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3 Ingredient Meatballs (Easy Appetizer Recipe)

3 Ingredient Meatballs are the easy appetizer recipe you need for any game day or holiday party during the holiday season! It’s an easy recipe that is a crowd-pleaser!

3 ingredient meatballs

3 Ingredient Meatballs are the perfect appetizer when you’re gathering for a special occasion! Toss the ingredients into your slow cooker, or a baking dish, and you are minutes away from a family favorite recipe!

You’ll love this recipe because it’s incredibly easy. You just plop all the ingredients in, and that’s it! Even though we’re using frozen meatballs, the flavor combination is out of the world! You can even make these crockpot meatballs the main dish if you wanted to!

3 ingredient meatballs recipe

We’ve all had the grape jelly meatballs recipe which is a great appetizer! But, when you want something different, next time make these delicious meatballs for your next event.

I’m not sure why the holiday parties have to have pounds of meatballs with grape jelly sauce or barbecue sauce, but they do! And people LOVE them!

Slow cooker meatballs are a super easy way to serve a crowd of people, and if you end up with leftover meatballs the next day you can enjoy them over some mashed potatoes or rice!

These 3-Ingredient Meatballs are always a big hit at any fun party!

How to Make 3 Ingredient Meatballs

easy meatball recipe idea

First, let’s gather your ingredients!

You’ll need stir-fry sauce. I love this one from the grocery store, but whatever brand you can find is great.

Next, you’ll need orange marmalade. Any brand will do! No need to get fancy here, y’all!

Then, you’ll need some frozen meatballs. You can make homemade meatballs if you’re feeling fancy, but the cocktail meatballs from Trader Joe’s work well! I think the bag is called “Party Meatballs.” They’re not flavored! So, don’t pick up the bag of frozen Italian meatballs! Those would be good for Greek Meatballs!

Now, let’s gather your kitchen supplies:

You’ll need a baking dish or slow cooker, a spatula, and a whisk.

In the bottom of the crock pot or oven-safe dish, spray lightly with cooking spray.

easy 3 ingredient meatballs

Next, you’ll pour in your jar of stir-fry sauce and jar of orange marmalade.

Whisk these two together, so they’re evenly combined. The marmalade won’t fully “dissolve” into the sauce, but once it gets heated it will turn into a silky sauce!

Add in your bags of frozen meatballs. You want the meatballs well coated, so give them a gentle “flip-around” in the baking dish or slow cooker.

Cooking the Meatballs

Now, if you’re using a slow cooker, turn it on. Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2.

If you’re using the oven method, bake at 350˚ for 1 hour. I ended up adding a cornstarch slurry half way through to get the sauce to thicken up. With this much sauce, you need about 4 pounds of meatballs, I used 2.5 pounds. Heck! You could toss in a bag of the little smokies with the meatballs, and create a whole new recipe!

Once the sauce and meatballs are heated through, top with sliced green onions IF you’re feeling fancy! I had them, used them, and loved them.

Green onions are not necessary, and not technically included in the 3 ingredients!

asian party meatballs

Serve these meatballs right from the hot baking dish, or warm slow cooker! Be sure to leave some cute toothpicks on the side for guests to grab them with. You can use the generic food picks any time of year, and I love having them on hand for last-minute parties! But! If you’re feeling festive, order these *fancy* food picks!

Other Cocktail Party Recipes You Should Try

Classic Deviled Eggs

Green Onion Chip Dip

Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip

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3 Ingredient Meatballs Recipe
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3 Ingredient Meatballs (Easy Appetizer Recipe)

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: asian


3 Ingredient Meatballs are the easy appetizer recipe you need for any game day or holiday party during the holiday season! It’s an easy recipe that is a crowd-pleaser!


  • 1, 11.5-ounce jar Stir-Fry Sauce
  • 12 ounces Orange Marmalade
  • 4 pounds Frozen Meatballs
  • OPTIONAL: 1 TBS Sliced Green Onions


  1. To your baking dish or slow cooker, spray the bottom of it with cooking spray.
  2. Pour in your stir-fry sauce and orange marmalade, then whisk together to combine.
  3. Dump in the frozen meatballs, and stir to coat with the sauce.
  4. OVEN-METHOD: Cover and bake at 350˚ for one hour.
  5. SLOW COOKER METHOD: Cover and cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.
  6. Top with sliced green onions if you desire!

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