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Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs are one of those dishes that can be made and eaten at home with salad or for those wanting to bulk it up more a side of homemade chips, yum!


They are super easy to make and you can be flexible with the meat used.  You can try them with turkey, chicken, pork, lamb or beef or by cutting out the meat completely and using other protein rich ingredients such as chick peas, quinoa etc.  See, I told you they are flexible although technically by this stage they are no longer ‘meat’balls.  Meatballs are fabulously simple to make and this can be made even easier by using a few gadgets.  To mix mine I use my Russell Hobbs mixer and to make my bread into breadcrumbs my nutribullet.  This was the first time I had made bread crumbs with my nutribullet and I was curious how long it would take.  The answer seconds – don’t blink, you’ll miss it.  These meatballs are also great as an on the move snack or addition to a picnic.  Just to note for anyone curious that the rests are best when these are shallow fried baking does not compare

My recipe uses lean mince turkey.  For a change I bought ready minced turkey as I wasn’t feeling too great and wanted to speed up the process of making the meal.  Turkey is great for you as it has a low GI (glycaemic index) which means it raises blood sugar levels slowly so good for those with Type 2 diabetes.  Turkey of course is a great source of protein and has less fat than other meats.  It contains various nutrients including zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin B6 and niacin.  Combining this with ingredients such as brown seeded bread, coriander and onion helps to increase the fibre and nutrient content of the dish.


Make approximately 35 balls depending on sizing.

1 medium white onion

2.5 to 3 tbs chopped coriander

4 slices of brown seeded bread

800g lean turkey mince

392g potato

2 medium eggs

freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste

Sunflower oil to shallow fry the turkey balls


Place one slice of bread which has been pulled apart into the nutribullet and blitz briefly we don’t want the breadcrumbs too fine.   Repeat with the rest.

Grate the potato with the skin on.

Chop the onion and coriander.

Place the turkey mince into the mixing bowl and using the dough hook attachment give it a quick mix.

Throw in all the other ingredients and mix well.

With a tablespoon scoop out some of the mixture with a tablespoon and squish (a nice technical foodie word) the mixture into balls approximately 3cm in diameter.  I prepare enough to cover my chopping board and then heat up the oil until I get a gently bubbling when a ball is added (see photo below).  I normally test the first ball by cooking it and then tasting it to make sure it has been seasoned enough.  Cook the balls in batches so that they are easy to turn half way through.  If you cook to many at the same time they can get broken easily.


Allow the balls to cook for a few minutes on each side.  Remove them from the oil and place on a plate covered with kitchen towel.  Leave them to drain off whilst you do the next batch.  I normally allow the excess oil to drain off, add the cooked ball to a plate / bowl and change the paper to help remove as much oil as possible from them.  I am always careful to use just a little salt when making these as the children eat them too.  Should you require a little more then just sprinkle it over after.


Once all the balls have been shaped, cooked and had any excess oil removed serve whilst still hot.


This Post Has 56 Comments

  1. I used to make turkey meatballs all the time when I ate meat. They are really good with sundried tomatoes in them.

    1. That’s a good idea I shall give that a go. Thanks Dannii 😉

  2. Melanie these look fantastic, I adore meatballs and just buy the premade but I’m very tempted to try this recipe out now, they look delicious yum 🙂 x

    1. Aaahhhh thanks so much Lynne. They are so tasty and easy to make too which is great.

  3. Great recipe and this would be good for an appetiser at a party.

    1. They sure would as they are easy to eat.

  4. Been looking for a different way of making meatballs… Hadn’t thought about using turkey. Definitely gonna try this!

  5. I actually prefer cooking with turkey mince than beef mince so I’ll have to give these a try x

  6. I love making my own meatballs but I’ve never tried turkey ones, they sound good x

  7. i remember making turkey nuggets and when they turned out to be too salty because of the premade meat. I made them in youghurt/ramen breading.

    1. That sounds different. The mince I used didn’t have anything added to it so wasn’t salty 😉

  8. We’re not usually big fans of turkey meatballs, opting for beef, but these look delicious.

    1. The pork ones are really nice. I don’t normally make them with beef but hope to give that a go.

  9. These look very nice, not made meatballs before! might just make these soon

  10. I have never tried turkey for meatballs and yet use the in other mince recipe so I will try this out thanks

    1. No problem Louise, enjoy!

  11. I really need to try these! I love meatballs and I think I surprisingly have all the ingredients in at the moment 😀

    1. Perfect that’s a sign! Give them a go. They are yummy!

  12. Ohh I’m trying to eat better and have been looking for turkey recipes! Great post! L x

    1. Thanks I’m sure you will enjoy these.

  13. These look lovely, i think Turkey is really underrated, its tasty and cheap too

    1. They are tasty and not expensive to make.

  14. Absolutely LOVE turkey meatballs , I find them much nicer than beef to be honest and soooo much leaner !!

    1. They are much leaner and just as tasty.

  15. Great recipe. I love turkey mince and use it quite a lot now x

    1. It is much leaner so makes a healthier meal.

  16. I love the idea of having Turkey meatballs as I’m not keen on traditional pork.

    1. They are great and you can always adapt them to your taste.

  17. What a great idea, we usually have beef meatballs but turkey sounds nice too

    1. They are also great with pork mince!

  18. These look so delicious! I am hungry just looking at them x

    1. They are good and great with a salad and chips.

  19. I am definitely going to give these a try, I do love a meatball

    1. Enjoy John, they are yummy!

  20. This is a lovely recipe. We love meatballs in our house, we make Swedish ones with cranberries in.

    1. They sound yummy I will need to try that.

  21. These look great! Homemade meatballs are great. We like beef omes with a little bit of cheese in the middle!

    1. Those sounds great I made some with olives in the middle which were good too.

  22. These look so tasty! I’ve been cutting back on red meat, so this is right up my alley.

    1. This would be perfect for you, enjoy x

  23. Very lovely sounding, I think I would attempt to bake them though, as we don’t fry. I wonder if they would come out okay?

    1. They don’t seem to come out as well baked unfortunately.

  24. I must make a note of this recipe…it would have come in very hand after Xmas. x

    1. They are yummy!

  25. Will be making these for tea this week, I wonder if anyone will realise that they are made with turkey and not pork

    1. I make them with pork too and other ingredients they are very flexible a food to make.

  26. I really enjoy meatballs but i’ve never tried turkey.

    1. These taste great you must try them 😉

  27. Sound good and relatively healthy, must have a go at them.

    1. They are not too bad healthywise even though they are fried.

  28. Great as I have some turkey in my freezer and have not known what to do with it. I will use my Nutribullet!

    1. Have fun cooking x

  29. My friend has recently suggested turkey meatballs and these sound amazing, will have to give them a try

    1. These do taste great and you can always add to change ingredients.

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring my recipe on the post 😉

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