Johnny G's Appetizer Meatballs

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"For a long time these meatballs were all my husband would request whenever I was planning a party. He would tell everybody about them. Kids especially love these. I've made them many times and have served them in a crockpot to keep them nice and hot. I hope you will enjoy them as much as we have for all these years."

Original recipe yields 22 servings
  • FOR SAUCE (refer to note 1)


  • Serving Size: 1 (133.4 g)
  • Calories 322.1
  • Total Fat - 14.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 68.3 mg
  • Sodium - 656.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 19.1 g
  • Protein - 16.9 g
  • Calcium - 32.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Combine the first 10 ingredients; shape into 1" meatballs; wetting your hands in-between shaping them to prevent meat from sticking to hands.

Step 2

Place in a baking pan in a single layer.

Step 3

Combine the sauce ingredients and pour over meatballs.

Step 4

Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

Step 5

NOTE # 1: For those who like extra sauce (like we do), you may want to double the sauce ingredients.

Step 6

NOTE # 2: I made the serving amount to serve about 22 people as an appetizer (about 5 meatballs a person).

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We really liked these meatballs. We ate them for our lunch. We only made one half batch.

review by:
(26 Sep 2021)

Daily Inspiration

Made these yummy meatballs last night for an "appetizer" dinner. I made a smaller batch of the meatballs as it's just the two of us. The sauce (which I halved) is delicious; however, I did scale back the brown sugar quite a bit as the ketchup also adds sweetness to the sauce.

(21 Feb 2018)