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Yummy Meatball Recipes

Updated on January 2, 2013
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The Different Meats in Meatballs

Ground beef is the most popular but not the only ingredient for meatballs. There are ground pork meatballs, sausage balls, ham balls, bacon balls, chicken (or turkey) balls, ground lamb balls, and vegetarian meatballs. You can easily make fish balls, too. Just substitute the same amount of fish flakes to any meat in any of the meatball recipes in this collection.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (from Allrecipes)

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

A traditional meatball recipe cooked in sweet and sour sauce. Yields 6 to 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pinch of iodized salt, or to taste
  • 1 can or 1 bottle of chili sauce (12 fluid ounce weight)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of grape jelly

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, mix well together ground beef, egg, onion, and salt. Shape into little balls.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine well together chili sauce, lemon juice, and grape jelly. Add meatballs. Stir carefully. Cook in high for 4 to 5 hours.

Baked Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Baked Meatballs (from Allrecipes)

Baked Meatballs

This recipe creates meatballs that are moist, tender, full of flavor, and almost no fat. Serve hot with some ketchup for dinner and freeze the leftovers for a great-tasting stew. Yields 84 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
  • ¾ cup of crushed saltine crackers
  • 3 pounds of ground beef

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl, mix well together the onion, ketchup, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and crackers.
  2. Crumble ground beef over onion mixture. Blend well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Arrange balls on baking pans.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees, without cover, for 10 minutes. Meat is no longer pink when cooked. Serve hot.

Glazed Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Glazed Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of ground allspice, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of ground mustard

Glazed Meatballs

A typical recipe of barbecue meatballs that has an allspice twist! Yields 14 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2/3 cups of milk
  • 1 ¼ cups of soft bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish
  • 1 ½ pounds of ground beef
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of chili sauce
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup, or as needed

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in milk. Fold in bread crumbs and horseradish.
  2. Crumble ground beef over bread mixture. Mix well together. Form 1-½-inch balls. Arrange on a lightly greased baking pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until meat has no pinkish color.
  4. In a large non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat, blend well together all the remaining ingredients: water, chili sauce, ketchup, maple syrup, soy sauce, allspice, and mustard.
  5. Reduce heat when boiling. Stir in baked meatballs. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir at regular intervals to avoid burning. Serve hot.

Cocktail Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Cocktail Meatballs (from Allrecipes)

Cocktail Meatballs

Easy to prepare meatball recipe, great for cocktail parties when served with special sauce! Yields 38 meatballs.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of ground beef
  • 2 packages of dry onion soup mix (1 ounce weight)
  • 3 slices of white bread, crusts removed and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons of half-and-half (half milk and half cream)
  • 1 bottle of ketchup (28 ounce weight)
  • 1 cup of packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine well together soup mix, bread and half-and-half cream. Crumble ground beef over mixture. Mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on baking pans.
  3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until browned.
  4. In a slow cooker set to high, blend well together ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add meatballs into the sauce. Keep warm until ready to serve.

How to Make Chinese Meatballs

Wildfire Sausage Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Wildfire Sausage Meatballs (from Allrecipes)

Wildfire Sausage Meatballs

Baked to perfection and served with hot barbecue sauce, this sausage balls are delicious party treats! Yields 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of Bob Evans Zesty Hot Sausage Roll
  • 1 whole egg
  • ¼ cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 bottle of Bob Evans Wildfire BBQ Sauce (18 ounce weight)

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix well together sausage, egg, bread, cheese, and milk. Form into balls and arrange on baking pans.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned. Cooked meatballs are no longer pink.
  4. In a saucepan over low heat, warm BBQ sauce. Serve hot with meatballs.

Pork Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Pork Meatballs (from Allrecipes)

Pork Meatballs

This recipe used ground pork instead of ground beef, but the meatballs are also moist and flavorful. Yields 2 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 slice of dry bread, crust removed and crumbled
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ cup of Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon of iodized salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of dried parsley, flaked
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper, or to taste
  • ¾ pound of lean ground pork
  • 1 can of beef broth (14.5 ounce weight)

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl, combine well together the egg, bread, garlic, cheese, salt, parsley, and pepper.
  2. Crumble ground pork over mixture. Mix well. Form into 2-inch balls.
  3. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, boil beef broth. Place meatballs in the broth. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover the saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Using cooking spoon, carefully turn the meatballs and cook for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from broth and serve hot.

