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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 6 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

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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43 comments on “Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs”

    1. Apple cider vinegar closely matches the sweet-to-sour taste of rice vinegar, and white wine vinegar is the next best option.

    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!🇦🇺

  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!

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