Greek Turkey Meatballs

Moist, lemony and loaded with Mediterranean herbs! These healthier meatballs pair perfectly with tzatziki sauce and are fun for any occasion!

Easy Greek turkey meatballs that are made with simple ingredients and served with your favorite tzatziki sauce! They're great for an appetizer or even as a main meal!

It’s been pretty recent that I’ve discovered a love for Greek/Mediterranean food. (Growing up in Southern California I feel like we’re much more prone to encounter Mexican cuisine than anything else, so Mediterranean food was never much on my radar.) That was until I met Charlie though and discovered his love of tzatziki sauce. After just one bite of his gyro sandwich with tzatziki sauce and I. Was. Hooked! So much so that I started experimenting on my own with all the Mediterranean flavors and that’s when these Greek turkey meatballs were born! They’re super fresh, full of bold and bright flavors and of course, taste like heaven when dipped in your favorite creamy tzatziki sauce!

A healthier meatball recipe that's made with ground turkey, Mediterranean herbs and spices and bright lemon flavors. These would be perfect for your next appetizer party!

Ingredients

We’re keeping these meatballs simple, fresh and most importantly loaded with all the Mediterranean flavor! Check out the ingredients below along with a few of their substitutions too.

  • Ground turkey: Can be replaced with ground chicken.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: Can be replaced with regular breadcrumbs or gluten free breadcrumbs. (I personally prefer using panko for this recipe because it keeps them light and airy. Some grocery stores do also carry gluten free panko breadcrumbs if needed too!)
  • Egg
  • Feta cheese: I used reduced fat for this recipe but you can also use traditional or fat free as well. I would not suggest using a flavored feta though because it will alter the taste of the meatballs.
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Lemon (zest & juice): If possible, use fresh lemon juice for this recipe. Bottled lemon juice tends to have a more processed taste to it which can muddle the other flavors in these meatballs.
  • Mediterranean herbs: dried oregano, dried dill, salt & pepper

How do I make these meatballs gluten free?

This couldn’t be any easier loves! Simply swap out the panko breadcrumbs for gluten free breadcrumbs and you’re good to go! (Most grocery stores will also carry gluten free panko too if you want to stick to the recipe. Just a worker to see where they might have it.)

These Mediterranean meatballs are so versatile! You can pair them with tzatziki or hummus for a fun appetizer party or even toss them over a salad for a quick meal!

Tips for making Greek turkey meatballs

While the recipe for these meatballs is pretty straight forward, I have discovered a few tips and tricks that really elevate them to the next level!

  • Pulse your feta cheese in a food processor or blender before adding it to your meat mixture. This helps to distribute the cheese even throughout the meat mixture so yo’ll get a little bit of feta in every bite.
  • Once the meatballs are done cooking, broil them in the oven for a few minutes to get a nice crispy crust!
  • Squeeze a little extra lemon juice over them right before serving. The lemon really brings out all fresh and zesty flavors of these meatballs! (If you’re serving this for an appetizer party, set a few extra lemon slices on the side for your guests to squeeze on themselves.)
  • Serve them with an array of dips. If tzatziki isn’t your thing, try serving them with hummus or even a whipped feta dip! This makes for a fun appetizer party where you can also have a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit to go along with them too!
These zesty Greek turkey meatballs are so easy to make and full of bold Mediterranean flavors! They'd be perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

What do I serve with Greek turkey meatballs?

The great thing about these meatballs is that you can serve them for an appetizer with some tzatziki sauce on the side or you can even make a full meal out them too! Here are a few side dish ideas that we love to serve with them:

  • Side salad
  • Cucumber, tomato, onion & feta salad
  • Orzo
  • Rice pilaf with lemon and dill
  • Sliced fresh veggies
  • Grilled or roasted veggies
  • Grilled pita or naan bread
  • Hummus
  • More tzatziki!

If you love Greek/Mediterranean food, then I know you’re going to absolutely love these zesty turkey meatballs too!

I hope you’re all having an amazing day loves!

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Greek Turkey Meatballs

Moist, lemony and loaded with Mediterranean herbs! These healthier meatballs pair perfectly with your favorite tzatziki sauce and are fun for any occasion!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: Greek, Mediterranean, turkey meatballs, tzatziki sauce
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs (can be replaced with regular or gluten free breadcrumbs)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese (I used reduced fat)
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tsp)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a broiler pan with non-stick cooking spray. (Or you can also line a large baking sheet with parchment paper too.)
  • Mix all the meatball ingredients together in a bowl and form the mixture into 1 inch balls. Place the balls on your prepared broiler pan or baking sheet and bake them for 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with lemon slices and tzatziki sauce!
  • Optional: Once the meatballs are cooked, turn the oven on to broil and broil them for a few minutes to crisp the outside!

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