Amish Ham Balls


Amish Ham Balls

This Amish ham balls recipe is worthy of a new family tradition.

Amish Ham Balls
Amish Ham Balls

Ham ball recipes always remind us of church potlucks. There are so many delicious things to eat at those events, but someone will always bring a fantastic recipe like this one. As you're loading up your plate with potato salad, coleslaw, and funeral sandwiches, you're secretly just hoping that there will be some ham balls left by the time you get to them.

These Amish ham balls are our version of that all time favorite recipe, and this one is made for a crowd. With plenty of dark brown sugar and ketchup, this recipe is bursting with flavor. It's guaranteed to be a favorite at any church potluck or family event. Luckily this recipe makes plenty of Amish ham balls to go around... you might even have some leftovers to enjoy the next day!

This recipe uses purchased ham steak that you grind yourself into ground ham. It's easy to do in your food processor, and you'll love the savory, salty flavor that comes from the ham steak. You'll also make your own glaze, which is easier than it sounds. You'll combine a few delicious ingredients and then simmer on the stove until they reduce into gooey perfection.

What do you serve with ham balls?

As you can see by the quantity on this recipe, it makes enough all on its own to fill everyone up! However, we recommend side dishes like coleslaw or a big green salad to balance out the richness of the ham. You can also serve it with corn, cucumber salad, or a variety of other delicious sides.

Amish Ham Balls Recipe

Yields70 ham balls

Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time1 hr 25 min


  • 2 pounds ground ham steak
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder


  1. Heat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2-9x13 inch baking dishes with cooking spray.

  2. Cut ham steak into cubes and place in a food processor with the steel blade. Pulse until you have chopped the ham like the ground beef. You may need to grind the ham in 2 batches.

  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the ham, beef, pork, eggs, milk and panko. Mix until well combined.

  4. Using a small cookie scoop or your hands shape the mixture into 2 inch balls. Divide the meatballs between the 2 baking dishes.

  5. In a medium saucepan whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, water, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, and ground mustard. Over medium high heat bring the glaze to a boil, whisk until the brown sugar has melted. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 4 minutes or until the glaze has thicken.

  6. Evenly pour the glaze over the meatballs. Bake for 75-85 until the meatballs are browned.

Amish Ham Balls

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Is that bake for 75 - 85 minutes

I thought these were really good! I plan to make these for my next party.

The perfect grab-and-go appetizer for a party! I had two :) I was surprised at how yummy these weer and how easy they were to make. 5 stars for sure!

These ham balls were delicious. It definitely tastes a little different from typical meatballs, but since I'm a fan of ham, I liked it! The sweet glaze paired well with the ham.

I prefer meatballs that are a bit more traditional, but it was a nice change to find ham steak in the middle with a sweet outer glaze.

Yum! These were so good! I wasn't sure what to expect when I heard that they were ham, but the flavor is actually really amazing.

There's a hint of ham in here that elevates these above regular meatballs. It's that extra nice touch of flavor that will kick your appetizer game up a notch. Boom! Thanksgiving won. Who's laughing now, Aunt Margie?

These were awesome! I was surprised because I was expecting them to taste more like traditional meat balls, but once I tasted the ham flavor I was totally on board. These were delicious and a great option for people who prefer ham or don't eat red meat.

I agree! I definitely expected this recipe to taste a bit more like traditional meat balls.

Its all red meat


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