Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

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For meatballs:
Cooking spray
1 lb Ground turkey 93% lean
½ cup Bread crumbs plain
1 tbsp Olive oil extra virgin
1 Large eggs lightly beaten
1 cup Apples tart apples, shredded, with peel on
1 ½ tbsp Sage fresh, finely chopped
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Onion powder
¾ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Black pepper
Parsley fresh, chopped, optional
For cranberry sauce:
1 cup Whole berry cranberry sauce
¼ cup Applesauce unsweetened
2 tbsp Maple syrup
zest of 1 Oranges
1 tbsp Orange juice freshly squeezed

Nutritional information

1 meatball
serving size
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Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs


This seasonally inspired recipe for Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs is a new twist on crowd-pleasing comfort food. And if you love Thanksgiving and all the wonderful flavors of this tasty holiday, then you will love these juicy and tender turkey meatballs. Well-seasoned ground turkey blended with shredded tart apple and bread crumbs and baked to perfection plus homemade apple cranberry sauce. This dish is warm and flavorful, hearty yet healthy, and so delicious. It’s like roasted turkey and cranberry sauce as a meatball!

This holiday-flavored recipe is super easy and quick to make. Start by mixing the ingredients for the meatballs and roll the mixture into 1 ½ to 2-inch meatballs. Bake the meatballs just until cooked through, about 12-14 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the cranberry sauce. Spoon the meatballs into the sauce and baste them with the sauce to coat. Serve warm, garnished with parsley if you wish, and enjoy! 

To make the Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

Steps to make Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs


Preheat oven and prepare baking sheet


Preheat the oven to 425 °F. Place a baking rack over a large rimmed baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray. Then set aside.


Combine ingredients for meatballs


Use a large bowl to combine 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey, ½ cup plain bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 lightly beaten large egg, 1 cup shredded tart apple, 1 ½ tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Use two forks or your hands to mix the ingredients, being careful not to over mix and compact the meat.


Form meatballs


Using a small scoop, scoop and roll the mixture into 1 ½ to 2-inch meatballs. Place on the prepared baking rack.




Bake the meatballs for 12 to 14 minutes until cooked through.


Prepare sauce


In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce, ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, zest of 1 orange, and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice and warm through.


Add meatballs to sauce


Add the baked meatballs and spoon the cranberry sauce over them.



Serve warm garnished with chopped parsley and enjoy!

These Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs are flavorful, hearty but healthy, and so delicious. Give them a try on Thanksgiving, or make them now to give yourself an early taste of the holiday flavors! And please come back to leave us a comment below.

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Tender, moist and packed with flavor meatballs! Thanks!

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