Greek turkey meatballs

Greek turkey meatballs

Total Time
50 min
15 min
35 min
Tender meatballs filled with a mix of flavors that includes onion, parsley, mint, cinnamon, garlic and oregano bathed in a tasty tomato sauce make a delicious weeknight dinner. Heating the diced tomatoes and tomato paste together with a host of ingredients ensures that the flavors will combine. Serve these meatballs atop pasta, spaghetti squash noodles or as a hero sandwich inside of a hoagie bun. You can also serve them with a plate of steamed vegetables.


Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Uncooked extra lean ground turkey breast

¾ pound(s), skinless

Uncooked onion

1 medium, chopped

Dried plain breadcrumbs



1 large egg(s)

Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

¼ cup(s)


4 clove(s), minced

Fresh parsley

3 Tbsp, flat-leaf chopped, plus additional for garnish

Fresh mint leaves

1 Tbsp, chopped, plus additional for garnish

Dried oregano

2 tsp

Table salt

1 tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Ground cinnamon

½ tsp, divided

Olive oil

1 Tbsp

Canned diced tomatoes

28 oz

Tomato paste

3 Tbsp


  1. 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. 2 To prepare meatballs, stir together turkey, 1/2 cup onion, the bread crumbs, egg, pecorino Romano, half of garlic, 3 tablespoons parsley, 1 tablespoon mint, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in large bowl just until mixed. With damp hands, form into 18 (1-inch) meatballs. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet and bake, turning once, 20 minutes.
  3. 3 Meanwhile, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add remaining onion, remaining garlic, and remaining 1 teaspoon oregano. Cook, stirring often, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes with their juice, tomato paste, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Add meatballs and simmer about 15 minutes longer. Remove from heat and sprinkle with additional parsley and mint.
  4. Serving size: 3 meatballs and about 1/2 cup sauce