Turkey dressing meatballs

They see me rollin…. don’t be hating. These turkey-dressing meatballs are rollin dirty, dirty. OK I won’t get too carried away.

I’m trying to keep my mind from singing Christmas songs since Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived. Not going to lie but I’m ready to throw up the tree, start the fire and get started wrapping presents. Christmas is my favorite holiday by far and I hate that Thanksgiving keeps getting pushed back and it only allows for such a small time frame for Christmas.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest I’m going to help you prepare for Thanksgiving. Monday I shared this amazing old traditional family recipe for cornbread chicken dressing. Today I’m sharing what you can do if there just happens to be leftovers. I know that we always cook way too much food and it’s turkey sandwiches for three days in a row. This year I’m saying goodbye to the sandwiches and hello to turkey dressing meatballs.

Turkey dressing meatballs

If your family doesn’t want to throw in the towel or wave the white flag for sandwiches, pile some of these bad boy meatballs on top of some bread with some melted cheese and you have one heck of an updated Thanksgiving sub.

This recipe doesn’t require a lot of work so don’t fret about having to cook in the kitchen for another big meal.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Turkey dressing meatballs

Turkey dressing meatballs


  • 3 cups chicken cornbread dressing
  • 3/4 cup chopped turkey meat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 packet of onion gravy mix (I used McCormick)


In large skillet add water and gravy mix packet.  Make gravy according to package instructions.

In a bowl combine dressing, turkey and egg.  Mix until everything is well incorporated.  Using a two teaspoon scoop or spoon roll the mixture into small balls.  Drop into the gravy and cook the meatballs for 5 minutes and then rotate the balls and allow the cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Spoon some of the gravy over the sides of the meatball.

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19 comments on “Turkey dressing meatballs”

  1. Dont me ashamed…my friend has already put her Christmas tree up! And these turkey meatballs. Ingenious.

  2. I’m making turkey meatballs today! My kids love them! These look so good! I might have to try your recipe!

  3. I knew I was going to like this recipe before I even read it … and not just because you sang in the first line. Haha! Turning Thanksgiving leftovers into meatballs is pure genius. LOVE!

  4. What an awesome idea for leftovers. Beautiful pics!

  5. We love turkey meatballs in my house! I think I need to try this new twist-love it!

  6. Dressing IN meatballs. I’ve never seen leftovers look so good. Brilliant.

  7. We absolutely must have leftover turkey! I need to make these. I always squirrel away some of my dad’s stuffing so I’m sure to have some of that. 🙂 These look awesome.

  8. That song is going to be stuck in my head all day! Ha! But like you, it’s probably for the best…I caught myself yesterday looking through Christmas movies! These look so delicious 🙂

  9. There is no doubt I will be making these after Thanksgiving – what a great use for leftovers!!

  10. So so smart! We always seem to devour all of our turkey, so this year I’m requesting a second bird just for yummy leftover recipes like this.

  11. I love this idea!! This is the way to get my family to eat the leftovers, because sandwiches just do not cut it for them. I realize something is wrong with them, but what can you do?

  12. I totally want to put up our tree and pop in the Christmas movies! Until then I’ll dream about Thanksgiving leftovers and making these meatballs!

  13. Just pinned – this is all of my favorite things! I always want my meatballs to be rollin’ dirty if this is how they turn out :). Can’t wait to try!

  14. Every single thing about these!! Swoooon

  15. Meagan, these look amazing! I love comforting dishes like this, and what a great idea for Thanksgiving leftovers! Pinned! Your photos are beautiful too!

  16. This is such a great idea for leftovers. Totally going to do make these this year!

  17. I want a bite of this! I can’t wait to make!

  18. This is such a GENIUS idea! Pinning for sure! Is it weird that I’m looking forward to thanksgiving leftovers almost as much as the actual meal?

  19. This looks like my kind of comfort food!

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