Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

‘Deliciously golden and mouthwateringly juicy, these Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs are the perfect appetizers which are bursting with flavour!’ Hungry now? Jump to Recipe

Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

It’s always around this time of year you see turkey here there and e v e r y w h e r e. I mean what with thanksgiving and christmas just around the corner, it does makes sense. And don’t get me wrong, I love me some turkey. But I also love putting a spin on traditional food.

Oh, hello Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs!

 Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs fallen cranberries

I was thinking the other day ‘dang it’s been a hot minute since i’ve whipped up some meatballs’ and with turkey on the mind, it got my brain ticking.

The product of such ticking was indeed these delicious turkey meatballs. Ya’ll, I’m telling you these are so freaking tasty. Turkey and cranberry is a combo we all know and love and when we add our good friend sage, things just get real intense.

Let’s take a closer look.

Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs close up inside meatball

There’s a couple of what I like to call ‘power ingredients’ I add to these meatballs that really take them through the roof.

Besides the main stars of the show cranberry and sage, the first absolute must is orange zest. Not much, just 1/4 tsp, but this will add a beautiful festive warmth to the meatballs. Orange is a prominent ingredient in cranberry sauce, so why can’t we add it in our meatballs? This answer is we can!

The second may seem fairly obvious, but still a game changer, and that’s salt. Turkey can sometimes come across pretty bland so it’s important for that. But also the cranberries are gonna add a large amount of sweetness to the meatballs, so the salt is going to help balance that out. Of course seasoning is to preference and I have added a step to ensure it’s to your taste in the recipe below.

Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs front on

Speaking of recipes, shall we?

Let me know how you get on and I’ll catch you on the next post. Enjoy!

5 from 3 votes
Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

'Deliciously golden and mouthwateringly juicy, these Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs are the perfect appetizers which are bursting with flavour!'

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Original
Servings: 16
Calories: 295 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 1.1 lbs (500g) Ground Turkey
  • 2 tbsp finely diced Dried Cranberries
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Fresh Sage
  • 3 tbsp Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 medium Spring Onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Orange Zest
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil, plus extra for frying
  • 2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste
  1. In a bowl, add your turkey, onion, garlic, cranberries, sage, egg, olive oil, breadcrumbs, orange zest and seasoning. Mash with a fork and mix well. I often use my hands to ensure an even spread of ingredients.

  2. Heat up a little oil in a suitably sized pan and make a mini meatball from your mince. Fry over medium heat until cooked throughout; use this mini meatball to test for seasoning. 
  3. Once happy, cover your bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 30 mins. This is optional but it will help shape the meatballs more firmly.

  4. After, roll the rest of your mince into evenly sized balls and fry over medium heat until golden on the outside and white through the center - approx 10-12 depending on size.

  5. Serve with toothpicks and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

a) Turkey can sometimes come across bland if it's not seasoned properly, so make sure you do test before you roll out all your meatballs that the seasoning is to your preference. 

b) For even meatballs a good technique is to use a (small) ice cream scoop. Scoop dollops of your meat mixture onto a flat surface, rub water in your hands so the meat doesn't stick and then mould them with your hands.

c) Calories based per 4 Meatballs

Nutrition Facts
Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

Cheers guys, this has been ‘Sage and Cranberry Turkey Meatballs ‘. Comment, share, do whatever you fancy but for crying out loud don’t go bacon my heart. See you next time 🙂


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  • Reply
    November 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    This looks so FAB!! I love cranberries!

    • Reply
      November 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks, Deanna! 🙂

  • Reply
    November 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    OMG my fella would KILL for these! I’m gonna leave this page open when he gets home tonight & then count how long it takes him to ask me to make them for him 😀

    • Reply
      November 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Haha amazing! Do let me know how he enjoys them 🙂

  • Reply
    November 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Oh how beautiful! Such an elegant appetizer for the holidays with wonderful flavors. I would love to have these on my table.

    • Reply
      November 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Tara! Superb for the holidays, so glad you agree 🙂

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    November 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Well if those aren’t the prettiest meatballs I have ever seen! Love the styling too. Great photos!

    • Reply
      November 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Linda!

  • Reply
    November 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Mmm, these meatballs look delicious and so pretty! Just wish they were on my table right now 🙂

    • Reply
      November 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks, Julia! They are SO moreish!!

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