These Weight Watchers Meatballs are super healthy and range from 0-2 points on Weight Watchers (depending on your plan)! You wouldn’t think something like BBQ Meatballs could be healthy! These are great on top of cauliflower rice or straight up with a toothpick and fresh veggies!
I’ve been doing Weight Watchers for about a week (I’m on the Green plan) and I love how flexible it is. If I want pizza – I can have it – as long as I moderate the rest of the day. These meatballs have been great to have on hand – I made a batch of them (25-30 meatballs) and had them as a quick snack/meal all week!
How to make easy healthy meatballs
This recipe could not be easier! Throw everything BUT the bbq sauce in a bowl and mix together. That’s it! I made the meatballs with a small cookie scoop – then rolled lightly in hand and right into the air fryer.
Don’t have an air fryer? You can make these in the oven too – directions in the recipe – just place on a cookie sheet.
Also – the sauce! Most BBQ sauces are heavy with sugar – I found a sugar-free brand (G Hughes) that I used in this recipe at Kroger. 1 cup was only 2 points (on Green)!
Can meatballs be made without breadcrumbs?
Yup!!! These meatballs only have ground turkey, Better than Bouillon, red pepper flakes, egg whites, onion, garlic, parsley, pepper and old fashioned oats. The oats and egg whites are a great binder for this Weight Watchers recipe. No breadcrumbs in sight!
Can meatballs be made ahead of time?
Yes! You can make them up ahead of time (before cooking) and freeze them by placing them on a cookie sheet, cover with press n seal and freeze for 2-3 hours. Then you can take them off the sheet and pop them in a freezer bag.
You can also easily reheat these meatballs after they are cooked. I placed the cooked meatballs in a glass food storage container and refrigerated them for a few days until they were demolished!
Are meatballs good for you?
These are! The key to making your meatballs healthier is to use ground turkey breast instead of pork or beef (if you’re not as concerned about calories – you can use a combo). Egg whites instead of whole eggs are also a place to save calories and fat. Add some veggies in there to ad more texture.
What to serve with Weight Watchers Meatballs
I had these meatballs over cauliflower rice then added a side of steamed broccoli. You can also serve them over pasta or even in sandwiches. Here are a few ideas for you (not all WW-friendly):
Weight Watchers Meatballs
- Combine all ingredients except bbq sauce in a bowl and mix well
- Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out 25-30 meatballs. Form lightly into balls with by hand and set aside.
- Air Fryer Instructions: Place meatballs in air fryer and air fry at 375 for 10 minutes
- Oven Instructions: Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Place meatballs on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 25 minutes
- Pour bbq sauce over cooke meatballs and toss gently
- This brand of sauce has a kick to it – if you’d like it more spicy add in more red pepper flakes or even diced jalapenos
- You can swap out 1/4 cup fresh parsley for the dried parsley if you like
- Using whole eggs will change points value