Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs

Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs Recipe
Photo: David Tsay
Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs are a great pick-up appetizer or main dish. Serve in flatbread and top with Avocado-Mint Tzatziki.


Makes 16
Total time: 1 Hour, 36 Minutes

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Grill: 6 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours
Total: 1 Hour, 36 Minutes


2 slices firm white sandwich bread, torn into pea-size pieces
1 pound ground dark meat turkey
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Extra virgin olive oil
Flatbread, cut into squares


1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (350° to 400°).

2. Combine first 14 ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring until well blended. Divide mixture into 16 portions; shape each portion into a cylinder. Brush each meatball evenly with olive oil.

3. Grill meatballs, turning once, 6 to 10 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with Avocado-Mint Tzatziki and flatbread.

Cat Cora,

Coastal Living

May 2012
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