Glazed Breakfast Meatballs with Maple and Apples

Maple Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs combine the spicy, sweet flavors you love in one unforgettable bite! Once you try them, you’ll be making a batch every week. #breakfastmeatballs #favoriterecipes #savorysweet #meatballrecipe

Maple Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs combine the spicy, sweet flavors you love in one unforgettable bite! Once you try them, you'll be making a batch every week. #breakfastmeatballs #favoriterecipes #savorysweet #meatballrecipeMaple and Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

This recipe came from my friends, Craig and Amy Good, Good Farms, Olsburg, Ks. Amy served these meatballs when I toured their farm a few years back as part of a Ks Farm Bureau blogger tour. These meatballs are unforgettable so I emailed Amy right away, hoping she would share her recipe. She did, telling me the recipe originated from an issue of Midwest Living magazine.

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Cooking Tips for Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

  • Using a small metal scoop will keep the meatballs all the same size, ensuring even cooking in every one.
  • After you make the meatballs, pop them in the freezer for about an hour. This will allow them to hold their shape better when they cook.
  • Line your baking sheet with a large sheet of aluminum foil for easy cleanup!
  • Maple Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs freeze very well! Spray a foil or wax-paper lined baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray, spread your uncooked meatballs out so none of them are touching, then put them in the freezer until frozen solid. Remove frozen meatballs from baking sheet and store in your freezer in a large ziploc bag. When you’re ready to bake them, simply pull them out, place on a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes. Check temperature and turn if desired, cooking until insides reach 160-165 degrees.

Maple Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs combine the spicy, sweet flavors you love in one unforgettable bite! Once you try them, you'll be making a batch every week. #breakfastmeatballs #favoriterecipes #savorysweet #meatballrecipeGlazed Breakfast Meatballs for Breakfast or Brunch

I love taking these meatballs to a special brunch and they’re great for serving a crowd. Just like most meatball recipes, they can easily be prepared and then kept warm in a slow cooker. The combination of spicy pork sausage, sage, and fennel with the apples, maple syrup, and jelly make these meatballs completely irresistable, though, so you may need to make a double (or triple) batch!

Printable Recipe for Maple and Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs:

Maple Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

Course Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, maple, meatballs
Author Chef Alli


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup very finely minced red-skinned cooking apple
  • 2 tsp. snipped fresh sage
  • 3/4 tsp. fennel seeds crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 lb.ground pork not sausage
  • 1/4 cup apple jelly
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • Fresh sage for garnish
  • Sea Salt if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1 inch baking sheet with foil; coat with
  2. cooking spray and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat egg lightly; stir in oats, apple, sage, fennel seeds, salt and pepper.  Add pork; gently mix until combined.
  3. Shape mixture into forty 1-inch meatballs. Place meatballs 1/2 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. (At this point, meatballs can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours, or frozen for use later.) Bake meatballs on the middle rack of oven for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat jelly and maple syrup over medium-low heat, whisking until jelly is melted and mixture is smooth.  Drizzle 1/4 cup of the jelly mixture over the baked meatballs, lightly toss to coat, then bake meatballs 2 minutes longer. Transfer meatballs to a serving platter and drizzle with the remaining jelly mixture.  Garnish with fresh sage and sprinkle with a small amount of coarse sea salt if desired.

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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