Easy Greek Turkey Meatballs

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.

  1. Add lean ground turkey to a bowl with egg and gf flour (or gf breadcrumbs)
  2. Add in seasonings and herbs of choice. 
  3. Crumble in dairy free feta cheese (optional, but creates amazing flavour and texture!).
  4. Mix until well incorporated. 
  5. Heat a large pan over medium, and form golf-ball sized meatballs with clean hands, then drop into the pan. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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
  • Egg
  • 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)

 

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:

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!

Healthy Greek Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Greek Turkey Meatballs

Yield: Makes approx 15 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These delicious meatballs inspired by Greek flavours are super juicy, moist, and delicious. They are also gluten free, dairy free, and high in protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup gluten free flour of choice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons greek seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup crumbled dairy free feta (see recipe notes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. In a bowl combine all ingredients, use clean hands to mix together.
    3. Divide the mixture into 15 meatballs (golf-ball sized).
    4. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat and coat lightly with olive oil.
    5. Brown the meatballs for a couple minutes on the outside, not to cook the meatballs fully (you may have to do this in batches).
    6. Place the browned meatballs on a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165F is reached.

Notes

** I used Violife brand Just-LIke-Feta dairy free cheese, but you can use any dairy free feta of choice as there are many brands out there. Alternatively if you can tolerate dairy, you can use a regular goats or cows feta cheese. You could also try shredded dairy free or regular mozzarella cheese.

 

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Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • I made these meatballs for supper last night. (without the feta). I had mine served over zoodles (zuccinni sliced like noodles) and my husband had his over spaghetti. Both dishes topped with some marinara sauce. Very yummy, will definitely make again – a double batch!!