Easy Cocktail Meatballs

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Today we’re going back in time, to a time period I think I could have rocked. Friends, we’re heading back to the 1960’s and 70’s in honor of the new Mad Men episodes premiering on Sunday, April 5th!


My friend Carrie had this idea and, given my obsession with this show, I quickly joined in. When it came to finding the perfect vintage recipe for this, it immediately knew what I was going to make; easy cocktail meatballs. For one, they’re easy – and given my complete lack of time lately, I’m all about that. Two, they’re delicious.


I’ve made these like 15 times since originally putting the recipe together for a holiday party round up on SheKnows. I mean, I even made them for our Christmas Eve celebration at my grandma’s house. I decided to amp up these traditional meatballs by adding a zesty asian flair – sweet and sour sauce, sesame seeds and a dash of spice.

meatballs cilantro

Now, when I made these, I had Don Draper in my head. I feel like he’s a definite meat and potatoes type of guy and I’m pretty sure he’d happily eat an entire plate of these meatballs while sipping on a glass of his favorite scotch. I like to think that Don and I would be friends (ha – who am I kidding, we’d be lovers) if I was on the show. And I know he’s a bit of a sleeze, but I still love him anyway. It’s hard not to fall in love with that sexy man!


The most amazing part of today’s post isn’t just the saucy balls – it’s the giveaway! We’re giving away a whole bunch of loot from ModCloth (my favorite vintage retailer), a beautiful mint glass and an awesome mixing bowl! Make sure you enter to win below!

Easy Cocktail Meatballs

Yields 20
Prep time: 12-14 minutes
Cook time: 12-15 minutes
Total time: 24-29 minutes


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Green onions

To get the directions and more information on these amazing meatballs, head to SheKnows!

Nutritional information per serving (2 – 3 balls):

Calories: 140
Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 4.2 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 14 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 3

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  1. Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    Saucy balls are the best. These look and sound amazing. Pinned.
  2. Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    First, a 'great minds' moment. I used that same photo of Jon Hamm! He might even be my desktop image!

    Second; just yum. Funny how sometimes we put so much thought and effort into something fancy when really all we want are some great cocktail meatballs! Like now. :O
  3. Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    I love the homemade meatballs! So many cocktail meatballs use the frozen ones and they just don't taste as good to me. Yum!
  4. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    I mean seriously. Can I please eat that entire tray?
  5. Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    PERFECT vintage appetizer!!
  6. Posted by The Food Hunter on
    Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    Can't wait until Sunday!
  7. Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    Cocktail meatballs are ALWAYS the hit of the party! Love your recipe! Saving and sharing ;)
  8. Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    If it's easy, it's for me! Great balls! ;) I think you'll have a lot of competition for the role of Don Draper's lover, though. ;)
  9. Saturday, April 4th, 2015
    Love these!!! I'm a huge fan of cocktail meatballs, I could eat the whole tray. And Jon Hamm....I could eat him too. :-)
  10. Posted by nicole dziedzic on
    Saturday, April 4th, 2015
    My favorite Mad Men character has to be Jon Hamm as Don Draper.
  11. Posted by Kelly @ Kelly Bakes on
    Saturday, April 4th, 2015
    What a perfect party snack, especially for a vintage Mad Men party! Love the Asian twist on these :)
  12. Saturday, April 4th, 2015
    I adore these cocktail meatballs!! My husband would literally eat all of these in one sitting hahaha
  13. Saturday, April 4th, 2015
    Not gonna lie--I am a meatball FIEND. These will be happening very soon. I can totes see you & Don together. You could serve these meatballs for a ladies lunch, and he slip in to steal a few and then say mildly inappropriate things that would make all of us blush.
  14. Sunday, April 5th, 2015
    I'll admit I have no idea what Mad Men is all about because I have never watched an episode but I do love the idea of these meatballs! They look great!
  15. Posted by gudie on
    Sunday, April 5th, 2015
    Love meatballs, usually I like to make a big batch, freeze, and use as I need.
  16. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Monday, April 6th, 2015
    These meatballs make me want to binge-watch Mad Men while eating a plate of these!
  17. Posted by Angie on
    Monday, April 6th, 2015
    I love, love love cocktail meatballs. I also move Modcloth, they have some really cute stuff!
  18. Posted by Kim Beaulieu on
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
    You just can't go wrong with cocktail meatballs. These look like I could eat way too many, way too quickly.