July 11, 2022

Harissa Meatballs with Whipped Feta

Harissa Meatballs with Whipped Feta

These delicious and easy sheet pan harissa meatballs are made with ground turkey and served with creamy whipped feta for dipping.




For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup harissa paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp sumac
  • zest from half a lemon
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt

For the whipped feta:

  • 7 ozs feta cheese, room temperature
  • 5 ozs ricotta, room temperature
  • 4 ozs Greek yogurt
  • pinch of kosher salt, to taste

For serving:

  • 1/3 cucumber, chopped
  • fresh dill, for serving
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  • sumac, for serving

For the meatballs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the turkey ingredients until just combined, don't over mix.
  3. Form into small golf-ball sized meatballs and place on the baking sheet.
  4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 14 minutes. Remove the tray and turn the oven to a high broil and return the baking sheet to the oven. Broil on high for eight to ten minutes, until browned and cooked through.

For the whipped feta:

  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and turn on high. Process on high until very smooth and creamy, about two minutes. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides as needed.

To serve: 

  1. Dollop the whipped feta on a plate and drizzle with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Place the turkey meatballs on top and garnish with cucumber, dill, lemon wedges and a pinch of sumac. Enjoy!


Be sure to use room temperature feta cheese and ricotta for the best texture.

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January 13, 2023
Hi Venetia! LOL, they definitely flatten a bit on the bottom as they cook, but that's kinda part of the charm I suppose haha
January 13, 2023
How do you keep the ball shape? Mine turned out like turkey igloos !!
November 14, 2022
Thank you so much for sharing Jeanette! Aren't easy meals that look fancy the best ;)
September 21, 2022
Absolutely LOVE this recipe - it's delicious (especially for those that like a hint of spice)!! My finance and I are obsessed and it's become part of our weeknight recipe rotation. It has a limited number of ingredients, it's quick to make/cook, but despite all of that - looks and tastes like much more time was spent! Thanks for the great recipe Jaclyn!
July 23, 2022
Hi Roxanne! So for the meatballs photos with feta, I just used regular olive oil. But for the one photo with the red looking oil, that was olive oil mixed with fried green onions and Aleppo pepper. I have that recipe in full on my Instagram account - if you head over there, you'll see it - https://www.instagram.com/p/CbQXM2IlH4L/.
July 21, 2022
Hi! The topping on your whipped feta looked delicious. It appeared to be more than olive oil. Or maybe an infused olive oil? Do you mind sharing that recipe? I can’t wait to make this recipe. Appreciate the tip on room temp feta.