Thai Turkey Meatballs from A Duck's Oven

I post about our “cheater” Thai Turkey Meatballs on Instagram all. the. time. It is a staple dinner for us that consists of Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs, cauliflower rice, and doctored Trader Joe’s Thai green curry simmer sauce. But I finally decided it was time I make some Thai meatballs from scratch.

Thai Turkey Meatballs is a little misleading – I also threw in some chicken sausage to lend some fat to the mixture. But you get the gist of things here.

Thai Turkey Meatballs from A Duck's Oven

These Thai turkey meatballs are made with all your favs: garlic, lemongrass, ginger, cilantro, Thai basil, fish sauce, etc. then baked and simmered in a homemade green curry sauce.

Thai Turkey Meatballs from A Duck's Oven

You can totally do this whole recipe from scratch or sub any component with a “cheater ingredient”: make the sauce, use Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs; make the meatballs, use Trader Joe’s sauce. I highly recommend serving these meatballs over cauliflower rice, but you do you. Reg rice, roasted veggies, whatever sounds yummy.

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Thai Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 24 meatballs



  • 1 pound 93/7 ground turkey
  • 1 pound chicken sausage
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp grated lemongrass
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped Thai basil, regular basil is fine if you can't find it
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 egg

Green Curry Sauce:

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onions
  • 1 tsp grated lemongrass
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 finely diced jalapenos
  • 1 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease two large baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • Mix together all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. I recommend using your hands to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to create evenly sized meatballs (or use your hands). Drop onto prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake meatballs for 20 minutes, until completely cooked through.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and jalapenos. Cook for 3-4 minutes until veggies have softened.
  • Add the curry paste and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add coconut milk, lime juice, and fish sauce to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • When meatballs are done baking, add them to the sauce. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice, white rice, or roasted veggies.
Cuisine: Thai
Course: Dinner
Author: Chelsea Cole
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