Wherever you go, wherever you visit in Turkey, you will always come across delicious regional Turkish flavours. As you know pretty well, Turkish cuisine has numerous regional and traditional foods. However, Turkish meatballs always have a special place among any other flavour.
There are many cities in Turkey that are famous for their meatballs. But some Turkish meatballs such as İnegöl, Akçaabat, and Tekirdağ meatballs stand out. We have brought together delicious meatball recipes for those who want to try local flavours at home.
N.B.: It is hard to believe, but in Turkey, there are almost 300 different kinds of meatballs that vary from region to region. However, here, we are going to list the most famous, delicious, and mouth-watering ones.
Although every dish of the Black Sea cuisine has a unique taste, Akcaabat meatballs have a very special place. Akçaabat meatball, which is special in Trabzon city, is prepared with beef.
One of the first dishes that comes to mind when we are talking about Bursa is İnegöl meatballs. Prepared with lean ground beef, İnegöl meatballs are generally served by grilling.
Fellah meatballs spread from Adana cuisine. You need fine bulgur and semolina to prepare this delicious flavor. By the way, the name ‘fellah’ means ‘farmer’ in Arabic. As for the serving, garlic yogurt (a Turkish yogurt with garlic) goes very well with this special regional Turkish meatball.
As the name suggests, this meatball, which spreads from Izmir cuisine, attracts attention not only in Turkish cuisine but also in Greek cuisine. Tomato sauce is the best thing to do to make the taste even better. İzmir meatballs are enriched with potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers.
Ürgüp meatball is one of Nevşehir’s most popular dishes. So, potatoes, onions, and semolina raise the flavor of the dish as nothing can succeed. It takes an average of 30 minutes to prepare this delicious meatball. The best way to serve it is to serve after frying in hazelnut oil.
So, eggplant meatballs are extremely famous in the Diyarbakir region. So, the flavor is one of the most popular Turkish meatballs in Diyarbakır cuisine. People know this delicious flavor as both meatballs and kebabs. It is a dish prepared with thinly sliced eggplant, meatballs, and tomato sauce.
Minced meat, garlic, and mengen cheese are indispensable to prepare Bolu meatballs. Moreover, this flavor is one of the favorites of the Black Sea cuisine. Meatballs must rest for 1 night. After that, the cooking phase begins. For serving, a cold salad would be great.
Harput meatball is one of the most famous local dishes of the Elazig region. The answer for how to prepare is minced meat and fine bulgur. Harput meatballs will be the savior of those who says ‘what should I cook today?’ So, tomato sauce is the best thing to serve with.
Carrot Rice and Somelek Meatballs
Sömelek Meatballs is one of the most famous dishes of Kahramanmaraş. To prepare it, you need bulgur, meat, and semolina. It takes a very short time to prepare Somelek Meatballs. As for the appetizer, carrot rice is always a good idea to serve with the meatball.
Sıkma (Squeezed) Meatballs
Squeezed meatballs, which will be the favorite of those looking for meatballs without ground meat, have become synonymous with Malatya cuisine. This meatball is very popular, especially in Anatolia. So, the boiled method is the way to cook it.
Garlic meatballs are very special to Adana cuisine. It means that is almost impossible to talk about Adana cuisine without mentioning garlic meatballs. What we use to prepare this delicious flavor is bulgur and semolina. Well, Central Anatolian people frequently consume garlic meatballs. Furthermore, it only takes 30 minutes to prepare this mouth-watering flavor.
Well, egg meatballs are a special dish of Şanlıurfa cuisine. Although little known, it is very popular. Meatballs with eggs are a delicacy that those who eat can never give up. So, it is prepared with fine bulgur, egg, and tomato paste.
Islama (Wet) Meatballs
When we are talking about Adapazarı, the first dish that comes to mind is ıslama meatballs. The most important feature of the “Islama Meatballs” is that it is served between two loaves of bread. Minced meat is what we use when preparing this special meatball.
Kadınbudu Meatballs (Turkish Lady’s Thigh Meatballs)
Of course, there is no one who has not heard the name of Kadınbudu meatballs. Prepared with minced meat and rice, Kadınbudu meatballs are identified with the Thracian cuisine. Kadınbudu Köfte (a proper translation in English is Turkish Lady’s Thigh Meatballs) is especially a popular dish in Edirne. Furthermore, you can find different versions of this delicacy in the Balkan countries.
Acem (Persian) Meatballs
Persian meatballs are a special dish of Van cuisine. You need minced meat, bulgur, and rice to prepare the dishes. This dish, which resembles a juicy meatball with its appearance, is about 240 calories.
Çiğ Köfte (Raw Meatballs)
Speaking of local meatballs, it is impossible not to include raw meatballs. Raw meatballs are extremely famous and common in Şanlıurfa and Adıyaman districts. What’s more, they attract attention in almost all our cities, especially Antep, Diyarbakır, and Adana.
İçli Köfte (aka Kibbeh or Kubbah)
Stuffed meatballs, which are among the most popular meatballs of Southeastern Anatolia, can be cooked by frying or boiling as desired. To cook stuffed meatballs, one has to use minced meat in the filling. And for the outside, you have to use fine bulgur.
So, we hope you liked our content which contains some of the best and the most delicious Turkish meatballs. Therefore, you had better not forget to check our list before visiting Turkey. You will benefit from this article when you order a portion of delicious Turkish meatballs.