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Turkey Swedish Meatballs

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Turkey Swedish Meatballs are a lightened up version of a classic comfort food. This 30 minute recipe is sure to be a favorite!


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For the meatballs:

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch nutmeg


  1. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with hands.
  2. Roll mixture into 1.5 inch meatballs and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
  4. Transfer meatballs to skillet and brown on all sides, turning carefully to avoid breaking them.
  5. Add chicken broth and simmer meatballs for 15 minutes, turning occasionally.
  6. Meanwhile, in a separate medium saucepan melt 2 teaspoons of butter over medium heat.
  7. Add flour and whisk to make a paste. Continue to whisk constantly while cooking 3 minutes.
  8. Add milk and bring to a just to a boil, whisking often.
  9. Reduce heat to simmer and add salt and nutmeg.
  10. Allow to cook until thickened, about 8 minutes. Sauce will coat a spoon when it reaches the correct thickness.
  11. Add meatballs and broth to the sauce and stir to combine.
  12. Serve over egg noodles if desired.


  • make your meatballs the same size so they cook evenly (a cookie scoop is helpful)
  • wet your hands before mixing the meatball mixture so it stick less to your hands
  • do not over handle the meatballs as it will make the meatballs too dense
  • use a meat thermometer to make sure meatballs reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit
  • sauce has thickened when it coats a spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Swedish


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 441
  • Sugar: 8.9 g
  • Sodium: 1344 mg
  • Fat: 21.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.4 g
  • Protein: 38.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 160.2 mg