These easy buffalo turkey meatballs are a tasty appetizer with tons of flavor. They are oven-baked and coated in homemade buffalo sauce.
Baked turkey meatballs are a great hors d'oeuvre when entertaining, especially for a Super Bowl party or football Sundays. Serve with blue cheese crumbles and a side of ranch.
These meatballs can be served with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping. For a delicious homemade ranch, try avocado lime ranch dressing.
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They are relatively low carb at 3 grams per meatball, making it an excellent keto appetizer idea. Make them even lower in carbs by reducing the breadcrumbs or replacing the breadcrumbs with pork rinds.
- Easy recipe: A classic meatball recipe with simple ingredients.
- Perfect party food: Buffalo meatballs are an easy weeknight dinner, appetizer, or game day snack.
For the meatballs:
- ground turkey - lean ground turkey
- bread crumbs - homemade or store bought, regular or panko breadcrumbs
- onion - white onion or yellow onion, minced (cut into very small pieces)
- grated parmesan cheese - also known as shaker cheese
- fresh parsley - flat-leaf (Italian) or curly
- egg - to bind the meatballs
- garlic - for flavor
- Worcestershire sauce - A sauce made with vinegar, molasses, sugar, anchovies, garlic, and more.
- seasonings - salt, ground black pepper, dried basil, dried oregano
- olive oil
For the buffalo sauce:
- butter - salted or unsalted
- hot sauce - recommended: Frank's RedHot Original
- Worcestershire sauce
- garlic powder - onion powder will also work in a pinch
This is a homemade buffalo wing sauce made with hot sauce. If you purchase a buffalo wing sauce, then you do not need to add butter, Worcestershire, or garlic powder as prepared wing sauce already has these ingredients.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Hot Sauce Recommendations
For an even more mild buffalo sauce, see my "Mild Version" tips below.
For a spicier buffalo sauce, try Texas Pete's Original Hot Sauce (740 SHUs) and/or add cayenne pepper to the meat mixture.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and set it onto a rimmed baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients except the olive oil to create your meatball mixture.
Using your hands, mix until fully combined. Shape the meat mixture into 1-½ inch balls, rolling the raw meat between your palms to create the meatballs. There will be about 20 meatballs.
Arrange meatballs on the wire rack and brush with olive oil.
Tip: If you don't have a basting brush, you can use paper towels or your fingers for even coating.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Once melted, whisk in the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder, until combined. Keep warm on low heat until the meatballs are ready.
Tip: Do not heat the buffalo sauce mixture on high heat. This can cause the butter in the sauce to split from the hot sauce.
When the meatballs are done, coat the meatballs in sauce either in the saucepan or using a basting brush to brush the sauce over top, rotating the meatballs until they are evenly coated.
Food safety tip: If you reuse your basting brush, wash it after it comes into contact with raw meat before using it on the cooked meatballs.
Garnish with parsley or green onions and serve with blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing alongside carrot sticks and celery sticks.
To make the sauce mild:
- Use half the amount of hot sauce
- Add 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce from a can
Canned tomato sauce can be found on the same aisle as diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes.
- Baking the meatballs on the wire rack helps the meatballs hold their round shape instead of developing a flat bottom.
- This recipe can also be made with lean ground chicken.
- Baking sheet: You will want a rimmed baking sheet.
- Wire rack: This helps keep the meatballs round while baking.
- Aluminum foil: Foil makes for easy cleanup.
- Large mixing bowl: You need a mixing bowl to mix the meat.
- Basting brush: To coat the meatballs in olive oil and buffalo sauce.
- Small sauce pan: For making the buffalo sauce.
Store leftover meatballs in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. You can freeze meatballs that are raw or fully cooked. If following the recipe for meal prep or making it ahead of time for the big game, I recommend freezing the meatballs without the sauce and making the sauce fresh when ready to serve.
Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
For the meatballs
- 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- ⅓ cup onion minced
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup fresh parsley finely chopped
- 1 large egg
- 1 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1-½ tablespoons olive oil
For the buffalo sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
- ¼ cup hot sauce*
- ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (205ºC). Spray a wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and set it onto a rimmed baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients except the olive oil.
- Using your hands, mix until fully combined. Shape the mixture into 1-½ inch balls. There will be about 20 meatballs.
- Arrange meatballs on the wire rack and brush with olive oil.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Once melted, whisk in the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder, until combined. Keep warm on low heat until the meatballs are ready.
- When the meatballs are done, coat the meatballs in sauce either in the saucepan or using a basting brush to brush the sauce over top, rotating the meatballs until they are evenly coated.
- Garnish with parsley and serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing (optional).
Food safety is always important, especially when working with raw meat.
- Cook the meatballs to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (74°C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods