Savory Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

One of my go-to appetizers when we have parties are Savory Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs.
 This is a family recipe that we have been making for probably over 15 years.
I make them all the time....I can't believe I haven't blogged them before!
I knew I needed to post them because the Super Bowl is this weekend and these are the perfect Super Bowl food.
They are so easy to make & they are great for parties because you make them in a crock pot (or Instant Pot) and they stay warm in there as well.
I used to make these in my Crock Pot, but as you know I got an Instant Pot last Fall, so I am on a mission to convert all my crock pot/slow cooker recipes to Instant Pot recipes!
To say I am obsessed with it is an understatement :)
I made these meatballs in the Instant Pot and it took under 20 minutes....normally in my slow cooker they take hours!
On this post, I will tell you the Instant Pot directions as well as Slow Cooker/Crock Pot directions for these meatballs.

Here is what you need:
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1 can cranberry sauce
1 cup Ketchup
1 jar of Hoisin sauce (found in the ethnic/Asian isle of your grocery store)
2 bags of Frozen Turkey Meatballs

In a bowl, mix the teriyaki sauce, cranberry sauce, ketchup & hoisin sauce until combined 
(You could also mix in the crock pot liner or Instant Pot liner)

Place the 2 bags of frozen turkey meatballs in your Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
Pour the sauce mixture over the meatballs.
Give it a stir.
Close the lid on your Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealing, like this:
Cook on Manual high pressure for 6 minutes:
Do a Natural release for 10-12 minutes
(Natural release means you let the pressure on your Instant Post release without touching anything)
When you open the lid, the meatballs will look like this: 
Perfectly cooked through & warm.

Once again, I am amazed at how quick these cooked in the Instant Pot!
When I make these in the slow cooker, I cook them on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 and I stir them every hour. So, if you don't have an Instant Pot, that is how you make them in a Crock Pot...still very easy! I am just amazed that it took under 20 minutes to make these in the Instant Pot....you can see why I am obsessed! It's still on sale for under $100 if you haven't gotten one yet. 

I serve the meatballs with toothpicks......

And, sometimes I make these meatballs for us to have as dinner & serve them over rice or cauliflower rice.....My kids are picky eaters and they LOVED it when I served these over cauliflower rice! Yeah!
It does make a lot of sauce, so I think you could even use 2.5 or 3 bags of frozen turkey meatballs.
Of course, you can use frozen beef meatballs instead of turkey, but the turkey ones are healthier and the sauce has so much flavor that you can't tell they are turkey rather than beef.
Hope you love these as much as we do, I make them every year for our Halloween party & the Super Bowl and for other block parties. They are a definite go-to appetizer for us and great for a crowd!

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ALSO.....If you need other appetizer ideas to have for the Superbowl this weekend, here are some of my other favorites:
Baked Chicken Nachos {Recipe HERE
7 layer Greek Humus {Recipe HERE}
7 layer Dip {Recipe HERE}
Corn Dip {Recipe HERE}
Perfect Potato Skins {Recipe HERE}

Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon {Recipe HERE}
Who are you rooting for in the Superbowl?
I am rooting for the Atlanta Falcons...sorry all you Patriots fans, you have won too many Superbowls lately....it's time for a new team to win :)
Plus, I have to root for Atlanta since rumor has it that their Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan is going to be the 49ers new head coach. We need serious help!

If you don't care who wins,  do you just watch for the commercials & eat the food?


  1. I have been waiting for you to post this recipe! Every time you mention them on Halloween, I keep hoping you will post the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Die hard Dallas Cowboys fan here (hubby is a true californian and loves his Niners and his SF Giants) and I also dearly love Derek Carr so I guess I kind of sorta like the Raiders BUT since neither of those teams are in this year......I am going with the Falcons. I do not like Tom Brady or the Patriots. Buh bye! But regardless, I love the pageantry and all the food! We normally go to our best friends house for a huge party but this year they are taking off to las Vegas and we had NO DESIRE for that craziness. So we will be watching from our comfy chairs in our family room. I am SO GOOD with that! Go Falcons!

  3. Your corn dip is our go-to appetizer that we bring to Super Bowl parties! I made your 7 layer hummus dip for 4th of July, so good!
    I am rooting for the Patriots, we live in New Hampshire and that is the team we cheer for! Our cat's name is Patty....after the Pats :)

  4. Don't care about football (my husband and son are die hard Broncos fans) I watch for the commercials & to eat the food!
    I emailed you about this recipe last year because I saw you mention it on your blog. You emailed it to me and I wanted to let you know we love it and so did all our friends. There were no leftovers. Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. Love your nachos and jalapeno poppers! The Falcons are staying at the hotel right by my school here in Houston. I don't care about football, but I'll send them some good vibes when I drive by the rest of the week! Good luck!

  6. Hi, loved the recipe but I have a quick question: I don't like using frozen products, I like to make my own meatballs, do you think it would work in the instant pot? Thanks!

  7. This is currently in my crock pot right now. Thanks!



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