Photo by: Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

Serve with simple mashed potatoes on the side to catch the sauce.

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 4 meatballs and 1/3 cup sauce)


  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles (such as Del Monte)
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons Italian-seasoned dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Cooking spray


1. Place first 6 ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.

2. Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, and chili powder in a large bowl; using wet hands, shape into 16 meatballs.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add meatballs; cook 2 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add tomato mixture to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes or until the meatballs are done.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 279
  • Fat: 11.4g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Protein: 29.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.2g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 540mg
  • Calcium: 61mg

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Barbecue Turkey Meatballs Recipe