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Slow-Cooker BBQ Turkey Meatballs

Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Andrea Steinberg
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 4 hrs
Yield Serves 6
These easy slow-cooker turkey meatballs are the perfect choice for busy weeknights.  Serve over mashed potatoes with a side of corn.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 275
  • fat 16 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 17 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 96 mg
  • sodium 790 mg

How to Make It

  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.