Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon

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These sweet and spicy meatballs are made with ground turkey, cherry peppers and bacon (because who doesn’t love bacon!) Topped with a BBQ glaze, they are perfect for weekend gatherings, football appetizers or anytime you want finger foods.

These sweet and spicy meatballs are made with ground turkey, cherry peppers and bacon (because who doesn't love bacon!) Topped with a BBQ glaze, they are perfect for weekend gatherings, football appetizers or anytime you want finger foods.Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon

Other party appetizer ideas, perfect for the upcoming super bowl, are Hot Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Dip, Mini Greek Spinach Pies, Baked Mozzarella Sticks, and Tostones Twice Air Fried Plantains. Check out a full list of more party appetizers or Super bowl recipes.

 

Sweet 'n Spicy Turkey Meatballs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce – perfect game day appetizer!

These are simple to make, you can prep the meatballs ahead and bake when you’re ready to serve.

Sweet 'n Spicy Turkey Meatballs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce – perfect game day appetizer!

Some of you who follow me on snapchat (username: skinnytaste) may have seen me make these last week, I know because I’ve been getting tons of requests via email, Instagram and Facebook to post the recipe so here it is, just before the weekend!

Sweet 'n Spicy Turkey Meatballs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce – perfect game day appetizer!

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These sweet and spicy meatballs are made with ground turkey, cherry peppers and bacon (because who doesn't love bacon!) Topped with a BBQ glaze, they are perfect for weekend gatherings, football appetizers or anytime you want finger foods.
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Sweet 'n Spicy BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon

122 Cals 12 Protein 5 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 10 servings
COURSE: Appetizer
CUISINE: American
These sweet and spicy meatballs are made with ground turkey, cherry peppers and bacon (because who doesn't love bacon!) Topped with a BBQ glaze, they are perfect for weekend gatherings, football appetizers or anytime you want finger foods.

Ingredients

For meatballs:

  • 1 1/4 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 6 slices bacon, 4 ounces, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 ounces about 4 whole jarred cherry peppers (I like Trader Joe’s)
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko, or gluten-free panko
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the BBQ glaze:

  • 2 tablespoon sweet BBQ sauce, store bought or homemade
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • For glaze: In a small bowl, combine barbeque sauce and ketchup. Set aside.
  • For meatballs: In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine bacon, onion, garlic, cherry peppers, basil and thyme. Pulse until combined and uniform in color and texture, about 10 pulses.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, panko, salt and pepper.
  • Add bacon-cherry pepper mixture to bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Using your hands, form small round meatballs, about the size of a golf ball.
  • Place the meatballs on a large baking sheet lined with parchment and with a pastry or silicone brush, lightly brush the meatballs with the barbeque-ketchup mixture.
  • Bake for 12 minutes and then adjust oven to broil. Broil for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through and browned.

Nutrition

Serving: 3meatballs, Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 207mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 3g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: bacon wrapped meatballs, bbq turkey meatballs, healthy turkey meatballs, super bowl appetizers, Turkey Meatballs
These sweet and spicy meatballs are made with ground turkey, cherry peppers and bacon (because who doesn't love bacon!) Topped with a BBQ glaze, they are perfect for weekend gatherings, football appetizers or anytime you want finger foods.

 

Sweet 'n Spicy Turkey Meatballs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce – perfect game day appetizer!

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40 comments

  1. Gina you did it again…amazing!  I took these to a NYE party and left with an empty crockpot.  I love making your recipes GINA because they use common ingredients and no one ever says are these diet?!  

  2. Just made these for a holiday gathering and received lots of high praise and recipe requests! 

  3. I love these meatballs! Husband & daughter approved. Great flavor. Used a blender because that was all I had. It was a bit more time consuming and didn’t get everything cut evenly, but taste was still great. I have since purchased a small Kitchen Aid food processor that I’m hoping will do the job easily. The Kentucky BBQ sauce & combination with ketchup was great as well! I make these regularly now, with brown rice & an added veggie like Gina’s roasted yellow squash.

  4. What happens to points if you use 99% ground turkey ? 

  5. We enjoyed these as a variation from the same old meatball in marinara! So has anyone else noticed that jennie-o ground turkey is now just a pound, not 1.25? I happened to have a pound of 99% turkey and about a quarter pound of ground beef, so I mixed them and it was perfect. Also, my cherry peppers had expired 🙁 so I used pepperochinis. I didn’t really notice much of that flavor with so much other stuff in there, but maybe the cherry peppers would be different. Anyway,we loved them! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Hey Gina, I made these and was frustrated that they came out dry. Should I bake them for less time or maybe lower the cooking temperature?

  7. Would turkey bacon work?