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Greek Turkey Meatballs – Glutenfree Meatballs {Whole30, Paleo,Keto}

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You’ll love how flavorful these Greek Turkey Meatballs are! Baked turkey meatballs are such an easy Whole30, gluten-free, and paleo meal prep option. The creamy lemon sauce is so good you’ll want to put it on everything, including a plate of glutenfree meatballs. These paleo meatballs are picky-kid approved and ready in under 30 minutes. Make a double batch of easy turkey meatballs today and freeze half for a future weeknight meal.

a bowl of zoodles with greek turkey meatballs and basil

“Mom, these are delicious,” said my very picky ten-year-old man child. In my head, I did a summer Olympics-worthy gymnastics routine in excitement. It seems that mom wins like this are very few and far between these days.

Fast and healthy dinners like Paleo Salmon Cakes or Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies are staples in our house for a reason. Go-to meals that everyone can agree on means (almost) no dinnertime battles, easy meal prep, and delicious leftovers.

These healthy turkey meatballs are destined to be added to your list of tried and true dinners.

Greek Turkey Meatballs Ingredients

  • Ground turkey (I used 93/7)
  • Egg
  • Almond flour
  • Green onions
  • Fresh parsley, oregano, and basil (see notes for dried options)
  • Dill
  • Garlic (of course)

The creamy lemon sauce is optional but highly recommended. If you want to make it, you’ll need:

  • Chicken broth/stock (try making your own)
  • Lemon rind & lemon juice
  • Garlic (yes, more garlic. Vampires are lame)

Pro tip: if you use fresh spices for the ground turkey meatballs, save the extras to make Greek Chicken Thighs later in the week. Waste not, want not!

Ground turkey, zucchini, a lemon and other ingredients for making baked turkey meatballs

How to Make Greek Turkey Meatballs

*Detailed (i.e., measurements & cooking times) and printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

Make the ground turkey meatballs:

Mix ground turkey and other ingredients. Pro tip: use a deep mixing bowl to avoid spillover messes. This giant measuring cup/bowl is one of my favorite things in my kitchen. An added bonus is it comes with a lid if you want to mix this up and stick it in the fridge for a few hours.

a mixing bowl of ground turkey and other ingredients for making greek turkey meatballs

Shape and form the meatballs on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flip and bake another 5 minutes or until the internal temp of the turkey meatball is 165 degrees F. Pro tip: if you want a browned top on the meatballs, put them under the broiler at the end for 2-3 minutes.

two photos of baked turkey meatballs on a foil-lined sheet

Make the Creamy Lemon Sauce:

Pro tip: start the lemon sauce when you put the meatballs in the oven.

Combine chicken stock, minced garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. I use this enameled cast iron brassier pan and love it! 

Cook the sauce over medium-high heat until it is reduced by half. This will take about 6-10 minutes.

two photos showing how to make creamy lemon sauce in a skillet

Drizzle the lemon sauce over the meatballs and serve with your choice of side. 

What to Serve With Glutenfree Meatballs?

As you can see in the photos, we used zoodles (zucchini noodles) that I made with my spiralizer. You could eat them with salad, Whole30 Skillet Potatoes, cauliflower rice, or regular rice if that is your jam.

Can You Freeze Ground Turkey Meatballs?

Yes! Bake these glutenfree meatballs as directed and then freeze on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. Once they’re fully frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.

Do Meatballs Have Gluten?

Most conventional meatballs have gluten in them from the binder (bread, breadcrumbs, or flour) used to hold them together. Almost any premade meatball you’ll find at the store will have some form of gluten in there.

Do Meatballs Need Breadcrumbs?

Nope! There are lots of other ways to hold your meatballs together and keep their form without breadcrumbs. This recipe uses almond flour, but if you have any nut allergies, feel free to use cassava or coconut flour. You could also leave out the flour altogether but your meatballs may be harder to shape and form.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you’re not gluten-free/Whole30/paleo, feel free to use panko or regular breadcrumbs in place of the almond flour.
  • Want to use ground chicken, pork, or beef instead to make these easy turkey meatballs? Go for it!
  • Turkey is very lean already, so I would avoid using 99% lean if possible. I purchased 93% lean, 7% fat. You need a little fat in there to keep these baked turkey meatballs juicy. No one likes dry balls…
  • Using dried herbs? Reduce parsley to 1.5 tbsp, basil to 1 tbsp, and oregano to 1.5 tsp.

an overhead shot of a bowl of baked glutenfree turkey meatballs and zoodles

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a bowl of zoodles with greek turkey meatballs and basil
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Greek Turkey Meatballs - Glutenfree Meatballs {Whole30, Paleo,Keto}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

You'll love how flavorful these Greek Turkey Meatballs are! Baked turkey meatballs are such an easy Whole30, gluten-free, and paleo meal prep option. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: glutenfree meatballs, Greek turkey meatballs, Paleo meatballs
Servings: 6
Calories: 274 kcal
Ingredients
Greek Turkey Meatballs
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 cup parsley, fresh chopped
  • 1 tsp dill dried
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp oregano, fresh
  • 3 tbsp basil, fresh
Creamy Lemon Sauce
Instructions
Making Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Mix ground turkey and other ingredients. 

  3. Shape and form the meatballs on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. 

  4. Bake for 15 minutes, flip and bake another 5 minutes or until the internal temp of the turkey meatball is 165 degrees F. 

  5. If you want a browned top on the meatballs, put them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes.

Making Creamy Lemon Sauce
  1. Start the lemon sauce when you put the meatballs in the oven.

  2. Combine chicken stock, minced garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. 

  3. Cook the sauce over medium-high heat until it is reduced by half. This will take about 6-10 minutes.

  4. Drizzle the lemon sauce over the meatballs and serve with your choice of side. 

Recipe Notes

If you're not gluten-free/Whole30/paleo, feel free to use panko or regular breadcrumbs in place of the almond flour.

 

Turkey is very lean already, so I would avoid using 99% lean if possible. I purchased 93% lean, 7% fat. You need a little fat in there to keep these baked turkey meatballs juicy. 

 

Using dried herbs? Reduce parsley to 1.5 tbsp, basil to 1 tbsp, and oregano to 1.5 tsp.

Nutrition Facts
Greek Turkey Meatballs - Glutenfree Meatballs {Whole30, Paleo,Keto}
Amount Per Serving (5 meatballs)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Potassium 591mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 0g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 8.2%
Vitamin C 18.5%
Calcium 7.2%
Iron 14.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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