These meatballs are definitely a family favorite. It might seem a little strange with the combination of cranberry and sauerkraut, but trust me, it’s a perfect combination once you get it cooked together. If you don’t care for sauerkraut, you can make this with just plain cabbage instead. I like to mix turkey and ground beef so my meatballs still have enough fat to stay together but they’re a little less greasy that way. I also have made the meatballs and sauce separately. I like to bake my meatballs on a rack so they’re able to drip the fat down into the pan and don’t sit in it. I then just add the sauce and reheat the meatballs before serving. The sweet cranberries with the savory meat is a wonderful combination. I added a wild rice pilaf with vegetables and a simple tossed salad with mine. Delicious!

Cranberry Meatballs

Sweet and savory meatballs with delicious cranberry sauce.


  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (14 oz) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, breadcrumbs, beef, turkey and salt. Mix until well combined.
  3. Form the meat mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  4. Arrange the meatballs in the prepared baking dish.
  5. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, sauerkraut, chili sauce and water.
  6. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat.
  7. Stir until the sauce is well combined.
  8. Pour the sauce over the meatballs.
  9. Bake the meatballs, covered, for 1 hour.
  10. Bake for an additional 20 minutes uncovered. Sauce should be thickened.
  11. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 232

Fat: 6

Protein: 18

Entire recipe makes 12 servings
Serving size is about 4 meatballs.
Each serving = 9 Smart Points/6 Points
PER SERVING: 232 calories; 6g fat; 4.3g saturated fat; 26g carbohydrates; 19.3g sugar; 18g protein; 1.4g fiber


  1. I made these because the ingredients were unique. I like sauerkraut and cranberry and thought I’d give it a try. I was greatly surprised at the taste combination. The cranberry provides a hint of sweetness and the combination of turkey/ground beef is great. They were even better as left overs because of the flavors blending. Will be making these again.

  2. This is tagged as gluten free, but the recipe contains breadcrumbs which do contain gluten. I will be trying these with some almond meal instead to accomodate my dietary restriction but I can see where this being tagged wrong could be a problem for people who are making food for someone else and might not recognize the misprint.

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