There’s nothing better than a yummy homemade Tzatziki sauce to dress up your turkey meatballs.
This Greek Turkey Meatballs with Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce features a sauce that is creamy from the yogurt and cool and refreshing from the cucumber.
It’s a great idea to add to your Summer BBQ recipes so you can serve these along side with your favorite meat on a stick!
This meatball recipe is perfect if you’re on the 17 Day Diet.
If you happen to be on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet, you can use this recipe, too! Keep reading as I’ll let you know which cycles/phases this is approved for.
I featured this recipe at a dinner party I threw online for the opening of my Monthly Dinner Club by Simply17 (this is my weekly meal planning service for the 17 Day Diet).
During our virtual dinner party, community member, Sandra, went an extra step and included her party favors at dinner time. Guests were given name place cards. You can see Sandra’s below.
I love Greek food, so it’s always fun to incorporate an easy meatball recipe for dinner time.
Mediterranean dishes are not only yummy, but super healthy, too!
Ingredients for Greek Turkey Meatballs
The ingredients for the actual meatballs are fairly simple. Here is the short list:
- ground turkey
- Worcestershire Sauce
- lemon zest
- low-fat feta cheese
- dried oregano
This is a low carb meatball so you won’t see any breadcrumbs in this list. The feta cheese will help bind everything together and the onion will help keep the meatballs moist!
Ingredients for Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce
This sauce is pretty tasty! The ingredients are basic and it’s likely you have most of them in your pantry:
- Greek yogurt
- fresh lemon juice
- olive oil
- fresh parsley
- fresh or dried dill
If you don’t have Greek Yogurt, it’s easy to strain regular plain yogurt.
I use a small metal colander that sits on top of my pyrex glass measuring cup. If you have a clean dish towel or cheese cloth, use this. Otherwise, a paper towel works just fine.
Place your cloth/paper towel inside the colander and scoop your plain yogurt on top and allow it to drain for a few hours.
This easy process makes Greek Yogurt!
Greek Turkey Meatballs for the 17 Day Diet and the 17 Day Kickstart Diet
If you’re on the 17 Day Diet, then this recipe can be used for all cycles. No changes necessary!
However, if you’re on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet, you can begin using this recipe on the 10-Day Stabilize Phase. This is due to the yogurt being allowed starting on Day 10.
If you use a plant based yogurt, you can certainly try this recipe sooner! If you’re not sure which foods are allowed on each phase of the Kickstart Diet, make sure you check out my 17 Day Kickstart Diet Food List for all the info!
Is The Greek Turkey Meatballs Keto Friendly?
Yes! If you’re on a Keto Diet, you can certainly use this recipe as-is!
Other Meatball Recipes
If you’re a fan of meatballs, try a few other recipes from my blog:
- Meatballs with Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Roasted Cabbage and Blue Cheese Dressing
Other Low Carb Turkey Recipes
If you prefer turkey over chicken, here are a few other recipes to try:
- Middle Eastern Turkey and Carrot Stew
- Turkey Cilantro Enchilada Soup
- Christine’s Mexican Turkey Chili
If you enjoy this recipe, make sure you come back to review the recipe card below. If you’re on social, tag me @17ddblog so I can see your meatballs!
Greek Turkey Meatballs with Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce
If you're looking for Greek gyros without all the work and long wait, here's a great meatball solution!
For the Meatballs:
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/2 onion, minced or grated
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup low-fat feta cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
For the Tzatziki Sauce:
- 1 medium cucumber (about 8 oz), peeled, seeded and chopped into chunks*
- 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
- 1 8 oz container Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- Freshly ground black pepper
For the meatballs:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Stir all meatball ingredients together in a large bowl. Make sure you don’t mix too much or the meatballs will be tough.
- Roll into small 1 oz balls (about 16) and place on a slightly greased baking dish or pan.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until turkey is cooked through.
For the Tzatziki sauce:
- Place diced cucumber in a mesh strainer or colander and sprinkle with salt, toss to evenly coat then allow to rest 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Rinse cucumbers and place over several layers of paper towels. Squeeze some of the liquid from cucumbers (almost as if wringing moisture from a cloth).
- Place cucumbers in food processor and pulse to chop fine (if there's excess liquid drain it off).
- Pour cucumbers into a mixing bowl add Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, and dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
17 Day Diet - all cycles
17 Day Kickstart Diet - 10-Day Stabilize Phase (use plant based yogurt for earlier phases)
*To remove seeds, peel the cucumber, slice in half lengthwise, then used a spoon to scoop the seeds out and dice into chunks.
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