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!

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    Bryanna Perkins
    June 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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

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    March 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

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

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    March 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    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!

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      March 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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

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    April 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    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!

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    April 1, 2010 at 5:08 am

    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!

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    March 11, 2010 at 12:53 am

    love everything with a curry!

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    Harold (SMM)
    March 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    You had me a curry!

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    March 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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

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    March 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

    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 :)

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    March 5, 2010 at 6:03 am

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

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    March 4, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    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!

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    March 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    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.

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    Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes
    March 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    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!

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    Mrs. L
    March 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

    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?

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    March 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

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

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    Emily @ The Southern Belle Blogs
    March 4, 2010 at 7:06 am

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

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