Turkey stuffing meatballs are sensational! These Thanksgiving meatballs encapsulate all of the cherished flavors of Thanksgiving into a delicious and juicy meatball. It is the perfect combination of tender ground turkey and the rich savory notes of traditional stuffing all rolled into one incredible meatball recipe.
They are so effortless to make with just a few simple ingredients you can whip up a batch in no time. These turkey stuffing meatballs are versatile and can be enjoyed year-round, bringing a touch of holiday magic to any occasion. These turkey stuffing meatballs capture the essence of Thanksgiving in every savory mouthwatering bite.
Why You Will Love Turkey Stuffing Meatballs
- These meatballs have the crave-worthy flavors of Thanksgiving.
- You get the delicious flavors of turkey and stuffing all rolled into one.
- These meatballs are easy to make and come together quickly.
- You only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe.
- Enjoy these meatballs during the holidays or anytime.
What Are Turkey Stuffing Meatballs?
Turkey stuffing meatballs are also known as Thanksgiving meatballs. We have combined the Thanksgiving flavors of turkey and stuffing into one mouthwatering meatball! These meatballs are easy to prepare and are much easier than making an entire turkey or batch of stuffing. With this recipe, you get the same Thanksgiving flavors in a far more effortless way.
Ingredients For Turkey Stuffing Meatballs
- Dried Stuffing Mix: Use your favorite boxed dried stuffing mix.
- Seasoning: Use some packaged stuffing seasoning that comes with the boxed stuffing mix.
- Chicken Broth: Heat the chicken broth and pour it over the dried stuffing mix. Use chicken broth to add flavor to these meatballs.
- Ground Turkey: Use 99% fat-free ground turkey breast.
- Eggs: Whisk two eggs. The eggs help make these meatballs moist and help them come together.
- Celery: Add chopped celery for flavor.
- Onion: Use diced white or sweet onion.
What Stuffing To Use
Use your favorite boxed stuffing for this recipe. A cornbread stuffing mix or a gluten-free stuffing mix are great options. We used a boxed dried stuffing mix from Trader Joe’s. Use the dried breadcrumbs from your stuffing mix and some of the packaged stuffing seasoning that comes in the box.
How To Make Turkey Stuffing Meatballs
Step 1: Add the dried stuffing mix and stuffing seasoning to a large heat-safe bowl.
Step 2: Heat the chicken broth in a saucepan on the stove until it is hot. Then, pour the chicken broth over the bowl with the stuffing mix. Thoroughly mix to soften the stuffing mix and let it absorb the liquid.
Step 3: Add the ground turkey breast, whisked eggs, chopped celery, and diced onion to a separate large bowl. After that, add the stuffing mixture to the bowl. From there, thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
Step 4: Use a large cookie scoop to form 16-18 meatballs and use your hands to roll them into balls. Place the meatballs on a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Step 5: Bake the meatballs at 400°F for 20-22 minutes, or until they are fully cooked.
Step 6: Top the meatballs with gravy and enjoy!
- Heat The Chicken Broth: Pour the chicken broth into a saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat on the stove until it is hot. Then, pour it over the dried stuffing mix.
- Evenly Chop: Finely and evenly chop the celery. Also, evenly dice the onion. It helps ensure that the celery and onion are distributed throughout the meatballs.
- Use A Large Scoop: We made large meatballs that were about 2 inches in size. To ensure all the meatballs are the same size, use a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop.
- Don’t Overcook Meatballs: You don’t want to overcook the meatballs or they will dry out. Make sure the meatballs are fully cooked, but not overcooked. They are fully cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
What To Serve With Turkey Stuffing Meatballs
These turkey stuffing meatballs capture the flavors of Thanksgiving. They are the perfect addition to any holiday feast. Also, they make for a comforting weeknight meal. Here are some of our favorite ways to serve them and what to serve them with:
- Gravy: Once cooked, top turkey and stuffing meatballs with gravy.
- Cranberry Sauce: Dip these turkey stuffing meatballs into cranberry sauce for the ultimate combination of Thanksgiving flavors!
- Mashed Potatoes: Serve these meatballs with mashed potatoes.
- Green Beans: Enjoy these meatballs with a side of crispy air fryer green beans.
How To Store And Reheat Leftovers
To Store: Store any leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Or, let these meatballs cool and freeze them in a freezer-safe container for 1-2 months.
To Reheat: Reheat these meatballs in the microwave. Or, reheat them in a saucepan on the stove with gravy until warm.
- Add Cranberries: For a burst of cranberry flavor in the meatballs, add three tablespoons of dried cranberries to this recipe.
- Add Apple: For a sweet and savory meatball, add one diced medium-sized apple. Macintosh, honey crisp, or pink lady apples are great options.
- Chicken Broth Substitution: If you have chicken broth, I recommend using it in this recipe because it adds flavor to the meatballs. If you don’t have chicken broth, you can use vegetable broth. In a pinch, you can use water.
- Ground Turkey To Use: We used 99% fat-free ground turkey breast in this recipe. You could substitute it for 93% lean ground turkey, 85% lean ground turkey, or ground chicken.
- Make These Meatballs Gluten-Free: To make these meatballs gluten-free, use a gluten-free boxed stuffing mix.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Stuffing Mix In Meatballs?
Yes, you can use stuffing mix in meatballs. It makes for delicious turkey and stuffing meatballs with Thanksgiving flavors. Soften the stuffing mix with warm chicken broth before adding it to the meatballs.
How Long Do Turkey And Stuffing Meatballs Last?
These meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoyed within 4 days.
Can You Freeze Thanksgiving Meatballs?
Yes, you can freeze these meatballs. Let them cool completely and transfer them to a freezer-safe container. Freeze them for 1-2 months.
More Recipes To Try Next!
- Gluten-Free Turkey Meatballs
- Italian Turkey Meatloaf
- Homemade Pumpkin Pie
- Easy Turkey Burgers
- Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
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16 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories98
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.2g 0%
- Cholesterol 38mg 13%
- Sodium 273mg 12%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0.7g 0%
- Sugars 1.8g
- Protein 9.7g 18%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.