Meatball Appetizers

20 Amazing Meatball Appetizer Recipes For Party

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If you are having a hard time coming up with delicious finger foods or appetizers for your upcoming gathering, then look no further because I have here 20 amazing meatball appetizer recipes you can easily make! Sure, you can eat meatball on its own, but top it off with a few more ingredients and the taste will be something you won’t want to miss out on.

Meatball Appetizers

20. Healthy Baked Chicken Meatballs are Perfect Party Appetizer!

These Healthy Baked Chicken Meatballs are made with ground chicken and simple pantry ingredients and baked to crispy perfection in the oven.  They’re a perfect low-carb party appetizer!

My family loves meatballs and these tender and juicy chicken meatballs are their all-time favorite.  Healthy chicken meatballs made of ground chicken, garlic, onion, and lemon juice. Easy, healthy and the best ground chicken meatballs recipe, so easy to make and everyone loves them. 

These meatballs are a fun and tasty way to enjoy the flavor of buffalo wings without all of the guilt. They make great little party appetizers, meatball subs, or a filling main dish.

These tender, seared chicken meatballs are rolling around in a lemon butter sauce that has a nice little zing! They are so moist, with a perfect balance of flavors and so addictive.

These baked chicken meatball bites can go with with mashed cauliflower and green beans (my current favorite), or saved for quick and healthy lunch meal prep with roasted veggies.

19. Best Keto & Low Carb Swedish Meatball Appetizer Recipe

This is the best keto Swedish meatballs easy recipe. Perfect appetizer or main dish, they are flavorful and have the most amazing creamy gravy sauce.

Swedish meatballs are the epitome of comfort food. Served over spaghetti or mashed potatoes, or zucchini noodles or mashed cauliflower for those who are on a keto diet, they are a hearty and scrumptious dinner everyone in the family will love.

They go from kitchen to table in an hour or less yet tastes like you slaved all day!

This Swedish meatball recipe is not only simple to make, but it’s also budget-friendly and a great make-ahead meal. It yields roughly 40 meatballs which will easily feed a crowd or freeze well for future use.

18. Best Italian Homemade Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

These are the best homemade Italian meatballs. It´s an easy, low carb and a gluten-free recipe that is ready in under than 30 minutes.

Meatballs are a classic in my home. Everybody just loves to eat these little balls. Usually, I make ground beef meatballs. But you can use a mixture of pork and ground beef.

The first time that I eat meatballs I was maybe 8 or 10 years old. It was on my best friend’s home. Her mother used to make them often and we love to help her to form the balls. Nowadays I still remember her when I’m making meatballs for my family. I have great memories from my childhood/teenager and she is included on the most of them.

Of course, my best friend mother´s recipe included breadcrumbs. They were really delicious. She used to make some mashed potatoes to accomplish meatballs. Now when I make meatballs my children love to eat them with spaghetti, but I think that they go very well with cauliflower puree. Just thinking about it I get mouthwatering.
The flavor is so good.

17. Lil’ Smokies and Meatballs Appetizer with BBQ Sauce, Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Sauce

This delectable, multi-meat appetizer is ideal when you’re craving a blend of flavors.

For this dish, gather cocktail sausages, store-bought meatballs, grape jelly and bbq sauce, fruit preserve, and a slow-cooking pot.

Both cocktail sausages and meatballs will be drenched in an addictively sweet and tangy glaze that ensures you’re reaching for seconds.

This mouthwatering combo of sausages and meatballs couldn’t be easier to whip up! Grab some cocktail sausages and meatballs (pre-packaged ones work well, but homemade is an option too), a tangy BBQ dressing, grape jelly and chili sauce, and fruit jam. I personally go for the Rich and Zesty Molasses BBQ Sauce, but the choice is yours.

Combine your chosen sauces in a pot and stir thoroughly. Set your stove to a medium flame, cover your pot, and allow the mix to warm for about 7 minutes. Give it another stir to ensure the sauce is evenly heated. Toss in the meatballs and sausages, reduce the flame to low, and cover for an approximate 30-minute cook time. Enjoy the aroma wafting through your home while you wait!

16. Slow Cooker Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs

These delectable Slow Cooker Whiskey Infused Meatballs are sure to steal the show at your next party. All it takes is a mere 5 minutes to set them up!

The glaze for these meatballs is among my top picks. Naturally, it’s due to the whiskey’s inherent sweetness, which beautifully balances the flavors without dominating them.

