Onion Meatballs: A Traditional Turkish Delight

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Onion Meatballs
  • Yield: 15-20 meatballs
  • Serving: 4-5 people
  • Prep time: 20 m
  • Cook time: 25 m
  • Ready in: 45 m
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Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Turkey with our Onion Meatballs, known as ‘Soğanlı Köfte’ in Turkish cuisine. This traditional dish combines the rich flavors of ground meat with the sweetness of onions, creating a harmonious blend that’s both comforting and satisfying. Perfect for family dinners, gatherings, or as a hearty main course, these onion meatballs are a testament to the simplicity and depth of Turkish cooking. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or trying your hand at ethnic cuisines, this recipe is sure to bring a touch of Anatolian flavor to your kitchen.


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Nutritional Values

2200 kcal
120 g
150 g
100 g
10 g
20 g


  • Instructions

    1-In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, grated onions, breadcrumbs, egg, minced garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

  • 2-Shape the mixture into small, round meatballs, about the size of a golf ball.

  • 3-Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

  • 4-Add the meatballs to the pan in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook the meatballs for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are browned and cooked through.

  • 5-Remove the meatballs from the pan and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

  • 6-Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

  • Conclusion

    Our Onion Meatballs are a delightful exploration of traditional Turkish flavors, offering a comforting and flavorful meal that's sure to satisfy. The combination of juicy meat and sweet onions, along with aromatic spices, makes these meatballs a standout dish suitable for any occasion. Enjoy these Soğanlı Köfte as a main dish or as part of a larger Turkish feast for an authentic culinary experience.

Smart Tips

  • Meat Selection: For richer flavor, use a mix of ground beef and lamb.

  • Onion Tip: Squeeze out the excess liquid from the grated onions to prevent the meatballs from becoming too soggy.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve these meatballs with flatbreads, yogurt, or a simple salad for a complete meal.

  • Variations: Experiment with adding other spices like coriander or mint for a different twist.

  • Make-Ahead: Prepare the meatballs ahead of time and refrigerate them until ready to cook for a quick and easy meal solution.

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