Greek-Style Lemon Turkey Meatballs

Greek style lemon turkey meatballs

Greek-Style Lemon Turkey Meatballs

Here’s a lively makeover for the humble meatball. This version is made with lean turkey and creamy feta, and flavored with a combination of lemon and a Greek style combination of spices and herbs. You’ll want to make extra so you can have leftovers.
Course Main Dish


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 6 ounces feta finely crumbled
  • 2 lemons zest & juice
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves


  • Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and brush the foil lightly with some olive oil.
  • Add the turkey to a bowl, along with the feta, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, and egg. Use a fork to loosely mix the ingredients together.
  • Season with dill, 2 cloves garlic, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Use your hands until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
  • Roll the meat mixture into small balls about 1 1/2” in diameter. As you finish each, place it in the baking sheet that you’ve prepared, about 1” apart.
  • When they are all finished, brush the tops with oil, and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Finish them by placing them under the broiler for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Prepare the lemon yogurt sauce by whisking the lemon juice, remaining clove of garlic (minced), and yogurt together.
  • Garnish with parsley, and serve with flatbread and yogurt sauce.
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