Spice up Your Meal with These Homemade Turkey Meatballs

As the famous quote goes, “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” And when it comes to hosting parties or gatherings, one of the best ways to express your love and appreciation is through food. As a home chef who loves throwing parties, I am excited to share with you one of my favorite recipes that will surely impress your guests – turkey cocktail meatballs!

These meatballs are savory, tender, and delicious. They are also easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to spend more time with your friends and family. Whether you’re hosting a game night, a holiday party or just having some friends over for drinks, these turkey cocktail meatballs are sure to be a hit.

But what sets them apart from other cocktail meatballs? It’s the perfect mix of ingredients that make these turkey cocktail meatballs a standout. The mixture of ground turkey, panko breadcrumbs, and eggs creates a tender yet firm texture that holds up well in the sauce. The flavor is elevated by adding onion, garlic, and fresh sage to the mixture. And the glaze made of chili sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar gives it a sweet and tangy kick.

So get ready to impress your guests with these mouthwatering turkey cocktail meatballs. They are perfect for any occasion and are sure to leave everyone wanting more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Turkey Cocktail Meatballs
Turkey Cocktail Meatballs

Are you tired of the same old boring meatball recipes? Look no further than this delicious and unique turkey cocktail meatball recipe. Here’s why you’ll love it:

First and foremost, these meatballs are packed with flavor. The combination of ground white turkey meat, breadcrumbs, and a mixture of spices including poultry seasoning, garlic salt, and fresh sage create a savory experience that will leave your taste buds jumping for joy.

But it’s not just the flavor that makes this recipe special – it’s also the texture. These meatballs are perfectly juicy and tender, with a satisfying chew that pairs well with the tangy orange cranberry glaze.

Plus, they’re versatile! You can serve them as a delicious appetizer at your next dinner party or make them the main course for an easy weeknight meal. They also pair great with a variety of sides, from mashed potatoes to a simple green salad.

And if all that isn’t enough to convince you, consider this: these meatballs are made with healthier ground turkey meat, which not only cuts down on calories but also makes them perfect for those watching their cholesterol intake.

So what are you waiting for? These turkey cocktail meatballs are sure to be the talk of your dinner table – give them a try today!

Ingredient List

 These turkey cocktail meatballs are the perfect party appetizer to get the ball rolling!
These turkey cocktail meatballs are the perfect party appetizer to get the ball rolling!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this tasty turkey cocktail meatballs recipe:

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground white turkey meat
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Morton Lite Salt

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth

Note: Adjust the seasoning and sauces’ quantity as per your taste preference.

Most of these ingredients are common pantry staples that add flavor to the dish. Poultry seasoning and garlic salt make turkey meatballs perfect for holiday tables, cooked with minced herbs like fresh sage, thyme, or rosemary. The bread roll’s texture is crucial here – soft Panko breadcrumbs lend themselves well to cocktails meatballs’ delicate consistency. Brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cider vinegar create a tangy, slightly sweet cocktail sauce with just the right amount of acidic flavor punch.

The Recipe How-To

 Your taste buds will be singing with every bite of these savory and flavorful meatballs.
Your taste buds will be singing with every bite of these savory and flavorful meatballs.

Ready to delve into the recipe? Great! As we start making the turkey cocktail meatballs, be prepared for a party in your mouth- loads of flavors, amazing textures, and an experience you’ll never forget. Here’s what you’ll need and how to prepare it.

Gather Ingredients

Start by gathering all the necessary ingredients for this recipe. You will need:
– 1 lb ground white turkey meat
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
– 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (panko)
– 2 tbsp chicken broth/chicken stock
– 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
– 1 teaspoon garlic salt
– Morton Lite Salt, to taste
– Fresh sage leaves, finely chopped (3-4 leaves)

Mix the Ingredients

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, combine together the ground turkey meat, egg, chopped onion, breadcrumbs panko bread crumbs, chicken broth, garlic salt, poultry seasoning, salt and chopped sage leaves. Mix everything until they are uniformly incorporated.

Form the Meatballs

Once you’ve finished mixing the ingredients thoroughly, it’s time to form them into balls. Take small portions of mixture at a time and roll them in between your palms until they become small round balls (around 2 tablespoons size). Make sure that the balls are smooth and well-rounded without any cracks or bumps. Place them evenly spaced apart on a non-stick baking sheet.

Bake The Meatballs

Place the baking sheet with the meatballs in your preheated oven and bake for around 18 -20 minutes until they are fully cooked through thoroughly (internal temperature of at least 165°F).

Viola! Your delicious turkey cocktail meatballs recipes are now fully cooked and ready for serving!

Pro tip: Slide a skewer or fork through each ball if you want to serve these as an appetizer toothpick-style.

Now that you have made a batch of these yummy turkey cocktail meatballs yourself use our tips next time around for adding some fun variations to your recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

 Freshly chopped herbs and spices add an extra burst of flavor to these already delicious meatballs.
Freshly chopped herbs and spices add an extra burst of flavor to these already delicious meatballs.

This turkey cocktail meatballs recipe has a vast range of possibilities for substitutions and variations, so it’s easy to customize them to suit your preferences.

For the bread crumbs, you can use panko bread crumbs instead of regular ones, which will give the meatballs a more crispy texture. You can also experiment with using crushed saltine crackers as a substitute for breadcrumbs for a more crunchy texture.

If you prefer ground beef or pork over turkey, feel free to substitute them or even use a combination of different meats for a unique flavor profile. For even more variety in protein options, you can try using ground chicken or lamb instead.

The sauce can also be upgraded by adding chili flakes or hot sauce for spicy lovers, or by substituting cranberry sauce with grape jelly for sweet and savory flavors. The sauce possibilities are endless!

