Turkey Swedish Meatballs

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I really didn’t think that Mike was going to like these Turkey Swedish Meatballs. And I made them despite that. Yes, just call me Super Wife. In all honestly, classic Swedish Meatballs have been on my To-Make list for as long as I can remember. There is something just right about the beefy, creamy sauce that makes them one of my favorite comfort foods. Don’t forget to serve my homemade cranberry sauce with these, it’s so good!

Turkey Swedish Meatballs served over egg noodles garnished with parsley leaves
Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Turkey Swedish Meatballs

These are absolutely divine. I can’t tell you how much I love the cranberries and while yes, that seems Christmasy (trust me to be a season behind!) they made the meatballs. The allspice paired with the tang of those red winter berries? SO GOOD you guys!

Close up of Turkey Swedish Meatball garnished with parsley leaves

Before you call the men in the white coats, there is a reason to my insanity of using ground turkey instead of beef. I used up all the ground beef that I had set aside in the fridge for meatballs in spaghetti for the kids and the rest was – of course- frozen.

Am I the only one who seems to only need ground beef when it’s frozen? I can keep it in my fridge until it goes bad and never use it. Put it into the freezer? I’ll need that rock of meat within a day.

So I ran with it.

Close up Turkey Swedish Meatballs served over egg noodles garnished with parsley leaves

I had ground pork (not frozen by some miracle) and ground turkey in the fridge. Wait a sec…. I’m not sure what that ground turkey was for….hmm. Well, there’s obviously some other recipe I’m forgetting now…

Back to the recipe.

While I can totally get behind turkey meatballs…I’m thinking that they are going to be too dry without that ground pork. Let’s face it, you’re not trying to kid yourself into thinking these are low-fat. They use sour cream, butter and cream.

What to Serve with Turkey Swedish Meatballs

The best thing to serve with these meatballs are any type of potato! Try my baked potatoes recipe, twice baked potatoes, crock pot mashed potatoes or even my Instant Pot mashed potatoes.

Close up of Turkey Swedish Meatball over noodles garnished with parsley leaves


And Mike? He loved these.

My jaw hit the table. I honestly thought I would be the only one eating these since the kids are usually a wash. Nope. Three out of four of us ate them! My son loved the sauce and managed to eat a couple meatballs – a miracle- and Mike even ate them as leftovers with spaghetti noodles the next day.

Mike doesn’t eat leftovers, nor weird turkey cranberry meatballs.

What Twilight zone am I in?

Make ’em. Let me know what you think.

Love you more than chocolate,


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Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Cranberries give these Turkey Swedish Meatballs a delicious little zing to them, and the sour cream gravy is perfection.
5 from 4 votes
Close up Turkey Swedish Meatballs served over egg noodles garnished with parsley leaves
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
50 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/3 cup minced dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Gravy Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine ground turkey , ground pork, cranberries, bread crumbs, egg yolks, allspice,and cooked onion in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir until well combined. ( I use my hands)
  • Roll the mixture into -1 1/2 - 2 inch meatballs.
  • Place meatballs into a large skillet and cook until all sides are browned, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Rinse the skillet out and melt butter in the skillet.
  • Whisk in flour and lightly brown it.
  • Slowly whisk in the turkey broth - and whisking contstantly- cook it until slightly thickened.
  • Stir in sour cream and heavy cream, then add the meatballs back in.
  • Cook another 8-10 minutes until the sauce is thick and the meatballs are cooked completely.
  • Serve over egg noodles and garnish with parsley.

Recipe Notes

These are great with cranberry sauce!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 44mg, Potassium: 133mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 165IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.6mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. The Misanthropist says

    I can’t understand how these can qualify as Turkey meatballs and they’re made with swine…. Other than that?… Great recipe…… i look forward to trying the homemade cranberry sauce….

  2. Jane Falzone says

    You should do a cookbook of non-dessert foods.

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Well, if beef balls are more your thing, it’s a free country. \U0001f609

  3. Heather Pollock says

    Great… I can make these gluten free!
    My family loves anything over broad egg noodles 🙂

  4. Kendyl Hudson says

    Methinks I’d do these on a sub bun, with leftover stuffing, Brie and cranberry sauce, somehow…

  5. Patricia Sutton says

    Ground chicken is good, too. Of course, I’ll use ground beef, too.

  6. Jody W says

    My tip of the day is to freeze hamburger flattened out in a ziploc bag so when you need it in 1/2 hour you can pop it into a sink of warm’ish water to defrost. We do that with our venison when we’ve butchered and ground it up, it makes it so much easier on those ‘oops I forgot’ days.

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