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Turkey, lemon and feta mini meatballs, baby burgers or sausage rolls

I thought I’d share this simple yet versatile, nutritious turkey meatballs, burgers and sausage rolls recipe which are perfect for meals and snacks.  I often make these for my kids parties and they go down really well with kids and adults alike.

These are a high-protein meal or snack and a really tasty way to ‘hide’ extra nourishment in the form of vegetables.  They can be pre-prepared, frozen and leftovers are fabulous for school lunch boxes too.

Ingredients
500 grams of turkey mince (you can substitute chicken mince)
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1 small red onion, peeled and finely diced
2 tablespoons of fresh mint or parsley leaves, finely diced
1 carrot, finely grated
1 small zucchini, finely grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
Zest of one lemon
¼ cup of fresh breadcrumbs (see below for gluten-free)
100 grams of feta cheese, crumbled or cubed (see below for dairy free)
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a large mixing bowl or food processor, simply mix all of the ingredients together until they are combined well.
  2. Then choose your preferred dish  from the options below.
  3. Sometimes, I’ll use half of the mix for sausage rolls and the other half, is made into meatballs for the next day’s lunch boxes.

Thermomix Method

  1. If you need to, make your breadcrumbs from a frozen slice of bread, 10 seconds, speed 6. Set aside.
  2. Add your garlic, onion (halved), mint or parsley, carrot and zucchini (chunks) and chop, 10 seconds, speed 5.
  3. Add the mince, breadcrumbs, egg, lemon zest, feta and seasoning and combine on reverse, 20-30 seconds, speed 3 (you may need to scrape the sides to help it along).

Mini-meatballs

  1. Preheat your oven to 18o℃.
  2. With damp hands, roll small balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  3. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until cooked through and browning on top. Serve warm or cold.
  4. I love these for the kids lunch box; either with a salad or  vegetable sticks or as a wrap or fresh spring roll filler.
  5. Alternatively, you could add a lovely tomato puree and serve over pasta – spaghetti and meatballs!

Mini meatballs

Baby Burgers

  1. With damp hands, roll small balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, then flatten with the back of a fork.
  2. Place on a preheated BBQ or grill pan to cook.
  3. Serve in little dinner rolls with the salad and sauce of your choice.  They can be held together by running a toothpick through the centre if need be.
  4. For a grain-free option, serve in lettuce cups, san chou bow style.
  5. These make a delicious, healthy party food or a fast weekend lunch.

Baby burger

Sausage rolls

  1. Preheat your oven to 18o℃.
  2. Beat one egg in a cup with a tablespoon of milk.
  3. Take a sheet of puff or short crust pastry and cut it in half (or better still make your own pastry).
  4. Place the mince mixture along the centre of each half.  Brush one edge of the pastry with the egg wash and fold the pastry over the mince.
  5. Place on a baking tray (seam side down).   Top with a little more egg wash and sprinkle over sesame seeds.
  6. Cut into approximately 5cm long rolls and bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.  Serve warm.
  7. Perfect party food or for a picnic or weekend lunch.

Sausage rolls

TIP
For green phobic kids, peel the zucchini and omit the parsley/mint (or just process it very finely so it can’t be detected).

 

Variations
Gluten-free
Use gluten-free breadcrumbs, rice crumbs or quinoa flakes to bind.  Use a gluten free pastry for the sausage rolls and gluten free buns or lettuce cups for the baby burgers.

Dairy-free
Omit the feta or replace with chopped cashew nuts and/or a tablespoon of nutritional yeast.

Egg-free
Omit the egg altogether (they just aren’t as firm).

Chicken or pork
Also delicious with chicken or pork mince.

