Thursday, December 5, 2019

Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf Meatballs

Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf Meatball Poppers are our number 1 all time best meatloaf in popabel form. Looking for the perfect popable dinner? These meatball poppers surely fit the bill! Moist, flavorful and deliciously addictive. Your kids will go crazy for these. Great to freeze and reheat.
We love meatballs.  Well, who doesn't?  They are incredible and multi-purpose.  Appetizers, snacks, meals.  Italian, Mexican, Asian, any flavor you like can inspire a meatball.

This meatball is a family favorite. Well, of course, the recipe that the meatballs were adapted from certainly is.

The meatloaf that inspired this recipe is a family staple.  Literally, I would make it every Sunday.  Portion it out into 4-ounce portions and Chad would eat it for lunch all week.

He did this for quite some time.  He  loves it that much.  At some point, I informed him we were affecting my creativity by eating the same thing every day.

He was happy to encourage my creativity and try different things for lunch.

So, when we were talking meatballs, we both knew these would be a hit.  Awesome for tailgating, appetizers or served alongside your favorite pasta, rice or potato this is a winner.  You are going to love it.

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Helpful Tips to make Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf Poppers:

  • Don't overwork your meat or your meatballs will be tough and that isn't good for anyone.

What you will need to make Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf Poppers:

  • Mixing BowlI like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • Scooper- perfect for meatballs, cookies, ice cream for portioning out leftovers! I have had this set for years and use them all the time. 
  • 9x13 Baking DishI have my favorites and this set is one of them. The 9x13 is perfect for casseroles and the smaller size is awesome for making 1/2 a casserole recipe.


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Yield: makes 60 meatloaf meatball poppers

Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf Poppers

Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf Meatball Poppers are our number 1 all time best meatloaf in popabel form. Looking for the perfect popable dinner? These meatball poppers surely fit the bill! Moist, flavorful and deliciously addictive. Your kids will go crazy for these. Great to freeze and reheat.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 recipe Balsamic Sauce (recipe to follow)
Balsamic Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup water


For Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl add beef, bread crumbs and milk.  Pouring milk directly over bread crumbs.  Add ketchup, egg, balsamic vinegar and your spices.  Combine well with hands, do not overwork the meat mixture.
  3. Form into 1 tablespoon balls, using a scooper or make meatballs about 1” balls.  Place in a 9"x13" baking dish.  Cover with balsamic sauce. Bake for 30 minutes.
Balsamic Sauce
  1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl.  Whisk to combine well. Set aside until needed.

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  1. I can see why these are so popular at your house, they sound and look fantastic Donna!

  2. meatballs- oh how wonderful they are- perfect on pasta, bread but even better by themselves and yours look delicious

  3. I'm a terrible cook, and I'm not fond of meatballs, but this recipe sounded so good that I made them. They were easy to assemble, baked up quickly and the hub and I agree they taste great. He's still complementing me, and dinner was over an hour ago! Thanks for this recipe, I'm looking forward to more meatballs in the future.

  4. These sound simply delicious! I can see why you call them poppers...I'd be popping them right in my mouth like I was eating a bowl of popcorn. I pinned your Balsamic Meatloaf recipe and am pinning this too!!

  5. I loved the flavor of the balsamic sauce but the meatballs had a little too much breadcrumbs as written, at least for our household.

  6. For our 2 son-in-loves I added diced Jalapeno peppers in my mixture and they absolutely devoured them.

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM

      We are so happy to hear that, Colleen!! I'm so glad they enjoyed it!!

  7. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 22, 2017 at 8:39 AM

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  8. Wow this is different. Sounds really good.

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 22, 2017 at 3:03 PM

      Thanks, Susan! Hope you enjoy it!!

  9. 1 pound of meat makes 60 meatballs? I just want to make sure I am making these correctly and following the recipe. It is 1 pound of meat and 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs? Does all the sauce get poured onto the meatballs before baking? My other meatball recipe that I make often has the meatballs being cooked for an hour at 325 degrees. Do these only get cooked for 30 minutes, do they ever get turned during the cooking process? Thank you! I hope to try this recipe soon, just want to make sure I am clear on the instructions before making the meatballs and sauce.


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