Instant Pot Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Brianna Hobbs | Flippin' Delicious

With your Instant Pot, Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs are a quick and easy dinner! Prep and freeze raw meatballs to quickly cook in your favorite jar of tomato sauce on a busy weeknight.

Making turkey meatballs has never been easier than with an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker! Or faster!

It takes just 10 minutes of pressure to perfectly cook these gluten free turkey meatballs, even if you freeze raw turkey meatballs and cook them from frozen.

Why should you use ground turkey to make your gluten free meatballs?

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I usually use ground turkey because it is cheaper than ground beef.

Ground turkey also has less fat, which means I often don’t have to drain off tons of grease when I cook with it.

This makes cooking ground turkey recipes much easier than ground beef.

I think this makes the biggest difference in Instant Pot cooking, because any fat that melts out of the ground meat goes straight into the sauce and isn’t easily removed.

Using a lean ground turkey, I haven’t had any problems with a greasy sauce.

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Why do I love cooking meatballs in my Instant Pot?

The turkey meatballs add all of their meaty flavors to the sauce, and the sauce likewise seasons the turkey meatballs. You don’t get any of the browning you get with baked turkey meatballs or when you sauté them in a skillet, but I think it is worth the trade-off.

I’ve never had a juicier or more tender meatball than the ones that come out of my pressure cooker.

Clean up is super easy! You will only have to clean the insert of your Instant Pot. 

What sauce should I cook my Instant Pot turkey meatballs in?

If I’m making spaghetti, I will pour one jar of pasta sauce into my Instant Pot over top of the gluten free turkey meatballs. 

When making Teriyaki or Barbecue turkey meatballs, I’ll do 1-2 cups of my favorite sauce.

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If you want to go the extra mile when making Teriyaki meatballs, use my gluten free Teriyaki Instant Pot Meatball recipe (you can prepare it with beef or ground turkey) and your meatballs will taste like Teriyaki all the way through. (If you like teriyaki meatballs, you might want to try my gluten free teriyaki meatloaf, too. It is a winner!)

You need at least one cup of sauce or liquid for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure properly, and safely.

You can also make a meatball soup by cooking your meatballs in broth and then adding noodles to the hot soup after the pressure has released.

How to cook turkey meatballs in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot:

Pour at least one cup of your favorite sauce into your pressure cooker.

Add your turkey meatballs to the sauce and set your Instant pot or electric pressure cooker to manual 10 minutes on high pressure.

When finished, release pressure with either the natural or quick release method.

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How to freeze gluten free turkey meatballs to cook in your Instant Pot:

Whenever I make gluten free turkey meatballs, I double the recipe and freeze all the turkey meatballs that aren't needed for dinner that night. All of the frozen meatballs find their way to my Instant Pot in the coming months whenever we have a busy night. 

Scoop your gluten free turkey meatball mixture using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop and gently roll into balls. 

Place your shaped turkey meatballs in a single layer in a gallon-size freezer bag. 

File 1 - Instant Pot Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

How to cook frozen gluten free turkey meatballs in your Instant Pot:

You don't have to make any adjustments to cook frozen turkey meatballs in you Instant Pot. Frozen gluten free turkey meatballs will cook in 10 minutes in your Instant Pot, just like fresh turkey meatballs.

The reason the frozen meatballs cook in the same time as the fresh meatballs is that your pressure cooker will just take a little longer to heat up and then everything quickly cooks under pressure.

What can I serve with my Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs?

I like to serve my turkey meatballs over pasta or rice.

You can also serve your Instant Pot meatballs over quinoa, or with mashed potatoes or rice cauliflower. 

Pick your carb to go along with whichever sauce you cook your gluten free turkey meatballs in.

File 2 - Instant Pot Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

I use rice for teriyaki meatballs.

I serve pasta with Instant pot turkey meatballs cooked in marinara to make gluten free spaghetti and meatballs. 

Depending on your starch, you may be able to cook it in your Instant Pot with your meatballs and sauce.

I often cook gluten free teriyaki meatballs and rice in my Instant Pot by placing the rice in the bottom of my Instant Pot, topping it with the meatballs and gluten free teriyaki sauce, and then adding water until it reaches the appropriate line on the side of my Instant Pot.

I usually use 2 cups of rice and fill my Instant Pot with water to the #2 line.

Instant Pot Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs Recipe

      8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Dehydrated Onion Flakes, (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Milk, (I use unsweetened plain coconut milk or almond milk to keep them dairy free)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and gently combine.
  2. Scoop into 1 1/2 tablespoon portions using a 1 1/2 tablespoon spring-loaded scoop (or cookie scoop) and gently roll into a ball between the palms of your hands.
  3. Pour at least one cup of your favorite sauce into your pressure cooker. (When I’m making spaghetti and meatballs, I pour in a full jar of sauce. You just need at least 1 cup so that your Instant Pot can safely come to pressure.)
  4. Add your turkey meatballs to the sauce and set your Instant pot or electric pressure cooker to manual 10 minutes on high pressure.
  5. When finished, release pressure with either the natural or quick release method.
  6. Serve over pasta, rice, or veggies.

 

Notes

To freeze raw turkey meatballs:

  1. Scoop the turkey meatball mixture as described in the recipe, but place the raw turkey meatballs inside a freezer safe gallon size bag.
  2. Squeeze out excess air and then freeze the turkey meatballs on a flat surface.
  • To cook, follow the directions for cooking fresh turkey meatballs in your Instant Pot. Nothing changes.

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Approximately 24 meatballs
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Author: Brianna Hobbs
Recipe Yields: Approximately 24 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 meatballs
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 43
Calories 118

% Daily Value*
8%
Total Fat 5g
7%
  Saturated Fat 1g
12%
Sodium 294mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 5g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
23%
Protein 11g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brianna Hobbs

About Brianna

Brianna is the blogger behind Flippin' Delicious, which we think is a perfectly apt name for everything you'll find on her site. Here on Food Fanatic, you'll find her helping to make gluten free dinners everyone can enjoy.