Turkey Meatballs in Yogurt Sauce

Number of Servings: 8 (122 g)
Active Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 22 Minutes

Bring these Mediterranean-inspired turkey meatballs to your holiday for a delicious appetizer that will keep everyone coming back for more. If you’re looking for a replacement for beef meatballs in your favorite Italian dish, just skip the yogurt sauce and swap in your favorite star-earning tomato sauce. The flavors in this basic meatball will play nicely with classic Italian flavors too.


  • Ingredients for meatballs
  • 1 c. cooked lentils
  • 1/2 lb. ground extra lean turkey
  • 1 lg. egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 T. ground flax meal, set in 1 T. water
  • 2/3 c. whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. low-fat ricotta
  • 2 T. red onion, minced
  • 2 T. chopped black olives
  • 1 T. capers
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 T. fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/4 t. dried dill
  • 1/2 t. kosher salt
  • 1/2 t. ground black pepper
  • Ingredients for yogurt sauce
  • 1 c. nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t. fresh or dried chives
  • 1 t. fresh or dried dill, chopped
  • 1 t. lemon zest


  1. In a food processor, grind the lentils to a paste. Combine all of the remaining meatball ingredients with the lentils and mix well. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray generously with non-stick spray. Form 2-inch balls and place on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake on the middle rack for 20 to 22 minutes until the meatballs are golden brown.
  4. Whisk all of the yogurt sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 122 g

Amount per serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 49mg 17%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin D 0.1mcg 0%
Calcium 100.4mg 8%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 250mg 6%
Vitamin A 15.6mcg 2%
Vitamin C 2.5mg 4%
Vitamin E 0.3mg 0%
Vitamin K 17.5mcg 15%
Thiamin 0.1mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 15%
Niacin 3.3mg 20%
Vitamin B6 0.2mg 10%
Folate 55.3mcg 14%
Vitamin B12 0.4mcg 15%
Biotin 1.9mcg 6%
Chloride 10.6mg 0%
Pantothenate 0.6mg 20%
Phosphorus 157.2mg 15%
Iodine 3.4mcg 2%
Magnesium 25.5mg 6%
Zinc 1.3mg 10%
Selenium 12.9mcg 25%
Copper 0.1mg 10%
Manganese 0.2mg 8%
Chromium 0.1mcg 0%
Molybdenum 19.8mcg 45%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


93% Ground Turkey, Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt (skim Milk, Active Bacterial Culture, Vitamin As Palmitate, Vitamin D3), Lentils, Low Fat Ricotta Cheese (pasteurized Whey, Pasteurized Milk, Vinegar, Salt, Stabilizer (modified Food Starch, Guar Gum, Carrageenan), Vitamin A Palmitate), Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs (bread Crumbs Made From 100% Whole Wheat Bread (whole Wheat Flour, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Molasses, Honey, Wheat Fiber, Soybean And/or Canola Oil, Yeast, Salt, Mono And Diglycerides, Calcium Propionate (preservative), Mono Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, Datem, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Soy Lecithin, Oat Fiber, Whey Solids, Ascorbic Acid, Sesame Seeds, Caraway Seeds), Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese (pasteurized Sheep's Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes (rennet)), Salt, Dehydrated Parsley Flakes, Spices, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder), Eggs, Red Onion, Black Olives (ripe Olives, Water, Salt, Ferrous Gluconate (to Stabilize Color)), Water, Capers (capers In Vinegar, Water, Salt), Parsley, Flax Seed Meal, Garlic, Salt, Lemon Peel, Dill, Black Pepper, Oregano, Chives.

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