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Party Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.


about 5 dozen

These meatballs in a sweet, tangy sauce can be made a day in advance and reheated. We usually serve them at birthday parties. - Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Party Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the milk, soup mix and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Crumble beef over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly.
  2. With wet hands, shape into 1-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and remaining Worcestershire sauce in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir until thickened. Reduce heat; add meatballs. Simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 55 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • No.1FamilyBaker
    Apr 25, 2014

    This meatball recipe is awesome! So delicious! This is one that I will make again and again! I took it to a party and it was a hit.

  • Emmy25
    Dec 27, 2011

    Holy deliciousness. And super easy. Not the typical freezer meatball, with odd meats. Thank heavens for this fantastic appetizer!I will be making these again on Superbowl Sunday for sure!!!

  • jenniferberg
    Jun 10, 2010

    My family loves these and they've become a staple on the buffet line-up for parties! Easy to make the day before and reheat in the sauce the day of the party. Love 'em!

  • Starrybelle
    Sep 18, 2009

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  • cassieb
    Sep 17, 2009

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  • redhummert
    Sep 12, 2009

    Oh they are so good! I made these for a family in need recently and they came by to say it was the best meal they had ever eaten. It can be easily doubled and I actually made the sauce in my slow cooker, added the meatballs and set it on low for a couple of hours. It is lovely for company this way as it doesn't tie up the oven.