Turkey Meatballs With Cheese and Apple (Slow Cooker, Gluten-Free

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I adapted this recipe from one I found on the A Year of Slow Cooking blog. It works remarkably well, with the meatballs even getting a little brown, at least the ones on top. My no-salt seasoning contained onion powder, garlic powder, and other things. I found it to be a bit spicy, and might reduce the quantity next time, or use rosemary or Italian herbs. Please pay attention to comment on how long to cook. The originator suggested you can double or even triple the recipe, but I have not tried that.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease interior of slow cooker bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients. I found that this was easiest with my hands.
  3. Form into meatballs, I ended up with about 24.
  4. Place in the slow cooker, stacking as necessary. My 3 quart crockpot was about half-filled with meatballs.
  5. Cover, turn on LOW and cook. Mine were done in 3 1/2 hrs, possibly earlier, but only a few were brown. The originator cooked hers in a 6 qt crockpot for 4 hrs on High, hers were browner than mine. If you do make these, comments on the cooking time would be very helpful. The first time I made these, I accidentally turned the crockpot on high, and five hours later i had a pot full of round cinders. Be warned!
  6. I made a lemony cream sauce and served over rice. These are pale little morsels, so they work best when covered with a sauce.
  7. Note; The originator is a celiac, and her recipe has no breadcrumbs. I made half without breadcrumbs, but then added a couple of spoonfuls of breadcrumbs to the rest of the meat mixture. The meatballs with the breadcrumbs kept their shape better. I would suggest using breadcrumbs.
  8. Amazingly, these do not turn into a big meatloaf. The ones on the bottom, without breadcrumbs, did tend to lose their shape a bit, but the meatballs all separated from each other easily.
  9. Note2: There is no liquid in this recipe, but you will end up with some broth. I used for soup.
Most Helpful

Sometimes I regret using ground turkey because it just doesn't taste as good as ground beef. This time was an exception. These were so moist going into the crockpot that I didn't think they would stick together as meatballs but they did! The flavour of these was really nice, maybe use a little more seasoning next time. I think that I would prefer them done in a pan or in the oven because they were a little anemic. It probably didn't help that I served them with rice and cauliflower - ha ha ha! Made for Rookie Recipe tag game. Thanks duonyte! :)

Nif February 17, 2013

I've made this recipe from Stepanie O'Dea before and it was great. I, too, used breadcrumbs as we're not celiac and they stayed together very well. I added some BBQ sauce just to add some extra flavour and to make them look more traditional of meatballs out of the crock for the kids and husband. These meatballs are delicious and I'm planning on making a big crock of them for supper!

dunebuggy8 September 30, 2012

We really enjoyed these meatballs (I used ground chicken instead of the turkey). I added about 2 cups chicken broth to make meatball soup for a very enjoyable dinner. Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ February 17, 2011