Spicy Tailgate Meatballs

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It’s that time of year again – Tailgating Season! Tailgating is a great way to create memories with your friends and family, but often times tailgating menus are full of fat and calories. Not to worry! With our recipe for spicy meatballs, you can bring a dish that everyone is sure to love, without sacrificing your clean-eating lifestyle.

We chose to make these meatballs with ground turkey because turkey has significantly fewer calories than beef.

Serve this meatball recipe with your favorite dipping sauce for sure-fire crowd pleaser! Try our SkinnyMs. Barbecue Sauce.

Spicy Tailgate Meatballs

Keep eating clean even when you are outside with these spicy and delicious meatballs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Diabetic-Friendly, Keto, Kid-Friendly, Quick and Easy
Servings: 13 people
Calories: 139kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 cup whole wheat bread cubed
  • 3 pounds lean ground turkey optional lean ground chicken
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoon sage fresh, chopped
  • 3/4 cup onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the turkey, onions, bread cubes, spices, and cheese. Using your hands, blend the ingredients together. Finally, add the egg and mix until well combined.
  • Using your hands, form mixture into approximately 40 meatballs (approximately 1 ½ inch in diameter).
  • Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until cooked through).


Serving: 3meatballs | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.5g | Protein: 22.1g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 351mg | Fiber: 0.6g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2


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4 Comments on "Spicy Tailgate Meatballs"

  1. Amanda  February 12, 2016

    These spicy tailgate meatballs are so delicious, definitely a favorite in our household now. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pauline  September 7, 2016

    Can you freeze any meat balls you do not use

  3. Cheryl A Gafner  September 5, 2018

    Sounds AWESOME!!!!


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