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Oven Meatballs Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Oven Meatballs

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"This sweet sauce is great any night of the week! My kids love it! Great served with rice or potatoes."

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Original recipe makes 20 meatballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Form ground beef into 20 meatballs. Brown them on all sides in a large skillet over medium heat, about 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the ketchup, cornstarch, water, sugar, vinegar, dry mustard, salt, and soy sauce in a bowl until the sugar is dissolved and the cornstarch is smooth.
  4. Place the browned meatballs in the prepared baking dish, and pour the sauce over them. Bake 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 02, 2009

Good, but the sugar needs to be reduced to 3 tablespoons, and I prefer brown to white.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 09, 2009

VERY sweet...I used half the sugar required and it was still a bit too much sweetness. But, a very easy-to-make recipe and an interesting variation to the usual sweet/sour or regular meatball.

Apr 23, 2009

These were very good. Exactly what I expected. Sweet and tangy. I will make them again and expirament a bit by using brown sugar instead of white. I did bake them quite a bit longer because I wanted the sauce to get extra thick. Next time I will either use a little more corn starch or a little less water to get the sauce to more of a glaze consistency quicker. My 15mo old loved them as well. I used another meatball recipe from this website so that the meatballs weren't just plain hamburger...

Jul 08, 2009

Yummy! Loved how the tops of the meatballs turned golden brown in the oven - I made sure to drench them in sauce every few mintues so the tops didn't dry out. Added just a bit of honey as well to my sauce for added thickness...very good, will make again! Thanks!

Apr 06, 2009

I will be cooking this for the second time this evening, my 3 year old couldn't get enough and she is a infuriatingly picky eater. Only 1 change, and I did this the first time: replace the soy sauce with balsamic vinegar.

Apr 29, 2010

My husband and kids could not get enough of this! It was great. I was in a hurry and used frozen meatballs--still turned out great. I also used brown sugar instead of white. Will definately make again.

Mar 24, 2009

This sauce is delicious. I tried it with meatballs and lit'l smokies and plan to try it with others as well.

Feb 14, 2011

I'm glad I read the other reviews, as I'm pretty sure it would have been WAY too sweet if I'd put all that sugar in it! I reduced the sugar to 2 tbsp and used dark brown sugar. I subbed flour for cornstarch just because I didn't have any cornstarch, and I used apple cider vinegar for "vinegar." I threw Ikea frozen meatballs in it and baked them for about 20 minutes at 450 (although I probably could have done 15 if my oven told me when it was preheated). It was the perfect amount of sauce for 1 bag of Ikea meatballs. :) This recipe was really a great jumping off point, though! I think that the soy sauce, mustard, apple cider vinegar, and dark brown sugar really made it. Thanks for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 402 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 83 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 21.5 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 23.6 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 1237 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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