German Style Meatballs


Many people celebrate Octoberfest with German food. Here is a family favorite we make for our annual German Dinner at church. Great with Bierocks and/or Spaetzel.

2 lbs. ground chuck
1 package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 cup bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers
1 bottle Heinz Chili Sauce
water (fill half of empty Heinz bottle)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 - 16 oz. can sauerkraut, drained
1 can whole berry cranberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In medium bowl, mix hamburger, onion soup mix, and bread crumbs. Shape into small meatballs. Place in greased oblong pan. In separate bowl, mix chili sauce, water, brown sugar, sauerkraut, and cranberries. Mix and pour over meatballs. Bake uncovered for 2 hours. Let set for 15 minutes and then stir. Serves 8-10


  1. A friend of mine makes these for all the church dinners and there is never any left. They are soooo good. Great as appetizers too.

    1. Hi Lorna, Thanks for stopping by to say hello. We really enjoy the German-style meatballs.