A recipe for turkey balls that the whole family will love. Made from lean turkey breast mince, they’re low in fat but extra tasty. Serve as finger food or with a salad for a healthy light meal.


Makes 32 balls 

  • 500 g lean turkey breast, minced
  • 100 g cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 50 g red capsicum, finely grated
  • 25 g fresh basil leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil spray


  1. Preheat oven to 160oC and line baking tray with grease-proof paper.
  2. Mix mince, cheese, capsicum, basil, egg and breadcrumbs in a bowl.
  3. Using your hands, roll mixture into small balls.
  4. Spray tray with olive oil spray and place the balls on the tray. Spray the top of the balls lightly with olive oil spray.
  5. Cook in oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

Preparation time: 
15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Difficulty rating: Easy

  • Don’t cook too long or they will be tough, so keep checking.
  • For an easy and delicious light meal, serve turkey balls with a healthy salad such as sweet potato and date salad or orange and avocado salad.
  • Substitute minced chicken breast for minced turkey breast to reduce the fat content of this recipe even further. Reducing fat intake is an important part of improving your diet, which can reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions like obesity, erectile dysfunction, type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
  • Substitute low-fat cheddar for cheddar cheese. Low-fat dairy products contain the same amount of calcium as full-fat varieties.
  • Use brown or wholegrain rather than white breadcrumbs. Wholegrain varieties have more fibre than refined grains like white breadcrumbs, which means they contain more fibre. Fibre is an important micronutrient used by the gastrointestinal system to digest food.

This healthy recipe appears on the menu of Belinda from Duncraig, WA.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per serve:

Energy 194 kJ
46 cal
Protein 4.81 g
Total fat 2.00 g
Saturated fat 0.97 g
Carbohydrates 2.15 g
Total sugars 0.21 g
Fibre 0.19 g
Sodium 81.41 mg
Cholesterol 15.13 mg
Potassium 75.50 mg


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