It’s true that upon initially mixing the glaze ingredients, the whiskey can seem a tad strong. However, after slow cooking for 4 hours, much of the alcohol dissipates. Exactly how much? That’s hard to pinpoint.

What I can vouch for is the exquisite taste. If you have reservations about residual alcohol, it might be best to avoid serving these to younger guests or those refraining from alcohol.

You can present these meatballs as a standalone snack or as a main dish accompanied by mashed potatoes and a side (they pair well with rice as well). Another tasty option is to place them in sandwich rolls, garnished with grated mozzarella, Parmesan, or provolone cheese.

15. Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

These Cranberry Meatballs are super easy and delicious! They make the perfect holiday party appetizers. This recipe includes slow cooker instructions, Instant Pot instructions, and Ninja Foodi instructions.

14. Make Homemade Meatballs with Romesco Sauce

These Meatballs with Romesco Sauce are the perfect party appetizers! These one-bite appetizers can be dressed up for elegant soirees or dressed down for casual Game Day buffets.

13. Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto & Paleo)

These Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are super easy, incredibly flavorful, and perfectly spicy. Only 25 minutes start to finish, they are great for lunch, dinner or a healthy meal prep. This Whole30 ground chicken recipe is a crowd favorite!

12. Buffalo Turkey Meatballs with Easy Meal Prep Bowls

Proof that eating healthy can be both delicious and achievable, these BUFFALO TURKEY MEATBALLS are the perfect dinner solution for any night of the week and make delicious meal prep bowls to help power you through the week.

11. Bang Bang Meatballs: A Unique Appetizer Recipe

Looking for a unique take on Bang Bang Shrimp? Then you need to try these delicious Bang Bang Meatballs! They are delicious and unique appetizer recipe!

10. Deliciously Sweet And Spicy Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

You will want to add these sweet and tangy slow cooker cranberry meatballs to your holiday menu planner.

9. Mini Turkey Meatballs with Curried Cranberry Sauce

These lightened-up mini turkey meatballs with a zesty curried cranberry dipping sauce are a perfect make-ahead appetizer for the holidays. But if you have a package of cranberries in your freezer or a can of sauce stashed in your pantry, you can make them any time of year!

8. Giant Meatballs w. Herbed Ricotta

You’re probably surprised to see a recipe for giant meatballs (with herbed ricotta) here on LM, but I’ve been craving some restaurant favorites recently and for whatever reason, this one is popping into my mind a lot these days!

7. Crockpot BBQ Beer Meatballs – Barbecue Easy Appetizer

These Crockpot BBQ Beer Meatballs are absolutely delicious and make the perfect easy appetizer or add rice for a quick family dinner! See more amazing beer recipes.

6. Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

A few weeks ago, one of my readers (Hi Elaine!) posted her weekly menu and it included Asian Bowls (a riff on the oh-so-popular Burrito Bowls). Her comment got my wheels spinning and I decided to create my own Asian-style bowl – Teriyaki Meatball Bowls.

5. This Bourbon Meatballs Recipe is a Party Food Staple!

Bourbon Meatballs are one of the most beloved party foods at cocktail parties. Serve them for holiday parties, family gatherings, or for a Kentucky derby party. This is one recipe you’ll reach for again and again.

4. Sweet and Sour Ground Pork Simple Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Ground Pork Meatballs are a fun and budget-friendly way to enjoy Asian flavors in a ground pork recipe! Tender ground pork meatballs are flavored with garlic and ginger, then baked before heading into the slow cooker with veggies, pineapple and a delightful homemade sweet and sour sauce!

3. Fish Easy Meatballs

These easy fish meatballs (fish balls) are adapted from the Mexican dish Albondigas de Pescado and are made with sardines. Serve them with a quick and easy tomato sauce as an appetizer, or add them to pasta for seafood spaghetti and meatballs!

2. Porcupine Meatballs Instant Pot Perfect Appetizer Recipe

This Porcupine meatballs Instant Pot recipe with rice and ground beef or sausage are great appetizers. Served with pasta it’s a favorite dinner idea of ours too.

1. Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Best Meatball Appetizer

These gluten free BBQ Turkey Meatballs are healthy and easy to make. They’re baked and then tossed in the slow cooker with barbecue sauce!


Best Meatball Appetizer Recipes

Meatball Appetizers

20 Best Party Meatball Appetizers

Elevate your party with 20 incredible meatball appetizer recipes. Perfect bites for a memorable gathering.


  • Cranberry Meatballs Recipe
  • Meatballs with Romesco Sauce
  • Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  • Buffalo Turkey Meatballs with Easy Meal Prep Bowls


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