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Oct 03

Swedish Turkey Meatballs

Swedish Turkey Meatballs with mashed potatoes

These Swedish Turkey Meatballs are the perfect lightened-up comfort food dish for the cooler fall and winter months ahead. The meatballs are super flavorful and served with a rich and tasty beef gravy with a tangy hint of sour cream. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may already know that I adore gravy. I also love meatballs, so these Swedish Turkey Meatballs are truly a dish after my own heart. My husband and my 1 ½ year old daughter loved this recipe as well, so it was a hit with the whole family! I particularly enjoy serving these over mashed potatoes, but they’re also great over egg noodles, pasta or rice. The recipe makes enough delicious sauce to smother over whichever base you choose! I also recommend adding a vegetable on the side like cooked carrots or green beans (my family’s favorites). Three meatballs and ½ cup of gravy are just 278 calories or 5 WW Points! To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Swedish Turkey Meatballs cut open on a plate

Looking for more tasty, lightened up comfort food dishes like these Swedish Turkey Meatballs? Check out my Chicken and Dumplings Casserole, One-Pot Barbecue Chicken Mac and Cheese, Stuffed Turkey Bundles with Gravy, Meat and Potatoes Bake, Chicken Pot Pasta, Chicken and Squash Wild Rice Casserole, Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon, Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, One Pot Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage, Turkey Sloppy Joe Pasta, Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Chickpea Bake, Crispy Cheddar Chicken with Cream Sauce, Rustic Sausage and Potato Skillet, Cottage Pie, Beef Stroganoff, Beefy American Goulash, Chili Cornbread Bake, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken, Bubble Up Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, Pumpkin Alfredo Tortellini Skillet, Cheesy Bacon BBQ Chicken, Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing Bake, and many, many more in the Comfort Food section of my recipe index!

Swedish Turkey Meatballs with mashed potatoes
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Swedish Turkey Meatballs

These Swedish Turkey Meatballs with a rich, savory beef gravy are the perfect lightened-up comfort food dish.


  • 1 lb raw 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced/chopped onion, found by the other dried spices, different brands call it minced/chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons light butter, I use Land O’Lakes light butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 ½ cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Beef Base, you can also use powdered bouillon or ½ a bouillon cube, but I highly recommend BTB, it’s awesome
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup fat free sour cream


  • In a mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, panko, egg, dried minced onion, parsley, salt, nutmeg, allspice, garlic powder, and pepper and mash together until well combined. With clean hands, roll the meat mixture into 12 evenly sized meatballs.
  • Drizzle the olive oil into a large saute pan or skillet and bring over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs in a single layer with a bit of space in between them. Cook, flipping them every 1-2 minutes to brown all sides, for 8 minutes. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook the meatballs covered for an additional 2-4 minutes until cooked through. Remove the meatballs to a side plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Add the butter to the pan and bring over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and whisk the flour and butter together until combined (it will become sort of like a paste). Whisk in the broth a little at a time to combine it smoothly. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, bouillon, dried parsley, and paprika and whisk into the sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring regularly, and then reduce the heat to low to simmer. Simmer uncovered for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in the sour cream until smoothly combined. Add the meatballs back in and stir to coat. Return to low heat for 1-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated through.


To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
WW Points per (3 meatballs + ½ cup gravy) serving: 5 (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per (3 meatballs + ½ cup gravy) serving:
278 calories, 14 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 11 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 32 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per (3 meatballs + 1/2 cup gravy) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 7 SmartPoints/ Blue: 5 SmartPoints/ Purple: 5 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per (3 meatballs + ½ cup gravy) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)

19 comments on “Swedish Turkey Meatballs”

  1. OMG, they sound amazing! I keep a very well stocked pantry, since I do a lot of cooking from scratch. I have everything to make these with, so I’ll give ’em a try this evening. A lot of ingredients, but they all work well together. Can’t wait!

  2. These were great!! Very flavorful meatballs. The only change was I used regular sour cream.  

  3. could you use ff greek yogurt for the ff sour cream

  4. These were amazing! Only changes I made were using 93/7 ground turkey (instead of 99% FF) and regular butter. This will be in the regular rotation for sure. If you like ikea’s Swedish meatballs, these are better! And for me, I don’t have to drive 2.5 hours to get them!

  5. These are AMAZING!! They freeze very well!

  6. This recipe was soooo tasty. My kids loved it and so did my hubs too. He was excited to take leftovers today to work. 😉 This will definitely need to be put in my rotation of meals. Thank you!

  7. ENTIRE family LOVED these!!

  8. So good! I don’t usually comment on recipes but I felt like I had to with this one! I didn’t have nutmeg or allspice unfortunately but it was still great without. I also baked them rather than sautéed, it gave me a chance to get the sauce ready as well as the rice and salad we had on the side. There was enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. Thanks so much for the amazing recipe!

  9. has anyone tried these using ground chicken instead of ground turkey? My husband is not a ground turkey fan and these sound like they would be wonderful even using ground chicken.

  10. Oh my, these were amazing. My husband couldn’t stop raving about them. I googled for a substitution for the allspice, and it came up with equal parts nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. I cannot find the light butter sticks in my local supermarkets, so had to use regular, unfortunately, but that probably made it even better! Thanks for an awesome recipe .. it is a keeper. We had it with mashed potatoes.5 stars

  11. Oh so delicious!  Only thing I did different is I cooked the meatballs in the oven on a cookie sheet all at once5 stars

  12. Loved these so much! The tangy gravy over egg noodles was so yummy! I baked the meatballs in a muffin tin for about 25 min, flipping halfway through. Can’t wait to have the leftovers today!5 stars

  13. I am allergic to mustard – can I omit the dijon? Is there something I can use instead?

  14. Another delicious recipe!!!5 stars

  15. These were a snap to put together and were amazing. They will definitely be going on the rotation!5 stars

  16. Is it possible to bake the meatball instead of pan-frying? I always burn them! What temp and time? Should I use a silicone baking mat?


    • I’m sure you could bake them, but as I always cook them as described in the recipe I’m unable to provide instruction on how to do it differently!

  17. My family loves this recipe! I’ve made it with ground turkey and other times with ground beef or ground beef and pork. Tastes great every time!5 stars

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