Heart-Healthy Recipe: Cranberry Turkey Cocktail Meatballs with Low Sodium Turkey Gravy

Are you looking for a delicious heart-healthy recipe for your next holiday gathering? Look no further! Byron Harrel, NGMC's Executive Chef, created a cranberry turkey cocktail meatball with low-sodium turkey gravy, that is both tasty and approved for heart failure patients. 

Try it out! You won't be disappointed.


  • Serves 8 people
  • Recipe created by Northeast Georgia Medical Center Executive Chef, Byron Harrel
  • Watch the cooking demo!


  • 1 cup oats ground in the food processor
  • 2 tbsp oats ground in the food processor
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup mushrooms ground in the food processor
  • ¼ cup onion finely minced
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries finely minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage finely minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary finely minced
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 400 F and lightly grease a baking sheet with spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine ground oats and almond milk, mixing until the milk has been absorbed.
  • Add in the turkey, ground mushrooms, onion, cranberries, sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Roll into 1-inch balls and place them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked to 165 F.
  • If you want to drizzle the meatballs in gravy, go here to see our recipe for low-sodium gravy
  • Serve the meatballs with toothpicks and the gravy for dipping or drizzle gravy over meatballs with toothpicks on the side.


Watch a video

Watch a cooking demonstration by Northeast Georgia Medical Center Executive Chef, Byron Harrel.

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About the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Advanced Heart Failure Program

For patients with heart failure, life can be challenging. At Northeast Georgia Medical Center, we help patients manage their heart health and lead fulfilling lives--even for those with advanced stages of the disease. Learn more about Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Advanced Heart Failure Services.