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BBQ Turkey Meatballs For A Crowd (GF)

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BBQ Turkey Meatballs for a Crowd (GF) is a great make-ahead entree and perfect for the upcoming holidays. These tasty meatballs freeze well and are easy to make gluten-free. Smother them with your favorite BBQ sauce, or make a batch of Grandma King’s Homemade BBQ Sauce. Either way, we think you’ll fall in love with this fabulous recipe.

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First of all, let’s take a minute to talk turkey!!!

Turkey is:

  • Inexpensive.
  • Easy to make.
  • Freezer friendly.
  • Easily feeds a crowd.
  • Delicious. 


Health Benefits of Turkey:

  • Rich source of protein.
  • Skinless white meat is low in fat.
  • Loaded with B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc. Turkey is also rich in selenium, an antioxidant necessary for thyroid metabolism and boosting immunity.
  • Contains tryptophan, an amino acid that triggers serotonin production and aids sleep.
  • Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels.
  • The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable.
  • Contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and strengthens the immune system.
BBQ Turkey Meatballs

Ready to bake.

This recipe yields approximately 35 meatballs that measure approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter. BBQ Turkey Meatballs for a Crowd can also be turned into an appetizer simply by making each ball smaller. (NOTE: adjust your baking time!)

Turkey Meatballs 2

Parmesan cheese on top of each meatball before baking them.

When the meatballs have baked for one hour, I remove them from the oven and drizzle Grandma King’s Homemade BBQ Sauce over top. Now, back into the oven for another 10 minutes of bake time.

Turkey Meatballs 6

Next, I sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top and turn off the oven. The final step is to place the meatballs back in the oven just long enough to let the cheese melt (approximately 5 minutes). 

Turkey Meatballs 5



629 cal


24 g


70 g


28 g
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BBQ Turkey Meatballs For A Crowd (GF)

Yields 35 meatballs

A delicious gluten free meatball recipe that easily feeds a crowd.

25 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 25 Total Time

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  • 5 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 4 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp tarragon
  • 1 tsp mustard, dry
  • 1 tbsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • TOPPINGS: (Use gluten-free BBQ sauce and cheeses)
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella
  • 4 cups BBQ sauce


  1. Combine all of the ingredients, excluding the toppings.
  2. Shape mixture into approximately 2 1/2-inch diameter balls.
  3. Place in 12 x 18 baking pan lined with non-stick foil (Optional: drizzle olive oil over foil).
  4. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of each meatball.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour, or until fully cooked.
  6. Remove from oven, drizzle BBQ sauce over top of each meatball, return to oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle Mozzarella cheese over top. Turn oven off. Place meatballs back into oven for approximately 5 minutes, or just long enough for cheese to melted.
  8. Serve.


Freezing directions: Cover a large cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Place uncooked meatballs on cookie sheet and top with Parmesan cheese. (Do not place BBQ or Mozzarella cheese on meatballs at this time). Cover with foil. Freeze. Once frozen, place meatballs into a freezer zip-lock baggies. Thaw however many you need and bake according to directions.

Cleanup is a breeze because I line my baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil. I also drizzle a little olive oil over the foil for added flavor, but you can always leave this step out. 


Unbaked BBQ Turkey Meatballs freeze well up to one month. I place the entire pan of unbaked meatballs in my freezer. Once frozen, I place them in a freezer bag or freezer container. Then I simply take a few out as needed, or bake them all at once if I am feeding a crowd.  

BBQ Turkey Meatballs for a Crowd (GF)Enjoy!


Disclaimer: Manufacturer’s formulations and policies for gluten-free products may change at any time, therefore it’s important to always read product labels yourself and contact the manufacturer with concerns. We have found that most companies are eager to help answer your questions.

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  • Ellen September 19, 2016, 9:28 am
    Hi - I am looking forward to trying these. I'm assuming you don't mix the BBQ sauce and cheeses into the meatballs? Those are all for toppings? If you plan to freeze the meatballs, do you still top with sauce and cheese or save that for when they are defrosted?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy September 19, 2016, 10:52 am
      Hi Ellen, You are correct. I did not mix the BBQ sauce or cheeses into the meatballs but used them as toppings. When freezing the meatballs, you can go ahead and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top, but follow the baking directions for the BBQ and Mozzarella cheese. I went back and posted a recipe card in this post, so now you can print off a copy of the recipe if you'd like. Have fun and happy baking! Linda

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