being a hit and happens to be Whole30  I don’t follow Whole30 but I do limit my gluten and dairy intake as much as possible.

This is a no-frills, nothing complicated, darn good meatball recipe. It’s one I make pretty often, since there’s just the two of us, we can eat it throughout the weekpair it with a salad, over spaghetti, by themselves. Plus, we all know I eat literally all day so having extras is a must in this house.

This is my favorite recipe for crockpot turkey meatballs— spiced just right, perfectly tender, packed with flavor, and incredibly simple to make! And Whole30 approved! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com.

To keep it on the healthier side, plus I don’t eat much beef, I make them with ground turkey. It’s one of those fill-you-up meals that doesn’t make you feel too full that you can’t move and one that doesn’t involve much work. The best part of a crockpot = does all the work for you.

It’s a wonderful thing.

Let’s talk about the binder for a quick sec. I don’t use too much because it’ll take away from the melt-in-your-mouth texture. Just enough to get the job done – egg and almond flour. We add a little spice and garlic. Your usual pantry staples.

The most important step before going into the crockpot is to pre-bake the meatballs. Why? It helps hold the meatball together while it cooks, but it also seals in the flavor. Do not skip this step — it’s quick (only 15 minutes – while you clean up the very few dishes) or your meatballs will fall apart in the crockpot. Not that it’s a bad thing, but we’re not making a meat sauce today.

These crockpot meatballs are the answer to your meal prep or a busy week. Make them ahead of time. Assemble the night before, turn them on the next morning. Or freeze a bunch for the cooler weather.

This is my favorite recipe for crockpot turkey meatballs— spiced just right, perfectly tender, packed with flavor, and incredibly simple to make! And Whole30 approved! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com.

So simple. So tasty.

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs

This is my favorite recipe for crockpot turkey meatballs— spiced just right, perfectly tender, packed with flavor, and incredibly simple to make! And Whole30 approved! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com.

  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 6h
  • Total Time: 6h 30m

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 pounds 93-98% lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 pounds 85-93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • optional, additional chopped fresh basil for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil.
  2. Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground turkey, almond flour, avocado oil, garlic, oregano, parsley, onion powder, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together just until the ingredients are combined - avoid overmixing. Roll into desired size balls - mine were slightly larger than a golfball. Place all the rolled meatballs onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Do not skip this step - read above why.
  3. Meanwhile, pour 1 can crushed tomatoes into the crockpot. Remove the meatballs from the oven and layer them into the crockpot. Optional but highly recommended, add 3 Tablespoons of the rendered fat from the meatballs into the crockpot. Pour the remaining can of crushed tomatoes on top.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Serve with pasta, zucchini noodles, plain, etc. No matter how they are served, I always sprinkle on freshly chopped basil. Store leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  5. Make ahead: Prepare meatballs through the baking step; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 3 months. Add to the crockpot and cook as directed above. Freeze cooked meatballs in sauce for up to 3 months. Defrost before reheating.

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This is my favorite recipe for crockpot turkey meatballs— spiced just right, perfectly tender, packed with flavor, and incredibly simple to make! And Whole30 approved! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com.

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