INSTANT POT Turkey Meatballs

Ever since I purchased my instant pot I have been OBSESSED and never looked back. I use it at least three times per week. My instant pot turkey meatballs are moist, healthy, easy, and best of all KID FRIENDLY!


Yields 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (you can use regular bread crumbs but I find panko helps the meatball bind better)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan plus more for sprinkling later
  • 1 lbs of ground dark turkey meat
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups of your favorite marinara sauce (I like using the basil marinara sauce from Trader Joe’s)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, milk, cheese, salt and pepper. IMG_0227
  4. Add the turkey and gently stir to combine. (Do not stir too much because overworking meat can make the meatballs tough)
  5. Shape the meat mixture into bite sized balls (I like to use a cookie scooper) and place them on the  cookie sheetItalian-Crock-Pot-Turkey-Meatballs-550x659@2x
  6. Bake the meatballs for 5 minutes.  This will help the meatball hold their form.
  7. Add two cups of marinara to instant pot.
  8. Arrange meatballs in the instant pot. It’s ok to layer them.
  9. Place remaining 1-2 cups of marinara over the meatballs
  10. Cover the Instant Pot and make sure valve is on “sealing.” Set the timer on manual (high pressure) to 7 minutes.  When the timer beeps release the pressure manually  Open the lid.
  11. Serve warm with pasta, on buns, over polenta, or enjoy alone as an appetizer.IMG_0242

4 thoughts on “INSTANT POT Turkey Meatballs

    • I have sooo many recipes to share with you. Are you on Pinterest? I have a whole instant pot section. I make whole chicken, shredded pork, and my all time favorite recipe for the summer is spring Italian chicken by nom nom paleo. It’s the bomb.


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