Delicious Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe

It’s time to feel the heat in the kitchen and make some deliciously juicy Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs! I’m excited to share this recipe with you because it’s one of my go-to dishes when I’m hosting a party or just want to indulge in something hearty and sweet. These meatballs are the perfect combination of savory and tangy, and they’ll leave your taste buds begging for more!

This recipe is perfect for those who love to entertain guests or even just for a relaxing night in with friends and family. It’s an easy recipe that is so incredibly flavorful, you’ll impress everyone with your culinary prowess. And with Rosh Hashanah coming up, this dish will be a hit at any dinner party!

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how versatile it is – you can use chicken or beef instead of turkey, and you can easily tailor the seasonings to suit your tastes or dietary restrictions. Plus, it’s definitely got that wow factor; whether you’re serving it as an appetizer or as a main course, there’s no denying that these meatballs are seriously delicious.

So let’s get started on this mouth-watering journey! I’ll guide you through every step of the way and give you plenty of tips and tricks to make sure your Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs turn out perfectly every time. Are you ready to unleash your inner gourmet chef? Let’s do this!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs
Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs

Picture this: you’re hosting a Rosh Hashanah dinner, and the pressure’s on to make something amazing. You want to impress your guests, but you also want to enjoy yourself and not be stuck in the kitchen all day. That’s where these Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs come in.

First off, let’s talk about the flavor. These meatballs are coated in a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce that will have your taste buds dancing with joy. The combination of honey, garlic, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes creates a rich, complex flavor that is sure to impress even the pickiest eaters.

But it’s not just the flavor that makes these meatballs so great – it’s also how easy they are to make. With simple ingredients like ground turkey or beef, garlic cloves, eggs, bread crumbs or matzo meal, salt, and pepper – you can whip up a big batch of these meatballs in no time.

Plus, you can cook these bad boys in a slow cooker or oven to save time and effort. So whether you have a full day to prepare or just a few hours before your guests arrive, these meatballs will always come out perfect because they are easy-to-follow instructions.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe? It’s versatile! If you prefer chicken over beef or turkey, simply swap out the meat and adjust the cooking times accordingly. If you’re looking for a little more kick, add some more red pepper flakes –easy as pie!

So really, there’s no reason not to try these honey garlic meatballs at your next gathering. With their delicious flavor profile and ease-of-preparation, I can guarantee that they will be the talk of the party. Trust me; once you’ve experienced their deliciousness, your taste buds will thank you forevermore!

Ingredient List

 These sweet and savory meatballs are a crowd favorite!
These sweet and savory meatballs are a crowd favorite!

Here’s what you will need to make Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe:

Meatballs Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef, chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup of matzo meal
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of paprika

Honey Garlic Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium recommended)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp of water

The Recipe How-To

 Sink your teeth into these juicy honey garlic meatballs!
Sink your teeth into these juicy honey garlic meatballs!

So you’re ready to make these Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs that will have your party guests begging for more? Here’s how:

Prep Time

  • Total time to make this dish is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • You’ll need to set aside about 10 minutes of prep time.

Ingredient Preparation

  • Shred one medium-sized onion.
  • Peel and finely chop six garlic cloves.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk two eggs.
  • In another small mixing bowl, stir one tablespoon of cornstarch into three tablespoons of water until it dissolves.

Cooking the Meatballs
Step 1: Combine all ingredients

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Combine two pounds of lean ground beef or turkey with shredded onion, chopped garlic, two tablespoons of matzo meal, whisked eggs, one and a half teaspoons kosher salt, a half-teaspoon paprika, a quarter teaspoon black pepper, and one tablespoon of soy sauce. Mix well with your hands.

Step 2: Shape meatballs and bake

  • Scoop out portions of the mixture using a cookie scoop, or use your hands to form approximately two-inch meatballs. Place them on a lined baking sheet.

  • Tip: Wetting your hands with cold water will help prevent the mixture from sticking.

  • Bake for approximately 22–25 minutes or until they are browned and cooked through.

Making the Sauce
Step 3: Combine all sauce ingredients

  • While the meatballs are in the oven, prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, combine five finely minced garlic cloves, one-third cup honey, half a cup of low-sodium soy sauce, one teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you want it spicier), two tablespoons of molasses, one tablespoon of sesame oil, and three-quarter cup brown sugar. Mix well.

Step 4: Heat up the sauce

  • Cook over medium-low heat until the brown sugar dissolves completely, and the garlic is fragrant.

