Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

These Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are the perfect party appetizer! This glazed meatball recipe can be made and kept warm in a slow cooker!

We love meatball recipes! Try these popular Cheeseburger Meatballs that have the flavor of a loaded cheeseburger in one bite! Or check out our Turkey Apple Glazed Meatballs – coated with our famous whiskey glaze!

Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are a baked meatball recipe with a pumpkin glaze

Easy Glazed Cocktail Meatball Recipe

There’s a lot of different appetizers that I consider favorites. Any type of meatball appetizer is one, bruschetta is another or anything really with cheese is good by me.

But in comes these Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs. Pumpkin glaze on a meatball you say? Stay with me here guys because this meatball recipe is one for the books!

The sweet and slightly spicy glaze goes perfectly on these beef meatballs, just watch them disappear at your next party. Another great thing about this appetizer recipe is that it can be totally made ahead of time and kept warm in a slow cooker until and during your party!

Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are an easy meatball recipe that's tossed in a sweet and spicy glaze

Step in Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. Cheerios? Yep. I’m going to swap out crushed Cheerios for the bread crumbs to kick up the flavors in this easy meatball recipe.

THEN I’m going to coat them in a slightly sweet and slightly spicy glaze that is also flavored with pumpkin. And yep, they are both totally party worthy and totally addicting.

These baked meatballs are only going to take about 25 minutes in the oven before you toss them in this sweet and slightly spicy pumpkin glaze. You can keep these meatballs warm in a slow cooker if you’re serving them at a party too, just give them a stir to coat them in the glaze once in a while.

Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are a baked meatball recipe with cheerio breadcrumbs

What Can I Substitute For The Pumpkin Spice Cheerios?

If you can’t find these specific Cheerios you can still make these Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs! Swap out regular Cheerios or use good old fashioned breadcrumbs.

The spiced Cheerios add a nice flavor to these cocktail meatballs that we really love, but we wouldn’t want anything to stop you from making them!

Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are a homemade meatball recipe coated in a pumpkin glaze

Can I Make These Meatballs In A Slow Cooker?

Although we haven’t tried making these pumpkin glazed meatballs in a slow cooker from start to finish, we have finished them in a slow cooker! After making the recipe, you can transfer the meatballs and sauce to your crock pot and keep it on the warm setting for hours.

That way they’ll stay warm for serving during a party, OR you can prep these meatball ahead of time and have them ready when your party begins.


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Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are so tasty, a little sweet and a little spicy!

Pumpkin Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

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

This delicious homemade meatball recipe is going to be perfect for appetizers! These ground beef meatball are tossed in a sweet and spicy pumpkin glaze!



  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups finely crushed Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

For the pumpkin glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water for thickening


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs.
  3. Using a 2 tablespoon scooper, portion out the meatballs and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
  4. While the meatballs are in the oven you can make the glaze by adding the oil to a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and stir for 20 seconds, then add the rest of the ingredients except for the cornstarch mixture. Whisk to combine and then bring the glaze to a boil.
  5. Once the glaze is boiling, pour in the cornstarch mixture and whisk to combine. Bring the glaze back to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Cover and turn the heat off until the meatballs are finished cooking.
  6. Remove the meatballs from the oven and transfer to a large skillet or baking dish.
  7. Pour the glaze over the meatballs and toss gently to coat. The skillet works well if you’re keeping these warm just until serving, or you can toss the meatballs and transfer to a slow cooker if you need to keep them warm longer.

Recipe Notes

Alternately to baking the meatballs you can cook them in a large skillet then remove them when browned and cooked through. In the same skillet you can make the glaze then add the meatballs back in the skillet to coat in the glaze.

  • Category: appetizers
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American


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16 Responses
  1. Nichole

    I’m loving the idea of a pumpkin glazed meatball! Thanks for the great recipe, I can’t wait to try it out!

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