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Turkey and Sausage Meatballs – Low Carb Appetizer

Since everyone is sharing their favorite appetizers this week in anticipation of the Super Bowl in a little less than two weeks, I thought I’d share one of our favorites. These turkey and sausage meatballs are wonderful–savory, plump, moist…and cheesy. Yep, there’s lots of cheddar packed into every bite. The best part is that they’re low carb.

You’ll forgive me for not having perfectly straight rows of meatballs, right? I cannot, for the life of me, make a straight line with food. It’s not in my DNA. Or something.

Here they are before I popped them in the oven. You’ll probably get your meatballs more uniform than I did, but they should be about 1.5 inch balls. The recipe makes 50-60 meatballs, depending on how big yours are, so they’re great for simple low carb meals or as a snack.

Pop them in at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, and they’re hot and ready. Yum! Honestly, I can eat these even without sauce. I do sometimes for breakfast when I’m low carbing.

So, here’s the recipe. And you can find the recipe for the sauce here. Try it. You’ll love me.

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Turkey and Sausage Meatballs

Donella Crigger
These low carb turkey and sausage meatballs are a tasty appetizer whether you're on a low carb diet or not. They're savory, juicy and cheesy. What more could you want?
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 50 -60 meatballs


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz. cheddar
  • 1/4 medium onion finely diced
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Roll meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with foil.
  • Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes, or until juices run clear.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

If you liked this meatballs recipe, you’ll love this post about marinara sauce. It’s great on pasta, too!



Recipe Rating


Friday 16th of September 2022

Haven’t made this yet. Hubby doesn’t like turkey. Could I sub 90/10 beef for that?

Donella Crigger

Friday 4th of November 2022

I don't see why not!


Monday 14th of November 2016

How much does this make? I'm planning to make them for a party, and am just wondering if I should double the recipe. Thanks in advance!

Donella Crigger

Monday 5th of December 2016

Sorry I missed this comment earlier, Jessie. I can't remember how many meatballs this makes (why didn't I remember to count?), but you'd need to double the recipe for a party for sure. Hope you enjoyed them!


Friday 23rd of September 2016

Hi Donella, Just letting you know I featured these meatballs today in my weekly Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays post, which was all about low-carb meatballs today. (And I leave these comments partly so I can tell I've featured this recipe, in case I find it again!) Hope a lot of my readers will try the meatballs!

Donella Crigger

Sunday 25th of September 2016

Thank you so much for the feature, Kalyn! I hope your readers enjoy them!

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