Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs (Gluten-Free)

These Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs are the perfect fall dinner. They’re warm and comforting with just enough hint of spice to make you remember the season has changed. But even better is that you can have them on your table in under 30 minutes after coming home from fantastic fall activities! Oh, and they’re paleo, gluten-free and absolutely kid-friendly!

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Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs

Whether you love it or hate it, fall is just around the corner! And this is our quintessential welcome Fall easy 30 minute dinner! For so many of you the welcoming of this season means back from vacations and back to school! This time can be an adjustment, and the last thing you need is to be running around the kitchen making a complicated meal. So we’ve got your covered with these super easy and delicious Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs.

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These meatballs are super easy to prepare and SUPER YUMMY. They’re barely sweet from the apples with a hint of warmth from the allspice. I had to include the sage that’s growing so well from my garden and it was the perfect addition. We opted to pan-sear these first to give a nice caramelized flavor before finishing cooking them in the oven, but feel free to bake them from the start all the way through if you don’t want the extra step.

We like to serve them with butternut squash noodles (or sweet potato noodles) that we quickly sauté up with some garlic and oil. For a more kid-friendly option feel free to serve with some pasta with garlic and olive oil. Either way, they’re just what you’ll want on your table for dinner!

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Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:16 Total Time 00:26 Yields 12


  • 1 lb. ground turkey (light or dark meat)
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon (about 5 leaves) fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon white ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • pinch allspice
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375º and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl add all of the ingredients and mix until fully combined. Form into 12 meatballs.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add oil. Add meatballs, taking care to leave enough space in between each and brown meatballs on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. You may need to do this step in batches depending on how large your skillet is. (See note)
  4. Transfer browned meatballs to the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven until fully cooked through and reached an internal temperature of 165º,  about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve meatballs hot with butternut squash noodles or pasta.

Recipe Notes

  1. Although we love the caramelized apple due to the extra step of browning these meatballs, you can skip this step and just bake in the oven. Bake at 400º for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs have fully cooked through and reached an internal temperature of 165º.
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8 comments on “Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs (Gluten-Free)

  • Janice Watson says:

    Cannot have almond flour, can I use coconut flour and if so how much?. These sound delicious and would like to try them now that the cooler weather is moving in!!!

  • These meatballs were AMAAZING in and of themselves, but I decided to go a little nutty with it and put them over the spiralized carrot pad thai you can find in the refrigerated section at Raley’s (brand is Green Giant Fresh, only use half to 2/3 of the sauce) and topped them with little pieces of sliced smoked gouda. It was to DIE for! Thank you for a truly delicious recipe.

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  • Made these for our families Whole 30, including the butternut squash-which I had never had before. Delicious, was the favorite meal that week! Thank you.

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  • Made these as the comments were all so positive! My husband and I both love, love, love them! I made a double batch.

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