Danish Meatballs Recipe

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These Danish meatballs are some of the best meatballs I’ve ever had!

Brace yourself. This recipe is amazing!

I recently asked my Facebook fans to send me some recipes that they wanted to have “cleaned up”.

I received one recipe in particular that I just had to try immediately.

Danish Meatballs.

A close up shot of these Clean Eating Danish Meatballs covers in white sauce. You can see flecks of dill throughout the sauce.

I have no idea what the original recipe tastes like because I never made it. I simply took the recipe this reader sent me and started making substitutions. Apparently, the original recipe came from a cookbook called “Eat Drink & Be Chinaberry”. I’m not sure what the title is referring to, but I’m so grateful for the recipe. My son loved it, as did the rest of my family, and it was something wonderfully different for dinner.

Prep time: It took me about an hour to prepare the whole thing.

You simply MUST try these!

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Danish Meatballs Recipe

Clean Eating Danish Meatballs

Danish Meatballs Recipe

These delicious meatballs are probably the best way I’ve ever served meatballs. Moist, delicious and just different enough to be completely memorable.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Danish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 40 meatballs
Calories: 35kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • Cookie Sheets
  • Parchment paper


  • 1 ¼ lb. ground turkey
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. dried onion
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (either whole wheat Panko or see recipe link above for homemade)
  • tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or stock)
  • 1 tsp. salt (omit if you use prepared stock or broth)
  • 2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • If you want to have a grain with this dish, put on a pot of brown rice or some whole wheat noodles while you make this recipe.
  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place all the meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until well blended.
  • Roll the meat blend into small (about 1 inch in diameter) balls and place on your cookie sheets. You can place them somewhat close together. They don’t spread during baking. Just be sure there is some room between them so the heat can circulate well around them. On a standard cookie sheet, I got about 20.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until they reach at least 170 degrees F. I baked mine a little longer just to get a nice golden “glow” to them.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. (Enough so you don’t burn yourself!)
  • Once the meatballs are in the oven, move on to making the sauce. Both should finish about the same time.
  • While the meatballs are in the oven, place your olive oil and flour in a medium-sized pot.
  • Warm this mixture over medium-high heat. It will be “paste-like” at first. But then it’ll get a little “crumbly”.
  • Once you have crumbs, slowly add your chicken stock/broth stirring vigorously with a whisk. The idea is to get the crumbs to dissolve into the broth. Once dissolved, add your salt (optional), dill and garlic. Allow the mixture to simmer slightly until it has thickened a bit.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, remove the pot from the stove. Whisk in your yogurt, and the sauce is done!
  • Combine the sauce and meatballs and you’ve got a fantastic meal!


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 82mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. Well that sounds quite a bit like what I know as Sedish meatballs. So is it the dill sauce (mmmm, yum!) that makes it “Danish?”

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – You got me on that one. I have no idea. I just redid the recipe she sent. All I know is they are DELICIOUS!!

  2. YUM! Made these for dinner, and was suprised that my husband loved them! Kids gobbled them up too, was quite a hit! Thanks for another hit!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gaby – So glad you all enjoyed them! I’ve got to make them again VERY soon! So delicious!

      Thanks for the feedback!

  3. oops I meant SWedish meatballs. sorry

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – lol. no problem

  4. I just made this for lunch today and it was delicious!! I served it over brown rice. The only thing I’ll change for next time is to make a double batch of the meatballs–I’ve got a lot of rice and sauce leftover but not a lot of meatballs!

  5. GP can you freeze that sauce? It sounds to be fantastic also over chicken or fish – would be a great shortcut if you had it frozen in portions.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristen – I’ve never tried. It never lasts long enough around here! I’ll have to reserve some to try that next time.

  6. Leadia Jarvis says:

    Confused….the meatball recipe doesn’t say anything about eggs, but your first picture clearly shows an egg in the mix. Could you please clarify?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leadia – So sorry. Thanks for catching that! The recipe has been updated.

  7. trude wofford says:

    this stuff is great!! thanks for the recipe Tiffany

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – You’re welcome!

