Meatball Appetizers

Appetizer meatballs win over guests at any party. These easy recipes include Italian, Swedish, and slow-cooker meatball appetizers with gravy or grape jelly sauce.

See Popular Meatball Appetizers Recipes

Kibbe in Yogurt Sauce

Food & Wine

A Syrian version of comfort food, kibbe (Middle Eastern stuffed meatballs) are braised in a supersimple, tangy yogurt sauce, a staple of Syrian cuisine. "Many Syrian cooks do not flavor the yogurt," Anissa Helou says, "but I prefer to lift it with herbs and garlic." She also suggests swapping in a few teaspoons of dried mint in place of the cilantro. Be sure to use very fine bulgur wheat, she adds, or else the kibbe mixture will be too coarse and hard to shape.

Total: 2 hrs

Party Meatballs


Meatballs are always a crowd-pleaser and these are no exception. Beautifully sauced, they are a lovely buffet addition.

Total: 40 mins

Salsa Verde Meatballs

Pace Salsa & Picante

These mouthwatering baked meatballs are flavored with salsa, and make the perfect appetizer for your next party...better make plenty...they're really good.

Total: 35 mins

Salsa Party Meatballs

Pace Salsa & Picante

Tender meatballs, made with ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, eggs and seasonings are browned, and then simmered in Pace® Chunky Salsa, then topped with shredded Cheddar cheese to make tasty appetizers.

Total: 30 mins

Meatball Spiedini

Food & Wine
Total: 25 mins

Crimson-Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies

Better Homes and Gardens

Cocktail meatballs and weenies are made special for party serving with this recipe that has a zesty spark of cranberry in the sauce. Make and serve the appetizers in a slow cooker.

All-Star Pork Meatballs

National Pork Board
Total: 30 mins

Here's Lookin at You

Better Homes and Gardens

Beef meatballs are the "eyeballs" for these Halloween appetizers.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies

Better Homes and Gardens

These mini party appetizers are cooked in the slow cooker, freeing up the host for other projects. Cranberry sauce adds a touch of sweetness to these treats.

Paula Deen's Sweet Sour and Spicy Ham and Sausage Balls


A great game day or any day appetizers. Made and served in the slow cooker.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Chicken Meatballs in Port-Fig Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Simmer chicken meatballs in a rich, fruity sauce for a party appetizer that will disappear in a flash. Prefer to serve without toothpicks? Stack each meatball on top of a slice of crostini.

Mexican Meatballs

Better Homes and Gardens

Make these saucy beef and pork meatballs ahead and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Handmade Italian Meatballs

Better Homes and Gardens

Ground beef, sausage, and just the right seasonings make these meatballs a soon-to-be family favorite.

Sausage Balls with Sweet and Spicy Ketchup Dipping Sauce


Put these out in a pretty basket and let the kids grab one or two while they're waiting on the real meal!

Total: 20 mins

Stuffed Italian Meatballs

Midwest Living

Spiced Italian sausage encases melty mozzarella cheese for meatballs perfect for dipping in marinara sauce, stuffing into a calzone or topping spaghetti.

Sweet and Spicy Meatball Appetizer


Strawberry Jam and Ro*Tel® Tomaoes combine to glaze meatballs for a party snack.

Total: 10 mins

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

Better Homes and Gardens

A popular stop at your appetizer buffet will be the slow cooker keeping these morsels warm.

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