Meatball Appetizer Recipes

Looking for appetizer meatballs? Browse more than 120 beef, pork, and turkey meatball recipes that are perfect for entertaining.

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Cocktail Meatballs I

Rating: 4.56 stars 357
Simple meatballs with an unusual chili sauce/grape jelly coating. Quite a combination of tastes and textures. Note: After cooking, I like to keep the meatballs warm in a slow cooker until ready to serve.

Swedish Meatballs I

Rating: 4.06 stars 501
This is one of my husband's favorites. I created it using several other Swedish meatball recipes that didn't quite make the grade.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

Awesome meatballs! I buy my frozen cocktail meatballs at Costco®.

Turkey Cocktail Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Glaze

Rating: 4.54 stars 90
You can make these ahead and freeze them without the glaze, then the day of the party, defrost them and simply reheat in the sauce.

Danish Meatballs with Dill Sauce

Rating: 4.35 stars 71
This is a very tasty, but unique, meatball recipe perfect for holiday parties. For some reason, men love these! I have found that purchasing pre-made meatballs cuts the prep time significantly and tastes good, too.

Keto Sausage Balls

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
Quick and simple, keto and gluten free. Perfect Game Day snack! I like this recipe best with hot sausage for a little kick, but you can make it to your preference. Serve plain or with honey mustard.

Kickin' Meatballs

Rating: 4.31 stars 71
A zippy new take on the traditional meatball dish, the real secret in the flavor is the combination of the cumin, dill, and pepperjack cheese, which leaves the meatballs nice and moist and has everyone asking for seconds!

Swedish Meatballs (From a Swede!)

Rating: 4.32 stars 75
This is my mom's Swedish meatball recipe. This isn't the kind a lot of people are used to in a creamy white sauce. She served them every Christmas Eve in a chafing dish as part of the 'Smörgåsbord.' My mom used to have a vegetable sour cream and a lingonberry sauce on the table for those that might want to dip these in something.

Air Fryer Chicken Kiev Balls

These chicken Kiev balls are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, stuffed with seasoned butter, and sure to be a hit on game day or any day of the year. Bonus is that this recipe uses ground chicken, so no pounding is required!

Famous Meatballs

Rating: 4.53 stars 116
These meatballs are a favorite for any occasion. I made 14 pounds of meatballs for my sister's graduation party and I only had 1 medium container left over. My mother made sloppy joes and needless to say they had a lot left over because everyone loved these meatballs. Guaranteed favorite!

Bavarian Style Meatballs

Rating: 4.42 stars 149
These are very good, and very easy; the meatballs are made in cooked in a slow cooker. I sometimes like to add a can of chunk pineapple when I make them, and then I substitute pineapple juice for the water.

Honey Garlic Meatballs

These Asian-inspired meatball appetizers are easy to throw together and are a little different than all the other cocktail meatball recipes out there. You can adjust the heat level by adding more or less garlic chili sauce.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Playoff Meatballs
Rating: Unrated 72
"This recipe has been in my family for generations. I serve these every Sunday during football season, and every week they disappear!" – AMYM20
Mini-Meatballs for Your Football Party
These 5-star mini-meatballs will put the perfect spin on your football party.
The Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Rating: 4.36 stars
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Beef meatballs are browned, then simmered in a sweet and sour sauce. Great as an appetizer or as a main dish served over rice.