Party Meatballs with Maple Glaze

These tasty meatballs are perfect for your next appetizer party or for game day snacks. A simple glaze and a crumbled bacon garnish will appeal to almost everyone!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
14 meatballs


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ pound hot Italian pork sausage, casing removed

  • ½ pound ground beef

  • ½ cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • ½ cup chopped cooked bacon

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup Grade A maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon chicken soup base

  • teaspoon cayenne, or to taste

  • 3 slices cooked, crumbled bacon

  • wooden toothpicks (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  2. Heat olive oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook onion until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

  3. Combine Italian sausage, ground beef, bread crumbs, cooked bacon, egg, salt, pepper, and the contents of the skillet in a bowl. Using your fingers, combine ingredients until they are well mixed. Form into about 14 meatballs, 2 inches in diameter, and place on the prepared sheet pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. While the meatballs are baking, make the glaze. Combine water, maple syrup, soup base, and cayenne pepper in a 10-inch, nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat slightly. Boil until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes.

  6. Remove glaze from heat and allow to cool. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down any syrup that clings to the sides of the skillet, and stir back into the glaze.

  7. Place meatballs in a serving dish and drizzle glaze over each meatball. Top with cooked, crumbled bacon and serve warm with toothpicks.

Cook's Note:

The recipe includes several items that are already seasoned. I did not use any added salt, and the recipe was fine, for us.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

182 Calories
11g Fat
12g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 157mg 3%

* 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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