Honey Garlic Glazed Meatballs

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These juicy baked Honey Garlic Meatballs are covered in a delicious sweet and savory sauce. They are also perfect for meal prep.




  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs or 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 2 eggs, mixed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 teaspoons dry herbs and spices, optional


  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter or oil
  • 24 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk until all the milk is absorbed by the breadcrumbs.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs together.
  4. Form small meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon each and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes in the preheated oven. Don’t overcook the meatballs, or they will become tough.
  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a medium pot or deep skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  7. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. (Be careful not to burn the garlic.)
  8. Add the rest of the ingredients (honey, ketchup and soy sauce), mixing until all the ingredients are evenly combined. Simmer for about 5 min.
  9. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for about 7 – 10 minutes, at a simmer, until cooked through.

Make Ahead:

  1. Bake the meatballs ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, make the sauce, then add the meatballs and cook just until heated through.
  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.