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Saucy Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Saucy Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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flecklc User ID: 7866770 238676
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!"

pearlos User ID: 6873545 226253
Reviewed May. 12, 2015


dccookin User ID: 7162688 53773
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!"

goodcook321 User ID: 2729894 38000
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!"

cndnstars User ID: 3927663 53763
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."

Mrs. NicoleM User ID: 5325680 116399
Reviewed 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."

cookiehatch User ID: 1445524 86169
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"My husband and I don't usually like turkey, but I made these because we are trying to eat healthier. They were delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!"

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