Cocktail Meatballs


Tasty cocktail meatballs that disappear quickly from anyone's holiday party. My mom makes them every year for New Year's Eve, and now so do I. These do very well in a slow cooker, as you can simmer them before serving and keep them hot for the duration of your party.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons minced onion

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 (8 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce

  • ¾ cup chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Mix together ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, water, and egg in a large bowl. Form into small meatballs and arrange on a nonstick baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once.

  4. Stir together cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a large saucepan over low heat until smooth. Add meatballs; simmer for 1 hour before serving.

    image of Cocktail Meatballs in a heated chafing dish
    Allrecipes Magazine

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
10g Fat
15g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 183mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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