Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs

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Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs

As promised, here is another sweet potato recipe. Sweet potato turkey meatballs. Don’t even ask how I came to make these meatballs.

Ok I’ll tell you.

My husband wanted to eat some meatballs, but when I looked in the freezer the only meat I had was a package of ground turkey. In the fridge I still had a huge baked sweet potato, so I thought what’s the worst that could happen, let’s combine these two and see what happens. Well just like with any meatballs, I threw in some onion, some garlic, breadcrumbs, an egg, parsley, some hot sauce and since I was using sweet potato in the mixture I added a bit of maple syrup.

I decided to fry my meatballs, I know they are healthier baked, and they can be just as delicious, but I just love a fried meatball. So I fried mine. What can I tell you about these meatballs. They are just yummy, they are sweet and spicy at the same time. Sweet from the sweet potato and the maple syrup and spicy from the hot sauce, they are so good. I just served them with some mustard and off you go. They’d be perfect over hot mashed potatoes, and these would be a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving.

So there you have them, sweet potato turkey meatballs.

Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs

Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs
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Serves: 6
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 cups sweet potato mashed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parsley
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (I used Panko, but regular breadcrumbs would work just as well)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank's)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients well.
  2. In a large skillet heat some vegetable oil over medium heat for frying the meatballs.
  3. Shape the mixture into meat balls.
  4. Fry the meatballs in the skillet, a few at a time, turning them around so that they fully brown on all sides about 7 minutes. Repeat with all meatballs.
  5. Serve warm.


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  1. sandra says

    How many meatballs do you get with this recipe? Or what size meatball? I have never made meatballs and have no idea. Silly right? Thanks.

  2. Judy says

    Dill? Even worse. When I came to this country I went to a sort of boarding school for 6 months to learn Hebrew. We lived, ate and studied half day. We were free for the rest of the day. But the food was overrunning with dill!
    Any case I don’t like any green herbs unless its in a bottle and shakeable. Call me lazy if you want but I also can’t be bothered to deal with herbs. The first time I did I had to call my neighbour in to show me what to do and what was left I gave to her.

  3. Alissa Meyer says

    I wanted to double check that you added an egg to your turkey mixture. In your intro you said you added an egg, but in the recipe it does not list it. Thanks!

  4. Nancy Hof says

    Hi .. I don’t mean to ask a ‘dumb’ question, but do you cook the sweat potatos first? Bake? Boil?

    Novice cook looking to learn :)

    • says

      Hi Nancy,
      Yes you have to cook the sweet potatoes first, I boiled them myself, but you could also bake them, or even microwave them, until they’re fork tender.

  5. jen says

    These sound great! I’ve made turkey meatballs before, but instead of using breadcrumbs I use stuffing mix. I’d never thought of putting sweet potatoes. Can’t wait to try it!

      • Craig says

        I was thinking the same thing that you could replace the breadcrumbs with the sweet potato. How was the consistency before adding the breadcrumbs?

        I’m trying to reduce the amount of simple carbs in our diet.

        • says

          Hi Craig,
          The consistency was a bit wet so that’s why I added some breadcrumbs. You could give it a try without and see how they turn out.

        • SGW says

          Hey Craig–I used 1/2 cup or quick and rolled oats, left the peel on the potato, and added a whole egg. Worked out perfectly. I baked these in the oven for 25 mins at 375 F. I also swapped the syrup for 1 tbs LS organic tamari if you’re concerned about simple carbs.

  6. says

    I love finding new ways to jazz up turkey meatballs since I make them so often and I love the combination of flavors in this recipe. I’ll definitely be trying these!

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