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Meatballs with toothpicks on parchment paper

Cranberry Wild Rice Meatballs

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


Hearty meatballs speckled with wild rice and dried cranberries and glazed with a cranberry BBQ sauce. It’s the perfect appetizer for any holiday gathering!




  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 can (14 ounces) or 1 1/2 cups cranberry sauce


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Form into small balls. Place on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over the meatballs. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Transfer the meatballs to the slow cooker. Whisk the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce together and pour over the meatballs. Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours to heat the sauce and keep the meatballs warm.