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Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

This recipe for Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs packs a bite-size punch of sweet and spicy, juicy and delicious. These meatballs are baked to perfection and are a perfect appetizer for sharing with friends!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Butterball Every Day for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Looking for more turkey meatball recipes? Try these Grilled Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs Skewers or this Lightened-Up (Turkey) Swedish Meatballs Recipe!

A pan full of appetizer meatballs with toothpicks in them

These Turkey Meatballs Are Perfect For Football Season

Happy Sunday, Guys! & Girls!

You know the saying, “Ask, and you shall receive”?

Well. Between Twitter and Facebook, you all raised your opinion and I listened. Brown Sugar-Glazed Meatballs IT IS!

Do you know what’s before us? Football Season!!

Saying that I “LOVE” football-food is an understatement. If there wasn’t a “main course” to deal with, MY food-life would be all about appetizers; meatballs, dips, and finger food, to be exact. Calories would be non-existent, and scales, too. 

Buuuut, since calories and scales are pretty much here to stay (booooo), I always find a way to work around their stubbornness.

A pan of Turkey Meatballs with toothpicks in them

You and I are no strangers to meatballs – Pineapple Barbecue Sauce Glazed Meatballs, Cream Cheese Pork Meatballs, Cashew Chicken Meatballs – clearly, we’re all in this together. BUT today’s meatballs are a bit special.

Made with Butterball’s Turkey Sweet Onion Burgers meat, these meaty balls are lean and delicious, wholesome and super tasty. Like, finger-snapping good.

A box of Butterball turkey burgers

I’m especially fond of these beauties because I didn’t have to sacrifice a delicious tasting meatball. Butterball’s Turkey Burgers come in a variety, from Original to Sweet Onion – which is what I used in this recipe – and from Cheddar to All Natural White. Apparently, there’s something for everyone.

Also? There’s Butterball Turkey BACON!! ♥
OH! And Dinner Sausages! And deli meat.

Did I say bacon?? Good.

Seasonings and spices together in a white bowl

Since my meatballs always bring all the boys to the yard, instead of just throwing a couple of Turkey Burgers on the grill for our Football Party, I did a little soul searching, which resulted in breaking up that meat and rolling it up with an out of this world seasoning that I make all.the.time.

And, just to clear things up, truth of the matter is; it’s not my meatballs that bring the boys to the yard. It’s my husbands 50 football and soccer channels.

These meatballs are a way to keep THEM occupied while I surf around Facebook.

A Brown Sugar-Glazed Meatball being held on a toothpick


Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs | | These Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs pack a bite-size punch of sweet and spicy, juicy and delicious!

Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Katerina | Diethood
This recipe for Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs packs a bite-size punch of sweet and spicy, juicy and delicious. These meatballs are baked to perfection and are a perfect appetizer for sharing with friends!
5 from 4 votes
Servings : 30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the Meatballs
  • 1 package (2 lbs.) Butterball Sweet Onion Turkey Burgers, thawed
  • 1/2- cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper , or to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
For the Glaze:
  • 1/2- cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Place a baking/wire rack over a baking sheet; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine thawed turkey burgers, bread crumbs, egg, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic and oregano.
  • Using a wooden spoon, mix until well combined and thoroughly incorporated.
  • Shape mixture into 1-inch balls and place on previously prepared baking sheet. You may have to do this in two batches, depending on the size of your baking sheet.
  • Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until cooked through.
In the meantime, prepare the glaze.
  • In a large, non-stick frying pan, combine brown sugar, white vinegar and rice vinegar.
  • Add baked meatballs to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, turning meatballs once half way through cooking, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from frying pan.
  • Serve.




Calories: 24 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 0 g | Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 55 mg | Potassium: 11 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 55 IU | Vitamin C: 0.1 mg | Calcium: 9 mg | Iron: 0.2 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked turkey meatballs, easy turkey meatballs, healthy turkey meatballs, how to make turkey meatballs, meatball appetizer recipe, meatball appetizers, turkey meatballs recipe
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41 comments on “Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs”

    1. Hi!
      I have not made these in the crock pot so I can’t comment on that, but I definitely know that you can keep them in the slow cooker to keep warm.

