BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon Recipe

BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon Recipe

How To Make BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon

Take a flavorful bite of these turkey meatballs cooked with bacon and cherry peppers, brushed with barbecue glaze, then baked until browned.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 16 minutes
Total: 41 minutes



For Meatballs:

  • lbsground turkey,93% lean
  • 4oxbacon,(6 slices), roughly chopped
  • ½onion,quartered
  • 2clovesgarlic,halved
  • 2ozjarred cherry peppers,(about 4 whole)
  • 10basil leaves
  • 1tspthyme,fresh
  • 1large egg
  • ½cupwhole wheat Panko,or gluten-free Panko
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper,to taste

For BBQ Glaze:

  • 2tbspsweet BBQ sauce
  • 2tbspketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a small bowl, combine barbeque sauce and ketchup. Set aside.

  3. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine bacon, onion, garlic, cherry peppers, basil, and thyme. Pulse about 10 times until combined and uniform in color and texture.

  4. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, panko, salt, and pepper.

  5. Add bacon-cherry pepper mixture to the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Using hands, form small round meatballs, about the size of a golf ball.

  6. 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.

  7. Bake for 12 minutes and then adjust the oven to broil.

  8. Broil for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through and browned.


  • Calories: 164.84kcal
  • Fat: 9.58g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.86g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.71g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.12g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.89g
  • Fiber: 0.46g
  • Sugar: 2.51g
  • Protein: 13.81g
  • Cholesterol: 65.38mg
  • Sodium: 224.38mg
  • Calcium: 26.89mg
  • Potassium: 207.99mg
  • Iron: 1.00mg
  • Vitamin A: 31.00µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.84mg
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