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Honey Garlic Meatballs

Tangy-sweet glaze with just a touch of heat from optional jalapeños covers tender meatballs. SO easy to make and they are great for family dinners or appetizers, depending on how big you make them.
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 646kcal
Author Marye Audet-White



  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup onion , finely chopped or grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef , or a mix of ground meat such as pork, lamb, veal, etc

Honey Garlic Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 jalapeno optional



  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs and milk.
  • Add the bread crumbs, onion and salt.
  • Mix the beef in with your hands until it is completely mixed in.
  • Gently shape into balls - larger for dinner servings 1-inch or so for appetizer servings.
  • Place in a parchment lined baking sheet with sides.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 12 minutes or until meat registers 155F on an insta-read thermometer. 
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.

Honey Garlic Glaze

  • In a heavy skillet, saute garlic and jalapeno in butter over medium heat until tender - do not let the garlic get brown.
  • Stir in the ketchup, honey and soy sauce.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cover.
  • Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce.
  • Carefully stir to evenly coat.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes more.


If you're picky about onions grate them rather than finely chopping to ensure they get cooked through. This recipe makes about 24 appetizer servings or 6 dinner size servings depending on the size of the meatballs. Nutritional info is for the dinner sized servings.


Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1835mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 4.6mg