You can also make some modifications to the herbs and spices in this recipe. Swap out poultry seasoning with Italian seasoning if you prefer an Italian twist on your meatballs. To add some extra heat, you may also incorporate garlic salt or cayenne pepper to the mixture.

In case you have dietary restrictions such as low sodium intake, try switching out regular salt with Morton Lite Salt in a 1:1 ratio for reduced sodium content. Also if you need gluten-free recipes, we suggest you to replace breadcrumbs and soy sauce with gluten-free alternatives.

These modifications not only allow greater flexibility in creating your own unique meatball recipes, but they can also turn your turkey cocktail meatballs into the best appetizers for any occasion.

Serving and Pairing

 These meatballs are easy to make but impressively tasty, making them a go-to appetizer for any occasion.
These meatballs are easy to make but impressively tasty, making them a go-to appetizer for any occasion.

After making these tasty turkey cocktail meatballs, it’s time to serve them up to your guests. These versatile appetizers pair well with a wide range of dishes, drinks and sauces.

One simple way to serve these meatballs is on their own as finger food. Arrange them on a platter with some dipping sauce such as classic marinara, sweet chili or soy-based Asian dip. They can also be skewered and presented as a fun party snack alongside other small bites.

If you want to elevate your turkey cocktail meatballs to a main course, consider serving them over rice or noodles. This hearty dish will fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours. Alternatively, try them atop mashed potatoes or polenta for a creamy and savory twist.

For those who prefer lighter fare, the glazed turkey meatballs can be added to salads or wraps for a protein-packed lunch option. The orange-cranberry glaze pairs nicely with fresh greens and vinaigrette dressings.

What’s more, you can mix and match cocktail meatballs with different sauces for variety in taste. The brown sugar and chili sauce combo is perfect for buffalo-style meatballs that would go well with grape jelly sauce for an even more interesting taste.

Pair your turkey cocktail meatballs with your favorite wine, beer or spirit-based concoction such as a vodka-based Bloody Mary or classic margarita. You might also achieve refreshing beverages like lemonade or soda water infused with seasonal fruits like cranberries or oranges.

No matter how you choose to serve your turkey cocktail meatballs, they will always add color and flavoring to any menu. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One bite and you'll know why these cocktail meatballs are a fan-favorite.
One bite and you’ll know why these cocktail meatballs are a fan-favorite.

As with any party recipe, preparation in advance is always a wise idea. The turkey cocktail meatballs are no exception to this rule. You can make the glazed turkey meatballs up to 24 hours in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To reheat your previously cooked cocktail meatballs, you can do so in the oven or microwave. If you choose to use the oven, preheat it to 350°F (175°C). Arrange the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until heated through.

If using the microwave, place the cocktail meatballs on a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Be sure to stir them occasionally for even heating.

If storing leftovers after your event, transfer them into an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to four days. To reheat, you can use either method mentioned above.

One thing that’s important to keep in mind when storing these turkey cocktail meatballs is that they can become soggy if they’re stored with the sauce on them. For best results, store the meatballs separately from the glaze and reheat them together just before serving.

With these tips, your glazed turkey meatballs will be deliciously moist and flavor-packed even after reheating!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with these perfectly seasoned and moist turkey meatballs.
Impress your guests with these perfectly seasoned and moist turkey meatballs.

If you want your turkey cocktail meatballs to turn out perfectly, there are a few tips that can help you achieve that. First and foremost, it’s essential to use fresh and high-quality ingredients. When making these meatballs, I highly recommend using freshly ground turkey that is white in color, as it will produce juicier and more tender meatballs than dark or previously frozen meat.

Another tip to keep in mind is not to over-mix the meatball mixture. Over-mixing can cause the meatballs to become tough and chewy. Instead, gently mix the ingredients until they are just combined.

One way to ensure that your turkey cocktail meatballs are evenly cooked is to make them all the same size. I recommend using a small cookie scoop or measure out each ball with a tablespoon so that they are consistent in size. This also helps them cook evenly and look uniform.

When it comes to cooking the meatballs, the best method is baking them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-18 minutes. This allows them to brown nicely on the outside while staying juicy on the inside.

Lastly, don’t forget about seasoning! A well-seasoned dish can make all the difference in flavor. For this recipe, I suggest using poultry seasoning, garlic salt, and Morton Lite Salt for the perfect taste.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll have delicious turkey cocktail meatballs that your guests will rave about!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Turkey Cocktail Meatballs Recipe is a versatile and delicious option for any gathering or party. The easy-to-follow steps and simple ingredients make this a go-to recipe for any home chef. From the savory glaze to the perfectly seasoned meatballs, this dish is sure to impress your guests.

With the many variations and substitutions available, you can truly make this recipe your own. Whether it be an Asian Glazed Turkey Meatball or a Buffalo Turkey Meatball, there are endless ways to mix and match cocktail meatballs that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

So, don’t be afraid to get creative and play around with different flavors and spices. And with the helpful tips and recommendations provided in this article, you can achieve perfect results every time.

Incorporating homemade meatballs into your appetizer recipes adds an element of elegance and sophistication that your guests are sure to appreciate. So next time you’re hosting a party or gathering, consider serving these Turkey Cocktail Meatballs and wowing your nearest and dearest with your culinary skills.

Turkey Cocktail Meatballs

Turkey Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 50 meatballs
Calories 17.4 kcal



  • 1 lb lean ground white turkey meat, skinless
  • 1/2 cup crushed fat-free saltine crackers
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon morton lite salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning


  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • Mix all of the meatball ingredients together and roll into bitesized balls.
  • Place meatballs on top of a broiler pan so any fat will fall through.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Mix spicy sauce ingredients as a dip for meatballs.

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Serving: 15gCalories: 17.4kcalCarbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 2.4gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 9.8mgSodium: 27.6mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, For Large Groups
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