Saucy Turkey Meatballs Recipe
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Saucy Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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It's easy to turn lean ground turkey into these moist, tender meatballs. Ideal for informal gatherings of family and friends, the appetizers feature a tangy sauce that my guests find delicious.—Janell Fugitt, Cimarron, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 217 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 695mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1 lean mea


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Turkey Meatballs in Light & Tasty October/November 2002, p37

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"OMG These are good. The meatballs are moist and the sauce to die for. I don't make them often because when I do, I find it hard to stopping eating them. Serving size three meatballs, um NO!"

Reviewed May. 12, 2015


Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"These are delicious! We like to make the meatballs ahead of time and then freeze them. They are the perfect go-to appetizer or main dish!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"I pretty much followed the recipe but cut it in half and now I know the secret ingredient to make a moist meatball. I browned the meatballs in butter and w-sauce, then made a brown gravy with the bits in the pan and some homemade chicken stock instead of the ketchup sauce. I poured the brown gravy over the meatballs and baked at 300 until bubbly....yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I just made these the other day for a pot luck party. Everyone raved at how good they were and wanted the recipe. Thumbs up from me too!!! Reminds me of some my Mom made me and my sister when growing up."

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