Friday, March 19, 2010

Barbeque Turkey Meatballs

You know when you have a friend who is having a rough time and needs a friend. There is nothing that says "I'm there for you!" better than to bring them some comfort food. -- Bring them these meatballs. Someone you know passes away, you want to bring the family a meal to help comfort them. -- Bring them these meatballs. You have a pot luck at work and need a tasty, quick thing to bring. -- Bring these meatballs.

Are you seeing where I'm going with this??

Seriously. These little babies say it all. They are fairly simple, filling, healthy, oh and did I mention that they are absolutely delicious?? Ya, all that and more.
The only thing I was skeptical about was the milk. It seemed to be a lot of milk to put in meatballs and they were quite soft. But I thought, Pioneer Woman couldn't be wrong?! So I went with it and me of little faith, they turned out just fine. They browned up nicely in the pan.

And came out absolutely scrumptious after baking with the barbecue sauce on them.

I will not doubt again. :-)

BBQ Turkey Meatballs
Adapted from Pioneer Woman Cooks

For Meatballs:
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
3/4 cup instant oats
1 cup milk, 1%
3 tbsp. onion, finely minced
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup flour
Cooking spray

For BBQ Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. onion, finely minced
Dash or two of Tabasco

Combine all meatball ingredients. Roll into medium small balls about the same size and place on a cookie sheet. The mixture will be wetter than expected, this is okay, it will turn out fine. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Combine sauce ingredients while meatbals are in the freezer. Remove meatballs from freezer and immediately dredge in flour. Brown meatballs in skillet with cooking spray until just brown. Don't worry about cooking them, we're just getting a nice sear on the outside. Place into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour sauce over meatballs and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Total calories = 2115 calories
22 meatballs = 96 calories per meatball (this will vary due to the size of your meatballs)

Mac and cheese + 4 meatballs + green beans = 922 calorie dinner

Calories calculated from, some numbers are rounded and approximate.


  1. I love meatballs, especially turkey, and ESPECIALLY with this barbecue sauce. Delicious.

  2. Never had turkey meatballs.looks fab...

  3. These look so delicious with barbecue sauce on them! I never eat meatballs this way but I should! They look excellent!

  4. Oh man, these look good!

    I loooooove meatballs!! :)


  5. Yum, yum, and yum! Those look so tasty. I love cooking with turkey instead of beef. Thanks for linking up!

  6. They sound great, I look forward to trying them:@)