Old Fashioned Meatloaf Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Sometimes it is necessary for the mouse to outsmart the cat. My husband will not get near meatloaf due to childhood culinary trauma. I adore meatloaf and with a bit of tweaking to my favorite recipe and shaping them into meatballs, we both are happy. But, he still does not know it is meatloaf. I use leftovers to make meatball subs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat; add celery, carrot and onion, and sauté 7 minutes or just until tender.
  2. Stir together celery mixture, ground beef, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 2" meatballs using an ice cream scoop. Place the meatballs in a foil lined baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  3. Stir together 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, chili sauce, 1 tablespoon ketchup and red pepper flakes until blended; pour evenly over meatballs, and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until no longer pink in center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Most Helpful

These are flavorful, soft meatballs with a sweet and spicy sauce. I served them in sandwiches with cheese. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

pattikay in L.A. October 17, 2008