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Honey-Garlic Meatballs Recipe

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If you've never tried these two flavors together, you're in for a real treat! The garlic flavor is mellowed quite a bit by both the honey and the cooking process, so don't hesitate to use the full amount called for in this recipe.—Barbara De Boer, Teeswater, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Cooked rice


  1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs and salt; mix well. Shape into 48 balls, about 1-1/2 in. diameter. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 500° for 12-15 minutes, turning often; drain. Melt the butter in a large skillet; saute garlic until tender. Combine ketchup, honey and soy sauce; add to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 5 minutes. Add meatballs. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are lightly glazed. Serve over rice. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Honey-Garlic Meatballs in Country Ground Beef 1993, p80

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Pretty good! Reduced the amount of honey (melt in the microwave before combining, makes it much easier to mix), and it was still too sweet. Added a couple more dashes of soy sauce; fixed the problem."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"Really good sauce but tends to be a bit gloppy if heated too long. A bit too sweet also for our tastes but easy to cut back."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"Super, Super easy and it is soooo yummy. You could use this sauce for a variety of meats and vegetables. I used premade frozen meatballs from the freezer section at the grocery store. Super quick and everyone LOVED it."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"The recipe turned out delicious, but I think I'll make a few adjustments for the next time. The sauce was too sweet for my taste, so I'll definitely reduce the amount of honey that goes in. I ended up adding citrus to cut down the sweetness, and it added a nice extra note to the flavors. I also plan on spicing the meatballs with more than just salt - maybe some garlic inside, plus some red pepper or cayenne...I think this would be even better with a little fire added in!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"I made these with ground turkey and seasoned bread crumbs. They were excellent! Family loved them."

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