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Cranberry Ginger Meatballs

Holiday Party? Potluck? Game Day? You’ll be delighted with 30 Minute Cranberry Ginger Meatballs.

Looking down on Cranberry Ginger Meatballs in a stainless steel pan covered in sauce - The Goldilocks Kitchen

Warning: Cranberry Ginger Meatballs are extremely delicious and addicting; I’ve already made three batches in the last two weeks! They are so simple and come together in 30 minutes with ingredients you already have in your pantry. Whether serving these to your guests or family, they will disappear in a second! You may want to double the recipe so you get some before they’re gone :0)

How to make Cranberry Ginger Meatballs

Combine one can of jellied cranberry sauce in a deep sided skillet with a few spoonfuls of dark brown sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice, a cup of ketchup, and a spoonful of ginger paste. I like using ginger paste because it’s much easier to work with than actual ginger root and still gives you that tangy fresh ginger taste! If you have some, throw in a handful of fresh cranberries too. Cook the ingredients over medium heat until the sauce just comes to a boil.

Looking down into a stainless steel pan containing cranberry ginger sauce with fresh cranberries in it to make Cranberry Ginger Meatballs - The Goldilocks Kitchen

Stir in a bag of frozen homestyle meatballs, completely coating all of them in the sauce, then cover and cook on medium for about 30 minutes, lifting the lid to stir about every 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken up and cook into the meatballs for some of the best meatballs in your life!

Meatballs are stirred around in a stainless steel pan with sauce to make Cranberry Ginger Meatballs - The Goldilocks Kitchen

I like to sprinkle in a handful more fresh cranberries as a pretty garnish with a pop of color, but this is totally optional.

This recipe can also be prepared in a slow cooker by cooking up the sauce on the stovetop first, then stirring it and the meatballs together in a slow cooker and setting it to low for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally as well.

A close up picture of Cranberry Ginger Meatballs garnished with fresh cranberries - The Goldilocks Kitchen

These Cranberry Ginger Meatballs are going to be a knock your socks off hit wherever you serve them. You’ll get your 5 minutes of fame :0) Just be sure to tell them the recipe is from The Goldilocks Kitchen! Enjoy and please rate and review this recipe to be helpful for other readers. Thanks!

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Cranberry Ginger Meatballs

5 from 1 review

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-16 servings 1x


This hit recipe for Cranberry Ginger Meatballs comes together in minutes thanks to pre-cooked store-bought meatballs and canned cranberry sauce. Cranberry Ginger Meatballs are great at potlucks (serve with toothpicks) or on a plate as the main course for a quick weeknight dinner.


  • 1 (14 ounce) can cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, divided (optional)
  • 1 (32 ounce) bag frozen homestyle meatballs


  1. Combine cranberry sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice and ginger in a 12 inch deep-sided skillet over medium high heat. Mix and stir until thoroughly combined and sauce just barely starts to boil. If you have fresh cranberries, stir 1/2 cup fresh berries into the sauce.
  2. Add frozen meatballs and stir to coat in the sauce. Cover and turn the heat to medium. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the meatballs are heated through and the sauce is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in remaining fresh cranberries. Allow 5 minutes to cool and serve.


This recipe also works great in a slow cooker, just stir together all the ingredients for the sauce before adding the sauce and meatballs into the slow cooker. Cook until meatballs are heated through and serve.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 6 meatballs
  • Calories: 357
  • Sugar: 24.3 g
  • Sodium: 766 mg
  • Fat: 21.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Protein: 12.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 45 mg

30 minute Cranberry Ginger Meatballs are delicious and easy thanks to pre-cooked store-bought meatballs and canned cranberry sauce. Cranberry Ginger Meatballs are great at potlucks (serve with toothpicks) or on a plate as the main course for a quick weeknight dinner.

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  1. Hello Emily! Your recipe take on meatballs looks very delicious and appetizing. I’ll probably try this one over the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We (meaning me) just made them again for New Years eve and they are simply the best meatballs EVER. My family couldn’t stop thanking me for making them again, it was so funny!

    1. Hands down these are the very best meatballs I’ve ever had- these will be a huge hit with pretty much everyone. Thanks for your comment Hollie, great to hear from you!

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