Turkey and Sausage Meatballs – Low Carb Appetizer

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.

Ground turkey and breakfast sausage meatballs

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.

Turkey and Sausage Meatballs - No Sauce

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?
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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.

Turkey and Sausage Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

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

Sweet Marinara Sauce for Meatballs


32 thoughts on “Turkey and Sausage Meatballs – Low Carb Appetizer”

  1. I love using turkey in my meatballs, it can cut out so much of the fat. We do meatball sandwiches a lot in our house!

  2. LOVE new meatball recipes! We actually just found a whole restaurant centered around Meatballs in Pittsburgh so I know I will be trying these and then heading over there to snag some of their recipes 😉

    • How cool is that? I’d love to know some of the different ways they serve up their meatballs… I’m thinking of trying a sort of taco-flavored meatball soon.

  3. I make turkey meatballs a lot, but since ground turkey is SO low in fat, sometimes they are just ‘ok’ I think adding some sausage would make a big difference, great tip!!

    • It really does. It also helps if you don’t squeeze them too tight when you’re rolling them into a ball. Just lightly roll them and they’ll come out puffier. The sausage definitely helps with the flavor, though!

  4. I will be saving this recipe and using it for the big game coming up. I love that there are no breadcrumb fillers in these. Awesome recipe!

  5. Love the flavor profile here! Breakfast sausage will definitely amp up the flavor, while the ground turkey keeps it leaner – so smart! Definitely pinning to share – great idea for this Sunday’s Super Bowl!!! 😀

  6. This looks like a healthier option than the meatballs I usually make. I’ll have to try them. I’m a new food blogger and found you on a link party. I’ve followed your social sites and hope we can connect on those. Can’t wait to read more of your blog. Becky

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  8. These meatballs look so good! The combination of the turkey with the sausage and cheese sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this week, the party starts Monday morning at 2am EST 🙂

  9. Looks good. My husband prefers meat, but this could be an option. Thank you for coming to the Inspire Me Monday Linky party!

  10. Hello cute lady! I’m loving it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for partying with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  14. 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!

  15. 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!

    • 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!


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