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First-Time Ham Balls

If you've never had ham balls before this is a great recipe to start with.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Ham Balls


  • 1.5 lbs Ham Loaf (A mixture of ground pork, ham, and bacon.)
  • 1/2 Small Onion Finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Crushed Graham Crakers About 4 whole ones
  • 1/2 Cup Crushed Ritz Crackers About 12
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13 cake pan with cooking spray.
  • Place ham loaf, cracker crumbs, milk, egg, and Worchestershire sauce in a large bowl and mix together with your hands. (Don't over mix.)
  • Shape meat mixture into 2" balls and place in the 9x13 cake pan. (I used a small ice cream scoop to get a uniorm amount in each ham ball).
  • Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  • Return to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes until the internal temperature of the ham balls reaches 165°.


When I made this for the first time I left the BBQ sauce off a few of them just to see if it made a difference. It really did! Next time I'll sauce them all.
Next time, I'll also take a suggestion from my daughters. They thought it would be good to finish them in the air fryer... to add a little crust and texture to the outside of each ham ball.
This is a basic recipe that you can start with and then make it your own. Don't like onions? Leave them out. Want it a little sweeter? Use only graham cracker crumbs. Wanna spice it up a little? Add your favorites.
Ham balls are comfort food at it's finest and goes great with other comfort foods... like cheesy or twice-baked potatoes.
This recipe makes 20 ham balls.
Keyword Comfort Food, Ham, Ham Balls, Pork