Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs And Gravy

Tender, well-seasoned Instant Pot turkey meatballs and gravy make for a satisfying weeknight meal or you can serve them with a side of cranberry sauce for an upcoming Thanksgiving holiday menu. 


Cooking With Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is a healthier alternative to other meats and blends perfectly with different herbs, spices, and seasonings. Made the right way, you will get tender, fluffy meatballs, even though turkey is leaner than say pork or beef. 

Turkey meatballs are great for a protein main and can be served with creamy gravy or something zestier like a salsa sauce.

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Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs & Gravy

Whether you’re looking for recipes using ground turkey meat or you want a new take on the Thanksgiving traditional turkey feast, this Instant Pot recipe is for you.

Ground turkey meatballs are cooked in the Instant Pot in a delicious broth that is then thickened to become a creamy gravy. This saucy meatballs dish is great over mashed potatoes or pasta noodles and a side of greens.

Add a little cranberry sauce and you have a Thanksgiving turkey meatball feast, that’s easier, faster, and lighter than a full-roasted bird.

Turkey Meatballs & Gravy (Instant Pot Recipe)
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Ingredients You Will Need

Here are the ingredients you will need to make these Instant Pot turkey meatballs and gravy recipe.

Ground turkey meat – the meatballs will be juicier if the ground meat has a little fat content.

Breadcrumbs – gives the meatballs soft, fluffy texture

Onion and garlic – adds lots of flavor but chop them finely or grate them.

Herbs & spices – this is a versatile recipe and you can swap the herbs and spices depending on what you have in the pantry.

Chicken stock – this will be the base for the gravy and adds more flavor; Worscestershire gives it a little kick and lovely flavour.

Finishing the gravy – the flour helps to thicken the gravy, the butter gives it gloss and richness and the cream mellows everything out.

Turkey Meatball Ingredients

How To Cook Turkey Meatballs In Instant Pot

You will find the full recipe with ingredients and nutritional breakdown in the recipe card below.

There are three simple stages to making this dish in the pressure cooker. The first stage is to pre-sautee the meatballs on each side to seal in the juices. The second stage is to pressure cook them in the broth. The final stage is to reduce and thicken the sauce on Saute setting again. You can use a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.

Here is the video for how to make this recipe and step-by-step photo instructions below.

Make & Saute The Meatballs

Step 1. Combine turkey meatballs ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated.

Step 2. Roll meatballs, slightly smaller than the golf ball. And set aside.

Step 3. Turn the Instant Pot on and press the Sauce function multiple times until you cycle to More mode (hotter setting).

Step 4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and fry off the meatballs in two batches for 1-2 minutes on each side until slightly browned. Add more oil in between batches if needed. Remove pre-cooked meatballs to a bowl.

Step 5. While still on Sauté setting, pour in the chicken stock and scrape off the bottom of the pot. Press Cancel to stop the Saute function.

Step 6. Add onion and garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Stir and return the meatballs into the pot, nestling them gently in the stock. It doesn’t matter if they’re not covered in liquid.

Pressure Cook Turkey Meatballs

Step 7. Secure and lock the lid. Select Pressure Cook/Manual and set it to 7 minutes on HIGH pressure. Once the timer is done, allow 5 minutes for natural release, and then quickly release the pressure.

Step 8. Open the lid and transfer the meatballs to a bowl. Leave the cooking liquid in the pot.

Finish The Gravy Sauce

Step 9. Press the Saute setting on Normal and bring the broth to a simmer. Stir for 5 minutes while bubbling to reduce the liquid slightly. Then scoop about 1/2 cup of the liquid into a bowl and whisk in the flour until smooth – to make a slurry for thickening the gravy.

Step 10. Stir the flour broth slurry into the sauce, it should thicken right away. Then stir in the butter and cream. Cancel the Saute.

Step 11. Return the meatballs into the gravy sauce and stir OR you can serve them with the gravy poured over in the bowls. Have some of the gravy served on the side.

Sides: While meatballs are cooking, you can cook mashed potatoes and green beans or any other sides (which can also be prepared ahead of time).

Serve meatballs over mashed potatoes with a side of greens and cranberry or lingonberry sauce (aka from Ikea).

