Published Mar 21st
Prep 5m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 20m
Servings 4 servings Calories 177.5

This is a VERY simple way to enjoy Middle Eastern flavors in an American format… the hot dog! Serve on a bun or wrapped in a pita. I like adding banana-ketchup, but any condiment will do! Tahini might be appropriate. Rice or couscous or an Israeli salad would make a fine side dish. Use ground turkey with a 7% or 8% fat content, as the super lean turkey will be harder to cook with.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2 In a small bowl, mix together cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, and salt. In a large bowl, crumble the ground turkey; slowly work in seasoning mixture with your hands, distributing seasoning as evenly as possible. Divide into 8 equal balls. On a flat surface, roll out each turkey ball into a tube shape.
  3. 3 Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and set it over medium heat. Place turkey tubes into the skillet; cook, turning frequently, until golden brown on all sides. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  4. 4 Bake in preheated oven about 6 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 177.5
  • Carbohydrate 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol 89.6 mg
  • Fat 9.6 g
  • Fiber 0.8 g
  • Protein 20.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.6 g
  • Sodium 228 mg


  1. I already rated this once before, but I had to write again! So good and so easy. I used plain yogurt mixed with mango chutney as a sauce and served with warm tortillias. Thank you so much. I only used about 3/4 of a teaspoon of each spice... perfect!UPDATE ON REVIEW: I now usually serve - Read more ...
  2. YUMMY! I made these for dinner tonight and I LOVED them! I served them in a whole wheat pita with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and homemade lowfat tzatziki sauce. I only used about 3/4 teaspoon of each spice and subbed dried cilantro for the ground coriander because I didn't have coriander on hand. Absolutely fabulous, - Read more ...
  3. Wonderful recipe! I followed the directions exactly using the 1tsp of each spice. I hand-mixed it into the ground turkey early in the day to allow the flavors to blend. Even my 10 month old grandson could not get enough! Great tasting recipe!
  4. We thought this was a great change from "the usual". I thought before I made them that it seemed like the recipe called for a lot of spices but we decided after eating the meal that we wouldn't change any of the spices or amounts. The one thing we did do was to check to - Read more ...
  5. This had a great taste but I didn't form it into tubes as directed. I ended up making this a loose meat sandwich using pitas and a california style israeli salad from this site. The seasonings were great. I would recommend getting in there and using your hands to mix the seasonings in with the - Read more ...
  6. Not bad the spices were a bit overpowering though. These were good in a hotdog bun or on their own.
  7. We love these! I mix the spices in early in the day and refrigerate until just before dinner. It is wonderful to have another low-fat decadance up my sleeve. Thank you!
  8. Very easy and surprisingly authentic tasting. My husband told me that these taste as good as the kafta (beef sausages) he gets at our favorite Middle Eastern restaurant. We ate them two to a pita with tzatziki sauce. My only complaint was that they were a little dry -- I think I cooked them too - Read more ...
  9. Fantastic! I have made these sausages into patties as well. I never thought i could enjoy a low fat sausage without bread or egg. i like to dip these in dijon mustard and eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner.
  10. Excellent with hummus and tzatziki in a pita! Easy to prepare and tasty!