Best Ever Meatball Appetizers Recipe- Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

This Best Ever Meatball appetizers recipe has been a favorite of ours for quite a while. In fact this sweet and tangy meatball appetizer has been a huge hit at all our gatherings. 

Best Ever Meatball Appetizers

I have made this recipe more times than I can count, and each time, I have found people almost crawling over each other to get more. Sometimes, depending on the amount of people I am expecting, I double or triple my recipe, just to make sure that there is enough. These are seriously, In my opinion the Best Ever Meatball Appetizers! 

The first time I made them, I made half the recipe. I didn’t think I would need more than 25 Meatballs as we had also made a bunch of other appetizers and only had about 6 adults and 3 Children. I was wrong. Not only did all the other appetizers fly, but the meatballs flew so fast they were gone in less than 10 Minuets. Now THAT’S something. 

Not one left behind. Not one meatball. 

The last time I made these, was for a small Christmas get together we had. Literally 4 Adults and 2 Children in total. 3 different dips and about 50 meatballs. Gone. Every last one! I’m not kidding. 

These are easy to make and absolutely delicious. 

I don’t have to sell these to you, you will try them yourself and fall in love. 

Now, I am going to warn you, the ingredients sound kind of funky. Please over look the appearance of the ingredients list and try this meatball appetizer. You will not be sorry. I promise. 

I am going to make these again for New Years eve! They make a perfect New Years eve Appetizer and are actually amazing as part of a meal! Add 3 or 4 Meatballs on top of some rice or egg noodles, with a bit of the sauce and you are golden! 

Best Ever Meatball Appetizers

Best Ever Meatball Appetizers Recipe
Deliciously amazing balls of meaty goodness bathing in a sweet and tangy sauce and served warm. They go fast, so load your plate.
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For the Meatballs
  1. 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  2. 2 Lbs of Ground Beef
  3. 3 Large Eggs, Yolks Only
  4. 1/2 C. Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  5. 1/2 C. Romano Cheese
  6. 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  7. Pepper
For The Sauce
  1. I Large Onion, Finely Chopped
  2. 1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
  3. 1 1/3 C. Ketchup
  4. 2 Tbsp White Wine Dijon Mustard
  5. 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  6. 1 1/3 C. Strongly Brewed Coffee
  7. Salt
  8. Pepper
For the Sauce
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a large sauce pan.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 15 mins, stirring regularly.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 mins.
  4. Once Finished, the sauce can be stored in the refrigerator until needed. To Reheat, or if serving right away, I put the sauce in a slow cooker and add the cooked meatballs to keep warm for serving.
For the Meatballs
  1. Combine All Meatball Ingredients (except olive oil) in a Large bowl and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  2. Once Combined, shape into small sized balls.
  3. Make balls about 3/4 of an inch in size and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until ready to Brown.
  4. Heat Olive oil in a large frying Pan.
  5. Brown Meatballs in batches over low heat until cooked through, turning frequently.
  6. Add to Sauce and Serve.

Do you Have a Favorite Appetizer Recipe? 

62 thoughts on “Best Ever Meatball Appetizers Recipe- Sweet and Tangy Meatballs”

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I love it when I walk into a party and see things like this there waiting for me. I tend to stand by the food so I can eat most of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks Dee! We do too! I love that you can change the ingredients to make them fit well with anything. We love Spaghetti and Meatballs, These Meatball Appetizers and anything else you can think of. Mmmmm Meatball subs! Sweet and Sour Meatballs…

      Now I am hungry LOL!

  2. wow those meatballs sound amazing. One of my favorite food item to make. I have my own for Swedish meatballs that always go over so well. (never any left over) Although some of the ingredients are the same for my sauce, your’s slightly different and well worth trying. !! bon appetite !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ok these look delicious!! Love that the sauce has Coffee in it! Makes me want to try them THAT much more! Meatballs always go over well at potlucks. Speaking of which, I have one at church next week. Guess what I’ll be making!! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. My grandma makes sweet and tangy meatballs every year for Christmas as an appetizer. She cheats and uses the meatballs from Costco and just adds sauce.

  5. YUMMY! I want this for lunch now! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve never thought of using coffee in the sauce, though I just might have to try that next time I make meatballs (which I’ve realised today was forever ago now, heh.) I’ve also never tried browning them before in a pan, but this is actually the third time I’ve heard how to cook ’em in this week, which means I’m gonna have to do this tomorrow, lol… gotta love Food Network addiction. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. This sounds a lot like a recipe I make for meatballs. I’ll have to try it out next time I’m in the mood for meatballs!

  7. I really don’t have a favorite appetizer recipe. I really haven’t had the opportunity to make any. Our parties are always a full meal or just desserts. These look really good!

  8. YUM! These meatballs look awesome. I love that they don’t require any complicated ingredients. I’ll have to make them, I bet my family would love them.

  9. These look soooo good. I love wings and mozzarella sticks! Such great appetizers yum. Oh and garlic bread haha all things that are sooo bad but sooo good!

  10. I’m always a fan of meatball appetizers, but they’re usually just grape jelly & chili sauce. Your recipe sounds SO much better!

    1. I actually got them from the aisle with the food packaging in it at a grocery store. It was in the same aisle as the tin foil! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was shocked because I didn’t think I would find them.

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