Greek Inspired Meatballs

meatball sandwiches

Josh wanted meatball sandwiches with some sort of yogurt sauce.  I’m not sure I’ve ever made a meal like this before but it did sound good.  We opted to use turkey as the meat.  This was an easy dinner to prepare, and since I baked the meatballs there was minimal effort on the cooking part.  I did make the yogurt sauce over an hour in advance so the flavors would soften together.  I also added lots of cucumber which I sautéed first.  Seriously if you haven’t gone down the road of lightly cooking cucumbers, definitely give it a try.  It brings out the best in them!  I hope everyone has been having a good week and happy cooking!

Sautéing cucumber with some salt and white pepper

Yogurt sauce: Yogurt, cucumber, cumin, ginger, lemon juice, lemon zest, cilantro, garlic gold nuggets


Sautéing shallot and garlic

Parsley added

Meatballs: ground turkey, shallot-garlic-parsley, s&p, mint, oregano

Rolling them into small balls

Randomly I rolled out the perfect amount for my pan!

Baked (sorry this picture isn't the prettiest)

Delicious bread we used

Ready to eat (my eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach!)


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • cucumber seeded, peeled, diced
  • chopped cilantro, 1/4 c
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • lemon juice, ~1 t
  • cumin, 1 t
  • ginger, 1/4 t
  • s&p
  • garlic gold nuggets, 1t
  1. Heat up a bit of oil in a skillet and once warm add the cucumber.  Season with s&p and sauté about five minutes until slightly tender but still crisp.  This does wonders for the cucumber flavor!
  2. In a bowl add all the listed ingredients.  Mix well and taste test.  Adjust seasonings if necessary.
  3. Allow to marinate for a bit.
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • shallot, minced
  • garlic, minced
  • parsley, chopped
  • mint, chopped
  • oregano, chopped
  • s&p
  1. Heat up some oil in a skillet and add the shallot and garlic.  Cook until soft.
  2. Add the parsley and continue to cook until just wilted.
  3. In a bowl add all the ingredients.  I used about 2 tablespoons of each mint and oregano (fresh).  Mix well.
  4. Roll out small meatballs.  You don’t want them too big since they are going in a sandwich.  Place in an oven safe dish.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes.  Since turkey is so lean try not to overcook.
  • bread
  • lettuce
  1. We used bread shaped like a taco.  It was great!  Spread a layer of yogurt sauce on the bread.
  2. Add in as many meatballs as will fit.  I chopped mine in half first.
  3. Stuff the rest of the sandwich with lettuce.
  4. Serve with remaining yogurt sauce.

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