These easy and healthy greek turkey meatballs make a fantastic lunch, dinner, or even tapas/appetizer. They are gluten free and dairy free (with the option to use dairy ingredients), and have amazing flavour!
A Lovely Greek Inspired Lunch or Dinner
It’s been almost four years since I traveled to Greece and fell in love with that beautiful country. My hubby and I have made a pact to go back there again when the kids are a little older as it is such a magical place. And the food, oh the food. So fresh, vibrant, delicious, and healthy!
These turkey meatballs are inspired by the delicious flavours of Greece, filled with fresh herbs, greek seasoning, and dairy free feta, they are super juicy and tasty. Perfect for lunch, dinner or you can even put them on skewers to enjoy as an appetizer or h’orderve!
Are Greek Turkey Meatballs Gluten Free?
If you are a regular reader you’ll know I share only gluten free and dairy free recipes on Nutrition in the Kitch. So, these meatballs are of course gluten free! That being said, not all meatballs are the same and some recipes call for regular gluten-containing flour or breadcrumbs. It’s always best to look at the ingredients list in any recipe for meatballs to see what kind of binder is called for.
When it comes to store bought turkey meatballs, there is a good chance they may contain gluten as packaged meatballs tend to have a longer ingredients lists and more fillers.
While you can absolutely make gluten free greek turkey meatballs like these, it’s always best to read ingredients list beforehand to make sure!
How to Make The Juiciest Meatballs
While there might be several ways out there to make the best meatballs, I always go with a tried and true method. It’s easy, quick, and keeps the moisture inside the meatballs making them perfectly tender and juicy.
- Add lean ground turkey to a bowl with egg and gf flour (or gf breadcrumbs).
- Add in seasonings and herbs of choice.
- Crumble in dairy free feta cheese (optional, but creates amazing flavour and texture!).
- Mix until well incorporated.
- Heat a large pan over medium, and form golf-ball sized meatballs with clean hands, then drop into the pan.
- Roll the meatballs around in the pan to lightly brown the outsides (this locks in the moisture and helps the meatballs keep their shape), but do not cook completely.
- Transfer the browned meatballs to a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the oven to bake until cooked through.
Internal Temperature for Ground Turkey
Ground turkey should always be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 F, so you can use a meat thermometer to check your meatballs and be sure they are cooked through. Meatballs cook quite quickly as they are small.
Ingredients for Greek Turkey Meatballs:
To make these yummy meatballs you do not require many ingredients and the secret is in the fresh herbs which add so much flavour. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Lean ground turkey
- Gluten free flour (any brand works)
- Greek seasoning (any brand works)
- Fresh dill, parsley, and basil
- Salt and pepper
- Dairy free feta cheese (I used Violife Just-Like-Feta, but any brand is fine, or if you can tolerate dairy you can use real goats or cows feta)
What to Serve with Greek Meatballs?
When I made this delicious recipe I kept it really simple and served the meatballs with fresh veggies, olives, dairy free tatziki, and a sprinkle of feta and dill. Meatballs are often served with pasta, but these greek turkey meatballs can be easily enjoyed alongside other options including, but not limited to:
- Greek-style lemon potatoes
- Greek lemon rice (a or simple rice pilaf)
- Greek salad
- Marinated Vegetable Salad
- Dipping sauces like tatziki, hummus, or eggplant dip
These meatballs are seriously yummy and definitely worth trying especially if you are looking for a healthier-than-the-traditional meatball recipe. Oh, and if you are a sucker for Greek flavours like I am!
More Turkey Recipes You’ll Love:
- Healthy Turkey Burger with Avocado
- Healthy 30-Minute No-Bean Chilli
- Turkey Sprout & Avocado Sandwich with Beet Horseradish