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What to Serve with Turkey Meatballs (13 Easy Sides)

If you’ve ever made turkey meatballs, you know how delicious they are.

But if you’re hosting a holiday dinner or need to put together a quick weeknight meal, it can be hard to think of what to serve with your meatballs.

What to Serve with Turkey Meatballs

Luckily, I’ve got a few suggestions for you!

What to Serve with Turkey Meatballs?

The best side dishes to serve with turkey meatballs include mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or roasted red potatoes. If you’re looking for something lighter and healthier, try a salad with vinaigrette dressing or a baked sweet potato.

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1. Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

I love making baked beans as a side dish, but I also love turning everything into a complete meal.

  1. To make that happen, I start by boiling some water in a pot.
  2. Then I add a cup of dried beans and let them cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. After that, I add about 2 cups of water and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Then I drain the beans and add them to my turkey meatballs or whatever else I’m serving as the main course.

This way, everything is ready at once and it’s all easy to serve!

2. Ranch Style Beans

Ranch Style Beans

One of my favorite side dishes to make with turkey meatballs is ranch style beans.

I like to make them in the crockpot, because that way I can just dump all the ingredients in and let it do its thing while I get other stuff done.

  1. First, I cut up a bell pepper and onions into chunks and throw those in the bottom of my crockpot with some salt and pepper.
  2. Then I add a bag of frozen vegetables—usually broccoli or cauliflower—and two cans of beans (kidney beans or pinto beans).
  3. Finally, I pour in about one cup of water, cover it with the lid, set it for six hours on low heat, and walk away!

When we’re ready for dinner, I just take out the veggies from my slow cooker (you can use tongs or a slotted spoon), put them on plates with some ranch dressing and maybe some cheese if we want it (we usually do).

The turkey meatballs are already cooked by this point so all you have to do is microwave them for a minute or two until they’re hot again.

Then top those meatballs with your veggies and voila—a complete meal!

3. Salads

Apple Spinach Salad

I like to make salads with meatballs because they’re a fun way to enjoy some fresh veggies.

Plus, it’s so easy! Just grab your favorite greens and toss them with some oil and vinegar. If you want to go all out, you can also add some cheese or nuts on top.

But if you want to turn this into a complete meal, just keep in mind that one serving of meatballs is about two ounces.

So for each salad, I’ll try to get at least four ounces of meatballs—and that’s enough for me!

4. Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are a classic recipe that’s been around since the beginning of time (well, not literally).

Whether you make them with bacon, cheese, or just plain, they’re always delicious.

  1. I like to make them by boiling potatoes and then layering them with sliced onions and butter in a casserole dish.
  2. Then I sprinkle some garlic powder on top and bake it for about 30 minutes until it’s nice and golden brown.

5. Ratatouille


Ratatouille is a classic French stew that’s made with eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and it’s so good that it deserves to be the main course on its own.

That being said, when I make ratatouille at home, I like to add potatoes and onions to give it some heft.

This helps me turn everything into a complete meal instead of just a side dish for dinner.

6. Buttered Egg Noodles

Buttered Egg Noodles

Buttered egg noodles are one of my favorite side dishes to serve with turkey meatballs.

Here’s how you can make this side dish:

  1. To make buttered egg noodles, simply bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt to taste.
  2. Then add a quarter cup of butter (or whatever amount you prefer) to the water.
  3. When the butter melts, add one pound of dry egg noodles to the pot (they’ll soften in about two minutes).
  4. Drain when they’re done cooking (about six minutes later), then transfer them back into the pot over medium heat until all the excess water has evaporated (about one minute).

7. Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus spears

I love roasted asparagus.

It’s the perfect side dish for meatballs, because it’s got a little bit of a kick to it!

