Ham balls are a great recipe, the perfect way to enjoy leftover ham!
Savory ham and pork meatballs in a quick zesty sauce. These make a great meal served over rice or even an appetizer!
Pop some into a hoagie sandwich with cheese and onions for a new favorite!
What are Ham Balls?
This recipe comes from an old church cookbook I have, it’s been around for ages. Ham balls are similar to a ham loaf but in meatball form!
Ham is finely diced (or processed in the food processor as you would for a ham salad) and combined with ground beef, pork, onions, and seasonings.
They’re baked in a simple (shortcut) sauce and great served over rice.
Ingredients and Variations
Meat – Our recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of beef and pork, and then a full cup of ground ham, which makes this a great recipe for using up leftovers.
Sauce – The sauce is simple and zesty. Using condensed tomato soup makes the sauce a little bit creamy. For a sweeter flavor, add some pineapple juice!
How to Make Ham Balls
Ham balls are as easy to make as 1, 2, 3!
- Cook onion in butter until tender.
- Place ham in the food processor and process until it is crumbled.
- Mix ham ball ingredients & form into meatballs.
- Place meatballs in a casserole dish, spaced evenly.
- Cover with sauce & foil, bake per recipe instructions, turning once.
- Baked ham balls in the sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days as long as they are covered. Simply reheat them in the microwave.
- Freeze ham balls with the sauce in zippered bags with the date written on the outside. They will keep for about 6 weeks.
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These juicy Ham Balls are flavorful & easy to make. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree over rice with our homemade sauce!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cook onion in butter for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Cool completely.
Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Combine ham ball ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form into 1″ meatballs and place in a 9×13 pan.
Spread sauce over the meatballs, cover and cook 30 minutes.
Uncover, flip meatballs over and cook an additional 20-25 minutes or until sauce is thickened and meatballs are cooked through.
Leftover ham balls can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Calories: 562 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 471IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Ham Cuisine American
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Adapted from Riley, Ethel. “Ham Balls.” Circulation Service. Rapid City, SD, 1990. 86. Print.