Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatballs (Instant Pot)

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Turkey and stuffing all rolled into one delicious meatball. Serve over creamy mashed potatoes and gravy and you have an easy to make turkey dinner. These Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatballs have all the flavors of a big turkey dinner without all the work.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Turkey Meatballs

Genene Abraham is the meatball guru that came up with this fun Thanksgiving Meatball recipe. She’s been working on perfecting it for several months so it would be ready for the big day.

She is a moderator for my new Facebook pressure cooker group, The Electric Pressure Cooker Group, and we’ve teamed up on other popular recipes, Pressure Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in a Creamy Ranch Sauce and Pressure Cooker Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole. 

Making Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Turkey Meatballs – Thanksgiving Meatballs

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create these delicious Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatballs!

Genene used her homemade cornbread stuffing, but I went the easy route and just bought some cornbread stuffing mix at the grocery store. The stuffing mix has plenty of spices, so I just added parsley, salt and pepper to the meatballs. 


You’ll use an egg to bind the ingredients together. Then refrigerate the meatballs for 30 minutes so they hold their shape better while cooking. Then you pressure cook the meatballs for just five minutes.

After pressure cooking, you can quickly brown the meatballs in a skillet. Browning is optional, but it does add flavor and makes a nicer presentation when served.

These Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatballs served over mashed potatoes with gravy have all the flavors of a big turkey dinner.

Use the turkey broth in the pressure cooking pot to make a flavorful gravy while you’re browning the meatballs. Or, you can transfer the broth to the skillet after the meatballs are browned and make the gravy in the skillet. That way you can scrap up some of the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Serve your Thanksgiving meatballs with creamy pressure cooker mashed potatoes and a little cranberry sauce.

Creamy Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes

I was impressed with how flavorful these meatballs are. You really do get all the flavors of Thanksgiving dinner in one bite.

For those of you who don’t have time or prefer not to have a big Thanksgiving dinner, this is a great alternative. Although, you don’t have to serve them just for Thanksgiving, they’d be great all year round.

Thanks Genene for sharing the recipe with me and my readers. My family loved it!

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Turkey Meatballs

Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatballs

Yield: about 20 meatballs
Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup seasoned cornbread dressing
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 14.5 ounce can turkey broth
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. In mixing bowl mix ground turkey, dressing, parsley, salt & pepper, and egg . Form into golf ball size meatballs. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Add the turkey broth to the pressure cooking pot. Spray a trivet or steamer basket with non-stick cooking spray. Place the trivet into the pressure cooking pot and place meatballs on the trivet. Lock the lid in place. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. When timer beeps, do a natural release for 5 minutes, then use a quick pressure release to release the remaining pressure.
  3. Heat a large skillet on high heat. Add vegetable oil and quickly brown meatballs on two sides.
  4. Select saute on the pressure cooker and bring the turkey broth to a gentle boil. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in water and add to the pot. Simmer until gravy thickens. Add plenty of salt and pepper to gravy to taste.
  5. Remove the pressure cooking pot from the pressure cooker and add the meatballs to the sauce and stir to combine. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve over mashed potatoes. Garnish with additional parsley if desired.

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