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.

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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
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.


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


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  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??

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

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

  6. 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!

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


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

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. These came out amazing – sauce is excellent

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

    Why the difference

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