Meatballs with a pretzel stick and mustard

Beer and Pretzel Cocktail Meatballs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 meatballs 1x

These fun and tasty meatball appetizers are great for parties! Have your beer and pretzels all in one bite!



  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces beer (lager, pilsner, your favorite kind works too)
  • 3 cups crushed pretzels (pulsed in a food processor for the coating)
  • 40 thin pretzel sticks
  • Mustard for dipping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add the beef, oregano, garlic powder, salt, eggs, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, pepper and beer to a large bowl.
  3. Mix well and portion into balls using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop.
  4. Roll in pretzel “breadcrumbs” and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes until cooked through.
  5. While still warm, insert a pretzel stick into each meatball.
  6. Serve with mustard for dipping.

Recipe Notes

You can try using flavored pretzels for the coating too!

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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