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A plate of BBQ Cheddar meatballs.

BBQ Cheddar Meatballs

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:15
  • Cook Time: 00:15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 (1") meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake


Made with ground beef, cheddar, grated sweet potatoes, and BBQ sauce, these meatballs are oven-baked and quick to put on the dinner table. A crowd-favorite, these BBQ Cheddar Meatballs make a great dinner or appetizer.


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  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unseasoned panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup favorite bbq sauce, divided (1/2 cup for meatballs, 1/4 cup for the top)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup grated peeled sweet potato (about 5 ounce sweet potato)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef



  1. Preheat oven to 425º and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or lightly oil it.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, panko, ½ cup of bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika until combined. Add in sweet potato, cheddar cheese and ground beef and mix together.
  3. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture (a 2 ounce cookie scoop works amazing here), roll into meatballs and place on the baking sheet. Brush the remaining bbq sauce on the tops of the meatballs.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the meatballs are a bit crispy on the outside with an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  5. Serve with your favorite BBQ side dish.


This recipe makes enough for about 6 servings with some leftovers. Meatballs keep well for a few days in the refrigerator or in the freezer for a few months.