Curry Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs are always a crowd pleaser in our house. Whether they are served as an appetizer or dinner entree, everyone always devours them. Myself included. Most meatballs are made with ground beef or pork, but in an effort to lighten things up just a little bit I use ground turkey in this recipe. And when combined with the onions, cumin and Madras curry powder also in this recipe, you might have trouble believing they are a little better for you.

Some of you may be wondering what Madras curry is. Madras curry is a spicier version of curry powder that comes from South India. It has many of the same spices as regular curry like coriander, turmeric and cumin but Madras curry also has the addition of chili peppers. While I don’t find it too spicy, you could also substitute mild curry powder in this dish and still get the wonderful curry flavor.

Curry Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Makes 20 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons madras curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup dried plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Combine turkey, onion, curry powder, cumin, kosher salt, egg and bread crumbs in a bowl. Use hands to mix until well combined. Roll into approximately 20 meatballs.


Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium - high heat. Cook meatballs in batches until browned on all sides. Transfer to a baking dish. Bake meatballs for 15 minutes or until cooked through.




Put some toothpicks in these and they make a great appetizer or serve them along side some rice for a quick weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

  • I’ve never made my own meatballs before. I think that the curry powder will be out of this world when I try them.

  • I love your addition of curry powder. These meatballs look amazing. Great photo as usual.

  • I like the thought of both using turkey in this and the curry. Do you make your own Madras Curry powder or do you buy a specific brand?

  • Oh wow, i am a big fan of ground turkey so i buy it every time i go to a grocery store. :) And I love curry! So this is going to be on the menu for next week! Thank you!

  • David

    I love meatballs. Tried to make chicken katsu meatball once. Basic chicken meatball and mixed in with some homemade katsu sauce (worcheshire sauce and ketchup) and breaded with panko flakes and baked. Ate with more katsu sauce and siracha.

  • Thanks everyone! Mrs. L- I don’t make my own, although that does sound like a great idea, I picked up some at a local spice shop but I have seen the Spice Islands version at my local grocery store before. Hope this helps!

  • Hi Deseree, I make free range turkey meatballs all the time, so I’m trying this. Looks really good.

  • this is really good recipe, I made something similar but with chicken and it became one of my favorite, easy dinners….. I will try it with turkey and your combination of spices next time :)

  • sounds fantastic! In indian recipe we use these kind of meatballs to make a curry;-) but also to eat as snacks.

  • You had me a curry!

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  • love everything with a curry!

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  • I use curry sometimes when I roast chicken but I never thought of putting them in turkey meatballs. I love curry. Can’t wait to try this one.
    Here in NH I used to work for a middle-eastern family from India and the food was so different. Didn’t like all of it but most of it was delicious. They used yogurt in many recipes too.
    Thanks so much!

  • I made these a couple weeks ago and they were a HIT! My fam ate ’em up and I only got 4…next time, I’m setting some aside. :) Thanks for another tasty recipe!

  • Craig

    Des, this is the 2nd recipe I’ve made from your site (1st being the shrimp tacos) and I think this is the first time I’ve had meatballs that didn’t need sauce. I’m making the tacos and meatballs for family coming in this weekend. I have some of my own good recipes, but these…wow!! Thanks!

  • You’re welcome Craig! Glad you liked them :)

  • Craig

    Deseree, yes, they were a hit! I will be trying many other recipes from your site. Thanks again!

  • Bryanna Perkins

    I’m an over weight teen and I’m going to use these for my meal prepping for weight loss! Thanks!