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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#TurkeyLovers ” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

MEDITERRANEAN BAKED TURKEY MEATBALLS

We love meatballs in my house! My kids go crazy for them and I like experimenting with new flavor combinations. These Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs were a new combination that I made recently and knew I had to share with you guys.

Lean, ground turkey is mixed with the warm, rich spices of allspice, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, breadcrumbs and an egg and then baked to perfection.

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs in bowl

The spice combination is typical in a lot of the Lebanese recipes that my family makes. I love the warmth of the cinnamon paired with the allspice and cumin and that hint of kick from the cayenne pepper.

One of my favorite things about these meatballs is that they are a healthy option you can have on hand for the kids and even freeze some for later. As you can see from the pictures, I like to create rice bowls with my Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs.

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

Rice bowls are easy to create and are a fun way to let your kids make their own choices when it comes to what they are eating. I like to set a variety of toppings out and let them create their own bowl.

You might be familiar with this when it comes to things like burrito bowls, but I also love it when using Mediterranean ingredients.

This is how we grew up eating Lebanese food. We would have a layer of a grain, like brown rice, jasmine rice or bulgur wheat, followed by hummus, tabbouleh, yogurt, chickpeas, feta cheese and cucumbers.  We were eating Mediterranean style rice bowls before they were a thing!

The options are endless when it comes to the ingredients in your bowl.  Sometimes instead of traditional tabbouleh I make this Kale Cucumber Tabbouleh or I replace regular chickpeas with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas.

I find that in my house mixing things up and keeping meals new and exciting is half of the battle when it comes to getting my kids to try new things.

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

Today’s Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are a great way to celebrate Turkey Lovers’ Month, which just happens to be in June. Turkey is one of my favorite lean proteins to cook with and feed my family.

I don’t know about you but I get tired of turkey burgers and turkey lettuce wraps every day. These meatballs are a nice change, and a fun, delicious way to cook with ground turkey.

Turkey is a great canvas to absorb and enhance bold flavors and warm spices. The turkey works as a blank canvas to showcase Mediterranean flavors perfectly.

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

Turkey is a healthy lean protein, flavorful and versatile for meals any time of day, year round.  There are a variety of cuts available – discover turkey ground meat, turkey sausage, turkey tenderloin and turkey drumsticks.

 I don’t know about you but I am always looking for new ways to use turkey! Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are versatile. They make a nice dinner, lunch or an appetizer at a party.

If you are serving a big crowd you can made them into mini-meatballs, making them the perfect finger food. Set out a dish of hummus or yogurt to dip them in. I promise, your guests will not be disappointed.

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs

Yield: About 30 turkey meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

Ingredients

For the Turkey Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¼ cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne red pepper {optional}
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

For the Bowls:

  • Brown Rice {or grain of your choice-bulgur wheat and quinoa also work great}
  • Tabbouleh
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Chickpeas
  • Feta Cheese
  • Hummus

Instructions

To prepare the turkey meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, shallots, parsley, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  3. Add the ground turkey and use your hands to gently mix everything together. Don't over-mix the turkey mixture. Form the turkey mixture into 1-inch turkey meatballs and put on the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meatballs reach an interal temperature of 165ºF.

To put together the rice bowls:

  1. Place cooked brown rice {or grain of you choice} in a bowl. Top with diced cucumber, tabbouleh, hummus, feta cheese, chickpeas and the turkey meatballs.
 

 

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#TurkeyLovers ” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Abby

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Looks so tasty!! Do you have instructions on freezing and reheating? Thank you!

Julia

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Hi there! They are really good- hope you try them! I would make sure they are fully cooled then I would add to gallon freezer bag, seal bag and freeze. To quickly reheat just remove a 1-2 out of bag and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes and serve as desired. Or place in oven and bake until warmed through.

Avery Bexson

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Hi Julia,

I am just wondering if you can make these meatballs into turkey burgers? Should I still bake them at the same temperature? or should I pan fry them, since they will be bigger and thicker than a meatball?

Thank you.

Julia

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Great idea- I think you totally could. And yes, I would say you would want to pan fry them until they are done on the inside- so the temperature would be 160 degrees F. I hope you enjoy them- let me know!

Abby

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Unfortunately I do not have an oven, but I panfried this recipe and it was absolutely delicious!!! Full of flavor and quick to cook.

Julia

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

So glad! Thank you for letting me know- I am happy they worked out for you.

Sam

Monday 13th of July 2020

Made the meatballs tonight and they were very tasty. The only thing I would change is to leave out the allspice. I thought it was a little overpowering as I prefer a stronger cumin taste. I will definitely make again next time substituting the allspice for garlic powder. Thanks for the recipe!

Julia

Monday 13th of July 2020

Great ideas. Glad you liked them. Yes, sometimes people find allspice overpowering- I think it is definitely a personal preference!

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