Turkey Frikadeller

Frikadeller is a classic Danish dish, up there with the likes of aebleskivers and smørrebrød (Denmark’s famous open-faced sandwiches). Danes typically serve frikadeller hot with potatoes and braised red cabbage. Leftovers can be eaten cold and sliced on top of buttered pieces of rich, dark rye bread. While the Danish version is the most popular, varieties of these fried meatball-patties can be found across the globe — from the German frikadellen to the South African frikkadel.

Classic frikadeller contain veal or pork (or a combination of both); common variations include beef or fish. For this recipe, turkey features as the main protein — a lighter, healthier alternative to red meat and a cheaper option than seafood. Egg and panko breadcrumbs hold the meat together while frying, whole milk adds a bit of fat to the lean turkey, and a pinch of ground cloves adds a depth of flavor that sets these apart from the average stovetop meatball. Though they may take a bit of time and effort, the browned, buttery crust that comes from searing them in a hot skillet makes it all worth it. Turkey Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs) Course Snack Cuisine Danish Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 40 minutesstrong text


1.5 lbs ground turkey

1 onion grated or minced fine

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

⅓ cup whole milk

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

¼ tsp ground cloves

Butter and/or oil for frying


Grate or mince the onion.

Place all of the ingredients except the butter/oil in a large bowl.

Mix thoroughly, using a spoon or your hands, for three to five minutes until completely combined into a smooth batter. You can also use a stand mixer on medium speed for about one minute.

Cover the bowl containing the meat mixture with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

Heat butter and/or oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Use enough to cover the bottom of the skillet.

Drop large spoonfuls of the turkey mixture into the preheated skillet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon and let cook for 8-10 minutes, until dark brown on one side.

Flip the frikadeller using a spatula and cook for another 8-10 minutes on the other side, or until cooked through. Add butter as needed.

Scoop the frikadeller out of the skillet with a spatula and serve. You may drain them on a paper towel prior to serving if you prefer.

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