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41 Meatball Appetizer Recipes for Party

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It’s party time and we have 41 meatball appetizer recipes for party. Who doesn’t love a good meatball? They’re the perfect entrée because they’re crowd-pleasing, easy to make, and relatively affordable.

In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite meatball recipes that will be sure to impress your guests. From gluten free meatballs to bacon-wrapped nibbles, we’ve got something for everyone.

 So, get cooking and start inviting people over for parties just so you can show off your delicious meatball recipes. Whether you’re hosting a small get-together or a large bash, meatball appetizers are always a hit. And thankfully, they’re easy to make.

In this blog post, we’ll share lots of delicious recipes from savory to sweet, to spicy, we have something for everyone.

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41 Meatball Appetizer Recipes for Party
41 Meatball Appetizer Recipes for Party

Recipes for Party Meatballs

Let’s get cracking and see how many recipes there are for these tasty starters. When I am planning a party, I will copy the ingredient lists to a document and go shopping. That way, I can make sure that there isn’t that one ingredient I have to chase to the grocery store for at the last minute.

Easy recipe is unique and scrumptious. Serve a wide variety in slow cookers on warm so your guests can sample the goodies the entire time. The best part is this makes entertaining easy and enjoyable.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs + Meal Prep

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These air fryer turkey meatballs have turkey, juicy bell pepper and fresh herbs all mixed up and air fried to perfection. Appetizers and dinners have never tasted sooooo good. 

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Easy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

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These mouthwatering bacon wrapped meatballs make the perfect appetizer for any occasion. Easy and delicious, this finger food will be a hit at your next football party, cocktail party or holiday celebration.

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Bisquick Sausage Balls with Cheese

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With an easy prep, these tasty sausage balls are ready in minutes.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs

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The sweetness of the jelly combined with the deep, rich flavors of BBQ sauce, and you have a perfect combination.  

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Cheddar Stuffed Meatballs

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Cheddar Stuffed Meatballs are an easy grilling appetizer for any gathering. Made with ground beef and sausage stuffed with cheddar cheese. 

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Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

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Looking for easy Christmas meatballs? Look no further than these Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs, a perfect appetizer for any holiday parties!

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Cranberry Party Meatballs

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These Cranberry Party Meatballs make a festive appetizer or meal perfect for those holiday gatherings! They come together in less than 30 minutes and are a great make-ahead option! Serve cocktail-style or along with preferred sides.

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Crockpot BBQ Beer Meatball Recipe

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These Crockpot BBQ Beer Meatballs are absolutely delicious and make the perfect easy appetizer or add rice for a quick family dinner! 

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Asian Glazed Insta Pot Meatballs

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Glazed in the most amazing sweet and savory Asian inspired glaze, these Instant Pot meatballs are awesome as an appetizer or a main course. 

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Mexican Meatballs

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A fun new spin on the traditional meatball. Serve as an appetizer or add them to a pasta dish.

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Orange Sesame Meatballs

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These orange sesame meatballs are the perfect party appetizer. They’re packed with umami flavor and are easy to make.

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Slow Cooker Swedish Meatball Recipe

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You might be thinking you need to go to a restaurant to get a good Swedish meatball. Good news, this easy slow cooker recipe can be made right at home with just a few simple ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Pork and Apple Meatballs

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These super tasty pork and apple meatballs and incredibly moreish – I challenge you not to go back for a second portion. Slow cooked for extra flavor.

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Spicy Asian Pork Meatballs Recipe

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Sticky, a touch spicy, juicy and so tasty! These Asian Pork Meatballs make the perfect party appetizer, or quick family dinner ready in only 30 minutes!

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Air Fryer Meatball Sub Skewers

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Homemade beef meatballs are stuffed with cheese before being wrapped in pastry and air fried until golden and delicious. These meatball sub skewers make a fun and tasty appetizer. 

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Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

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These two-bite appetizers are quick to make, thanks to store-bought meatballs. Dip in ketchup or BBQ sauce to serve.

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Cocktail Meatballs

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Delicious mini cocktail meatballs with an apricot BBQ sauce glaze are a perfect little bite. 

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Cranberry Baked Meatballs

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Perfect for the holidays with a cranberry twist! 

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Crockpot BBQ Meatballs

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Tender and juicy Crockpot BBQ Meatballs. The ingredients are fresh and savory with just a hint of smoky sweetness that makes it stand out.

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Fish Meatballs

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These easy fish meatballs (fish balls) are adapted from the Mexican dish Albondigas de Pescado and are made with sardines. Serve them with a quick and easy tomato sauce as an appetizer, or add them to pasta for seafood spaghetti and meatballs!

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Lamb Meatballs with Tomato Pomegranate Sauce

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Think you are not a fan of lamb? These lamb meatballs are plump, juicy and served with a sweet and tangy tomato pomegranate sauce to mop up with a baguette. 

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Lamb Meatballs with Tomato Pomegranate Sauce

Cheesy Meatball Bites

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These Easy Cheesy Meatball Bites are the perfect appetizer to serve your guests. They are simple and easy and ready in under 30 minutes.

