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Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs

By May 29, 2018Recipes
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I have been enjoying a lot of Middle Eastern-inspired recipes recently. I also prefer to make and eat what I consider to be healthier versions of meatballs, though. So for this recipe, I left out the breadcrumbs, used turkey meat, and combined a few flavors I love to create my gluten-free, Middle Eastern turkey meatballs.

These turkey meatballs can be served for dinner or as an appetizer  — or made in bulk and kept in the freezer for an easy snack, lunch, or supper. But make sure to serve them with a sauce like an egg-free dump ranchyogurt dip, or garlic aioli.

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Middle-Eastern Turkey Meatballs

These can be served for dinner or as an appetizer, but make sure to serve them with a sauce like a yogurt dip or garlic aioli.

Category Dinner, Lunch, Paleo
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 meatballs
Author Alma Schneider


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 medium onion peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbs garlic (about 3-4 cloves) minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Coconut or olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, place the ground turkey.
  2. In a food processor, puree the onion, garlic, and cilantro.

  3. Add this mixture as well as the spices and almond flour to the ground meat and mix until everything is fully combined.

  4. Form the meatballs into one-inch balls and set aside.

  5. Place a large frying pan (preferably non-stick) over medium flame, and cover the pan with oil.

  6. Fry the meatballs, browning them on all sides, until they are opaque in the middle, about 15 minutes total.
  7. Serve with your favorite sauce (see notes for ideas and links).

Recipe Notes

Try serving these with an egg-free dump ranchyogurt dip, or garlic aioli.

Alma Schneider
Alma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, cooking coach, and food blogger. She is the founder of Take Back the Kitchen, a lifestyle program created to help people recognize and overcome common and unique obstacles to planning and preparing healthy meals. Alma provides demonstrations, workshops, and speaking engagements for individuals and non-profits, as well as for corporate wellness workshops, lunch and learns, and company retreats.

Alma has presented at TEDx and is the recipient of The American Red Cross award for Community Service. She has been featured on the Today Show, TV Land, CBS News and is a frequent contributor for CBS, Diabetic Lifestyle, and She has been featured in Family Circle Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, and numerous other websites and publications. Her syndicated recipe column appears in more than twenty print and online newspapers. Alma has been on the Whole Life Challenge for a year and a half and has never felt better.