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Saucy Turkey Meatballs

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 217 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 695mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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  • katecrid47
    Aug 24, 2020

    These were juicy and very flavorful. I will definitely be making again. The whole family loved them! Simple and Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • LindaGlen5
    Sep 16, 2017

    This was really good! I made it just as it was written. Sometimes I combine things from recipes I like into one. That's what I'm doing tonight. Your meatballs are addicting! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • flecklc
    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!

  • pearlos
    May 12, 2015


  • dccookin
    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!

  • goodcook321
    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!

  • djewelss
    Feb 2, 2013

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  • cndnstars
    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.

  • kafaughn
    Jan 26, 2012

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  • Mrs. NicoleM
    Oct 31, 2011

    I loved this. I even was able to sneak some celery in there with out anyone noticing. I also put a splash of hot-sauce in the sauce.