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

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Pulseox User ID: 2055993 41657
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."

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 14404
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."

firefightingfemale User ID: 5604436 40573
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."

MostlyElena User ID: 5323655 202099
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!"

tsummer99 User ID: 4495427 17109
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

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

pinksuitcases User ID: 630663 18933
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2009

"Delicious and simple. I expect the kids to really like this one. It's sweet and doesn't have chunks of things kids usually hate."

brittanyjbowen User ID: 3348499 44397
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009

"These were wonderful- great flavor!"

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