These baked Greek Turkey Meatballs are loaded with flavor and include feta cheese & sundried tomatoes baked right in. Serve with a homemade tzatziki sauce over orzo, as an appetizer or on a salad!
I love switching things up by using ground turkey instead of beef. Don't get me wrong, I love a good beef burger, but I think ground turkey is a great substitute when looking to make a recipe a little lighter or just for a change. I use ground turkey in everything from burgers, meatloaf, tacos, to these Greek Turkey Meatballs. You can usually find ground turkey cheaper per pound than ground beef making it a nice choice for your wallet, too.
Homemade Tzaztiki Sauce
Tzaztiki sauce is a must-have dip for these Greek Turkey Meatballs. It's a light sauce made with plain Greek yogurt and seasoned with garlic, fresh dill, lemon juice & grated cucumber. I love the texture the grated cucumber gives the sauce. The key to the cucumber in this recipe is to squeeze out as much liquid as you can before adding it to the sauce. Then it's as simple as mixing everything together.
This Tzaztiki Sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It also makes a great dip for veggies!
How to Make Greek Turkey Meatballs
One of my favorite things about this recipe are the chunks of sundried tomatoes and feta cheese that are baked right in the meatballs. Other ingredients you'll need include:
- Ground turkey
- Egg - will help bind the meatballs together
- Bread crumbs - will also help keep the meatballs from falling apart
- Dried parsley & oregano - to really drive the Greek flavors home
- Garlic powder, salt & pepper - for more seasoning
- Red onion - gives the meatballs some more texture and flavor
- Milk - helps to keep the meatballs moist
To make the Greek Turkey Meatballs, mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. A wooden spoon can be used, but your best kitchen utensil for this task is a pair of clean hands. Have your spoon or scoop and baking sheet ready so you can move right to making the meatballs once your hands are already covered in the meatball mixture. Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to portion out the meatballs. A tablespoon-sized meatball (about 1-½ inches) will yield about two dozen from a batch.
Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes until the meatballs are browned and reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
What to Serve with Greek Turkey Meatballs
As a main dish - make a "Greek bowl" by serving the Greek Turkey Meatballs over orzo or rice. When making the orzo, I like to substitute the water for chicken broth as it gives it so much flavor. Add some halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber and some extra feta cheese. Top with some of the homemade tzatziki sauce for a filling & delicious dinner bowl!
As an appetizer - with tzatziki sauce as a dipping sauce, stick a toothpick in each meatball and place them on a serving tray for an easy, delicious appetizer for your next party!
On a salad - make a Greek salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese & Greek Turkey Meatballs dressed with tzatziki sauce for a quick lunch or light dinner!
Can They Be Frozen?
Yes, these Greek Turkey Meatballs also freeze well! Once they are fully cooled, move the meatballs to a clean parchment lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer until the meatballs are frozen solid. Then remove them from the baking sheet and place the meatballs in a freezer bag or container. Freezing the meatballs on the sheet pan first prevents them from sticking together when frozen. The meatballs can easily be reheated in the oven, in a skillet or even the microwave.
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Greek Turkey Meatballs
Greek Turkey Meatballs
- 1 # ground turkey
- 1 egg beaten
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- ¼ cup red onion chopped
- 2 tbsp. dried parsley
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- 2 tbsp. milk
- ⅓ cup feta cheese
- ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup grated English cucumber
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp. fresh dill
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Making the Meatballs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all meatball ingredients and mix well using a wooden spoon or your hands.
- Take about a tablespoon of meatball mixture and roll meatballs into 1-½ inch balls. Place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake meatballs 20-22 minutes until meatballs are browned and reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- While the meatballs are cooking, gather all tzatziki ingredients. Squeeze as much liquid out of grated cucumber as possible.
- Add all the tzatziki ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.
- Using as a dipping sauce or topping for the Greek Turkey Meatballs.