Best Ever Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs

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These are the Best Ever Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs!  They’re tender and juicy and have a nice bbq sauce glaze on the outside.  Perfect for potlucks and game day.

These Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs are super moist and tender on the inside and have a nice barbecue sauce glaze on the outside

My BBQ meatballs are super moist and tender on the inside and have a nice barbecue sauce glaze on the outside.  These healthy turkey meatballs are great to feed a crowd with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob and they’re also great to serve as an appetizer on game day.

These Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs are super moist and tender on the inside and have a nice barbecue sauce glaze on the outside

Over the years my dad was always trying out new meatloaf recipes, but the meatloaf that we always loved the most was the meatloaf that he brushed with barbecue sauce.  It was incredible!  This is my dad’s meatloaf recipe turned into meatballs.  I make these bbq turkey meatballs often!  I love them with mashed potatoes!!!

BBQ MEATBALL RECIPE

This healthy meatball recipe uses ground turkey instead of ground beef, making them lower in fat and cholesterol.

  • 2 pounds turkey ground meat
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided (I use Baby Rays Original)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped and 1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

HOW TO MAKE TURKEY MEATBALLS

This healthy turkey meatball recipe comes together in about 45 minutes start-to-finish. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and set aside
  3. In a large bowl, gently fold together the meat, 1/3 cup of the barbecue sauce, eggs, onion, red pepper, garlic, parsley, ground rice crackers, salt and black pepper.  Don’t over mix or you’ll end up with tough meatballs.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the meat mixture and shape into balls.  Place on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes then remove from oven.
  6. Using a brush, brush the tops and sides of the meatballs with the remaining barbecue sauce.
  7. Return the meatballs to the oven and bake for another 7 – 10 minutes until the sauce turns into a nice glaze.

These Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs are super moist and tender on the inside and have a nice barbecue sauce glaze on the outside

These Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs are super moist and tender on the inside and have a nice barbecue sauce glaze on the outside

WHAT TO SERVE WITH MEATBALLS

HEALTHY MEATBALL RECIPES

These Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs are super moist and tender on the inside and have a nice barbecue sauce glaze on the outside
Yield: 18 meatballs

Best Ever Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

These Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs are super moist and tender on the inside and have a nice barbecue sauce glaze on the outside

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds turkey ground meat
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided (I use Baby Rays Original)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and set aside
  3. In a large bowl, gently fold together the meat, 1/3 cup of the barbecue sauce, eggs, onion, red pepper, garlic, parsley, ground rice crackers, salt and black pepper.  Don't over mix or you'll end up with tough meatballs.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the meat mixture and shape into balls.  Place on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes then remove from oven.
  6. Using a brush, brush the tops and sides of the meatballs with the remaining barbecue sauce.
  7. Return the meatballs to the oven and bake for another 7 - 10 minutes until the sauce turns into a nice glaze.
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4 Responses to “Best Ever Barbecue Meatloaf Meatballs”

  1. Karly Campbell — April 19, 2016 @ 7:36 pm (#)

    How in the heck have I never thought of a meatloaf meatball!? Actually, how have I not dreamed of a meatloaf meatball!?  These look SO good! 

    • Deborah — April 20, 2016 @ 3:41 am (#)

      Hi Karly! I know, right! I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it either.

  2. Teffy Perk — April 22, 2016 @ 9:57 am (#)

    They looks absolutely delicious!! I haven’t had meatballs in ages, and yours look so yum it really has me craving some, might have to find a way to have them today! X

    • Deborah — April 22, 2016 @ 1:44 pm (#)

      Hi Teffy! Thanks for the kind words!

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