Here’s how I like to make this side dish:

  1. I start by cutting off the tough ends of the asparagus spears.
  2. Then I lay them out on a baking sheet, drizzle them with some olive oil, and sprinkle them with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Then I roast them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re browned and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside—about 10 minutes for the thin spears, 15 minutes for thicker ones.
  4. Once they’re done roasting, I add them to my plate next to my turkey meatballs.
  5. Then I drizzle everything with some lemon juice and serve it up!

8. Corn on The Cob

Grilled Corn on The Cob

I love turkey meatballs, and I also love corn on the cob.

But what’s a girl to do when she wants to eat both of these things at once?

Well, my secret is that I steam my corn in the microwave first.

Then I throw it in an oven-safe dish with some butter and salt, and bake it for 15 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you want to make your corn even better, add some cheese to it!

Just sprinkle some shredded cheddar over the top right before you put it into the oven.

9. Couscous


Couscous is a great side dish to go with meatballs.

It’s light, but it fills you up.

Here’s how I make couscous:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a pot.
  2. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, put 1 cup of couscous in a bowl and add salt.
  3. Once the water is boiling, pour it over the couscous and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Then fluff it up with a fork and set aside while you make your meatballs.

10. Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I love creamy mashed potatoes, and I always make them the same way.

Here’s how:

  1. Boil the potatoes until they’re soft enough to mash with a fork but not so soft that they fall apart when you pick them up.
  2. Drain the water off the potatoes and put them into a bowl. Add milk and butter, and mash them together until they’re smooth but still have some texture.
  3. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste—but don’t go overboard! These are meant to complement the flavor of your meatballs, not overpower them.

Tip: Try adding celery or other herbs to give these mashed potatoes a fresh kick of flavor (and try using chicken broth instead of milk for even more depth).

You could also try adding half an avocado for extra creaminess!

11. Green Beans

green beans

I like to steam the green beans until they’re just tender, then toss them with a bit of olive oil and salt.

I also love to serve these alongside my turkey meatballs because they’re both so easy to make!

If you have some extra time, try roasting your green beans in the oven instead of steaming them on the stovetop.

The roasting process will help them become crunchy—and who doesn’t love a little crispy-crunchy action?

12. Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted brussel sprouts are an easy and delicious side dish, and they are also a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables!

Here’s how I make mine:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Trim the bottoms off of 8 oz. brussel sprouts, then cut each one in half lengthwise.
  3. Toss the trimmed sprouts with 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, and 1/8 tsp garlic powder until they’re evenly coated.
  4. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 15 minutes until they’re tender but still have a little crunch left.

13. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a wonderful side dish for turkey meatballs, but here’s how to make them even better:

  1. Cut off the stem of the pepper, and remove the seeds and ribs with a paring knife.
  2. Fill the cavity of the pepper with your favorite stuffing.
  3. Place peppers in an oven-safe dish, add ½ cup water, cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until tender.


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Turkey Meatballs

What to Serve with Turkey Meatballs (13 Easy Sides)

A lot of us are planning to have turkey meatballs for dinner this Thanksgiving. If that's the case for you, why not consider serving them with a side dish?
There are lots of reasons to serve a side dish with your turkey meatballs:
1. It will help round out the meal. If you're just eating turkey meatballs alone, they can be a little bit boring. A side dish will add some excitement and variety to your meal.
2. You can eat more turkey! It's true—if you serve a side dish with your turkey meatballs, you'll be able to eat more of them because there will be less room in your stomach for other things (like pumpkin pie). Plus, you won't have as much room for other foods that aren't as healthy as turkey meatballs (like chips).
3. A side dish will make your meal healthier overall. If you're thinking about pairing your turkey meatballs with something unhealthy like french fries or potato chips, think again! A healthy side dish like steamed veggies is way better for you than those fattening options.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 390 kcal


  • Baked Beans
  • Ranch Style Beans
  • Salads
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Ratatouille
  • Buttered Egg Noodles
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Corn on The Cob
  • Couscous
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers


  • Pick your favorite side dish from this list to serve with your delicious meatballs.
  • Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
  • Be ready to munch in no time!
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