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Honey Bourbon Meatballs
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5 from 6 votes

Honey Bourbon Meatballs

30 minute Bourbon meatballs, with a homemade honey bourbon sauce – spicy, sweet and tangy. The perfect tasty appetizer meatball or great for weeknight dinner with a bowl of fluffy buttery potatoes and honey butter carrots.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minutes, appetizer, bourbon, dinner, honey, meatballs
Servings: 4
Calories: 399kcal


Honey Bourbon Sauce

  • cup diced onions
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 teaspoons sambal oelek or sriracha or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup fresh bread crumbs*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.


  • Mix together all of the meatball ingredients. Scoop meatballs in 1 ½ tablespoons sized portions onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Honey Bourbon Sauce

  • Make the sauce. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook another minute. In a bowl, mix together the water, honey, vinegar, molasses, and sambal oelek.
  • Carefully add the bourbon to the pan. Cook for a minute or 2. Add the water mixture. Bring to a boil and then cook over medium-high, whisking occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until thickened to your preferred consistency.
  • Serve the sauce spooned over the top of the meatballs, or toss cooked meatballs into the pan of sauce and toss to coat.


  1. I made fresh bread crumbs - I used a food processor to blend up fresh bread, not dry bread crumbs.  I like to do this for meatballs to give them moisture.
**Nutritional information is an estimate and intended for informational purposes only, and not to be used as medical or dietary advice. Estimate is per serving, using ground turkey.


Calories: 399kcal