Holiday Hot Cranberry Meatballs

Holiday Hot Cranberry Meatballs

A tasty appetizer that is guaranteed to disappear quickly from anyone's holiday party table. A slow cooker’s best friend, as you can simmer them before serving and keep them hot for the duration of your party, Delicious!

Recipe Summary


20 mins


1 hr 20 mins


1 hr 40 mins



1 pound lean ground beef
½ cup breadcrumbs regular or seasoned
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


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

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

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

Step 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.

Step 5
Tip* you can cook the Cranberry/Chili Sauce and meatballs in the slow cooker instead of the saucepan. It will help with keeping the meatball and sauce warm after being cooked too.


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