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Honey-Lime Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

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These mini honey lime meatballs, made with a combo of lean ground beef and spicy turkey sausage are browned in a skillet (or you can bake them) then finish in the slow cooker.

Honey-Lime Meatballs
Honey-Lime Meatballs

These Honey-Lime Meatballs make a great appetizer or serve them over noodles to make them a main dish. They are topped with a delicious honey-lime sauce! I love meatballs and I have so many different types of meatball recipes. From the more classic Italian Turkey Meatballs, Swedish Meatballs to Chicken Romano Meatballs, and Turkey Meatballs Stroganoff, to name a few.

This makes about 60 mini meatballs.

Honey Lime Meatballs

These mini honey lime meatballs, made with a combo of lean ground beef and spicy turkey sausage are browned in a skillet (or you can bake them) then finish in the slow cooker.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Honey-Lime Meatballs
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Yield: 15 servings
Serving Size: 4 mini meatballs


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 ½ pounds extra-lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces uncooked hot Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onions, from about 8
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  • Coat a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with oil; set aside. In a large bowl combine ground beef, sausage, oats, egg product, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and crushed red pepper.
  • Shape mixture into 60 approximately 2-inch meatballs.
  • Coat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Cook meatballs, one-fourth at at time, over medium heat until brown, turning once.
  • Transfer to the prepared slow cooker cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • In a small bowl whisk together honey, soy sauce, and lime juice. Pour over meatballs. Toss gently to coat.
  • Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm or low-heat setting for up to 1 hour.

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Serving: 4 mini meatballs, Calories: 140 kcal, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 14 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 34 mg, Sodium: 350 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5 g


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43 comments on “Honey-Lime Meatballs (Slow Cooker)”

  1. For gluten free, can I substitute low sodium tamari (a little less, due to the stronger flavor), and GF bread crumbs for the oats? We’re avoiding obvious forms of gluten, not worrying about a small amount in condiments like Worcestershire sauce.

  2. Can’t wait to make these! I have all the ingredients on hand except for the rolled oats? Can I blend my quick cooking oats into a fine texture and use those instead? Thanks!

  3. I want to make these and freeze some. At what point would I need to freeze them? Uncooked and before initially going in the skillet? Cooked and after they've come out of the slow cooker??