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Iowa Ham Balls

on April 11, 2014

This is one of those recipes that no matter how many times I make it, it still doesn’t taste as good as Grandma’s.

There is just something about these Iowa Ham Balls . . .

They have that sticky, sweet, and salty thing going on, all at the same time.

She was a subscriber to the Farm Wife News magazine and I think that’s where she got the original recipe.

I’m just glad my daughter asked for these for her birthday dinner so I could make them again!

I don’t have the original card from Grandma, but I do have it written in my book.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Iowa Ham Balls

2 pounds ground ham (I used my food processor and it works great)

2 pounds ground lean ground beef

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk


1 can tomato soup

3/4 cup white vinegar

2 1/4 cups brown sugar

2 teaspoons dry mustard

(The original recipe has double this, but that makes a LOT of sauce, so I now only make half of the original sauce recipe.)

Combine ground ham, ground beef, crumbs, eggs, and milk.

Shape, 1/2 cup at a time, into individual balls and place in 9″ x 13″ pan.

Combine sauce ingredients and pour over balls.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Using the food processor to grind the ham works great – I just cut the boneless ham into chunks and then process.


Before and after baking.

I spoon the sauce over top before baking – you could do it once or twice during the baking time, also, if you want, but I don’t think it’s necessary.


This would be a good way to use any leftover Easter ham.


Or it would be a great dish to serve for Easter dinner.

Sticky, sweet, salty, delicious!!

Just like Grandma used to make.





2 responses to “Iowa Ham Balls

  1. […] Balls comes from one of my mom’s cousins and is similar to Grandma’s recipe for Iowa Ham Balls that I posted a couple of years ago. The name implies, and rightfully so, that they’re Ham […]

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