There are all kind of meatballs and I love them all, but baked ham balls are different and one of my favorite. Easy to make and full of flavor, they are a great weeknight dinner served with egg noodles.
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This easy recipe for baked ham balls is a combo of ham and ground beef. The mixture is topped with barbecue sauce and baked. No messy frying either. Place scoops of the meat mixture onto a baking pan and let the oven do the work.
Preparing the ham mixture
Using a food processor, finely grind the cooked ham.
Chop the onion.
In a large bowl, combine the ground ham and the ground beef with the eggs, bread crumbs, onion, milk, mustard and pepper.
Using a large fork or your clean hands, gently toss the mixture until well combined.
Using about 1/3 cup mixture for each, shape into balls. I used a regular-size ice cream scoop to shape the balls easily plus it keeps them all uniform in size. Place ham balls in a lightly greased rectangular baking dish or a foil lined shallow baking pan.
Baking the ham balls
Pour barbecue sauce over meatballs and place in a preheated oven. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into balls registers 160°F. While the ham balls are baking, prepare the noodles or pasta.
The ham balls smell and look so good!
Serve and enjoy! 🙂
Baked Ham Balls
Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 45 minutes
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1-1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
- 3 Tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 pound ground cooked ham
- 1 pound ground ground beef
- 1 cup (or more) of your favorite barbecue sauce
In a large bowl combine the ground ham and ground beef with eggs, bread crumbs, onion, milk, mustard, and pepper.
Using about 1/3 cup of the mixture for each, shape into balls.
Place ham balls in lightly greased rectangular baking dish or foil-lined shallow baking pan.
Pour barbecue sauce over meatballs.
Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into balls registers 160°F.
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