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Cranberry Meatballs in a serving dish

Cranberry Meatballs

Sweet, savory, tender, fluffy--these Cranberry Meatballs are toothpick-ready & holiday-festive w/ cranberry sauce! Your holiday go-to recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Meatballs, Cranberry Meatballs Recipe, How Do I Make Cranberry Meatballs, How To Make Cranberry Meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 -8 persons
Calories 362kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup onion finely minced
  • 1/3 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves


  • 1 (16-ounce) can cranberry sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the meatball ingredients until evenly combined.
  • Shape mixture into a 1-inch meatball, you'll have about 54.
  • In a large skillet, brown meatballs in batches, over medium-high heat. Remove browned meatballs to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. 
  • In a pan (large enough to accommodate and mix the meatballs-later) mix together all the sauce ingredients until combined. Over medium heat, cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs, reducing heat to low, and cook, gently stirring, for 15-20 minutes or until the center of meatballs are no longer pink. Serve


  • Don't skip browning the meatballs.
  • When it's time to compress the meat mixture into balls, don’t overdo it. Just gently roll the balls between your hands.


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 868mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.7mg