Easy Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Calling all buffalo wing lovers! If that’s you then you’re going to absolutely LOVE these healthier buffalo turkey meatballs! They’re spicy, easy to make and served with a zesty greek yogurt ranch dip!
Easy buffalo turkey meatballs are a great way to satisfy your buffalo craving without all the guilt!

If you all couldn’t tell by now, I love meatballs! AND I love buffalo sauce too – so these two just seemed to go hand-in-hand! They’re great for appetizer parties, make an incredibly easy dinner or you can even meal prep them for a quick lunch during the week. Plus since these buffalo turkey meatballs are loaded with veggies, they’re also a healthier way to get your buffalo wing fix in too! So without further ado, let’s get to those ingredients!

These spicy turkey meatballs are made with simple ingredients and take just minutes to put together. They're a perfect healthy option for a quick dinner or lunch!

Ingredients

One reason I love meatballs so much is because their ingredients are always so simple! Just throw together about one pound of ground meat, add in some mix-ins and your good to to go! Here are the ingredients I used for these buffalo meatballs:

  • Ground turkey: Can also be replaced with ground chicken!
  • Panko breadcrumbs: Can be replaced with regular breadcrumbs or gluten free breadcrumbs too!
  • Egg
  • Celery: Adds a nice crunch to the meatballs!
  • Green onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce: I mixed 2 tablespoons into the meat mixture. If you like a spicier meatball, feel free to add 1-2 more tablespoons. (Note: You’ll also be tossing the meatballs in buffalo sauce too so keep that in mind when you’re determining your spice level.)
Meatballs made with ground turkey, celery and Franks Red Hot Sauce! They're a great healthy alternative to your favorite fried buffalo wings!

Can I make these meatballs gluten free?

Absolutely! Simply swap out the panko breadcrumbs for gluten free panko or you can also use regular gluten free breadcrumbs too.

How to make an easy Buffalo Sauce

In order to make a good buffalo sauce, you just need two ingredients: Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and butter. (If you don’t prefer butter, you can also use ghee instead.) But the butter really is the key to this sauce because it helps to tone down the spiciness of the hot sauce. Just keep in mind that the most butter you use, the less spicy your sauce will be. Here’s the ratio I always use for my buffalo sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce + 1 Tbsp butter

It comes out perfect every time!

This lightened up ranch dip is the perfect condiment for your next appetizer party! It's made with greek yogurt and pairs well with everything!

How to make healthier Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

This is another one of my favorite dips because it’s so simple and so much healthier than your average ranch dip! Simply follow the directions below.

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 packet of ranch seasoning mix
  1. Mix the two ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.

*Note: The longer this dip sits in the fridge, the more flavorful it will be. (I always try to make this dip up the night before I know I’m going to use it.)

Delicious buffalo meatballs that are baked instead of fried and loaded with veggies! Plus they're easily made gluten free too!

What can I serve with buffalo turkey meatballs?

Besides being a great appetizer, these meatballs also make for an incredibly easy meal too! Here are some of my favorite ways to serve them:

  • Over rice/cauliflower rice
  • With a simple salad (use blue cheese dressing or your ranch dip for the dressing)
  • With sweet potatoes fries or roasted sweet potatoes
  • Turn them into a meatball sub sandwich (Place the meatballs in a hoagie roll, drizzle on your sauce and melt some mozzarella cheese on top)

I hope you all enjoy these buffalo turkey meatballs just as much as we do! If you’re a lover of anything buffalo, then I know you will! 😉

Hope you’re having a great day!

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Easy Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Healthy, spicy and absolutely delicious! This easy meatball recipe is the perfect way to satisfy those buffalo wing cravings without all the work! (Plus it's served with a lightened up ranch dip that is out of this world amazing!)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Easy, Gluten free
Keyword: appetizer, buffalo, easy, gluten free, turkey meatballs
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs (use gluten free panko if needed or regular gluten free breadcrumbs)
  • 1 egg
  • cup green onion, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Frank's Red Hot sauce (NOT wing sauce)

For the buffalo sauce:

  • ½ cup Frank's Red Hot sauce (NOT wing sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp butter

For the ranch dip:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix

Instructions

To make the ranch dip:

  • Mix the greek yogurt and ranch dip together in a small bowl. Cover it and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat.

To make the meatballs:

  • Mix the greek yogurt and ranch seasoning together in a small bowl. Cover it and store in the fridge until you're ready to eat.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a broiler pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix the ground turkey, panko, egg, green onion, celery, garlic powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce together in a large bowl.
  • For the turkey mixture into 1 inch balls and place them on your broiler pan. Place the pain the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, melt 2 Tbsp of butter and a ½ cup hot sauce together in a pot on the stove. Once the meatballs are done, toss them in the sauce and serve immediately with your ranch dip.

Notes

*I usually prefer to make the ranch dip up the night before. I’ve found that the longer the dip sits, the more flavorful it is. 

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