  8. Elizabeth B says:

    Just made these tonight. So simple and tasty (and I even forgot the egg in the meat mixture!) Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elizabeth – Fantastic! They are so delicious! I’m working on a dairy free version now that I’ve given up the milk. Hope it will be just as good!

  9. Tiffany, another hit. the hubby wants more!!! i didnt use brown rice, i used my good ol barley. it went great together. i also did add the allspice. yummy!! thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Desiree – Fabulous! I always love it when the guys ask for more!

  10. soooooooo making these tonight. Serving Mediterranean veggie soup, salad, your spinach dip with a few chips(gluten free for me) and some of these meatballs.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulissa – Sounds good! Can I come over? lol

  11. OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! Had them with gluten free pasta and the hubber requested (and made himself!) your spinach dip. Nothing like a meal for Super Bowl that you won’t regret in the morning.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulissa – Agreed!!! Good for you!! Keep up the great work!

  12. @ Tiffany, sure we’d love to have you! It was yummy!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulissa – Awwwe. Thanks! (I’ll be right over…)

  13. Tiffany…here it is my first day with you and I made these for dinner with brown rice and a side of sauteed kale with garlic. Absolutely delicious! The family even wanted seconds…I’m impressed =)
    I knew I found a good thing…and now, I’m convinced! Thanks so much 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Wendy – Awwwe, thank you! I really appreciate that. 🙂 So happy you enjoyed my recipe!

  14. Do you think ground cornflakes could be substituted for the bread crumbs? I have a soy allergy and it’s really hard to find bread that doesn’t have some form of soy in it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Court – It could. The texture will be slightly different, but it will most likely be pretty close.

  15. I reviewed this recipe!


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leslie – AWESOME!!! Thank you!

  16. Just used your meatball recipe to make some turkey burgers. Can is just say it’s like biting into heaven?!!? You’re AMAZING! Thanks so much!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristen – Oh yum! Glad you enjoyed it!

  17. Paulissa Kipp says:

    Just had these with some luscious roasted veggies. This is one of our absolutely favorite GP recipes, along with the protein pancakes. Those 2 are in steady rotation. Thank you so much for everything you do.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Paulissa – Thank you so much! I’m flattered and so so happy you’re enjoying my recipes!

  18. Paulissa Kipp says:

    Just had these with some luscious roasted veggies. This is one of our absolutely favorite GP recipes, along with the protein pancakes. Those 2 are in steady rotation. Thank you so much for everything you do.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Sarah – It should be okay. Greek yogurt is a bit thicker. Try using just a hair less and see. But I think it would be okay.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Cleanpaleo – I’ve never tried, so please let me know how they turn out!

  21. Hi. Wondering what I could use for the wheat pastry flour and bread crumbs as an alternative to make this recipe gluten free. Newly discovered I’m gluten intolerant, still learning my substitutes 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      K – I don’t know the first thing about gluten free cooking/baking. I wish I could be more help. Try Elana’s Pantry and The Gluten Free Goddess. Great web sites!

  22. This one was a huge hit!! Will definitely be making it again!

  23. Can I use fresh dill in place of the dried dill weed?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! Just add to taste. 🙂

  24. DonnaLouWho says:

    First off I love your website and all that you do here…its so great!! Secondly, these Danish Meatballs are on my dinner list this week…What would you serve this with or over? I’m debating on rice or just simply making some roasted potatoes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      DonnaLou – Either one would be delicious!

  25. Erin Lohrum says:

    Can Matzo meal be used in place of bread crumbs if it is made with whole grain?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – If the Matzo meal is clean, then it should be fine, yes.

  26. Just saw this on pinterest and had to comment – I’m Danish (living in Copenhagen). Have no idea why these should be Danish meatballs – I guess they’re a bit like Frikadeller, but the sauce is unknown to me.
    Sounds nice though.. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Louise – That’s the same as our American Dutch Babies. There’s nothing Dutch about them. 😉

  27. These came out just like your pictures, which I am very happy about! My husband and I are enjoying them very much. I just had to strain some of the flour lumps out before adding the seasonings and then added some parmesan (not very Danish of me, I know haha). Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Noelle – My pleasure! Enjoy! 😀

  28. Can this receipe be prepared ahead of time and then warmed up in crockpot

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gerri – Sure!

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