Greek Turkey Meatballs

Anyone who knows me knows that Greek food is my all-time favorite cuisine. If I could eat gyros or falafel every day of my life, I probably would. But we both know that isn’t a good idea. In any case, I love ALL things Greek food. I credit this restaurant from my hometown for my obscene love of Greek food. I’ve been living in Houston for nearly eight years and I have yet to find a place that even comes close to Poseidon’s deliciousness. Grape leaves, spanikopita, halloumi cheese – I love it all.

When I ran across this gem from Skinnytaste, I had to give it a shot. Rest assured, dear readers, it did not disappoint. Of course it isn’t exactly the same as a gyro from your favorite Greek joint, but it certainly scratches the itch for a whole lot less fat and calories. Give it a shot!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, liquid squeezed out well
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 red onion, grated 
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped (less if using dry)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh spearmint, chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • about 1 tsp worth of olive oil cooking spray

Here’s what you do:

Wet bread with water, squeezing excess out. Tear into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Combine with turkey, egg, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, mint, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper.

Using a 1/4 cup measure, form each meatball 1/4 cup in size. For best results, refrigerate before cooking to help hold their shape.

In a pan, spray olive oil in a large nonstick frying pan and cook over very low heat. Or you can bake 350F 20-25 minutes. 

Serve these little babies with some skinny tzatziki in a warm whole wheat pita with a thick slice of tomato. Okay, I’m drooling just thinking about it. Have a Greek, I mean GREAT, weekend. Opa!


  1. Rachel Steen May 27, 2016, 12:08 pm

    I am extremely excited about these! I’ll try these this weekend and let you know how they turn out!

    1. Jessica May 27, 2016, 1:34 pm

      Please do!!!! I loooooove me some Greek food. The next time I’m in Laffy, let’s have a date at Poseidon’s. ??


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