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.

Crimson-Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies

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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.

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.

Mexican Meatballs

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

Handmade Italian Meatballs

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

Chicken Meatballs in Port-Fig Sauce

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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.

Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies

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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.

Here's Lookin at You

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

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Easy Twice-Baked Meatballs

Midwest Living

Four ingredients combine for a cheesy meatball dish you can serve as an appetizer or in hoagie buns as a main dish.

Middle Eastern Meatballs


Italian meatballs generally call for beef, while this Mediterranean version has lamb as its tasty base. Serve with an arugula and chickpea salad or stuffed inside a pita.

Glazed Ham Balls

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Keep these bite-size appetizers warm in a chafing dish or a slow cooker turned to the warm setting.

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

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

Sweet, Hot, and Sour Meatballs

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For a nonalcoholic appetizer, apple juice can stand in for the whiskey in these tasty sausage and beef meatballs.

Meatballs and Alfredo Sauce

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Total: 20 mins

Meatball Sliders

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Catelli's Mini Summer Meatballs

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Sweet and Sassy Meatballs

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The cranberry and barbecue sauce bring a sweet and savory combination to this 30-minute appetizer recipe. Planning a party? Use the simple make-ahead directions.

Total: 30 mins
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