Slow-Cooker BBQ Turkey Meatballs

Slow-Cooker BBQ Turkey Meatballs Recipe
Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Andrea Steinberg
These easy slow-cooker turkey meatballs are the perfect choice for busy weeknights.  Serve over mashed potatoes with a side of corn.


Serves 6

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 4 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 275
Fat 16 g
Satfat 3 g
Protein 17 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 96 mg
Sodium 790 mg


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, grated
1 rib celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup rolled oats (do not use instant)
2 cups barbecue sauce


1. Warm oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and let cool.

2. Place turkey in a large bowl. Add onion mixture, egg and oats. Use your hands to gently but thoroughly blend ingredients. Dampen hands lightly and form mixture into about 20 meatballs, each 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

3. Pour a small amount of sauce over bottom of slow cooker. Add meatballs, top with remaining sauce. Pour in 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on high until meatballs are cooked through, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

October 2010
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