Honey Garlic-Glazed Meatballs

These meatballs are absolutely the most tender meatballs I have ever eaten. Ketchup, soy sauce, honey and garlic come together in a great union to make a perfect complement for these moist and tender little morsels of beef. My mom found this recipe many years ago in a Taste of Home magazine, and we’ve been making them ever since. Expect to be wowed and to get rave reviews and recipe requests from all your guests.

Yields: 60-63 small meatballs

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

2 lbs ground beef

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

3/4 cup milk

1 onion, finely minced

2 eggs

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Sauce:

1/2 Tablespoon butter

2-4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup honey

3/4 cup ketchup

3 Tablespoons soy sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.

Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk until all the milk is absorbed by the bread. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs together.  IMG_6551 Form small meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon each and place on prepared baking sheets.  IMG_6556 Bake for 12-14 min.  IMG_6561 (550x359) Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a medium pot or large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min.  IMG_6571 Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for about 7 min, until cooked through.  IMG_6574

Make Ahead:

This is a great recipe to make ahead. Bake the meatballs ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator. You can even freeze the meatballs. Simply place in the freezer in a single layer until frozen solid and place in a ziptop bag or plastic container. Thaw the meatballs and continue with the recipe. The sauce takes no time at all to make, so I usually make it on the spot, but you can make it ahead of time also.  IMG_6595


Honey Garlic-Glazed Meatballs
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 60-63 meatballs
Ingredients
Meatballs:
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Sauce:
  • ½ Tablespoon butter
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  2. Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk until all the milk is absorbed by the bread.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs together.
  4. Form small meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon each and place on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 12-14 min.
  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a medium pot or large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  7. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds.
  8. Add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min.
  9. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for about 7 min, until cooked through.
Make Ahead:
  1. Bake the meatballs ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. You can even freeze the meatballs. Simply place in the freezer in a single layer until frozen solid and place in a Ziploc bag or plastic container.
  3. Thaw the meatballs and continue with the recipe. The sauce takes no time at all to make, so I usually make it on the spot, but you can make it ahead of time also.

 
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  1. Sveta says

    My hubby loves these(so do I).I stopped making katleti and just make a bunch of these meatballs for a quick, good, and healthy part of a meal!

  2. Alla says

    My sister is coming with 6 kids. Planning make some food ahead and freeze. Is better to bake it first or I can mix, shape and freeze it to cook later?

    • says

      That’s great! It’s always so much fun to spend time with family.
      Bake the meatballs and then freeze them. All you will have to do later is thaw the meatballs and make the sauce.

  3. Oksana says

    This is the BEST meatballs I ever made! Olga thank you very very much for the your hard work. It is so nice for us young wives to learn precise recipes of russian food. I am glad I found your blog somewhere on facebook. Oksana

    • says

      Thanks, Oksana!
      I’m thrilled that you’re finding it helpful:). It’s my pleasure to share our favorite recipes.
      Welcome. I hope you’ll be able to find many other recipes that your family will enjoy.

  4. Anna says

    This sounds so good for my kids (meaning my baby inside me to) so craving for these. Thank you for having this website for use. Very inspiring for myself. Love trying me recipes. With your website its so much easier. So simple love that. Thank you again.

  5. Quinn says

    I made these tonight using ground pork instead of beef. You’re right, they were so tender! I also added a tablespoon of Sriracha to the sauce for some kick. Served them with a spinach salad. They will be delicious reheated. Thanks, Olga!

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