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Orange Meatballs

Orange Meatballs with broccoli is a great weeknight dinner made with ground beef and a quick orange marmalade sauce. Served over rice for a tasty meal that everyone will love. 

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Meatballs are terrific comfort food and can be served so many ways. They make great appetizers, incredible meatball subs and can be served over mashed potatoes or pasta. Need more inspiration? Check out these Quick Weeknight Dinners!

Orange Meatballs with broccoli and rice

Orange Meatballs ~ with Broccoli and Rice

The great thing about meatballs are that they are easy to make in a large batch and can even be made ahead to create quick and easy dinners. The quick orange marmalade sauce has so much flavor that you will be keeping it on hand to flavor up your weeknight meals.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Orange Marmalade
  • Orange Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Ginger
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Chile Powder (We prefer green but red works too)
  • Dried Thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Ground Chile Flakes
  • Ground Beef
  • Broccoli
  • Rice

How to Make Orange Meatballs:

orange marmalade sauce collage: ingredients in pan/cooked

  • Make the sauce by adding orange marmalade, orange juice, brown sugar with spices, salt and peppers.
  • Mix well and cook over medium heat. Bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

orange marmalade sauce in a jar

  • Reserve half of the orange marmalade sauce for serving. 

ground beef with orange sauce to make meatballs

  • Add ground beef to a mixing bowl with the other half of the orange sauce. 

mixing ground beef for meatballs

  • Mix ground beef and sauce well.

meatballs on a grill pan

  • Scoop into about 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place on a grill pan or lined baking sheet.

Grilling Instructions:

  • Place meatballs in the refrigerator while you prepare a grill fire to about 350°. Pecan or hickory chunks are great for adding smoke flavor.

meatballs on a grill

  • Cook meatballs on a grill pan with the grill closed for about 25 minutes with a grill temperature between 325° and 350°.

grilling meatballs

  • Use a digital thermometer to test internal temperature of meatballs, cooking until they reach 165°. 

grilled meatballs -close up

  • Remove from grill.

Oven Directions:

  • Bake meatballs at 375° for 20 -25 minutes or until meatballs reach 165° using a digital thermometer.

plate of rice with meatballs and broccoli

  • Serve meatballs with cooked rice and steamed broccoli. Spoon additional sauce over meatballs, broccoli and rice.

Our Mushroom Rice would also be great to serve with these delicious orange meatballs for a hearty side dish. 

How to Store and Reheat:

Store Meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Sauce can be stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

Reheat in a covered skillet with sauce or a bit of orange juice, cooking over medium heat. Stir occasionally until heated through.

Recipe Variations:

Ground beef is our preference for meatballs but any ground meat can be substituted including, pork, chicken, turkey or venison.

More Ground Beef Recipes to Try:

meatballs with orange sauce and broccoli served over rice

These orange meatballs served over rice with broccoli is a delicious meal that is guaranteed to get your dinner routine out of a rut. It’s a simple meal to make on the grill or in the oven and can even be made ahead for a tasty meal prep option.

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Yield: 6 servings

Orange Meatballs

Meatballs with broccoli over rice in a shallow bowl

Orange Meatballs with broccoli is a great weeknight dinner made with ground beef and a quick orange marmalade sauce. Served over rice for a tasty meal that everyone will love. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces orange marmalade
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chile powder (green or red)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground chile flakes
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 cups steamed broccoli florets
  • 3 cups cooked rice

Instructions

  1. Add orange marmalade and orange juice to a small saucepan. Whisk in brown sugar, garlic, ginger, chile powder, thyme, salt, black pepper and ground chile flakes.
  2. Cook over medium heat, whisking often until mixture comes to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Mix ground beef with half of orange sauce in a bowl.
  4. Scoop into 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place on a grill pan or lined baking sheet.
  5. Refrigerate meatballs while the grill is prepared.
  6. Prepare a grill fire to 350° using hickory or pecan for smoke flavor.
  7. Grill meatballs over indirect fire for 25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° using a digital thermometer.
  8. To bake, preheat oven to 375° and bake for 20-25 minutes or until meatballs reach 165° internal temperature.
  9. Serve meatballs over rice with broccoli. Drizzle with remaining orange sauce.

Notes

Store leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days,

Sauce can be stored in a covered jar in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

Reheat meatballs in a covered pan with sauce or a bit of orange juice over medium heat. Stir occasionally until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 774Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 90gFiber: 4gSugar: 56gProtein: 46g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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