30+ Of The Best Meatball Appetizers

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These easy Meatball Appetizers are perfect for your next party or get together! Quick, simple, and delicious, these savory bite-sized appetizers are the perfect party food for any occasion!

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Homemade meatballs are a favorite party staple for good reason. They’re an easy appetizer that can be prepared in a nearly endless variety of ways for a variety of special occasions. Whether you’re having a fancy cocktail hour, a game day gathering, or a holiday bash, we’ve got your perfect recipe.

The best part is that there are so many different kinds, from meatball sliders to ones made with a simple grape jelly sauce (always one of my personal faves)! Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong serving any of these amazing meatball appetizers at your next party!

The Best Meatball Appetizer Recipes

Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
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One of my favorite meatball recipes is a fun appetizer that’s also super delicious and easy to prepare! These mouthwatering bacon wrapped meatballs, made with frozen meatballs, are loaded with flavor and always a crowd pleaser!
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BBQ Meatballs
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These easy BBQ Meatballs are a tasty twist on traditional meatballs and make the perfect bite-sized party food for any occasion!
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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
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This Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe uses hot sauce to add a little extra kick. It makes a great appetizer for game day or fun finger food for holiday parties and these delicious bite size treats are always a big hit!
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Cranberry Meatballs
Cranberry Meatballs
These Cranberry Meatballs make the perfect party appetizer for the holiday season! These sweet and sour meatballs are drenched in tasty cranberry sauce and with their ruby red color, they’ll look beautiful and festive on your holiday table.
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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs
These Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs are made from juicy meatballs that are skewered with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato. They’ve got everything you love about a bacon cheeseburger except the bun!
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Swedish Meatballs
Learn how to make frozen meatballs into crowd pleasing Swedish meatballs with a rich and creamy sauce in only 30 minutes. The best thing about this recipes is that these work as delicious appetizer meatballs or a tasty dinner!
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Crockpot Apple Butter Meatballs with Bourbon
Crockpot Apple Butter Meatballs with Bourbon
These Apple Bourbon Meatballs have such a delicious unique flavor that everyone will be asking for the recipe. The combination of BBQ sauce, apple butter, and spices produces a meatball that’s unlike any other.
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Meatball Subs on a Stick
Meatball Subs on a Stick
When it comes to meatball appetizer recipes, these meatball subs on a stick just may be our most impressive-looking! Mozzarella cheese stuffed meatballs and a garlic butter breadstick are threaded onto a skewer for a tasty and portable version of a meatball sub.
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Mini Spaghetti Nests and Italian Meatballs Appetizer
Mini Spaghetti Nests and Italian Meatballs Appetizer
If you're looking for unique appetizer recipes for your next party, this Mini Spaghetti & Meatball recipe is for you! Mini muffin tins are used to form a tiny spaghetti ‘nest’ for each meatball, so your guests can enjoy all the flavors of this unique meatball appetizer with no fork required!
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Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs
Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs
These simple meatballs combine grape jelly and meatballs for a match made in heaven. A staple at any holiday party, these slow cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs take just four ingredients, making them both easy and delicious!
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Asian Chicken Meatballs
Asian Chicken Meatballs
These healthy and delicious Asian Meatballs can be served as an appetizer or a main dish. Sesame oil, garlic, and honey infuse this recipe with tons of bold Asian flavor, for a savory dish that's sure to be a hit.
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Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
These Parmesan Turkey Meatballs are perfect for anyone looking for a leaner option without sacrificing bold flavor. Bursting with garlic and herbs and served in a garlic parmesan cheese cream sauce, these will satisfy all of your Italian food cravings.
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Crockpot BBQ Beer Meatball Recipe
Crockpot BBQ Beer Meatball Recipe
These tangy and delicious Crockpot Meatballs are an easy party food that's made with ingredients you probably already have on hand. They’re perfect if you need to throw together a last minute dinner or potluck dish.
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Thai Meatballs Recipe
Thai Meatballs Recipe
These Thai Meatballs are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, thanks to the addition of hot chile sauce and a touch of apricot jam. Packed with flavor, this easy recipe only requires four ingredients.
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Chicken Parm Meatballs & Crispy Polenta
Chicken Parm Meatballs & Crispy Polenta
A fun twist on traditional chicken parmesan, these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are cheesy and delicious, served atop perfect crispy polenta rounds with pasta or marinara sauce. This is a rich and filling dish, perfect for your next party.
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Easy Olive Tapenade Cocktail Party Meatballs
Easy Olive Tapenade Cocktail Party Meatballs
Entertaining guests couldn’t be easier with this two ingredient meal! These Olive Tapenade meatballs are full of flavor with the perfect hint of serrano spice. Serve with garlic olive oil for dipping.