  1. I live in Australia so how can I make meatballs from scratch, we haven’t got the ready made frozen turkey meatballs, but would like to make this yummy recipe, any ideas!๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

  2. If you can only find the plain turkey burgers what seasoning would you recommend adding to make up for not having the sweet onion ones?

      1. I’m replying with a question on this message because i don’t see where i can add question. You mention a wire rack over a baking sheet. can i just put them on the baking sheet?

        1. Katerina - Diethood
          Katerina Petrovska


          You definitely can put them on a baking sheet, but, by baking them on the wire rack the meatballs get crispier rather than getting mushy due to sitting in the meat-juices as they bake.

          1. thank you, they are in the oven as I type. I used two baking sheets. I improvised a wire rack on one of them by turning over the top of a broiler pan. i’ll let you know how they turn out.

          2. Hi Katerina:

            Well, they were beyond my expectations! I followed your recipe to a T. Just delicious, everyone loved them. thank you!

  3. I tried this recipe tonight and it was amazing! I will definitely make it again! It’s delicious and healthy and fantastic. Thank you!

  4. Made these for 4th. Huge hit with the crowd!!!! These are VERY good. This will be a frequently used recipe for us. Sweet, a little heat, right on spot for gatherings or weekday go-to.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Chelsye!

      There’s about 340 calories per serving, which is 4 to 5 meatballs. 12 grams of fat and 15 grams of carbs. I hope that helps. Thank you!!

  5. These meatballs were delicious! I used gluten free breadcrumbs and they turned out great. Sweet with some spice, and so flavorful! Thanks for a great dinner!

  6. Hi Katrina! How many meatballs does this make & where do I find those Sweet Onion Burgers in da Grocery Store cuz Ive Never seen them

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Debra!!

      These should make around 25 to 30 meatballs. At the grocery store where I shop, I found the Butterball Burgers in the refrigerators and they were placed near the pre-baked hams, sausages, etc… I hope you can find them and make these meatballs because they are so good! Have a great weekend!!

  7. Really nice. Lean is important. Cooked full fat full butter full salted full double cheese infused meatballs the other day and couldn’t get through more than 10 of them ๐Ÿ˜›

    Might do this recipe but with chicken and cut down on the fatty extras like you’ve done.

  8. These look great for my fussy child to eat but I’m in the UK so can only get plain turkey mince. What flavours are in the sweet onion mince you use? I don’t want mine to be bland! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi Katerina,
        Your recipe looks amazing! You did mention that you can use beef instead of turkey? The recipe for the beef ones doesn’t call for adding bread crumbs to the mixture?. I will be following the amount of bread crumbs as you mentioned in the turkey meatballs . Maybe i will follow the recipe that you used for the turkey meatballs and just use beef instead of the turkey. Will make a note to self to let you know how they come out. Crossing fingers and hope for the best!

        1. Followed the turkey meatball recipe. Used ground beef instead of turkey burgers.. They came out delicious! Made them tonight for the game tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe.. Will be making them again another time.

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    shirleen Miller

    have you ever baked your meatballs. That is what I do all the time instead of frying. I usually do beef but I know that turkey is dryer. Have you ever tried this method of cooking meatballs

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Chelsea!

      Yes, it will thicken, slightly. Have you already made it? Let me know if you liked them!

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Oh Kate! Thee look fantastic! I just want them for dinner…don’t think I can wait until Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I can imagine how good these turkey meatballs tasted, that glaze looks incredible!!

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    Nicole Lindstrom | Simply Happenstance

    Oh I am loving this recipe. What’s so great Katerina is that my sweet mom sent me the link to these meatballs. Can’t wait to make them.

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs

    Awwwhhhhh I don’t think I’d be able to eat these – they’re sooo darn cute *.* That glaze sounds unreal too! xxx

  14. These meatballs look delicious!! I’m adding these to my menu for this next week. Thanks for the recipe!!

  15. I’m usually too lazy to turn the bowl of seasoned meat into meatballs when burgers/patties or even meatloaf is faster but I’m sure your football watching guests loved them. They look delicious as always.

    Now, I’m hungry and thinking that I can fire up the bbq early.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      These meatballs are truly, truly gooood. We always go at ’em as if they are our last meal! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Sweet and sour meatballs… YUMMMMMMMM! I could devour that entire photo full of meatballs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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