Turkey Swedish Meatballs

6 servings
35 min

Turkey Swedish meatballs are a quick, easy and healthy dinner idea. Whip them up in just 30-40 minutes and feed the family in no time at all! And the best part? They're gluten free, low carb and keto-friendly. I especially love making this comfort food during cooler months, but it can absolutely be enjoyed year round.

Swedish Turkey Meatballs

If you love this recipe, be sure to check out my delicious Porcupine Meatballs. They are equally as scrumptious. I make them with ground beef but you can easily sub turkey.

If a search for healthy comfort food is what landed you here, you may also enjoy my Sweet Potato And Ground Beef Casserole!

Meatballs Lined On Cutting Board
Swedish Meatball Sauce Mixture
Browning Meatballs
Heating Sauce
Adding Sour Cream
Turkey Swedish Meatballs
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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Ground Turkey Meatballs
  • 2 lbs lean ground turkey *I use 93/7%
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup gluten free plain breadcrumbs *see tip below
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil *for sautéing meatballs
Brown Gravy Sauce
  • 1 can (or 1 & 3/4 cups) beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream *or half and half
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour *see tip below
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream *regular also works
Optional for serving:
  • Rice, mashed potatoes or gluten free pasta. Regular pasta or egg noodles are fine if you don't need to make this recipe gluten free.
Optional toppings
  • Fresh parsley, parmesan cheese

Combine ground turkey, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg and cloves in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands or a spoon to mix until well combined, but don't over-do it. Overmixing can lead to tough meatballs.
Form turkey mixture into 2 tablespoon sized balls (you'll end up with around 30 total). Try to keep them even in size, perfection isn't necessary.
Make your sauce mixture: measure beef broth, heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, allspice, cardamom and pepper into a separate mixing bowl. Whisk well and set aside.
Measure oil into a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté meatballs, in batches if necessary, to avoid overcrowding. If the pan gets too full, this can prevent proper browning. Rotate each sphere until golden on all sides. Remove from pan and place on a plate or in a small bowl. Set aside.
Carefully wipe the skillet out with a paper towel. If there isn't a whole lot of residue from the meatballs, you can skip this step.
Add more olive oil to the pan and whisk in the gluten free flour to create a roux. Sauté oil and flour together for about 30 seconds, whisking continuously.
Slowly whisk in the sauce mixture. Increase heat to high and bring ingredients to a boil, then add meatballs and reduce heat to medium/medium-low. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until thickened. Stir occasionally and spoon sauce over the meatballs.
If you're making rice or noodles to serve with your meatballs, now is a good time to get that going on the side.
Once sauce has thickened, take lid off skillet, remove from heat and stir in your sour cream until well combined.
Serve meatballs and sauce (over rice or noodles if you'd like)! Add a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley or grated parmesan cheese. Both are optional, but delicious.
  • Gluten free breadcrumbs: if you don't need to make this recipe gluten free, regular breadcrumbs will work.
  • Gluten free flour: if you don't need to make this recipe gluten free, regular all-purpose flour will work fine.
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