Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Living in the Buffalo region, we love our Chicken Wings! We are the home of Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar Original Chicken Wings which is the inspiration for my Buffalo Turkey Meatballs. It is a fabulous twist on traditional Meatballs using Anchor Bar Wing Sauce! Chicken Wings are served with carrots and celery which is added to the meatballs for more flavor and moisture! Add a side of blue cheese dressing for dipping and it is hard to stop eating them!

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Buffalo Meatball Recipe

Typically I make 3 recipes with freezing individual meal portions for a quick dinner during the week! For dinner consider adding mashed potatoes or rice as a carb and of course a side of carrots and celery! They require a few simple steps to prepare them. Shred a few carrots and dice a few celery stalks to blend into the Ground Turkey. For the breadcrumbs, blend together Panko breadcrumbs with sour cream and a large egg. Let it sit for five minutes to soften the Panko breadcrumbs. Add the Panko mixture to the Ground Turkey mix along with a few seasonings. Then you are ready to start making the Buffalo Turkey Meatballs.

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Dampen your hands and shape the meatballs into desired size. I use a ¼ cup measuring cup for a regular size meatballs and ⅛ cup for appetizer size. Add Olive Oil to a frying pan and once warm start browning the meatballs.

While the meatballs are browning make your Buffalo Wing Sauce by blending together the Chicken Broth, Anchor Bar Wing Sauce, and ketchup. Alternatively you could make it earlier. Once the meatballs are brown, pour the sauce over them, cover and simmer until cooked through.

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs in skillet with wing sauce

Browning the Meatballs

My Lodge Cast Iron pan does a great job at browning the meatballs without them sticking. (It weighs a ridiculous weight so care is taken to not drop it!) Unfortunately, I tend to have problems when using my stainless steel pan with the meatballs sometimes sticking. My best approach is to brown the meatballs in the Lodge Cast Iron pan and then transfer to another pan to finish cooking in the Buffalo Wing Sauce.

The Buffalo Turkey Meatballs can be browned in the oven; however you need to be careful because they go from being browned to drying out. This happened to me once and since then I only brown them on the stove top where I have more control. Other options include using Ground Beef (which may work better in the oven due to the added fat) and Ground Chicken. I adapted this recipe from Food TV. Don’t they look delicious!!

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs cut in half

Buffalo Wing Sauce

We use Anchor Bar Wing Sauce that comes in five flavors that include mild, medium, hotter, suicidal and BBQ. You can never have too much since it works well in other recipes such as Buffalo Style Potatoes, Chicken Wing Pizza, dips and the list goes on. To learn more about the Anchor Bar and ordering their Wing Sauce please go to their website. Before we head over to the recipe, do not forget that Buffalo Turkey Meatballs make a wonderful appetizer or even as a smaller serving for children.

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs Appetizers

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Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Living in the Buffalo region, we love our chicken wings! We are the home of Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar Original Chicken Wings which is the inspiration for my Buffalo Turkey Meatballs. It is a fabulous twist on traditional Meatballs using Anchor Bar Wing Sauce! Chicken Wings are served with carrots and celery which is added to the meatballs for more flavor and moisture! Add a side of blue cheese dressing for dipping and it is hard to stop eating them! 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
Servings: 9 meatballs
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Bernice

Ingredients

Step 1:

  • 2 tbsp Sour Cream
  • 3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Large Egg

Step 2:

  • 1 Large Carrot shredded
  • 1 Large Celery Stalk finely diced

Step 3:

  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 tsp Basil dried
  • 1 clove Garlic grated
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Step 4:

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth low-sodium
  • 1/2 cup Original Anchor Bar Wing Sauce your favorite heat
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Scallions finely chopped, optional

Blue Cheese Dip:

  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Blue Cheese 2 ounces
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream

Serve with:

  • Carrots and Celery

Instructions

Step 1:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons sour cream and egg until smooth in a large bowl and then add the Panko; let sit 5 minutes.

Step 2:

  • Add shredded carrot and diced celery into the bowl with the Panko mixture.

Step 3:

  • Add the ground turkey, basil, garlic, pepper, salt and mix with your hands until combined. 
  • Dampen your hands and shape the mixture into desired size. You can make mini meatballs for an appetizer or regular size. 

Step 4:

  • Add olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. 
  • Add prepared turkey meatballs in small batches to brown. 
  • While the meatballs are browning mix together the Chicken Broth, Buffalo Wing Sauce and Ketchup.
  • Once the meatballs are brown pour the Wing Sauce mixture over them. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low.
  • Cover, simmer until tender and cooked through. At the end add the scallions. 

Blue Cheese Dip:

  • Mix the blue cheese and sour cream in a small bowl. Transfer the meatballs to a bowl and serve with the vegetable sticks and blue cheese dip.

Notes

Calories include the Blue Cheese Dip but not additional vegetables served with the dip. Calories will change depending upon how many meatballs made from this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 9meatballs | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6.5% | Vitamin C: 3.8% | Calcium: 8.3% | Iron: 5.1%

Author: Bernice

Cooking has always been a passion of mine with trying new recipes or adding a twist to an existing recipe. This blog contains some of our favorite healthier recipes but also contains decadent desserts and delicious meals that may not consider calorie count! So grab your favorite Supper Plate and enjoy our Cooking Adventure!

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    1. They are beyond awesome! They also make a great appetizer if you make them smaller. Plus you can dip them in Blue Cheese just like you do Chicken Wings!

  1. The meatballs look wonderful. I’m a big fan of cast iron pans. I really like that my cast iron skillet can be used both on top of the stove and in the oven. I often brown meats (like meatballs) on the top of the stove, and then shift it to the oven.

    1. Thank you! I find it is better for me to brown meats or really anything on the stove top. I tried to “brown” nuts in the oven and they end up burning. I am starting to use my cast iron pans again – they are so heavy that I tend to avoid them.

  2. Hi Bernice – I lost you for a bit, but I’ve signed back up so as to get your new post.
    We love buffalo wings (which aren’t very good over this way) and we’re in Sweden so you know we got to love meatballs so this is a natural for us. No Original Anchor Bar Wing Sauce over this way, but I just Googled and found a copycat recipe that’s very doable. Onto my “Meatball Recipes From Around The World” board, this goes for a future cook. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ron! I am so happy you found me. Thank you for the follow! I have quite a few Buffalo inspired recipes that you can enjoy with your copy cat recipe for wing sauce. Enjoy!

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