Turkey Sausage Balls

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This healthy twist on the classic meatball is one to add to your recipe book. By shining the spotlight on lean turkey instead of conventional sausage, this recipe slashes calories while retaining the tender juiciness you love. Our Turkey Sausage Balls use 100% clean and wholesome ingredients. Ultra nutritious seasonings like oregano and red pepper flakes give each bite a zesty kick.

This dish is a snap to whip up. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any spaghetti meal. It’s also delicious served solo as a holiday appetizer. With all the bold flavors rolled up in these protein-packed, impressive meatballs, this recipe is a surefire hit at your next dinner party!

Turkey Sausage Balls

homemade snack

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: about 4 meatballs | Calories: 233 | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 78 mg | Sodium: 281 mg | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Protein: 22 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds, optional ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients, besides the olive oil, together in a bowl. Form into small balls.
  2. Place one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and allow to heat (you will see it shimmering, but don't allow it to smoke).
  3. Working in batches, place sausage balls in the oil and cook until brown on the outside and cooked all the way through, for about 8 minutes. Place on paper towel lined plate. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with second batch, adding more oil, as necessary.
  4. Place on serving platter and insert toothpicks to serve. Turkey sausage balls are great served with marinara sauce or a clean eating sweet and sour sauce.

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6 Comments on "Turkey Sausage Balls"

  1. Kat  March 1, 2017

    How many balls is a serving?

    • Gale Compton  March 2, 2017

      Kat, It depends on the size, but this recipes is for 4 servings, about 2 large meatballs each.

  2. Gail  April 3, 2017

    There is no turkey sausage in these balls, just lean ground turkey?

    Thank you

    • Gale Compton  April 3, 2017

      Gail, We made the turkey sausage with spices and ground turkey. No pork in this recipe.

  3. PJ  October 28, 2018

    What is the best dipping sauce to use? The instructions are pretty general.

    • Nichole Furlong  October 28, 2018

      The last step in the instructions for this recipe suggests marinara or sweet and sour. However, a no-sugar added BBQ would also be delicious!


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