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Mini Turkey Meatballs with Easy Cranberry Sauce Dip is a great (freezer-friendly!!) make ahead party appetizer. #appetizer #freezerfriendly #meatballs

Mini Turkey Meatballs with Easy Cranberry Dip

Mini Turkey Meatballs with Easy Cranberry Dip is a great (freezer-friendly!!) make ahead party appetizer. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword meatball recipe, turkey meatball, turkey recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 35 mini meatballs
Calories 44 kcal
Author Samantha


Mini Meatballs:

  • 1.5 lbs (681 gr) ground turkey meat thigh preferred
  • 14 gr (approx. 8 large leaves) sage leaves finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic minced or finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Cranberry Dip:

  • 340 gr cranberries frozen or fresh
  • 1 zest and juice medium navel orange
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 pinch kosher salt


Mini Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking tray with non-stick paper. 

  2. In a medium bowl crack egg and lightly beat. Mix with sage, garlic, pepper, and salt until well combined. Add turkey and mix until combined.

  3. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop a level amount of turkey mixture and roll into a small ball. Place on baking tray, spaced about 1/2-1" apart from other meatballs. Repeat until all turkey mixture is gone (makes 30-40 mini meatballs depending upon how you large roll them).

  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until turkey meat is cooked through (needs to hit an internal temperature of 165° F) and meatballs are starting to brown. 

Cranberry Dip:

  1. Meanwhile, please cranberries, orange zest and juice, maple syrup, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low. Cook at a simmer for 10-15 minutes or until cranberries start to breakup. 

  2. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher (or blend in a blender for a smoother texture). 

  3. Place in a bowl and serve alongside mini meatballs. 

Recipe Notes

Meatballs and sauce can be frozen up to 1 month before serving.

To serve: defrost meatballs and sauce overnight in refrigerator. Reheat meatballs in oven at 325° F for 10 minutes.

Serve sauce cold or simply reheat in a saucepan if desired. 

Nutrition Facts
Mini Turkey Meatballs with Easy Cranberry Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 44 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 83mg4%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 28IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.