Sweet Cranberry Orange Turkey Meatballs

These Sweet Cranberry Orange Turkey Meatballs are SO perfect for a party appetizer or game day snack. They’re gluten free, dairy free, and so delish!

Prep: 10 minCook: 30 minTotal: 40 min
Servings: 20 1x


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced and divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add half of the diced onion and the garlic and sauté until lightly browned.
  4. Add the sautéed onion and garlic, turkey, egg, almond meal, salt and pepper to a bowl.
  5. Mix well and using a medium cookie scoop, or about 1 tablespoon per meatball, form round meatballs and lay them on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.
  7. While the meatballs bake, whisk together the cranberry juice, and arrowroot powder.
  8. Add the remaining olive oil and diced onion to a medium stock pot over medium heat and sauté for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the tomato sauce, cranberry and arrowroot mixture, maple syrup, orange juice, and apple cider vinegar to the pot.
  10. Mix together well and bring to a simmer over medium low heat.
  11. When the meatballs are baked, add them to the pot and toss them in the cranberry orange glaze. Serve with toothpicks!
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