Cocktail Turkey Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Meatballs made with ground turkey in a tangy barbecue style sauce. Serve warm with toothpicks for a tasty appetizer.

Ingredients Nutrition


  • 12 lb ground turkey
  • 14 cup breadcrumbs
  • 14 cup buttermilk (I used low fat)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, finely minced
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • oil (for frying)

  • 12 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. For the meatballs, combine breadcrumbs and buttermilk in small bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  2. Combine turkey in medium bowl with egg, fresh sage, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Roll into 1-inch meatballs.
  5. Make the sauce in a small saucepan combining the ketchup, vinegar and honey over medium heat.
  6. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Heat large skillet over medium high heat with a little oil for frying, and add meatballs.
  8. Fry meatballs until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  9. Lower heat and pour sauce over meatballs, stirring gently to coat, and let simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes or until nicely combined and heated through.
  10. Serve meatballs with toothpicks.
  11. Can be kept warm in a chafing dish or a crockpot.


Most Helpful

I think this recipe has real potential. The meatballs were quite good, but I think a minced garlic clove and (maybe) a tblsp of minced onion would definitely have made them more interesting. The sauce was really not that good and needs some work - too cloyingly sweet. Next time, I will reduce the amount of ketchup by half, add only 1 tblsp of honey, and I think I'd add a tblsp of soy sauce to make it more savoury. When the sauce was added to the meatballs in the skillet, it had glazed them beautifully after a couple of minutes and there was no 'excess' sauce left. Like I said, this recipe does have potential but needs a bit of tweaking.

evelyn/athens July 09, 2004

I basically followed the recipe. Per Evelyn/Athens' suggestions I added dried onions, fresh and garlic to the meatballs. I also added soy sauce to the sauce and reduced the amount of ketchup. Thank you for a good recipe. I think it's a delicious and healthy turkey meatballs recipe.

Nado2003 July 31, 2007

we liked the meatballs, but didn't care for the sauce, perhaps because this is something i make often using my recipe.good idea for the contest.

chia July 24, 2004

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