Honey-Lime Meatballs

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Honey-Lime Meatballs
These mini 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 cooking in the slow cooker. After they are cooked, you pour a delicious honey-lime sauce over them and watch them disappear!

I was intrigued by these meatballs since the Super Bowl is around the corner! The original sauce used molasses, but honey was all I had and it worked out great. This makes about 60 mini meatballs.

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Honey Lime Meatballs

140 Cals 14 Protein 12 Carbs 4 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 20 mins
Yield: 15 servings
COURSE: Appetizer
CUISINE: American


  • 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, 8
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 tablespoons molasses
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  • Coat a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; 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 prepared 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 molasses, 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.


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


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  1. Amazing recipe!

    Why did you change the way you print from your blog? I hate wasting the trees I now have to in order to print the whole thing. 

  2. 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.

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  4. 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!

  5. 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??

  6. Do you happen to have the Smart Points for this recipe?

  7. Would these still taste good with 2lbs beef instead of beef + sausage?

  8. I made these on Monday and they were so good! That sauce is delicious. I made half a batch and served them with zucchini noodles, with extra sauce over the zoodles (I built the sauce in the recipe builder to accurately track these extra points – not bad points-wise). We added a small amount of sriracha for a little extra spicy kick. Fiance loved them, as did I. Thank you for sharing this!

  9. I'm so excited to try this recipe. So delicious! So inspirational!


  10. If you wanted to bake rather than cook in the skillet, what temperature would you recommend and for how long?

  11. I would LOVE to see the directions but they appear to be MIA on both this site and the linked site.

  12. Gina, I would love to serve these over some kind of a rice noodle dish. Any ideas?

  13. Ooh, these sound good. Ever since I maple syrup/soy sauce glazed meatballs, I've been looking for different flavors for meatballs other than traditional marinara sauce, and honey lime sounds awesome.

  14. These came out amazing – sauce is excellent

  15. Your recipe says 2 eggs lightly beaten and 2 egg white
    The original says 4 eggs lightly beaten

    Why the difference

  16. These look yummy! will have to try them soon!

  17. These meatballs are a perfect mix of sweet and savory! Can't wait to try it

  18. Hello,

    Where is the recipe for these meatballs? The BHG site does not have them. Please re-post on your site.

  19. I am confused by the directions. It says to put the browned meatballs in the slow cooker for 2 – 5 hours (depending on setting). Doesn't the slow cooker need liquid? It appears you add the sauce after they cook.
    PS I found the directions after following 2 links, not very convenient.

  20. this looks perfect for the big game!

  21. I'm very confused. When I click on the link to see the complete recipe, that site does not seem to have the directions? what am I missing?

  22. What's the purpose of the slow cooker? Couldn't you just cook the meatballs and pour the sauce over them?

  23. Can you use all beef? And if you'd like to make it as a main dish, what do you suggest you serve with it?

  24. These look great, however I can't find the full recipe on BHG (?)

  25. I would love to make these, they look delish! Unfortunately the link does not give recipe directions, help!

  26. Mini meatballs are so cute. I think of breakfast when I think that you used some sausage and honey. They sound delicious.

  27. So where is your full recipe? All the links take you the BHG recipe. Are we supposed to use your ingredient list and their cooking instructions? .

  28. Mmm that sauce sounds delicious! So simple and full of flavour 🙂 Might just make it for the Quorn-balls I have in the freezer, waiting to be served 😀 Thanks for the heads up and have a lovely day 🙂 x

  29. Very nice, like the way you serve it 🙂

  30. Something fresh and different than old, good bolognese!

  31. I'm from Sweden and meatballs is kind of our thing I guess, but they are often kept very traditional in flavourings. Sad but true. I think it's easy to forget to experiment with classic and traditional foods. This honey-lime sauce looks awesome and I would love to try it!

  32. That honey-lime sauce sounds amazing! I love that these finish cooking in the crock pot! That makes it so convenient to serve these at a party!

  33. Ironically gotta say I love meat ball recipes since they're so easy to veganize!

  34. a healthy take on meatballs? YES please! These made me so hungry! I think I'll try making them today, I have some ground beef 🙂


  35. I grew up having meatballs only with tomato sauces…I'm so glad there are more (absolutely delicious looking) ways of having meatballs!!

  36. These sound and look soooo good!