Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

One of my favorite finger foods to make would have to be meatballs that are covered in a spicy but sweet cranberry sauce! I normally use ground beef but recently made them using ground turkey and they were just as delicious if not better! Making Cranberry Turkey Meatballs is EASY and will have your guests wanting to know your recipe!

Cranberry Turkey Meatballs Recipe

When it comes to meatballs I love to make my own! They are easy to make and making your own gives you the ability to give your meatballs all the seasonings and flavor that you want! You can also make them as big or as small as you want too!

Fresh Ground Turkey Meatballs

Now I normally use ground beef with homemade meatballs but this time I wanted to try something different. I used some of the Foster Farms Fresh Ground Turkey that I found on sale at Safeway! With some panko breadcrumbs, an egg and some seasonings I made 15 rounded turkey meatballs and baked them for about 15 minutes in the oven until they were golden.

Baked Ground Turkey Meatballs

Next step is to make the spicy cranberry sauce! I microwave the jellied cranberry sauce until it is melted and then pour in a bottle of some chili sauce and mix the two together. I then add the sauce to my crockpot, add the turkey meatballs and cook them on high for about 2 hours.

Ground Turkey Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce

Ground Turkey Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce

Once the turkey meatballs have simmered in the crockpot for at least a couple hours they are ready to be enjoyed. Toothpicks makes turning these Cranberry Turkey Meatballs into finger foods a snap!

Cranberry Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Want to make these for your guest? You can use these as finger foods for an appetizer or add a few to a sub roll to make your own cranberry turkey meatball sandwich. Be sure to print my Cranberry Turkey Meatball Recipe below:

Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

An easy and delicious recipe for Cranberry Turkey Meatballs. 

Servings 15 meatballs
Author Stefani Tolson


  • 1 pound fresh ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 16 oz chili sauce
  • 14 oz jellied cranberry sauce


  1. In a bowl add ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, oregano and minced onion. Stir until well blended. 

    Shape mixture into 15 rounded balls and place on cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until meatballs are golden). Remove from oven and set aside. 

    Place cranberry sauce in bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir and microwave another 30 seconds until cranberry sauce is slightly melted. Add chili sauce and mix until blended. 

    Pour cranberry sauce mixture into crockpot. Add turkey meatballs into sauce and stir to coat each meatball in the sauce. Cook on high for 2-4 hours to allow meatballs to get a nice spicy cranberry flavor.

    Remove from crockpot and enjoy!

About Stefani Tolson

The author of This Mom Can Cook and the owner of many other websites & blogs for moms. Stefani Tolson is a multi-tasking mom of 4 from the Sacramento area, PR friendly, a freelance writer, web designer, cook & more!