Barbecue Cheddar Meatballs

Steph Wagner

December 30, 2019

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Barbecue Cheddar Meatballs. Easy to make and packed with protein. Great for small portion sizes for Gastric Sleeve or Bypass patients! #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypassdiet


Note: This recipe was updated on August 7th, 2019 after reviews suggested changes for texture. Recipe was re-tested and adapted for better quality results.

Barbecue Cheddar Meatballs. Easy to make and packed with protein. Great for small portion sizes for Gastric Sleeve or Bypass patients! #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypassdiet

Barbecue Cheddar Meatballs

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Oven Baked
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
Cost: $1.49 per serving
Barbecue, cheddar and ground beef meatballs for great flavor and a protein focused meal! Makes approximately 16 meatballs.
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  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce lowest sugar available
  • 1 tsp grill seasoning of choice
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese


  • Heat oven to 350F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Fold together until well mixed.
  • Use a cookie scoop to form 1 inch meatballs and place in mini muffin pan. Bake for 18 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure internal temperature has reached 160F.
  • Remove from oven. Allow to cool and serve immediately. May serve with additional sauce, however additional sauce not included in nutrition information.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Barbecue Cheddar Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 515mg22%
Potassium 488mg14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 113IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

10 thoughts on “Barbecue Cheddar Meatballs”

  1. Great question! This will make 4 servings of 3 ounces each. It will make approximately 16 meatballs.

  2. “liquid smoke is not available where I live. How necessary is it? Could I substitute or just skip it?

  3. @Katie Ham you can skip it. It’s not that necessary it just gives it a richer flavor. You could try Worcestershire sauce if that one is available.

  4. I made these tonight. I love the flavor, but I found that they fell apart. Did anyone else have this problem? What can I do??


  5. @Angela sometimes my mixtures do seem more liquidy than other times…maybe the brands I used or who knows what. If it’s feeling extra moist I will add grated Parmesan cheese and that helps it adhere more!

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