clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This recipe is from my new cookbook, The Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook.

When time is at a premium, these flavorful but hearty no-prep meatballs will fit the bill. The meatballs are cooked alongside your favorite pasta sauce and can be served with spaghetti, making this a family friendly dinner. My children especially love shredded mozzarella cheese on top of their meatballs and spaghetti.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 (28 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Cooked spaghetti, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder, and mix with clean hands to combine thoroughly. Shape the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Place the meatballs in the slow cooker. Pour spaghetti sauce over the meatballs.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Remove the lid and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the meatballs and sauce. Cook on high without the lid until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
  4. Carefully scoop the meatballs and sauce onto serving plates–over spaghetti, if desired.


You can use extra lean ground beef or ground chicken instead of turkey if you prefer.

I used my 3 quart casserole crock for this recipe.

To make gluten free: Gluten-free bread crumbs can be found at most local grocery stores. Other than that just substitute your noodles for gluten-free noodles.

  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • Calories: 311
  • Sodium: 1336 mg
  • Fat: 13 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 21 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 27 grams
  • Cholesterol: 115 mg