Sticky honey garlic meatballs

Sticky honey garlic meatballs: A delicious spin on an old favourite. Image: Carla Zinkfontein

Sticky honey garlic meatballs: A delicious twist on a traditional favourite

Sweet, sticky and utterly delicious. These sticky honey garlic meatballs will have your family swooning around the dinner table.

Sticky honey garlic meatballs

Sticky honey garlic meatballs: A delicious spin on an old favourite. Image: Carla Zinkfontein

If you are a fan of meatballs, we have a delicious twist on the usual recipe you love and know. These sticky honey garlic meatballs take this traditional favourite to a new level and you will be licking your fingers to savour the mouth-watering sticky sauce.

So how do you prepare it? Make your meatballs as usual. You may want to have a look at our ingredient list for the meatballs as we have added some fragrant ingredients to the meat mixture. After forming your meatballs, bake them in the oven.

The secret to these sticky honey garlic meatballs revealed

The sticky sauce prepared from scratch is what makes these meatballs out of this world. First, whisk all the sauce ingredients together and then heat them in a saucepan until the sauce becomes thick. Pour over your meatballs and make yourself ready for a sticky taste sensation.

You can also use this delightful sauce with other recipes that will pair well with a sweet sticky sauce. Let us know in the comments of this recipe if you plan to prepare this delicious meal.

Sticky honey garlic meatballs recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Carla Zinkfontein Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
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  • Meatballs
  • 1 lb 1 ground beef

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs

  • ⅓ cup onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon 1 green onions, finely chopped (plus more for garnish)

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons 2 soy sauce

  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • sesame seeds (for garnish)

  • Honey garlic sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons 2 brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons 2 soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons 2 liquid honey

  • 1 tablespoon 1 garlic, minced

  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch (or flour)

  • 2 tablespoons 2 water


  • Meatballs
  • Preheat the oven to 204°C
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine beef with bread crumbs, onion, green onions, egg, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well to form a uniform consistency.
  • Take 2 spoonfuls of beef mixture at a time and roll into 1.5-inch thick meatballs. Transfer the meatballs into a large half sheet baking pan lined with parchment paper and lightly coat with some oil to keep them from sticking, if needed.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until fully cooked, and set aside. The internal temperature should reach 71°C, as read on a meat thermometer.
  • Honey garlic sauce
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, cornstarch and water.
  • Whisk well to combine until cornstarch and sugar dissolve.
  • In a shallow saucepan, stir in the sauce mixture and heat over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Keep stirring until thickened to the desired consistency.


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