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 Middle Eastern
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 8
Calories 330 kcal
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


  1. 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.
  2. Keep the oven heated to 350 while you prepare the meatballs.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. Serve over Lebanese Rice Pilaf with a dollop of plain yogurt on top.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.6g 22%
Saturated Fat 3.7g 19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 10.9g
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1006mg 42%
Total Carbohydrates 27.4g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6.2g 25%
Sugars 14.3g
Protein 27.7g 55%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.