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Cranberry Meatballs

These turkey cranberry meatballs are sure to be a hit at your holiday party.

Cranberry Meatballs
Cranberry Meatballs
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If you're looking for a great Thanksgiving appetizer, or maybe a way to use up some leftover cranberry sauce, you've come to the right place.

These cranberry meatballs are absolutely scrumptious. They are sweet and savory, with a perfect tang from the cranberry sauce. Everyone will be heading back to the appetizer table for seconds!

As a bonus, this recipe is also very easy to make. You'll spend some time rolling out the meatballs, but otherwise the recipe cooks easily on the stove top. It's a great dish to make all season long.


Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time35 min



  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

These delicious cranberry meatballs are great as an appetizer for Turkey Day or as a main dish for any day of the week. This recipe makes a large batch, so it will serve 6 as a main meal or 10+ as an appetizer.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix first eight ingredients. Add turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly.

  3. Shape into 1-in. meatballs. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 20-25 minutes.

  4. Set meatballs on paper towels to absorb some of the liquid.

  5. In a large skillet, cook and stir sauce ingredients over medium heat until blended. Stir in meatballs; heat through.

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These look so good! Turkey and cranberry sauce is such a classic combination. I love the idea of putting them together in one recipe.

I've been looking for something to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner other than pie, and these meatballs look perfect! I love the flavor combo of turkey and cranberry, was pleasantly surprised to see they are gluten free. I could also see my husband and I eating these as an easy weeknight meal.

I love serving this around Thanksgiving or any time in the fall, really. It works beautifully for parties and potlucks or even for a quiet night in with the family.

I'll have to make a double batch of these this holiday season - my family loves to fill up on this appetizer!

Cranberry sauce is the unsung hero of Thanksgiving. I love the idea of combining it with meatballs for an easy appetizer!


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