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how to make meatloaf meatballs as a party appetizer

Meatloaf Meatballs

Meatloaf Meatballs are bite sized appetizers that have all the flavor you love in a classic meatloaf recipe smothered in a tasty sauce!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 28 meatballs
Calories 76kcal



  • 1 small yellow onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 ⅓ pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbso Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt


  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard


  • Preheat oven or grill to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Melt butter in saute pan over medium heat. Cook onions until fragrant and slightly brown while stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and cooked onions and garlic. Use hands to mix well, but try not to over work the meat. Shape into 1-2 inch sized meatballs on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 20 minutes. While meatballs are cooking, combine ketchup with mustard and brown sugar in a bowl. Set aside.
  • After 20 minutes of cooking, insert toothpick into each meatball, dip into ketchup mixture, return to baking sheet, and continue baking for about 10 additional minutes to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Serve warm with toothpicks for easy eating. Can be kept warm in slow cooker, if needed.
    recipe for meatloaf meatballs


Nutritional info based on a serving size equal to one meatball.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg