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.
Yield: 10 servings
5 from 2 votes

Sweet 'n Spicy BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon

Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
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, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 207mg, Potassium: 0mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 0%
Freestyle Points: 6
Points +: 3