Cocktail Meatballs

This good old-fashioned Crockpot recipe won me the Most Original Meatball title at the company meatball contest.  I lightened up this recipe using a turkey-ground beef mixture rather than all ground beef.  However, you can make this recipe with only ground beef and skip the turkey all together!  Don’t have a Crockpot?  No worries.  You can just cook these gems in a skillet for half the time.


  • Olive oil cooking spray (I use Pampered Chef’s kitchen spritzer.)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, lean
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey, lean
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs, plain
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 fluid ounces tomato-based chili sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups grape jelly
  • Sriracha hot sauce, to taste (optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven at 450°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and ground black pepper. Mix together, and shape into meatballs.
  3. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray and evenly space the meatballs in a large baking dish (or two) and place in oven.
  4. Cook in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until slightly browned.  [Don’t worry, they don’t need to be cooked completed through since they’ll be cooking some more in the Crockpot anyway!]
  5. Pat meatballs with papertowel to remove excess oil/fat. [Careful – they’re HOT!]
  6. Place meatballs in Crockpot and pour the tomato-based chili sauce and grape jelly on top.  Add sriracha sauce to taste for a little kick!
  7. Cook on high for 1 – 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Source:  Modified from



Servings Per Recipe: 24  •  Serving Size: 1 meatball • Calories: 97.1
Total Fat: 3.1 g • Cholesterol: 21.7 mg • Sodium: 165.1 mg
Carbs: 13.3 g • Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g • Protein: 4.3 g

WeightWatchers® PointsPlus™: 3 per serving
*All nutritional info is estimated using  Actuals may differ based upon product brand.


5 thoughts on “Cocktail Meatballs

  1. Hey you… I was thinking of making these for a party we’re going to on Sunday. Some of the attendees are vegetarian. Do you think they’d work if I just subbed Trader Joe’s frozen meatless meatballs in place of the homemade meatballs?

    Thanks! Hugs to you!

    • Yeah, it should be fine! If you want it to be healthier, you can try using the reduced sugar grape jelly. I’ve never tried it but I’m sure it’ll taste similar. I’m going to try it when my current jar of jelly runs out, but if you do before me, let me know how it goes!

      • Will do! Although since I’m going vegetarian with these, I’ll probably stick with the regular jelly to make them more palatable to the non-vegetarians. I’m not even sure if I’ll end up doing these, as the hosts haven’t gotten back to me to say what I can bring… but I will probably try them eventually. 🙂

        Thanks much!

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