Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs (Gluten Free) - The Lemon Bowl
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Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs

A fun twist on the comfort food classic, your family will love these naturally gluten free Lebanese meatballs seasoned with with cinnamon, all-spice and toasted pine nuts.
Course Entree
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword slow cooker
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 8
Calories 330kcal
Author Liz DellaCroce


  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 pounds Kroger ground turkey 93% lean
  • 1 large onion diced - divided
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 4 tablespoons All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend divided
  • 32 ounce can Kroger tomato puree
  • 32 ounce can Kroger crushed tomatoes
  • Lebanese Rice Pilaf and plain yogurt - to serve


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spread pine nuts out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until pine nuts are toasted, 5-6 minutes; set aside.
  • Keep the oven heated to 350 while you prepare the meatballs.
  • Using a food processor, pulse together ground turkey, 1/2 of the onion (about 1/2 cup diced), parsley and 1/2 of the All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend (2 tablespoons) until smooth. If you have trouble getting the mixture to combine, add one or two tablespoons of ice water while pulsing.
  • Line two baking sheets with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop the meatballs using a small cooking scoop and divide evenly between both trays. Bake until half-way cooked, about 10 minutes.
  • Place partially-cooked meatballs in the slow cooker and add in toasted pine nuts, remaining 1/2 cup diced onion, remaining 2 tablespoons All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend, tomato puree and crushed tomatoes. Stir once to combine then cover and heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  • Serve over Lebanese Rice Pilaf with a dollop of plain yogurt on top.


If you don't want to make the All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend, simply use 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.4g | Protein: 27.7g | Fat: 14.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10.9g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1006mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 14.3g