Last updated December 1, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

These Buffalo Turkey Meatballs are low in carbs, gluten-free, and full of flavor!

Everyone loves buffalo wings and everyone loves meatballs, so why not combine the two?

You can create layers of flavor in this simple Buffalo wing inspired dish. These baked Buffalo Turkey Meatballs are light in texture but bold in flavor with a perfect blend of warming spices. They are then tossed in a smokey, piquant sauce for that rich, tangy finish.

So easy and so delicious, these meatballs bake in less than 15 minutes and are perfect for a light meal or as an appetizer when entertaining guests. A platter of meatballs is always a crowd pleaser. Create a nice presentation with sliced vegetables and ranch dressing.

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs can be made ahead and frozen until you need them. All you have to do is reheat the meatballs and toss them in the sauce just before serving. Watch them disappear!

4.47 from 45 votes
These Buffalo Turkey Meatballs are low in carbs, gluten-free, and full of flavor!
Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Servings: 18 meatballs
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika, smoked variety recommended
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Thinly sliced scallions for garnish
Meatball Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika, smoked variety recommended
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. hot water
Ranch Dressing
  • 1/4 cup plain kefir
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. finely minced chives
  • 2 tsp. finely minced parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions for Meatballs & Sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, egg yolk, finely chopped onion, coconut flour, paprika, salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne. With your hands, mix until well combined. Divide mixture into 18 portions and shape into balls. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet, about an inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While meatballs are baking, make the sauce. In another large bowl, add apple cider vinegar, paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne and 3 tablespoons of hot water, whisk to combine. If sauce is too thick, add additional tablespoons of hot water one at a time to reach desired consistency.
  4. Remove meatballs from oven and add to the bowl of sauce, toss gently to coat. Serve meatballs garnished with thinly sliced scallions and Ranch Dressing on the side.
Directions for Ranch Dressing
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk to combine, serve. Store unused dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

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  1. Mary says:

    5 stars
    First recipe I have made from this site and it is SO good!! Will be making these on a regular basis!

  2. Eleni says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was really great! I ended up having to put more hot water to the sauce, which was no big deal. One thing I think should be noted that the safe internal temperature for poultry (chicken and turkey) is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. I made sure my meat balls got up to that temp just to be on the safe side. I would definitely make this recipe again! Super yummy!

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