Crowd-Pleasing Party Meatballs Recipe
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Crowd-Pleasing Party Meatballs Recipe

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We served this scrumptious dish at our wedding. It went over so well that it’s been served at other weddings and family functions, and the requests keep coming!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 185 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 427mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in three greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes.
  2. Combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Party Meatballs in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p39

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Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"I've made these several times. The last time I made over 300 of them for my wedding reception. There wasn't a single one left! The only thing I have done differently is added a bit of BBQ sauce to the meat mixture. I cooked then froze them and they traveled 400 miles in a cooler to be put in a roaster with the BBQ sauce. FANTASTIC RECIPE!"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"This is a keeper, I made a large batch for a baby shower anticipating leftover but they were all completely wiped out."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"so yummy! I make 1.5 times the sauce so there's enough sauce to eat them over rice."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I made These meatballs for my sons 3rd birthday, 14 years ago; they where a hit. Everyone love them. I still make them for all the parties i go to"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"This recipe is my "go to" meatball recipe. The sauce is also very good; however I usually use the Ocean Spray recipe and use 1 can of jellied cranberries and a bottle of chili sauce. Absolutely delish!"

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