How to Make Italian Meatballs

Glazed Ham Balls (from Allrecipes)
Glazed Ham Balls (from Allrecipes)
  • 6 tablespoons of cider vinegar, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of ground mustard

Glazed Ham Balls

A delicious substitute to the traditional roasted ham! These ham balls can be cooked before the occasion and are still perfect even when reheated. Yields 16 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of crushed saltine crackers
  • 2 pounds of ground ham, fully cooked
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 2 cups of packed brown sugar, or to taste

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, mix well together the eggs and crackers. Crumble ground ham and ground pork over the bread mixture. Blend well.
  2. Form into 1-½-inch balls. Arrange on greased baking pans.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees, without cover, for 40 minutes. Cooked ham balls are lightly browned.
  4. In a non-stick saucepan over medium heat, dissolve brown sugar in cider vinegar and mustard. Boil and let simmer for 2 minutes, or until thick.

Cheese and Bacon Potato Balls (from Allrecipes)
Cheese and Bacon Potato Balls (from Allrecipes)

Cheese and Bacon Potato Balls

These delicious bacon balls are perfect compliment to roasted lamb or steak. Yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pieces of baking potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of milk, or as needed
  • 4 ounces of shredded processed cheese, or as needed
  • 1 ¼ tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese, or as needed
  • 2 slices of bacon, diced

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil potatoes in a small amount of lightly salted water. Drain when cooked. Set aside.
  3. Fry bacon pieces over medium-high heat until browned but not crispy.
  4. Mash the potatoes and combine well with butter, milk and cheese. Add bacon pieces. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Shape large balls, using ice cream scoops.
  6. Arrange on lightly-greased baking pans.
  7. Using a fork, draw crossing lines all over the bacon balls. Top each ball with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.

Crunchy Chicken Balls (from Allrecipes)
Crunchy Chicken Balls (from Allrecipes)

Crunchy Chicken Balls

These crunchy chicken balls always give pleasure to food lovers. Yields 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of well-cooked chicken meat, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of green onions, minced
  • ½ cup of sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon of iodized salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, or as needed
  • ¾ cup of pecans, finely chopped or fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, mix well together the chicken meat, green onions, cheese, salt, pepper, and mayonnaise.
  2. Form into ¾-inch balls. Roll in pecans. Arrange on covered dishes and chill before serving.

Thai Chicken Balls (from Allrecipes)
Thai Chicken Balls (from Allrecipes)

Thai Chicken Balls

The tastiest chicken balls in the planet! Yields 30 balls.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of ground chicken
  • 1 cup of dry bread, crusts removed and crumbled
  • 4 stalks of green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of coriander seed, finely ground
  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup of sweet chili sauce, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil for frying, as needed

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, combine well together the ground chicken and bread. Add green onion, ground coriander, cilantro, chili sauce and lemon juice. Mix well.
  2. Shape chicken mixture into desired size.
  3. Heat oil in a large Teflon pan over medium heat. Fry chicken balls until well-browned all over and well-cooked inside. Serve hot.

Feta and Olive Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Feta and Olive Meatballs (from Allrecipes)

Feta and Olive Meatballs

These baked ground lamb meatballs mixed with feta cheese and olives are so delectable. Yields 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground lamb
  • ½ cup of fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup of green olives, chopped
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven's broiler.
  2. In a bowl, combine well together all the ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Form into 16 meatballs. Arrange on baking pans.
  4. Broil about 3 inches away from the heat until the tops have turned golden brown. Remove from oven. Turn over each ball, return to oven, and broil until cooked.

Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Meatballs (from Allrecipes)
Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Meatballs (from Allrecipes)

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine well together the eggs, Cheddar cheese, and cottage cheese.
  3. Add ½ cup onion, pecans, basil, salt and sage. Fold in bread crumbs. Mix well.
  4. Shape mixture into 2-inch balls. Arrange on baking pans. Set aside.
  5. In another mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, vinegar, apricot jam, ketchup, ¼ cup onion, oregano, and hot pepper sauce. Pour mixture all over meatballs.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, without cover. Meatballs are cooked when firm and the sauce became thick and bubbly.

Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Meatballs

A main course or an appetizer, these veggie meatballs are irresistibly yummy. Yields 5 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup of Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup of cottage cheese
  • ½ cup of onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of iodized salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried sage
  • 2 cups of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce, as needed
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • ¾ cup of apricot jam
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • ¼ cup of onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 dash of hot pepper sauce, or to taste

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      most meatball are readymade, this is the first recipe i read for handmade meatball

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      All of these sound great! My pal uses the grape jelly-chili sauce thingy!

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      frogyfish 

      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      Goodness, so much delicious sounding food. I want to try the first baked ones, and the potato-bacon ones to start. Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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