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Herbed Turkey Meatballs recipe

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with a Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Teri & Jenny
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 4
Calories 410 kcal



  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • cup oats
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sage, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

cranberry bbq sauce

  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place all ingredients for the turkey meatballs in a large mixing bowl and mix together until just combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Take two tablespoons of the mixture and form into a meatball. Place onto a lightly greased baking sheet and repeat until all of the turkey mixture has been used.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and completely cooked through.
  • For the sauce: Place first six ingredients into a saucepan and stir. Bring the mixture to a simmer, over medium to medium-low heat.
  • Once the cranberries begin to macerate, about 10 minutes, stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened and reduced by ⅓. Serve with meatballs.


  • *Makes 16-20 Meatballs
  • **Note: Sometimes I like to saute 1/2 yellow onion (diced), a clove of garlic (minced), 1 tablespoon thyme (minced) and 1/4 cup dried cranberries to the bbq sauce before adding the fresh cranberries, sugars etc. It makes this spicy/tangy sauce even more hearty and savory!


Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 30gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 537mgPotassium: 1003mgFiber: 6gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 861IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 4mg
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