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How to Make Fried Turkey Meatballs

Brenda is a graduate of the Mississippi University for Women with a bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts and a minor in Food Art.

Fried turkey meatballs are crunchy and delicious!

Fried turkey meatballs are crunchy and delicious!

The Perfect Crunchy Meatball

My husband jokes that whenever I don't know what to make, I make meatballs. I'm actually starting to believe him. He gave me a pound of ground turkey and the first thing I said was "meatballs!"

But I wanted to try something different this time. I decided to deep fry them, and they turned out really delicious: juicy, crunchy, and flavorful. I had to share this recipe because they were just so good.

Turkey is usually so dry and so delicate in taste. To let the turkey shine and maximize the flavor, I serve them with gravy over rice, but they can be served with salads, on sandwiches, or in soup or pasta.

Cook Time

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10 min

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16 meatballs


  • I pound turkey, ground
  • 1/2 onion medium, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper, ground
  • 2 tablespoons Greek seasoning
  • 3 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Chop and saute the onions and garlic with the salt and pepper until translucent. Heat oven and oil to 350 F.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together except 2 eggs and breadcrumbs. Let the meat rest as you beat your remaining 2 eggs in a bowl and pour your breadcrumbs into another.
  3. Before you cook the meatballs, you first need to coat them in the egg wash then coat them in the breadcrumbs. Drop them in the oil and let them turn medium brown.
  4. Use a thermometer to check to make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165 F. If they're brown on the outside but not hot enough inside, then put them on a sheet tray and stick them in the oven so the breadcrumbs don't burn.

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