Apple Turkey Meatballs

I’m going to make a point to cook more often. Beyond loving sharing recipes with you all, it’s just so fun. So, no, this isn’t a sponsored dish. And, no, you’re not getting the step by step photos. It’s just me enjoying being in the kitchen, snapping some photos after I finish cooking and sharing the recipe a few weeks later. 

FYI, these were so good, I ate them without a sauce. I didn’t want to hide a single ounce of the flavor in these awesome balls. Enjoy!


PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 5 minutes

BAKE TIME: 12 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 32 minutes


15 Balls


Vidalia Onion (1/2, finely chopped)

Garlic (4 cloves, finely chopped)

Ground Turkey (1 lb)

Pink Lady Apple (3/4, finely chopped)

Fresh Dill (2 tbsp, finely chopped, plus extra for topping)

Egg (1)

Avocado (1/2, sliced vertically)



Olive Oil


Cutting Board

Chefs Knife

12" Oven Safe Frying Pan

Rubber Spatula

Small Plate

Large Mixing Bowl


Meat Thermomete

1. TO PREP YOUR TURKEY BALLS. over medium-high heat, coat your frying pan with a light layer of oil. 

Add in your onion and garlic and let them sweat. Use your rubber spatula to consistently move them around for about 3 minutes.

Transfer your onions and garlic to your plate and set aside to cool to room temperature.

In your mixing bowl, combine your ground turkey, apple, dill, egg, salt, pepper and cooled onions and garlic.

Take of your rings and use your hands to mix it all together.

Once all of your ingredients are evenly mushed together, use your hands to roll balls that are about 2 inches in diameter.

2. TO COOK YOUR TURKEY BALLS. preheat your oven to 350º.

Clean out your frying pan.

Coat it with your olive oil.

Over high heat, heat your oil.

Add in your turkey balls. (they should sizzle when they touch the frying pan. If they don't, your oil isn't hot enough. Give it a little more time to heat)

Let your turkey balls sear—roughly 1 1/2 minutes.

Then, flip them and allow them to sear on the other side for another 1 1/2 minutes. (you know it's seared well if your turkey balls are browning where they touch the pan. The untouched parts will still look raw at this point.)

Put your oven safe frying pan filled with meatballs in the oven.

Bake until your turkey balls hit 165º— about 10 minutes. (to test their temperature, stick your meat thermometer into the center of the ball.)

3. TO TOP YOUR TURKEY BALLS. sprinkle your extra dill evenly over all of your turkey balls.

Lay on your sliced avocado.

Sprinkle a touch of salt and crushed black pepper over your avocados.