Let’s indulge in comfort food in a different way. With this lightened up version of Swedish Meatballs.
Made with ground turkey instead of the traditional combination of ground beef and ground pork. And doused in a better-for-you sauce made with reduced-fat sour cream, instead of the traditional heavy cream and butter.
You’ll absolutely love diving into a big plate of these Turkey Swedish Meatballs!
- Ground Turkey
- Chicken Broth – Or, bone broth or turkey stock.
- Sour Cream – I used reduced fat sour cream.
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Dijon Mustard
- Bread Crumbs
- Spices – Allspice, nutmeg, salt, pepper
How to Make Them
The most time consuming part of making Turkey Swedish Meatballs is forming them. I’ve found that using a cookie scoop makes the process much easier. If you don’t have a scoop, you can also form them by hand. Wetting your hands before forming the meatballs makes them less sticky to work with.
- Combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- Shape mixture into 2-inch balls and place in a casserole dish.
- Add 1 cup chicken broth around meatballs.
- Bake at 450-degrees for 15-20 minutes.
On to that delicious Turkey Swedish Meatball sauce! The best part if you ask me!
It’s tangy, creamy and delicious and I like to drown my meatballs in it:
- Whisk together cornstarch and broth in a large skillet, until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add meatballs to the gravy using a slotted spoon (discard the cooking broth); simmer for 1-2 minutes, spooning gravy over the meatballs.
- Enjoy over mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles, garnished with fresh parsley and lingonberry jam, if desired.
- Don’t over handle the ground turkey, otherwise your meatballs can become too dense, and not as tender.
- Be sure your meatballs are roughly the same size before baking. This ensures they’ll cook evenly.
- Use a cookie scoop to make the process easier and ensure your meatballs are all the same size.
- If using your hands, wet them to make the process less sticky.
- Pour a bit of chicken stock around the meatballs while they cook. This keeps them moist and keeps them from sticking to the pan.
- Meatballs are done when they reach a temperature of 160-degrees. I love using this meat thermometer to test for doneness.
- You can use beef or pork (or a combination) to make these Swedish Meatballs more authentic. The process and cook time will remain the same. You may want to swap beef broth for the chicken stock.
How to Make Ahead & Store
You can form the turkey meatballs ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days until you’re ready to cook them. Or, to store the cooked meatballs, simply store them with the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
To freeze Turkey Swedish Meatballs:
- Let cool.
- Freeze on a baking sheet, with meatballs spaced apart so they don’t stick to each other.
- Once frozen, store in freezer safe bags.
- To serve, bake meatballs at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until heated through.
Note: I don’t recommend freezing the swedish meatball sauce. I would make that last minute and add the meatballs to it before serving.
What to Serve with Them
- Serve them alone with gravy as an appetizer
- Mashed Potatoes
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash
- Egg Noodles
- Lingonberry Jam
- More → 25+ side dishes for meatballs.
- Red – Pinot Noir or Beaujolais
- White – Lightly oaked Chardonnay or dry Riesling
- MORE → the BEST wine pairings for turkey
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Turkey Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Swedish Meatball Sauce
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- Shape mixture into 2-inch balls and place in a casserole dish. Pour 1 cup chicken broth around meatballs.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through. (Temperature should register 160-degrees)
- Meanwhile, make the gravy.
- In a large skillet, whisk together cornstarch and broth until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove meatballs from oven and add them to the gravy using a slotted spoon (discard the cooking broth); continue to cook 1-2 minutes, spooning gravy over the meatballs. Garnish with parsley.
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This post was originally published in 2020. It was updated in 2023 to add new content. The turkey Swedish meatball recipe remains the same. Enjoy!