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Buffalo turkey meatballs are a surprisingly healthy baked meatball recipe that is absolutely delicious. They're made with ground turkey, almond flour, spices, and a tasty buffalo sauce. Serve them as an appetizer or for dinner!
Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
Super tender turkey meatballs smothered in deliciously spicy buffalo sauce are impossible to resist. We often serve these for dinner with our creamy cucumber salad. And the leftovers reheat amazingly well for lunch the next day.
But we also love making these when we have a party. Everyone loves meatballs as an appetizer and they disappear super fast from the serving platter. And if you serve some ranch or blue cheese dressing on the side it will tone down the spiciness for anyone with sensitive taste buds.
How to make buffalo turkey meatballs
Whether you're making these as an appetizer or for dinner, buffalo turkey meatballs are a very simple recipe.
- Start by mixing the meatball ingredients together.
- The quickest and easiest way to form the meatballs is to use a cookie scoop to measure out all of the meat. Then roll each one gently between the palms of your hands for a few seconds. You can use a tablespoon if you don't have a cookie scoop.
- Put the meatballs into your oven for about 20 minutes to cook them.
- When the meatballs are in the oven, make the sauce in a large frying pan. Once the meatballs are cooked, add them to the frying pan and coat them in the sauce.
Are these meatballs healthy?
Yes! Ground turkey is a healthy lean protein. And instead of breadcrumbs, we use almond flour, which is our favorite trick for making tender meatballs. It's a bonus that almond flour is very healthy, too!
Can buffalo turkey meatballs be made ahead of time?
Yes! You can make and form the meatballs then keep them on a covered baking sheet in your fridge until you're ready to make them.
Or make them completely then reheat them in the microwave. They reheat really well!
Serve turkey meatballs for lunch or dinner
Serve buffalo turkey meatballs as an appetizer
We love to serve these as an appetizer with some celery sticks and a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing. If you're serving a few appetizers, here are others that go well with these meatballs:
Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
- 1 ½ lb ground turkey (see notes)
- ⅓ cup almond flour
- 4 tablespoons Frank's Buffalo Sauce
- 2 teaspoons EACH: garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper
- 1 teaspoon celery salt (can sub sea salt)
- 4 green onions (chopped – whites for the meatballs and greens to serve)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (plus 1 tablespoon cold water)
- ½ cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the meatball ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix just until combined. Roll into 2-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet.1 ½ lb ground turkey, ⅓ cup almond flour, 4 tablespoons Frank's Buffalo Sauce, 2 teaspoons EACH: garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, 1 teaspoon celery salt, 4 green onions
- Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While the meatballs bake, make the sauce. In a glass measuring cup, mix the cornstarch and water. Then stir in the buffalo sauce, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.1 tablespoon cornstarch, ½ cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once melted, pour the ingredients in the measuring cup into the pan and whisk until it begins to thicken then remove the pan from the heat.2 tablespoons butter
- Add the baked meatballs to the pan and mix until they are well coated in the sauce. Serve them with some green onions sprinkled over top and ranch or blue cheese dressing on the side.
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