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Cranberry Meatballs

Quick and easy baked meatballs with a tangy, sweet, and spicy cranberry sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: bbq sauce, cranberry, meatballs
Servings: 4
Calories: 412kcal


For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 green onion sliced

For the Sauce

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½" chunk fresh ginger grated, about a teaspoon or two
  • 1 cup Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • zest and juice of an orange cara cara ½ teaspoon zest, 1 tablespoon juice


For the Meatballs

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line and baking sheet with a silicone mat or foil.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients for the meatballs, just until combined.
  • Scoop by 1 ½ tablespoon portions onto the prepared baking sheet. Leave rustic in shape or roll into smooth ball shapes with your hands.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Bake longer for larger meatballs.

For the Sauce

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. (I use my cast iron skillet).
  • Add oil and onions. Cook for about 8 minutes, until softened and beginning to brown.
  • Add garlic and ginger, cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Cook until heated through. Turn to low to wait for meatballs to finish cooking if needed.
  • Add meatballs to the sauce and stir to coat them in the sauce. Serve.


Notes -
  1. Makes about 24 meatballs.
  2. You can blend the sauce if you want it smoother.  Just be careful when blending, it'll be hot.
Substitutions -
  1. Try ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  2. Substitute any other cranberry sauce.
Storage - Stores in the fridge for about 3 days.
Nutrition - Nutritional information is an estimate only, intended for informational purposes, and not to be used as medical or dietary advice. The estimate is based on a nutrition calculator and every recipe will vary slightly depending on the products you use in your home. This estimate is per serving.


Calories: 412kcal