Italian-Herb Turkey Meatballs

Half Italian, half down-home barbecue fare, these turkey meatballs are 100% delicious. Try them as an appetizer or in a sub sandwich.

Italian-Herb Turkey Meatballs
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
22 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
40 to 45


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 ½ pound lean ground turkey

  • ½ cup grated Grana Padano cheese

  • cup chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano

  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • Balsamic BBQ Sauce for Meatballs

Balsamic BBQ Sauce for Meatballs

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

  • cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 orange, peeled, finely shredded, and juiced (1 tablespoon peel, 1/4 cup juice)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine egg, turkey, Garana Padano, parsley, oregano, panko, ricotta, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, crushed red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix together with your hands. Shape meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Place meatballs in the prepared pan. Brush with olive oil.

  3. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until cooked through (165°F). Serve with Balsamic BBQ Sauce for Meatballs.

Balsamic BBQ Sauce for Meatballs

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a small saucepan until smooth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, over medium heat about 20 minutes or until reduced to 1 1/3 cups, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

44 Calories
3g Fat
1g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.4mg 7%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 68mg 1%
Folate, total 3.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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