Little Bites: Turkey Apple Mini Meatballs

The next mom-submitted recipe that I tried in my test kitchen was Nina's tried and true Turkey Apple Mini Meatballs (or Burgers). She swears by them as an option to get more protein in her little one...and her husband sneaks them every time she makes them too! I opted to make mine a little larger than the recipe called for.


  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped or minced

  • 1/2 small apple (Mac, Granny Smith), finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1lb (1 package) lean ground turkey (I opted to use chicken instead)

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (or 2 slices of bread, dried and crumbled to make fresh breadcrumbs)

  • 3 tsp dried parsley

  • 2-3 Tbs Parmesan cheese

  • ~1 Tbs tomato sauce, optional

  • 1 egg, beaten


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion and apple for 3 minutes, stirring until softened.

  • Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.

  • Mix together the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, parsley, Parmesan and tomato sauce.

  • Stir in the sautéed onion, apple, and garlic, and add the beaten egg to bind.

  • Form the mixture into mini meatballs, about 3/4-1 inch in diameter and line up in rows in prepared baking dish.

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden and internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.

  • Allow to cool and enjoy!

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Nina Hennessy moved to Hoboken after 10 years of NYC living in October of 2015. She loves exploring the town with her 2 year old daughter Scarlett, weekends at the beach, and is a die-hard Villanova Wildcats fan.