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Spanish Meatballs (Albondigas Tapas)

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Spanish Meatballs are a perfect tapas menu item – the “albondigas” are finished in a smoky tomato sauce, making this an addictive snack.

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Spanish Meatballs (Albondigas Tapas)

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs are easy to make and a great appetizer recipe. 

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Traeger Smoked Grape Jelly Meatballs

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These grape jelly BBQ meatballs use the pellet grill for an extra layer of flavor on this classic Midwestern appetizer.

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Traeger Smoked Grape Jelly Meatballs

Recipes with Chicken Meatballs and Turkey too

They are one of the easiest, most versatile dishes to make. You can put them in a sauce and serve them over pasta, or put them on a sandwich. And they’re not just for Italian food – you can make chicken meatballs, turkey meatballs, or even beef meatballs.

Whether you are looking for a new recipe to try or just want some ideas for meals that include chicken or turkey meatballs, you’ll find something here that’s perfect for you. From an easy weeknight dinner to a festive holiday dish, these recipes will please everyone at the table. Here are some recipes that use chicken or turkey meatballs. Enjoy!

Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto and Paleo)

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These Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are super easy, incredibly flavorful, and perfectly spicy. Only 25 minutes start to finish, they are great for lunch, dinner or a healthy meal prep. This Whole30 ground chicken recipe is a crowd favorite!

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

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These easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey Meatballs are the perfect healthy holiday appetizer, made in your crock-pot with a simple cranberry BBQ sauce. They are quick to make, festive, and Weight Watchers friendly. 

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Lazy Slow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

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Delicious and gluten free chicken meatballs doused in a perfect teriyaki sauce is a wonderful meal or any-time appetizer. 

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Blue Cheese Sauce

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Buffalo chicken meatballs with blue cheese sauce are the perfect appetizer or main dish for any party, game day event or tailgating. You’ll love this take on your favorite boneless wings in bite sized form.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Blue Cheese Sauce

Smoked BBQ Turkey Meatballs

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These BBQ Turkey Meatballs are small but pack a ton of flavor & make a perfect party food.

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Air Fryer Greek Chicken Meatballs

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Air Fryer Greek Chicken Meatballs are an easy homemade meatball air fryer recipe. These meatballs are made with ground chicken, oregano and lemon flavors and make a perfect and quick appetizer.

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Brie-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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These Brie-Stuffed Meatballs are incredibly moist turkey meatballs with a delightful brie cheese surprise in the middle. They can be served as a tasty party appetizer or as an entree alongside pasta or a vegetable.

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Mini Indian Meatballs with Curry Coconut Sauce

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With spices added like turmeric, garam masala, coriander along with fresh mint, this recipe is a delicious way to enhance the flavor of a chicken meatball.

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Mini Indian Meatballs with Curry Coconut Sauce

Thai Chicken Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

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Thai Chicken Meatballs are a versatile recipe perfect for an appetizer with dipping sauces, on rice (or zucchini noodle) pasta, in soups and sandwiches.

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Gluten Free Meatball Recipes

Whether you’re gluten intolerant, on a gluten-free diet, or just looking for some new and tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, you’re going to love these three gluten free meatball recipes.

Move over, spaghetti and meatballs. There are plenty of new recipes for gluten free meatballs that will have your taste buds singing with joy. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet and savory or a little bit spicy, we’ve got you covered. So get cooking and enjoy these delicious gluten free meatball recipes!

Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs very well may be the best appetizer you’ll ever make! Blue Cheese nestles in each meatball, sending the flavor right over the top! 

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Keto Baked Italian Meatball Recipe (Cheese Stuffed)

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These Baked Italian Meatballs are stuffed with cheese and make a gorgeous appetizer, or a perfect entrée on top of a bed of zucchini noodles. 

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Keto Baked Italian Meatball Recipe (Cheese Stuffed)

Instant Pot Gluten Free Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

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These homemade BBQ meatballs are quick and easy to make. There are both Instant Pot and stovetop directions.

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Instant Pot Gluten Free Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

Gluten Free Meatballs

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Easy, flavorful gluten free turkey meatballs made with ground flaxseed in place of breadcrumbs.

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Italian Eggplant Meatballs / Polpette

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These easy Eggplant Meatballs/Polpette without the meat, are a fast, easy and tasty way to use eggplant. Make them as a main dish or appetizer. Make lots because they go quick! 

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Gluten Free Crock Pot Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

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These incredible Italian turkey meatballs with pesto and mozzarella will become everyone’s favorite appetizer at the party! This recipe is so simple and SO delicious! With melted cheese centers and that fresh, Italian pesto flavor, these perfect little appetizers make such an enticing hors d’oeuvre. They’re also gluten-free!

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Turkey Meatballs with Pesto and Mozzarella

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These Crockpot Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs are literally bursting with flavor – Fill up your slow cooker these turkey meatballs, warm them up, and bring them to your next party. I guarantee they won’t last long!

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Meatball Appetizers for a Party

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