Apricot Meatballs Recipe

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This is one of my husband's favorites. It makes an easy meal for Sunday dinner. The tangy barbecue sauce gets a hint of sweetness from apricot preserves. - Lorenda Spain, Dumas, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

9 each: 353 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 803mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a skillet, brown meatballs in several batches; drain. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Combine preserves and barbecue sauce; pour over meatballs. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Apricot Meatballs in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p29

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"Definately another keeper. Unique sauce steals the show."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"These are so good. Had them at our daughter's house and everybody enjoyed them. Just the right amount of sweetness"

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