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! —Stefany Blevins, Portsmouth, Ohio
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 13x9-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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TracyV User ID: 865268 63347
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!"

kjones76 User ID: 5020820 139793
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."

BBMinx User ID: 4905081 207816
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

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

DonnaBunch User ID: 3945046 137876
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"

grensrud User ID: 4501110 76937
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!"

linda_s User ID: 1957007 162368
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"This recipe is absolutely the best!!! I make when we have parties at our house, and it never fails that somebody wants the recipe. My husband loves them and requests them often."

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