Carrot, Sunflower & Turkey Meatballs

This recipe is taken from the Picnics & Lunchboxes edition of the Best food Fast Series.

I really enjoyed these – so easy to make and can be eaten hot or cold so very versatile. If you have kids… or you are a big kid, you can even put them on cocktail sticks to make them more fun!!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 400g (14oz) Turkey mince
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 Small eggs, beaten
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 25g (1oz) Plain Flour
  • 50g (2oz) Sunflower seeds


How to…

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°c/375°f/Gas 5.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the turkey mince, carrots, eggs, seasoning, parsley and flour until well combined.
  3. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls using the palms of your hands. Roll the balls in the sunflower seeds to coat.
  4. Place the balls on a lined baking tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned and cooked through.

These are great with salad, in tomato sauce with vegetables or good on their own as a snack. You can try them with beef or pork as well.