Turkey Meatballs with Orange Marmalade Glaze

Turkey Meatballs with Orange Marmalade GlazeTurkey Meatballs with Orange Marmalade Glaze, a pre-Thanksgiving-dinner snack to soothe the hungry mob. You will certainly be thankful for this easy Turkey Meatballs Recipe!

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Anytime I’m hosting a big gathering, I design a game-plan for all things party related:

  • Table Setting and Decorations
  • Menu, including Cocktails and Appetizers
  • Cooking Strategy and Time Frame
  • Kid’s Activities, if needed

The appetizers are an important element to making a dinner party flow smoothly.

For one, they keep the guests happy, if the meal takes a little extra time to prepare.

Two, they keep “snitchers” out of the kitchen.

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There’s nothing more infuriating to a high-strung cook, than people floating through the kitchen, lifting foil and lids here and there, to have a quick taste.

I always put out plenty of pre-dinner snacks to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Then the moment a notorious uncle steps foot in the kitchen, I gently whirl him around and point him to the dining room for appetizers and cocktails.

It works like a charm!

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These tender sweet-n-savory Turkey Meatballs with Orange Marmalade Glaze are another McCormick Spices “Seasonal Seven” Recipe, and this week I’m featuring Poultry Seasoning.

When I am making a recipe that calls for cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, I often substitute Pumpkin Pie Spice. Using a mixture of these spices is an easy way to save space in your pantry and save money at the market.

I use Poultry Seasoning exactly the same way.

It’s a blend of fragrant herbs and spices that work well with poultry:  thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, pepper, and nutmeg.

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So it’s handy to keep around and sprinkle in all-things-poultry to boost the flavor in one quick maneuver. Poultry Seasoning is also wonderful in creamy soups, stuffing, casseroles, and salad dressings.

This zesty Turkey Meatballs with Orange Marmalade Glaze is so easy to pull together, it makes a fabulous party appetizer.

Simply mix the ingredients, roll little balls, and saute.

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Then whip up a quick orange marmalade glaze…

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And toss in the turkey meatballs. Done!

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Turkey Meatballs with Orange Marmalade Glaze, along with some mixed nuts, veggies and dip, and some cheese a crackers, would make a sure-fire “snitch” guard for Thanksgiving Day.

…and keep the cook happy!

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For more great holiday ideas, visit McCormick.com.


Yield: 30 meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Turkey Meatballs Recipe


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Poultry Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Pinch McCormick® Red Pepper, Ground


  1. Beat the egg and milk in large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs, salt, poultry seasoning and pepper. Add ground turkey; mix well. Cover. Refrigerate 1 hour. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.
  2. Heat the oil in large skillet on medium heat. Place the meatballs in single layer in skillet. Cook until well browned on all sides. Remove meatballs from skillet. Set aside.
  3. Mix orange marmalade, broth, vinegar and red pepper in skillet on medium beat. Bring to boil, stirring to release browned bits in bottom of skillet. Return meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and sauce has reduced to glaze consistency.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick Spices. All opinions are my own.

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29 Responses to “Turkey Meatballs with Orange Marmalade Glaze”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — November 19, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    I can already tell these are dangerously addictive.


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 19, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    I bet these are a huge hit at Thanksgiving!


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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 19, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Mmmm…I love the idea of the marmalade with meatballs!

    And goodness, your photography amazes me as always!


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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — November 19, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    These look amazing, Sommer. Gorgeous photos.


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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 19, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    I love glazed meatballs – a holiday party staple. This look really yummy =)


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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 19, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    I love this, what an interested thanksgiving idea!!


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    marla — November 19, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Absolutely love these meatballs!


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    Shaina — November 19, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Love the turkey marmalade on here. Delicious.


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 19, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Meatballs were always a staple at holiday gatherings when I was growing up (except my family’s recipe involved grape jelly!). This brings back so many memories…


  10. #
    Carolyn — November 19, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Pass me a toothpick, girlfriend! :)


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    Kristi Rimkus — November 19, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    It sounds like you have a good game plan when it comes to entertaining. I could make an entire meal of these tasty meatballs!


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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 19, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Hey Sommer,
    New to your blog and already love it! I could absolutely ruin my appetite with these meatballs. I love that you use turkey too–still indulgent, but a little on the lighter side (which I will appreciate after I eat 7)


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    Denise — November 19, 2012 @ 12:13 pm



  14. #
    Wizzy — November 19, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    You would have to keep me away from these as I could easily fill up on these little guys alone!


  15. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — November 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    look amazing– wish I could have one now :)


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 19, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Ohhhh, I love this! I never thought of turkey meatballs and the glaze over the top looks scrumptious!!


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    Jessica — November 19, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! Any tips on making ahead and bringing with me to a family party? I’m thinking they should be fairly easy to just reheat?


  18. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 19, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    I love the whole sweet-and-spicy thing here, Sommer. My mouth is watering!


  19. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 19, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    these sound fabulous Sommer! My kids would dig in


  20. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 19, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    These look delish, Sommer! A perfect appetizer!


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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 19, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    I love orange marmalade and I know these are the kind of meatballs that are going to disappear in a hurry! I love your entertaining tips too, so smart!


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    Jeanette — November 19, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Great way to keep the snitchers out of the kitchen! These sound fantastic!


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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — November 19, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    Great thinking with the pre-meal appetizers – it drives me NUTS-o too when people meander in and out of the kitchen, snacking on the meal you’re preparing…staving them off with yummy meatballs is genius! These meaty treats look excellent and I bet that marmalade glaze is fabulous!


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    JulieD — November 19, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    Ooh these look so good, Sommer! What a perfect appetizer for a holiday party!


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    Angie — November 20, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Oh, I can just taste them, so good! These would be the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!


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    Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik — November 20, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    these sound great!! So glad I found them…thanks pinterest!


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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — November 20, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    How gorgeous! I love the idea of doing a little snack like this, but I’d still probably be eating them all to myself!


  28. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 21, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    I see these babies in my future!! ;)


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    Nancy Long — October 22, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    for the first time I’m not making Thanksgiving dinner – BIL/SIL coming and taking us out to dinner – know now what I’m making for snacks when they get here. Thanks again for another great idea!


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