 

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Turkey, lemon feta trio

  • Ali

    We made the mini balls, rather the kids did, last night and.. yummo!! We used organic free range chicken mince, the mint and buzzed up oats to bind. Served with a garlic, lemon juice and mint greek yoghurt dip. Delicious! Thanks for another fantastic recipies Georgia, we are loving our test kitchen at the moment with them 🙂 Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks for your very lovely feedback Ali. So pleased they were a hit and I love that your kids made them too! Thanks also for your awesome variations/dipping sauce, G x

  • Edina

    Hi Georgia, what kind of dip/sauce do you suggest to serve with the meatballs? Thanks, Edina x

    • Pesto, hummus, I also mix a tablespoon of tahini, sea salt and pepper into 1/2 cup natural yoghurt for a quick dipping sauce. You can also mix pesto or hummus with yogurt to make it more dip like. Also home made mayo with lemon zest mixed through is yum. Home made tomato sauce or sweet chilli (I’ll get my recipes up eventually). Hope this helps. G x

  • Kymelle

    Thanks for another fab recipe – I used chicken mince and made the meatballs. They were fab! The kids loved them. I used some mashed sweet potato in place of the breadcrumbs and they worked beautifully. We ate them with a roasted beetroot and pumpkin salad. Thank you 🙂

    • Fantastic, thanks for your feedback Kymelle, sounds like a perfect meal G x

  • Timm

    Just made this with chicken and double the carrot because I had run out of zuchinni, loved it.

    Turned it into sausage rolls and spaghetti & meatballs!

    • Awesome, glad you enjoyed them, and they are great to double aren’t they? G x

  • Claire

    These were delicious!

  • Mahité

    What is turkey mince? English is not my first language so I have trouble figuring out. Is is ground turkey? They sound delicious and the perfect thing to keep in my freezer for the days I run out of leftovers from previous dinner for lunches.

    • Hi Mahite, yes it is ground turkey. Most supermarkets stock it and I agree, they are perfect for freezing. Hope you enjoy them,G x

      • Mahité

        thanks Georgia! I’m looking forward to try them. I love you recipes, and the focus you put on family and kids – not always easy to cook for a family. thank you!

  • Linda Robinson

    5 yr old insisted on helping makes these and then scoffed many!! seriously good with your grilled brussel sprouts which 8yr old loved – more winning recipes Georgia!!

  • Linda Robinson

    so glad I made double the quantity as my boys had 11 meatballs each and declared they will be wanting them in their lunch tomorrow 🙂

  • kelly seach

    I am yet to find any turkey available that is not ‘barn raised’ at best, no free range except the frozen giant whole one they stock pre-xmas in the supermarket, and definitely no organic. Is there a special nutritional quality to the turkey meat or is it more for the flavour side of it?

    • I have used it here just for a bit of variety and I do like the flavour too Kelly. If you don’t have free-range or organic available to you, you can sub chicken or pork mince also. G x

  • Olivia Statters

    These sausage rolls are very yummy indeed! Will definitely be making again

  • Jodie

    These are so tasty! I was so surprised, as I had never cooked with turkey mince before and often find mint over powering. Georgia, you certainly have a talent in getting the perfect balance of flavours!!

    • Yes Jodie, it’s a bit of a passion, finding that perfect balance of flavour. Glad you liked them, a nice change from regular hamburgers too G x

  • Katie

    The sausage rolls are a big hit! I usually make them out of chicken mince as easier to find. Out of feta this time so substituted a couple of tablespoons of grated parmesan instead. Half the mix made sausage rolls, and the rest meatballs. Today with a few meatballs leftover, I popped them into some bone broth heated up with slices of ginger, garlic, chilli, and then coriander to garnish – yum! And 3 meals out of one recipe – thanks Georgia!

    • All sounds fantastic Katie – so glad you liked them. It is a really versatile recipe and a real favorited in our house too. Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated G x

  • Maddie Whitehead

    These were devine Georgia! Made into mini meatballs served with steam veggies one night and salad the next night. I couldn’t decide between the parsley or mint so I used both! So flavoursome, this recipe is 100% a keeper 🙂 Thank you!

    • Glad you enjoyed them Maddie. This has been so popular, we love it too G x

  • Elisa James

    Yet again a total winner in our house!! Thank you Georgia, you are a rockstar in our home

  • Meagan Jones

    Are the meatballs ok to freeze? If ok would I just take some out the night before and defrost in the fridge, then put in the kids lunchboxes? Thanks!

    • Yep, spot on Meagan x

      • Meagan Jones

        Thanks for quick response!

  • I get it from my local farmers market (Palm Beach) and I know Wray Organic stock it too. GreenAg is the brand (QLD company). Gold Coast Meats is another option too. Have seen whole birds at Ferry Road Market, not sure if they have mince G x

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