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Vegan Teriyaki Meatballs
Vegan Teriyaki Meatballs
There’s no reason why your vegan friends can’t get in on the meatball fun! Topped with a sweet teriyaki sauce, these Vegan Teriyaki Meatballs are a perfect plant-based option.
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Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Meatballs
Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Meatballs
These delectable Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Meatballs will be the highlight of your next cocktail party. With their beautiful color and gooey, cheesy centers, these meatballs look as good as they taste.
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Shrimp Scampi Meatballs
Shrimp Scampi Meatballs
A great option for seafood lovers, Shrimp Scampi Meatballs are a unique twist on a traditional meatball. Flavored with fresh lemon, garlic, and herbs, and served in a buttery white wine sauce, these will really wow your party guests.
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Cheddar Meatball Poppers
Cheddar Meatball Poppers
These Cheddar Meatball Poppers are delicious meat and cheddar cheese morsels wrapped in a golden crispy crust. Make these for your next party and they just might be gone before they’ve had time to cool!
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Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Meatballs | Montana Happy
Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Meatballs | Montana Happy
Made with raspberry preserves and balsamic vinegar, these Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Meatballs are bursting with flavor. Since they're best made with frozen meatballs, they make super easy appetizers that you can whip up for any occasion!
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Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs Recipe
Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs Recipe
These Porcupine Meatballs get their name from their prickly-looking exterior, which is created by  adding white rice. Their fun appearance makes this one a great meatball recipe for kids too.
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Barbecue Meatball Waffle Sliders
Barbecue Meatball Waffle Sliders
Store-bought mini frozen waffles serve as the ‘bun’ for these cute BBQ Meatball Waffle Sliders. Topped with melted cheese, and an arugula aioli, they’re the perfect crowd-pleasing finger food.
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Mexican Meatballs
Mexican Meatballs
These deliciously spiced Mexican Meatballs made with ground turkey are the perfect appetizer for any occasion. This easy, lean, and flavorful recipe is sure to be a family favorite and the hit of your next party. 
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Mini Herby Lamb Meatballs
Mini Herby Lamb Meatballs
These hearty Lamb Meatballs are infused with bold Mediterranean flavors. The lamb pairs beautifully with garlic, oregano, and fresh lemon and is served with a creamy Greek yogurt sauce.
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Banh Mi Meatballs
Banh Mi Meatballs
The tangy sauce on these Banh Mi Meatballs has all the flavors of the classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich and uses frozen meatballs as the base. Serve these on a toothpick, over rice, or on a bun.
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Meatball Biscuit Sliders
Meatball Biscuit Sliders
These adorable meatball biscuit sliders combine delicious Italian meatballs and flaky biscuits. They’d make the perfect appetizer for your game day parties or a fun family meal.
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Bourbon Meatballs
Bourbon Meatballs
Bourbon is the star of these easy cocktail meatballs. They’d make a delicious appetizer for any special occasion, but would be a particularly fun addition to a Kentucky Derby party.
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Easy Ranch Meatballs Recipe
Easy Ranch Meatballs Recipe
Dry ranch seasoning mix is the key to these easy and delicious Ranch Meatballs. Filled with all the flavors of ranch dressing, these can be made with any type of ground meat and served with more ranch for dipping.
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Cocktail Meatballs
Cocktail Meatballs
These Cocktail Meatballs with Apricot Jam are perfect for a chilly fall day. Glazed with a sweet and savory sauce that combines the taste of apricots and BBQ, this simple recipe is as easy as it is delicious.
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Crockpot Coca-Cola Meatballs Recipe
Crockpot Coca-Cola Meatballs Recipe
These sticky, sweet, and savory Coca-Cola BBQ Meatballs make a great game day appetizer. Featuring a delicious Coca-Cola BBQ sauce, these meatballs can be made in your instant pot with fresh or frozen meatballs.
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Dr. Pepper Meatballs (Easy Instant Pot Recipe)
Dr. Pepper Meatballs (Easy Instant Pot Recipe)
Dr. Pepper adds tons of tangy flavor to the barbecue sauce for these Dr. Pepper Meatballs. And the best part about this recipe is that you can whip these up in just 20 minutes.
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Whether you’re just having a few friends over for Friday drinks or throwing a big Super Bowl bash, you really can’t go wrong with any of these delicious meatball recipes! Just make plenty because they’re sure to disappear fast!

More Delicious Appetizer Recipes

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30+ Easy Meatball Appetizers


These easy Meatball Appetizer Recipes are perfect for your next party or get together! Quick, simple, and delicious, these tasty meatballs are everything you want in a perfect party food!

Ingredients
 

  • Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
  • Cranberry Meatballs
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  • Crockpot Apple Butter Meatballs with Bourbon
  • Meatball Subs on a Stick
  • Mini Spaghetti Nests and Italian Meatballs
  • Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs
  • Chicken Parm Meatball Crescent Bites Recipe
  • Asian Chicken Meatballs
  • Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
  • Crockpot BBQ Beer Meatball Recipe
  • Thai Meatballs Recipe
  • Chicken Parm Meatballs & Crispy Polenta

Instructions

  • Choose a meatball recipe.
  • Gather up the ingredients.
  • Make your tasty meatball recipe.
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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