Creamy Turkey Meatballs

Tender turkey meatballs tossed in a delicious creamy sauce. I just can’t decide if I like these little meatballs better over pasta or mashed potatoes because both ways are just so good.

This is essentially my version of Swedish meatballs. Are they truly Swedish? I’m not sure. I do know that most of the recipes I see list beef, pork, or a combination of the two. These are my meatballs, so they are made with ground turkey.


Ground Turkey: I use lean ground turkey.

Panko Breadcrumbs: Lighter and crispier than traditional bread crumbs. Panko helps the meatballs stay light and tender.

Egg Yolk: Adds flavor and richness. If you are like me and hate wasting the egg white, stow it in the refrigerator for breakfast the following weekend.

Onion: Onion gives the meatball flavor.

Butter: For a good creamy sauce, you need a little butter.

Garlic: Garlic adds great aroma and flavor to the sauce.

Flour: Thickens the sauce

Chicken Stock: The liquid base of the sauce. I always use low sodium.

Salt & Pepper: Add to taste. If you using full sodium chicken stock, you may not need a lot of additional salt. I like a generous amount of fresh ground pepper.

Sour Cream: Makes the sauce thick and creamy.


Start by making the meatballs. Both the meatballs and sauce are very easy. The turkey meatballs bake in the oven, so no standing over your cooktop, flipping, and trying to decide if that ground turkey meat is cooked through.

You will also want to decide if this is a mashed potato or pasta dinner and start prepping accordingly.

Preheat the oven and start prepping the meatballs. Combine the ground turkey, Panko, egg yolk, and onion. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and stir gently to combine.

Form your meatballs. I like to use a tablespoon. A cookie scoop also works well to form even-sized balls.

When the meatballs have about five minutes left to bake, start making the sauce. Melt the butter and sauté the minced garlic for one minute. Stir constantly as garlic burns easily.

Add the flour and stir into the butter until the flour is incorporated. Once the flour is thoroughly incorporated into the flour, start slowly pouring in the stock. Stir constantly.

Allow the mixture to cook, stirring occasionally. The flour will soon start to thicken the sauce. Add some salt and pepper to taste.

When the mixture has thickened, stir in the sour cream. Allow the mixture to simmer over low heat.

By now the meatballs should be out of the oven. Toss them into the sauce and gently stir, covering the meatballs with sauce.

Creamy Turkey Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Plate these creamy turkey meatballs over mashed potatoes, pasta, or egg noodles. Sprinkle with a little fresh or dried parsley.

I like to serve with a simple roasted vegetable. Enjoy!

Creamy Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


Turkey Meatballs

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream heaping


  • Preheat the oven to 400℉. Prep a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, add ground turkey, Panko bread crumbs, egg yolk, onion, salt, and pepper. Combine ingredients using a fork or your hands.
  • Using a Tbsp, scoop mixture out the bowl and form into balls. You will end up with 8-10 meatballs. Place in the baking dish.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until meatballs are baked through.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic. Sauté the garlic for one minute. Add the flour to the pan and stir until the flour is well mixed with the butter. Once the flour and butter begin to bubble, add the stock and continue stirring. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook over low heat. As the flour cooks, the sauce will thicken.
  • Add sour cream to the sauce and stir until well combined. Continue to heat and allow the sauce to simmer.
  • Once the meatballs are cooked through, pull from the baking dish and add to the skillet along with sauce. Stir and coat the meatballs with the sauce.
  • Garnish with parsley. Serve warm with noodles or over mashed potatoes.
Keyword Comfort, Creamy, Hot

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