Step 5: Thicken Sauce

  • Whisk in the cornstarch mixture you prepped earlier into the saucepan with the rest of the sauce ingredients.
  • Stir until thickened.

Serving Your Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs

Once both meatballs and sauce are ready:

  • Place meatballs in a serving dish or slow cooker.

  • Serving Tip: If serving at room temperature, place them in a chafing dish or heat-proof tray.

  • Pour prepared sauce over meatballs generously.

Serve hot with rice noodles, mashed potatoes or other sides you prefer. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of these meatballs cooking will have your mouth watering.
The aroma of these meatballs cooking will have your mouth watering.

Let’s face it – sometimes we just don’t have all the ingredients a recipe calls for, or maybe we want to switch things up and try something new. Luckily, with this Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to fit your taste and dietary needs.

If you’re looking for a meat-free option, try swapping the ground beef, chicken or turkey for a plant-based meat substitute like Beyond Meat or Impossible Meat. You can also use tofu or tempeh instead of meat.

If honey is not your thing, try substituting it with agave nectar, maple syrup or molasses. These ingredients will give the meatballs a similar sweetness like honey but with a different flavour profile.

For those who prefer less sodium in their dishes, use low-sodium soy sauce in place of regular soy sauce. You can also add some fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for extra flavour.

If you want to make the meatballs gluten-free, replace the matzo meal and breadcrumbs with gluten-free alternatives like almond flour or cornmeal.

For those who like it spicy, add some extra red pepper flakes or Sriracha sauce to the mix. You can also use garlic hot sauce instead of regular hot sauce for an added kick.

Finally, if you want to take these meatballs to the next level, try making them in a slow cooker or instant pot. Just follow the same recipe steps but cook them on low heat for 4-6 hours, and you’ll have juicy and tender honey garlic meatballs ready to serve.

With these substitutions and variations, you can easily customize this recipe to fit your preferences without compromising on taste. So whether vegetarian or gluten-free, these meatballs will be a hit at any gathering.

Serving and Pairing

 Looking for a delicious appetizer? These kosher meatballs are the answer.
Looking for a delicious appetizer? These kosher meatballs are the answer.

The Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs recipe is a versatile and flavorful dish that can be served in many ways. These sweet and savory meatballs are best when they are hot and fresh from the oven, with the honey garlic sauce drizzled over them. They make for a great appetizer at parties or as a main dish for dinner. Here are some serving and pairing suggestions to make this recipe even more delicious.

(6.1) Serve with rice and noodles

One of the simplest and tastiest ways to serve these honey garlic meatballs is by pairing them with rice or noodles. These carbohydrates do an excellent job of soaking up all the sweet and tangy flavors of the sauce, making every bite tasty and satisfying. You can choose any type of rice – white, brown, jasmine, or basmati – depending on your preference or side dish.

(6.2) Serve as an appetizer

These meatballs make an ideal appetizer for parties and events. For serving these, you can pair them with other easy-to-eat finger foods such as vegetable platters, crackers, or cheese boards.

(6.3) Make it a main course

This kosher honey garlic recipe can also work well as a main course served over mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, or any other base to complement the flavors. You can also add some spinach or chopped bell peppers into your recipe to provide added color, nutrition, and texture to your meal.

(6.4) Pair with wines or beers

When it comes to wine pairing that goes well with these meatballs, red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon go amazingly well for meat lovers however if you prefer whites opt-in for Chardonnay – which is a full-bodied white wine otherwise Pale Ale would also be a great beer option to enjoy with it.

In conclusion, these honey garlic meatballs are perfect for catering to varied occasions because of its flexibility in serving options while still maintaining its authentic taste overall!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of honey and garlic in these meatballs is simply divine.
The perfect balance of honey and garlic in these meatballs is simply divine.

Ah, the age-old question: how do you make meatballs ahead of time? Fear not, dear reader. I have some tips and tricks up my sleeve for making this recipe work with your busy schedule.


Here’s the deal: you can absolutely make these honey garlic meatballs in advance. In fact, I highly recommend it. It saves time and mess on the day of your party or gathering. Simply prepare the meatballs according to the recipe instructions, then let them cool completely before storing.


Once cooled, you can store these meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you’re making them several days ahead of time, I would suggest freezing them instead. You can freeze these honey garlic meatballs on a baking sheet for about an hour until they’re mostly solid, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. Label and date it, then freeze for up to 3 months.


