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Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs are a quick and delicious meal for any night of the week. Ground beef meatballs can be grilled or oven baked and then tossed with a tasty honey garlic sauce that is made with just a few pantry ingredients.

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We were craving meatball hoagies but were out of hoagie buns, so we came up with these honey garlic meatballs to serve over rice. A flavorful and delicious meal that the entire family loved.

Honey Garlic Meatballs over rice.

Ingredients Needed:

for the meatballs:

  • Ground Beef: We used 80/20, which will cook up nice and juicy without shrinking too much.
  • Steak Rub: My favorite all-purpose beef seasoning. Any all purpose seasoning mix will work.
  • Egg: Helps bind the meatballs. 
  • Old Fashioned Oats: Adds a bit of texture and helps bind the meatballs. 

for the honey garlic sauce:

  • Butter: salted butter
  • Garlic: fresh garlic, minced
  • Honey: use local honey if available.
  • Brown Sugar: Helps thicken the sauce and adds sweetness.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Adds tangy flavor to the sauce and balances out the sweetness.
  • Smoked Paprika: Adds a smoky kick. 
  • Kosher Salt: For flavor.
  • Ground Chili Flakes: Or cayenne for a spicy kick.
  • Fresh Parsley: For garnish.

How to Make Honey Garlic Meatballs:

making meatballs, cooking on the grill

  • In a large bowl add the ground beef, steak rub, egg and oats. Mix with a wooden spoon or with your hands until well combined. 
  • Use a 1 inch scoop to form into meatballs.
  • To grill meatballs: Cook over indirect fire at 325° for 12- 15 minutes or until meatballs reach 165° using a digital meat thermometer. 
  • Oven method: Bake meatballs in a preheated 375° oven for 15- 20 minutes until internal temperatures reach 165°. 

pan with melted butter and garlic.

  • Meanwhile make the sauce: Melt butter in a pan with minced garlic and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. 

brown sugar and honey in garlic butter with spices.

  • Add honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, salt and ground chili flakes. 

honey garlic sauce in a pan with wooden spoon.

  • Whisk together and cook another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Meatballs in honey garlic sauce in a pan with wooden spoon.

  • When meatballs are cooked through, return the sauce to medium heat and stir in the meatballs. Cook 1- 2 minutes, stirring to coat the meatballs. 

Meatballs over rice on a plate. Cornbread muffins and pan of meatballs in background.

Serve meatballs over rice pilaf, fried rice or with pasta. Garnish with parsley if desired. Add a side of Broccoli with Toasted Walnuts and cornbread muffins for a complete meal.

Recipe Notes:

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Storage: Store meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Freeze cooked meatballs in a freezer container up to 3 months. Store sauce in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
  • Reheat: Reheat meatballs in sauce over medium heat in a pan, stirring until heated through.

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Honey Garlic Meatballs over rice.

If you are looking for a new ground beef recipe to change up the dinner menu, try these Honey Garlic Meatballs. They are full of delicious flavors and are quick and easy to make for any night of the week.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs over rice

Honey Garlic Meatballs are a quick and delicious meal for any night of the week. Ground beef meatballs can be grilled or oven baked and then tossed with a tasty honey garlic sauce that is made with just a few pantry ingredients.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons steak rub
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chili flakes or cayenne
  • 1 tablespoons fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add the ground beef, steak rub, egg and oats. Mix with a wooden spoon or with your hands until well combined. 
  2. Use a 1 inch scoop to form into meatballs.
  3. To grill meatballs: Cook over indirect fire at 325° for 12- 15 minutes or until meatballs reach 165° using a digital meat thermometer. 
  4. Oven method: Bake meatballs in a preheated 375° oven for 15- 20 minutes until internal temperatures reach 165°. 
  5. Meanwhile make the sauce: Melt butter in a pan with minced garlic and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. 
  6. Add honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, salt and ground chili flakes. 
  7. Whisk together and cook another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  8. When meatballs are cooked through, return the sauce to medium heat and stir in the meatballs. Cook 1- 2 minutes, stirring to coat the meatballs. 
  9. Serve meatballs over rice pilaf, fried rice or with pasta. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Notes

  • Storage: Store meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Freeze cooked meatballs in a freezer container up to 3 months. Store sauce in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. 
  • Reheat: Reheat meatballs in sauce over medium heat in a pan, stirring until heated through.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 745Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 223mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 52g

    Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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