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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Borer

Hidden Veggie Meatballs

Recently, I discovered a new way to make eating vegetables easy AND delicious. I call these Hidden Veggie Meatballs.

What's amazing about these meatballs is their versatility (as is the case with all my recipes):

  • Make meatballs or patties - the size is up to you!

  • Use ground beef, turkey, chicken, or pork (or a combination of 2)

  • Bacon - use it or leave it out

  • Use sweet potatoes or swap them out for regular potatoes, parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, or another starchy veggie

  • Use apple or swap in another fruit like a pear (not ripe) or blueberries

  • Use spinach or swap in frozen cauliflower or broccoli rice

  • Add in shredded onion, zucchini, peppers, or any other veggies you want

  • Switch up the spices and make these meatballs/patties savory or spicy

Either way, use this base recipe and swap in or out whatever you desire!

Hidden Veggie Meatballs


  • 2lb Ground Turkey, Beef, Chicken, or Pork (or 1lb each)

  • 1 Apple (Granny Smith is my favorite)

  • 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes (I like Japanese sweet potatoes)

  • 4 Slices Bacon

  • 1 Tsp Dried Rosemary

  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Sage

  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper

  2. Using a food processor, shred (or chop) the sweet potatoes; add to a large bowl

  3. Then, chop/dice the apple and bacon in the food processor and add to the bowl

  4. Add the meat and spices to the bowl

  5. Using kitchen gloves, mix everything together with your hands

  6. Roll into meatballs (1" diameter) or patties (3-4" diameter and flatten out) and space out about 1/2-1" apart on the cookie sheets

  7. Bake the meatballs about 25-28 minutes or the patties 28-32 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink


  • Don't be afraid to switch up the ingredients! See above for swaps.

  • You may be able to grill patties - just make sure they are well formed/mixed

  • You can also pan fry the patties or meatballs

  • These will store cooked in the fridge about 5-6 days or frozen (cooked) for 2 months


xoxo Olivia

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