When it’s time to serve your meatballs, you have a few options for reheating. For best results, I recommend keeping them covered with foil and reheating in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat these honey garlic meatballs in a slow cooker on low heat for a couple of hours if you prefer. Just be sure to add some additional sauce or broth to keep them moist.

Now that you know how to make this recipe ahead of time, store it properly and reheat it perfectly – you’ll never have to worry about preparing the perfect dish on short notice!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Kosher cooking has never tasted so good with these honey garlic meatballs.
Kosher cooking has never tasted so good with these honey garlic meatballs.

To ensure perfect results with these mouth-watering kosher honey garlic meatballs, follow these simple tips.

First and foremost, when creating the meatball mixture, make sure all of your ingredients, especially the lean ground turkey or beef, eggs, and matzo meal, are at room temperature. Cold ingredients don’t blend as well and can lead to tough, dry meatballs.

It’s also important to properly mix the meatball ingredients to achieve a uniform consistency. I recommend using your hands instead of a utensil for blending. Your hands can better incorporate everything together without over-processing the meat.

When forming the meatballs, use a light touch. Don’t pack them too tightly or roll them too firm. This can lead to dense meatballs that take longer to cook and may have an unpleasant texture.

For perfect cooking results, make sure to preheat your oven or skillet to the appropriate temperature before adding the meatballs. This helps ensure even cooking and prevents sticking.

Once cooked, let the meatballs rest on a paper towel-lined plate for a few minutes before serving. This allows any excess grease to drain off and ensures tender and juicy meatballs.

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative with your serving suggestions. These honey garlic meatballs are perfect on their own or served over rice noodles or alongside roasted vegetables for a more balanced meal.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be guaranteed perfectly tender and juicy kosher honey garlic meatballs every time you make them!

Bottom Line


Now that you have read my detailed recipe for kosher honey garlic meatballs, it’s time for you to take action and try it out for yourself. With this recipe, you have the flexibility to choose your preferred meat, as well as the option to make it in a slow cooker or on the stove. You can even make variations of the recipe by using frozen or homemade meatballs and experiment with different sauces.

What makes this recipe so special is the combination of sweetness from the honey and brown sugar, with the savory flavors of soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. The different components of this dish come together to create a harmonious flavor that is sure to delight your taste buds.

Whether you’re hosting a game day party, serving dinner for family and friends, or looking for an easy weeknight meal, these honey garlic meatballs are sure to please. Impress your guests with this deliciously sticky and flavorful dish by pairing it with rice noodles or serving it as an appetizer.

Why not give this recipe a try during Rosh Hashanah? Bring some sweet and savory flavor to your holiday with these honey garlic meatballs. Plus, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the kitchen, gather up the ingredients, and get cooking! I’m sure you’ll love these honey garlic meatballs just as much as I do.

Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs

Kosher Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe

A delicious crowd (and kid) pleasing, dairy-free recipe from "Healthy Helpings" by Norene Gilletz. Using club soda will give you a lighter, fluffier meatball. Works well as an appetizer or a main dish over rice or pasta. A good make ahead recipe; these meatballs freeze and rewarm well. Nutritional Info (for turkey meatballs): 190 calories; 1.7 g fat; 24 g protein; 19 g carbohydrate.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cuisine Kosher
Servings 70 meatballs
Calories 262.1 kcal


Meat Mixture

  • 2 2 lbs beef or 2 lbs veal
  • 1 eggs or 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste (don't add salt to Kosher beef or veal)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/3 cup club soda (approximately) or 1/3 cup water (approximately)
  • 1/2 cup bread, crumbs or 1/2 cup matzo meal

Sauce Mixture

  • 1 1/2 cups honey garlic sauce (can use storebought or below recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)

Honey garlic sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Combine all the ingredients for the meat mixture. Wet your hands lightly, and shape into small meatballs. Arrange them on the baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes, until firm.
  • For the honey garlic sauce, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Heat the honey garlic sauce in a large pot. Dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice, and stir into the simmering sauce. Add the red pepper flakes and sesame oil. When the sauce is thickened, add the meatballs. Simmer partly covered for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes about 5 dozen meatballs (depending upon the size you make them).

Your Own Notes


Serving: 188gCalories: 262.1kcalCarbohydrates: 29.3gProtein: 20.4gFat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 81.2mgSodium: 1001.3mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 23.4g
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