Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Man it’s hard to make meatballs look pretty. After all, ground turkey isn’t the prettiest thing in the world then add on a brown-colored sauce – it’s straight up bland-town color-wise. However flavor-wise, these meatballs are SO good! Bry actually declared these, along with a side of garlic roasted brussels sprouts and some farro to be one of his favorite dinners.

I love making meatballs for dinner. They’re just so easy and relatively inexpensive. And if you are watching your portion sizes, it’s much easier to limit yourself to 4 or 5 meatballs than it is 4-oz of a whole piece of chicken or steak.


These meatballs were created by my ongoing need to use up all of the farm-fresh apple cider in our fridge since neither of us are big juice drinkers. And let me tell you, it’s a delicious problem to have. Unlike plain apple juice, apple cider brings such a great tang in addition to sweetness.


While we ate these as an entree with vegetables and farro, they would also be a perfect holiday party appetizer.

Nice and short post today as there’s not much else I can say besides please go and make these, you won’t be disappointed!

Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Perfect as an appetizer or paired with vegetables for dinner, these apple cider turkey meatballs are a festive Fall meal. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy, Meatballs, Turkey
Servings: 4
Calories: 350kcal
Author: The Healthy Toast


For the meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup oats pulsed into a flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

For the apple cider glaze

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch red pepper flakes optional


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Combine meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Form into 16 meatballs
  • Place meatballs on a large baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Give a stir to the meatballs then cook another 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, whisk glaze ingredients together in a small bowl and pour into a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Bring glaze to a boil then simmer 3-5 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Add meatballs to skillet and carefully stir until each meatball is coated in glaze.
  • Serve meatballs with remaining glaze drizzled on top.


Nutrition per serving (1 serving = 4 meatballs): 350 calories, 11 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 34 g carbohydrate, 28 g protein

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  • Sonali- The Foodie Physician AvatarSonali- The Foodie Physician3 years ago

    Well these sound pretty phenomenal!! Using apple cider is such an awesome idea and those red pepper flakes look like the perfect finishing touch to me!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Thanks Sonali! Red pepper flakes are definitely a staple for me with cooking, I love the little extra heat and color they bring to a dish 😉

  • Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table AvatarKathryn @ Family Food on the Table3 years ago

    These meatballs are so perfect for fall! I’m a total meatball lover too – all the different kinds and flavors! Love that these use apple cider – I’ve always got some as well and we don’t drink it either – just for cooking and baking.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Thanks Kathryn! I’m glad you also share in the meatball love 🙂

  • Lauren O'Connor AvatarLauren O'Connor3 years ago

    Love the sweet tanginess of apple cider (and so do my girls). What a great way to use it — and I’m sure those meatballs taste great!!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      They were so good – I’m making another batch this week for lunches 😉

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