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Turkey Jalapeño Meatballs

Turkey Jalapeño Meatballs

By Traeger Kitchen

Our turkey jalapeño meatballs are the perfect mash-up of heat and sweet. Grill them to golden brown on the Traeger & dip ‘em in sweet cranberry glaze.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

20 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
1/4 Cup milk
1/2 Cup plain breadcrumbs or panko
1 1/4 Pound ground turkey
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
1/2 Teaspoon garlic salt
1 Teaspoon onion powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground black pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 Large egg, beaten
Cranberry Glaze
1 Cup canned jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 Cup orange marmalade
1/2 Cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon minced jalapeños or more, to taste
To Taste Salt
To Taste Ground black pepper


  • 1

    In a small bowl, combine the milk and bread crumbs.

  • 2

    In a large bowl, add the turkey, jalapeño, garlic salt, onion powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and egg, and mix gently to combine.

  • 3

    Add the bread crumb milk mixture to the large bowl and gently combine. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

  • 4

    Make the cranberry glaze. In a small saucepan on the stove-top over medium heat, combine the cranberry sauce, marmalade, chicken broth, and jalapeño, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients are incorporated. Reserve half of the glaze for serving.

  • 5

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 350°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

  • 6

    Roll the turkey mixture into balls, about one tablespoon each, and place the meatballs in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  • 7

    Place the baking sheet directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook the meatballs for 10 minutes. Brush the meatballs with the cranberry glaze and close the lid. Cook flipping occasionally until they reach an internal temperature of 175°F and all sides are browned, 10 minutes.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

    175 ˚F / 79 ˚C


  • 8

    Remove the meatballs from the grill and serve with reserved cranberry glaze on the side. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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