February 3, 2021

Turkish Meatballs w/ Cumin Spiced Sweet Potatoes, Cilantro & Feta

Turkish Meatballs w/ Cumin Spiced Sweet Potatoes, Cilantro & Feta
Turkish meatballs, or köfte are probably one of my kids’ favorite meals that I make. They are flavorful, juicy and easy to eat, which makes dinner time a breeze. The addition of grated zucchini adds moisture and extra nutrition. As long as you use a Microplane, even your biggest critics won't even notice the zucchini, I PROMISE! Now let's talk about the sweet potatoes…. The sweetness paired with the spices make a nice combination with the köfte, finished off with some lime juice, cilantro and tangy feta cheese. I like to keep some sweet potatoes set aside for the kids in case they aren’t in the mood for all the flavors of the finished dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4


For the Turkish Meatballs:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 2 tbsp finely grated zucchini on microplane
  • 1 tbsp salt

For the Sweet Potatoes:

  • 5 medium-sized sweet potatoes diced (about 5 cups)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, cumin and smoked paprika.
  • Place sheet pan in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are golden and tender.
  • In the meantime prepare the meatballs.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the finely diced onions and sauté, mixing frequently for about 2 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, crushed red pepper and smoked paprika. Mix to combine. Remove from the heat and place the onion and spice mixture in a large bowl and cool.
  • Once cool, add the ground beef, zucchini and salt, and mix by hand until fully combined.
  • Form into 2 oz patties.
  • Wipe out the large sauté pan you used before, and heat on a high flame.
  • Cook the meatballs for a few minutes on each side, so they have a nice dark brown char. Place in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes until they are fully cooked through.
  • Finish the sweet potatoes with freshly squeezed lime juice, crumbled feta cheese and cilantro.
Keyword gluten-free, healthy, kid-friendly


  1. Alisa J April 6, 2021 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Simple and delicious! My family enjoyed these. We used lamb.

    • Deniz February 9, 2022 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Hi Alisa!
      Oh yea..I LOVE lamb. So flavorful. Plus that makes these even more authentic!

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