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3 Ingredient BBQ Turkey Meatballs

This easy recipe for 3 Ingredient BBQ Turkey Meatballs is perfect for a healthier football appetizer this weekend. I used my favorite Chicago barbecue sauce – Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet & Spicy.



Happy Friday! It feels like this week flew by with one less work day than usual. The weather finally cooled off, and it’s going to feel like serious football season around here with a high in the 60s all weekend. I’m not a huge sports fan these days, but in college I never missed a University of Iowa football game. This weekend happens to be the rivalry game for my alma mater vs. my husband’s – Iowa vs. Iowa State.


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At least we can agree on one thing during the game on Saturday – healthier party snacks!



I made this meatball recipe for dinner a few weeks ago to test it, and it passed with flying colors. It’s super easy, with only three ingredients – lean ground turkey, your favorite barbecue sauce, and bread crumbs. I used Gillian’s Plain {Original} Bread Crumbs, which are gluten free and made with rice flour, but any bread crumb will work.



If you can get it, try Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce in this recipe. Their Sweet & Spicy sauce is my absolute favorite. I think these meatballs will provide plenty of sustenance for football cheers.



3 Ingredient BBQ Turkey Meatballs

A simple appetizer recipe for a party or easy dinner.

Servings 6


  • 1 1/4 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce + 2 Tablespoons


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix lean ground turkey, breadcrumbs, and 1/2 cup barbecue sauce.

  3. Form into balls with a medium cookie scoop. Round out the meatballs with your hands.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, brush meatballs with the remaining barbecue sauce.

  5. After brushing the meatballs with sauce, bake for 5-10 more minutes.

Recipe Notes

This recipe yields 28 meatballs.

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