Mustard Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

Mustard Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are a zesty meatball recipe that can be made ahead and kept warm in your crock pot for parties or holidays!

We love appetizer recipes like these cocktail meatballs that can be made ahead of time and kept warm for parties! Another favorite is this Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip and these Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Wings!

Mustard Glazed Cocktail Meatballs in yellow bowl

Beef Meatballs With Dry Mustard Glaze

Because I know you guys all have that can or container of dry mustard in your spice cabinet that you break out like once a year, right? Maybe for those classic Deviled Eggs that you break out after Easter.

These Mustard Glazed Cocktail Meatballs use about two teaspoons of dry mustard in the glaze, which might not seem like a lot but it’s a good amount. Most recipes that call for dry mustard use 1/2 a teaspoon or maybe a teaspoon at the most.

But we’re going for a full on mustard flavor with a good background heat that only dry mustard has.

Cocktail meatballs in a yellow bowl

How To Make These Mustard Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

This is  baked meatball recipe, not fried or pan fried. So not only does it save some calories but these meatballs don’t make a big mess out of your kitchen, either. Which is a good thing if you are planning on making these cocktail meatballs for a party.

You can swap out pork or turkey for this meatball recipe but we like using lean ground beef. Once you get the ground beef mixed together with some seasonings, roll them into balls and get them on a baking sheet.

meatballs on a baking sheet for appetizer recipe

Bake these meatballs for 15 minutes. While they are in the oven you can make the glaze by adding honey, barbecue sauce and dry mustard into a small pot and bring to a simmer. Let the glaze thicken while the meatballs are baking.

dry mustard to make glaze for cocktail meatballs

Once the meatballs are done baking, toss them in the mustard glaze and then they’re ready to serve. At this point, if you’re not quite ready to serve you can add these meatballs to a slow cooker and set on the warm setting.

You can keep these glazed meatballs on the keep warm setting for a few hours, definitely the length of your party. Well, most parties, that is…

mustard glazed cocktail meatballs with scallions on top

Can You Serve These Cocktail Meatballs For Dinner?

Of course! When we have leftover meatballs we serve them with rice and a side of vegetables like steamed broccoli or roasted brussels sprouts. Or if you want to keep this a low carb meal you can also whip up some cauliflower rice instead!

cocktail meatballs in yellow bowl with dry mustard

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Zesty Mustard Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are a baked meatball recipe that's tossed in a dry mustard glaze

Zesty Mustard Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: about 40 meatballs 1x

These cocktail meatballs have a sweet and mildly spicy sticky glaze that is so addicting and perfect for parties!



  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Colman’s Dry Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoon chopped chives (for garnish)

Mustard Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Colman’s Dry Mustard


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix the ingredients together for meatballs (excluding the chives) and shape using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop (golf ball size) and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake the meatballs for 15 minutes.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, mix together ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and simmer on low heat until the meatballs are cooked.
  5. Add the meatballs to a large bowl and pour the sauce on top, tossing to coat the meatballs in the sauce.
  6. Garnish with chives and serve immediately or keep warm in slow cooker.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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