Classic Meatballs

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Classic Meatballs
14 May 2024

There are approximately 290 types of meatballs, which have an important place in Turkish cuisine. Meatballs, the main ingredient of which is minced meat, can be prepared with many techniques, such as grilling, baking, and frying. Classic meatballs, which contain red meat, support muscle development, provide energy to the body, and are also very tasty. Meatballs are prepared in 20–25 minutes on average and served with different sauces, such as ketchup and mayonnaise. The meatballs, which are usually shaped like a flat round, are enriched with spices such as cumin, black pepper, and mint. It is possible to prepare meatballs, which are especially loved by children, by following simple steps. Now let's see how to make practical and delicious 'Mama meatballs'.

How Many Calories in 1 Portion of Meatballs?

A 100-gram portion of classic meatballs cooked in a pan is approximately 200 calories.
To reduce the calorie content of meatballs, you can try cooking them with the grill method.
A portion of meatballs cooked on the grill has an average of 150 calories and a lower fat content.

Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook time : 10 mins
Servings : 6 People
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Classic Meatballs


  • 1 onion
  • Half a bunch of parsley
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • Salt
Classic Meatballs


  1. To prepare the meatball mixture, grate the onions and finely chop the parsley. If you want, you can also add a clove of garlic. Add the onion to the minced meat.
  2. Add the parsley, egg, olive oil, and salt to the minced meat and knead well. Meanwhile, add the spices you want and continue kneading.
  3. Cover the meatball mixture with cling film and refrigerate for half an hour.
  4. Then pick walnut-sized pieces from the mixture and shape them into balls. Flatten it to 1 cm by compressing it with your hands. Meanwhile, add vegetable oil to the skillet and let it heat up.
  5. Fry the meatball mixture you prepared in hot oil on both sides. Serve it hot. Enjoy your meal.
Serving Suggestions

You can turn your dinner into a feast by serving your grilled meatballs with rice pilaf and tzatziki.

Expert Tips
  • When choosing the mincemeat you will use, make sure that it is medium-fat and does not dry out. You can also grind it twice to make it more consistent.
  • You can add some breadcrumbs to the mixture to make the meatballs more delicious.
  • Before adding the egg and onion to the mixture, you can add the juice of the grated onion to the mixture to get an intense aroma.
  • Do the kneading with your hands instead of using a utensil. Thus, you can ensure that the ingredients are well mixed and the texture is right.
  • Put a small amount of oil in the pan you will use during the cooking process. Meatballs cooked in too much oil will start to dry.
  • If you want, you can make the meatballs into round balls. You can give them the shape you want, depending on the cooking method and the sauce you will use. 
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