Turkey Balls

Turkey Balls
Turkey Balls

Turkey balls are everything that’s good about Thanksgiving in one single bite. Any day of the year can be a holiday now, because these turkey balls are simple, affordable, tasty, and they’re on the table in less than thirty minutes without all the fuss.

Just hearing the word Thanksgiving invokes mental images of lush dining room tables, filled with savory aromatics wafting from perfectly-browned turkeys, heaps of dressing, buttery mashed potatoes, sweet cranberries and all the classic dishes that complement the holiday.

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Why only enjoy these delicious foods in November? More importantly, wouldn’t you like to enjoy all the flavors and smells of the holiday in a fraction of the time and cost?

These air fryer turkey balls bring all those flavors together into a simple, mini-Thanksgiving that takes minimal prep time and minutes to cook in your air fryer. The recipe idea came to me one night as a spin off from a mini-meatloaf recipe a friend shared with me. The binding agent for the meatloaf was Stove Top stuffing. Being a favorite side dish of mine, I started thinking – if the mini-meatloaf is delicious with ground beef, would ground turkey, similarly mixed with Stove Top, develop the Thanksgiving flavors I craved? The answer definitively, is yes!

Turkey Balls
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The ingredients for this recipe are simple and shockingly inexpensive, if you’ve ever footed the bill for a Thanksgiving dinner in your home. The base ingredients are just one pound of ground turkey, one box of Stove Top and one cup of chicken broth. For an additional Thanksgiving favorite, I added a half-can of whole kernel corn to the mix.

Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined. Scoop a palm-sized portion of the mixture into your hand and form turkey balls. Add each ball to your greased muffin tin. Pre-heat your air fryer to 350 degrees, then cook at 350 for 20 minutes.

Turkey Balls
Turkey Balls

While your entrée is cooking, prepare mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. Serve your turkey balls on a bed of mashed potatoes and top with the gravy. It quite literally tastes like an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one bite! Complete your plate with a serving of your favorite cranberry sauce and maybe, a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert – just because!

If you do happen to be entertaining a guest, this is a fun take on a traditional meal. But if you’re making this one solo, you’ll be able to enjoy the second-best part of the Thanksgiving season as well – the leftovers!

Turkey Balls

Turkey Balls

John
Meat balls, but with a holiday twist!
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 445 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer, or Oven (50 degrees warmer)
  • Muffin tin
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 box Stove Top Stuffing
  • 1/2 can Sweet Corn
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients, mix well, and form into six equal sized balls. Add to the muffin tin.
  • Air fry for 20 minutes.

Notes

All air fryers cook at different speeds.  These recipes are meant to be a general guide.  Cooking times depend on various factors including thickness, cut, and type of meat used.  I use an Instant Pot Vortex Plus shelf air fryer.  If you’re using something different, especially a bucket type air fryer, I advise keeping an eye on food so it doesn’t under, or overcook. 

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal
Keyword Air, Air Fried, Air Fryer, Air Fryer Chicken Stuffing Casserole, Corn Dogs, Cranberry, Fried, Fryer, Holiday, Mashed Potatoes, Meatballs, Stove Top, Thanksgiving, Turkey, Turkey Balls
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