Ham Balls

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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 for snacking on! Pop some into a hoagie sandwich with cheese and onions for a new favorite!

close up of Ham Balls on rice

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 to make Ham Balls in bowls

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!

ingredients to make Ham Balls in a glass bowl

How to Make Ham Balls

Ham balls are as easy to make as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Cook onion in butter until tender.
  2. Place ham in the food processor and process until it is crumbled.

shredding ham to make Ham Balls

  1. Mix ham ball ingredients & form into meatballs.
  2. Place meatballs in a casserole dish, spaced evenly.
  3. Cover with sauce & foil, bake per recipe instructions, turning once.

Ham Balls on a casserole dish


  • Baked ham balls in sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 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.

So Many Meatballs!

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close up of Ham Balls on rice
5 from 4 votes
Review Recipe

Ham Balls

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
These juicy Ham Balls are flavorful & easy to make. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree over rice with our homemade sauce!


  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • 8 ounces ground ham about 3 cups, see note
  • 1 egg
  • cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

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  • 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 9x13 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.

Nutrition Information

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.)

Keyword best Ham Balls recipe, Ham Balls, Ham Balls recipe, how to make Ham Balls
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.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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