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Slow Cooker Gluten-Free Turkey Quinoa Meatballs Recipe

Slow Cooker Gluten-Free Turkey Quinoa Meatballs

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These gluten-free slow cooker turkey quinoa meatballs are delicious and packed with protein.
Course slow cooker
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 9 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 20 mins
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 268
Author Cheryl Najafi


  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp Romano cheese grated, or Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • 15 oz can crushed tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch sugar if needed


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees then coat a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, cooked quinoa, garlic, egg, olive oil, cheese, basil, oregano, onion powder, salt and pepper. With your hands or a wooden spoon, mix ingredients together gently, but thoroughly.
  • Portion turkey mixture into cocktail-sized meatballs, somewhere between the size of a ping-pong ball and a golf ball—using the same size scoop that you make cookies with will make fast work of this! Roll mixture between both palms until you achieve a smooth surface on the outside of the meatball—this process will ensure that the meatballs will not fall apart in the sauce. Space meatballs evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place tray in oven and let bake for 12 minutes. While meatballs are baking, add crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano and bay leaves into slow cooker and mix well.
  • Remove meatballs from oven then let cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to the sauce. Cook on low for 6–8 hours then taste the sauce for seasoning—if the sauce is a bit acidic, add a pinch of sugar to balance it out. Don't forget to remove the bay leaves before serving. They are indigestible!
  • Serve over gluten-free spaghetti. Enjoy!


Slow-cooked tomatoes can taste slightly acidic. To solve that dilemma, add a pinch of sugar to bring back the sweet!


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g