Turkey Meatballs With Gravy (Instant Pot Recipe)

What To Serve With Turkey Meatballs

These Instant Pot turkey meatballs come with a creamy gravy and as most saucy meat dishes, these are best serve with something that  can soak up the liquid:

Mashed potatoes – this is a classic side dish for saucy meatballs, you can try our sour cream mashed potatoes or cream cheese mashed potatoes here.

Ricewhite rice or brown rice are also great with these meatballs and gravy, or you can even serve them with some cooked quinoa.

Pasta noodles – think Stroganoff-style dishes, where pasta is the perfect vehicle for the creamy sauce and the meat. You can use any shape of pasta here.

Green vegetables – a side of green beans is perfect or you can steam, grill, or roast asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cook up some green peas. Creamed spinach or sautéed greens will also make for a nice side. 

Leftovers Tip

Any leftover meatballs can be used in a sandwich (think French dip sandwich), a bun, or a wrap. You can also add them to a rice or pasta bake or casserole.

Ground Turkey Meatballs & Gravy

Storage Tips

Cooked turkey meatballs and gravy can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the oven at 350 degrees F, in the Instant Pot on Saute setting/Less Mode with a splash of water or in a microwave.

Freeze the meatballs and the sauce before adding any dairy cream in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Defrost by thawing in the refrigerator overnight before reheating well and finishing the sauce with fresh cream.

Make ahead tip: another tip is to make the meatballs ahead of time and store them on a large platter or cutting board for 1-2 days before doing any cooking.


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Full Recipe & Nutrition

Below is the full list of ingredients, instructions, notes, tips and nutritional breakdown. Don’t forget to rate this recipe and leave a comment with feedback or any questions.

Instant Pot turkey meatballs and gravy

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Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs & Gravy

Try these tender and flavourful Instant Pot turkey meatballs and gravy for a hearty weeknight dinner or a fun alternative for Thanksgiving table.
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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Instant Pot Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the turkey meatballs

  • 2 lb ground turkey meat (90-93% lean)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium onion grated or minced
  • 2 garlic cloves grated or minced
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dried thyme optional

For the gravy

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour for thickening
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup cream heavy

Instructions

  • Combine turkey meatballs ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated.
  • Roll meatballs, slightly smaller than the golf ball. And set aside.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on and press the Sauce function multiple times until you cycle to More mode (hotter setting).
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and fry off the meatballs in two batches for 1-2 minutes on each side until slightly browned. Add more oil in between batches if needed. Remove pre-cooked meatballs to a bowl.
  • While still on Sauté setting, pour in the chicken stock and scrape off the bottom of the pot. Press Cancel to stop the Saute function.
  • Add onion and garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Stir and return the meatballs into the pot, nestling them gently in the stock. It doesn’t matter if they’re not covered in liquid.
  • Secure and lock the lid. Select Pressure Cook/Manual and set it to 7 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  • Once the timer is done, allow 5 minutes for natural release and then quick release the pressure.
  • Open the lid and transfer the meatballs to a bowl. Leave the cooking liquid in the pot.
  • Press the Saute setting on Normal and bring the broth to a simmer. Stir for 5 minutes while bubbling to reduce the liquid slightly. Then scoop about 1/2 cup of the liquid into a bowl and whisk in the flour until smooth – to make a slurry for thickening the gravy.
  • Stir the flour broth slurry into the sauce, it should thicken right away. Then stir in the butter and cream. Cancel the Saute.
  • Return the meatballs into the gravy sauce and stir OR you can serve them as they are with the gravy in the side. Pour the gravy over the meatballs when serving in plates or bowls.
  • While meatballs are cooking, you can cook mashed potatoes and green beans or any other sides (which can also be prepared ahead of time).
  • Serve meatballs over mashed potatoes with a side of greens and cranberry or lingonberry sauce (aka from Ikea).

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 1172mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg
CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
KeywordGround Turkey Recipes, Meatballs, Turkey Recipes, Instant Pot Recipes, Thanksgiving, Dinner
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By Instant Pot Eats

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10 Comments
  1. This is a delicious recipe we have made several times and love this instant pot version for turkey meatballs

  2. The turkey balls were so good! i used gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour and it worked perfectly! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hey Diane, you can use low-fat/light cream and omit the butter if you wish. You can also use less cream and add a little more flour to thicken the sauce.

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