12 of Our Favorite Meatball Recipes

Swedish Meatballs, Turkey Meatballs, Appetizer Meatballs, and More

Here are some of our favorite meatball recipes, including Swedish meatballs, sweet and sour, chicken meatballs, pork meatballs, and a wide variety of meatballs for entertaining.

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    Crock Pot Party Meatballs With Tangy Sauce

    crock pot party meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    A sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce flavors these delicious little meatballs. The meat mixture is made with some ground mild sausage, but all ground beef would work just fine.

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    4 Ingredient Appetizer Meatballs

    Appetizer Meatballs recipe

     The Spruce

    These four-ingredient meatballs are perfect for tailgating events and parties. The sticky, sweet sauce is a tasty combination of barbecue sauce and currant jelly. I used purchased frozen meatballs, but included a recipe for homemade meatballs as well.

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    Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple

    Sweet and Sour Meatballs
    Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Diana Rattray

    Pineapple, bell pepper strips, and celery flavor the sweet and sour sauce for these wonderful meatballs. They are delicious served over rice or serve them as an appetizer. 

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    Baked Stuffed Meatballs

    Baked Stuffed Meatballs With Mozzarella Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    These meatballs are made with mozzarella cheese in the middle, and thy are actually low-carb and gluten-free. Serve them with spaghetti squash or spiralized summer squash and marinara sauce for a delicious low carb meal!

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    Grape Jelly Meatballs Appetizer

    Grape jelly meatballs

    The Spruce


    These classic grape jelly meatballs are flavored with a delicious sweet-sour sauce with a surprise ingredient: grape jelly! Ketchup and grape jelly team up to make a fabulous sauce for the appetizer meatballs. They're always a hit!

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    Favorite Swedish Meatballs

    Favorite Swedish Meatballs
    Favorite Swedish Meatballs. Diana Rattray

    Serve these extra flavorful Swedish meatballs with hot buttered noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice, along with a tossed salad, for a delicious family meal. For a traditional touch, serve them with lingonberry preserves.

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    Chicken Meatballs

    Chicken Meatballs
    Chicken Meatballs Photo: Diana Rattray

    These ground chicken meatballs can be used as appetizer meatballs with an Asian glaze or barbecue sauce, or add them to pasta sauce for a spaghetti dinner.

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    Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs

    Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs
    Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs. Diana Rattray

    These meatballs are both sweet and spicy, and they make a delicious appetizer. Or serve them as a main dish with rice and a vegetable side dish or salad. 

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    Maria's Italian Meatballs

    Maria's Italian Meatballs
    Maria's Italian Meatballs Photo: Diana Rattray

    Thanks to Maria for sharing her Italian mother's recipe for meatballs. She recommends adjusting the seasoning amounts to your own taste.

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    Cranberry Meatballs

    Cranberry Meatballs
    Cranberry Meatballs Photo: Diana Rattray

    These are tasty little meatballs, perfect for a cocktail party or special gathering. For quicker preparation, chop the onion, garlic, and peppers in a food processor.

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    Porcupine Meatballs With Chunky Tomato Sauce

    Porcupine Meatballs in Chunky Tomato Sauce
    Porcupine Meatballs Photo: Diana Rattray

    Diced tomatoes add chunky texture to these tasty porcupine meatballs. Use packaged partially cooked rice (like Uncle Ben's Ready Rice) or minute rice if you're pressed for time.

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    Easy Baked Meatballs With Herbs

    Easy Meatballs With Herbs
    Meatballs With Herbs Photo: Diana Rattray

    Because it is super easy and less mess, I almost always bake my meatballs these days. Baking the meatballs browns them evenly and they require very little attention. They're flavored with garlic and a variety of dried herbs.