Turkey meatballs in orange sauce on a plate. Party time.

Turkey meatballs in orange sauce


Sweet and savory turkey meatballs make a great appetizer and are delectable drizzled in orange sauce. They are a party pleaser.

Turkey meatballs in orange sauce on a plate. Party time.
Turkey meatballs in orange sauce

Everyone loves a great meatball. Turkey meatballs in orange sauce are one of my go-to party dishes. Pop them into a small crock pot and they’re ready to take to a pot-luck.

Meatballs are definitely popular. These turkey meatballs in orange sauce are really delicious served for dinner with cauliflower rice or brown rice and veggies. They are a healthier alternative being a low-fat meat. Orange pairs really well with turkey as well.

An oval casserole dish filled with turkey meatballs in orange sauce.
Serve family style or as an appetizer

I find it best to assemble the turkey meatballs and line them all up on a baking sheet until I’m ready to saute them in batches.

Turkey meatballs lined up on a baking sheet.
Assembling the turkey meatballs
Sauteing the meatballs in a non-stick skillet.
Brown the meatballs using a non-stick skillet

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Leave me a comment below.

Turkey meatballs in orange sauce

Sweet and savory turkey meatballs in orange sauce make a great appetizer.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 egg (beaten lightly)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp plain bread crumbs (if gluten free, use corn flakes or GF bread crumbs)
  • 1-1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

Orange sauce

  • 3/4 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup marmalade
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • Orange slices for garnish
  1. In a large bowl combine the turkey, garlic, onion, parsley, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Using a spoon or your hands, incorporate the ingredients well. Form small meatballs with your hands and set aside on a wax paper lined baking sheet. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs, cover and cook for about 30 minutes. Check half way and turn the meatballs to brown on all sides. Meanwhile, combine all the sauce ingredients into a small saucepan. Over medium heat, cook and stir the mixture until it boils and thickens. Combine the cooked meatballs with the sauce and serve hot. This can be transferred to a small crock pot and kept warm for a party or make individual appetizer plates and spoon the hot sauce over the meatballs. It will yield about 1 ½ cups sauce for the meatballs. Garnish with fresh orange slices.

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  1. These look super delectable!

  2. I’m going to have these meatballs with rice.

  3. Love the citrus sauce, so perfect for spring!!

  4. Love the sound of these–Especially the orange sauce!

  5. Oh, boy, what a great sauce! Such yummy meatballs!

  6. Ohhhhhh a good orange sauce I love this combo!

  7. Oooh love the idea of an orange sauce. And perfect for Spring!

  8. I would love to serve these around the holidays!


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