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Honey Garlic Meatballs – A New Family Favorite!

When we have both of the big kids at our house, I love to find a recipe that I can double and feed everyone for dinner with leftovers to boot. Honey garlic meatballs are at the top of everyone’s list. They are super easy and go perfect with a pan of mashed potatoes. Feeling like you need them to be EVEN faster? Buy some frozen meatballs, bake as per the instructions on the back and then toss them in the sauce from this recipe. You will be winning in the time saved category as well as with your family.

My only warning is that your family will ask you to make these again and again!

I love this recipe because the meatballs are made from scratch. I know that using frozen meatballs is easy peasy but I find making them at home almost as easy. This recipe uses stuff that you have in your kitchen already. Don’t be scared to try it because it is “hard”. I promise it is NOT. Want meatballs but looking for Italian style? Check out these baked Italian meatballs.

Here’s how I make my Honey Garlic Meatballs!

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with aluminum foil and spritz them with cooking spray.

Ingredients for the meatballs:

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup oats
2 tsp Garlic Plus
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup finely diced onions


Throw everything in a bowl and mix it up. Your hands work best for this.

Meatball ingredients

Roll into balls and place them on your prepared cookie sheets.

Meatballs ready for the oven

Chuck them in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until browned and done through. Smaller meatballs will take less time and bigger meatballs will take more.

While your meatballs are in the oven, let’s make the Honey Garlic sauce.

Sauce ingredients:

1 Tbsp butter
6 garlic cloves
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup honey
4 Tbsp soy sauce

Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Use a garlic press to add the 6 garlic cloves into the butter (or mince it really small) until it starts to brown.

Honey Garlic Sauce

Add ketchup, honey and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Once meatballs are done, you can put the meatballs into the pan and simmer. If your pan is too small (as mine is), throw your meatballs into an oven safe dish, pour sauce over and place back into the oven for a bit. Either way….YUM!

Honey Garlic Meatballs in a red dish

Love meatballs? Make sure to try my Spicy Cherry CrockPot Meatballs and Hearty BBQ Meatballs.

Honey Garlic Meatballs in a red dish
Yield: 8

Honey Garlic Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Honey Garlic Meatballs are a family favourite in our house. This recipe is easy and you can double it for a crowd.



  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tsp Garlic Plus, or 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder plus 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil & spray with cooking spray.
  3. Mix first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Roll into 2 inch meat balls. Place on cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until done through and browned.
  6. While meatballs are baking, melt butter in a large saucepan.
  7. Saute garlic until starting to brown.
  8. Add ketchup, honey and soy sauce.
  9. Bring to a boil.
  10. Decrease heat, cover and simmer for 5 minute.
  11. Add meatballs to the sauce and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  12. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1472mgCarbohydrates: 38gSugar: 31gProtein: 28g

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Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe

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Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Yum! Can’t wait to try these! Did you add a green dry ingredient? I see something in the photo but not in the recipe. Thanks so much!

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

It’s the McCormick Garlic Plus. It is like garlic salt but also includes parsley.


Monday 7th of May 2018

Oooo what a delicious combination of flavors! A fun appetizer idea too!

Jaclyn Anne

Monday 7th of May 2018

I love honey, I love garlic, and I love meatballs. Can't wait to try this easy meatball recipe! I bet my husband will love it too because he is crazy about garlic.

Sarah []

Monday 10th of September 2012

These were AMAZING!!! The whole family loved them for supper. I've never made meatballs with oatmeal before, was awesome!


Monday 10th of September 2012

*Happy dance* Glad you liked them!

Alana Backer

Thursday 21st of June 2012

Made these for supper the other night, I LOVED them. They were the most moist meatballs we have ever had. This will be my base meatball recipe for any that I make. Thank you!!!

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