Ham Balls - Dump and Go Dinner

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Ham Balls - Dump and Go Dinner

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8 Servings
10 Ingredients

Filled with hints of holiday flavor, these festive ham balls are great for sharing! Graham cracker and brown sugar sing of the sweetness of the season while the rich mixture of ham, pork, and beef give these saucy bites delicious staying power.

8 Servings
10 Ingredients


  • 1 ½ pounds Ground Pork
  • 1 ½ pounds Ground Ham
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 3 cups crush Graham Crackers
  • 4 individual Egg
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 15 fluid ounces Tomato Soup
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seed, Ground
  • 6 tablespoons Vinegar



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    1. Liza – The ham ball mix is a ground meat mixture. If your local grocer doesn’t carry the ground ham loaf mix, you need to purchase ground smoked ham, and ground pork. Hope this helps. Lisa

  1. Lisa – My mom was just making these the other day! I grew up in Iowa, so they were a staple during holiday celebrations too! My grandma makes the best ones! I live in MI now and they are not familiar with them…neither is my husband. Thanks for the reminder…I’ll put these on the menu for next week. Blessings!

  2. As a young bride I was astonished to hear woman talking about making ham balls. I had this picture in my head of someone sitting down with a melon baller tool and trying to make pretty round “ham balls”.Since then I have learned to make and love ham balls, going to try this recipe as soon as possible. Thank you for the recipe and bringing back that funny memory for me.

  3. OK, I’ve never heard of this so I’m still confused on the smoked ham. Is this like a smoked ham that someone grounds afterwards or is it like a smoked ham luncheon loaf that has been run through a grinder.

    1. Shannon –
      Smoked Ham is a ground ham product in your grocers’ meat department. In our area, our meat department sells the mix of ground pork and ground smoked has as “Ham Loaf”. So I just purchase 3 lbs of ham loaf and 1 lb of ground beef for the recipe.

  4. my grocery store doesn’t have ground smoked ham or ham loaf mix. what can i use instead? could i buy smoked ham lunch meat and put it in the food processor? or is that something totally differnt?

    1. Stacy-
      Great question! I just take it for granted that in Iowa we have ham loaf in our grocers’ meat department. AFter doing some research, here is what I found.Using a Kitchen Aid grinding attachment or a food processor on pulse action, grind up cooked ham, cured ham, leftover baked ham.Hope this helps! Enjoy!

  5. I am from Michigan and we don’t have readily ground up ham in the meat section. I’m not sure what I would substitute for the ground ham without a grinder of my own. Maybe canned ham? I’ve never heard of ground smoked ham before now.

    1. Using a Kitchen Aid grinding attachment or a food processor on pulse action, grind up cooked ham, cured ham, leftover baked ham.

  6. I wasn’t able to make this correctly because we do not have ground ham and I didn’t grind the ham at home. I made these using ground pork and ground beef … I also used a different type of tomato soup versus the original kind. With those said changes, my husband and my one daughter really liked them … my two other kids did not.

  7. How many balls does one recipe make? And, how many balls constitutes as one serving? I’m part of a 7 family co-op that i’d love to make this for. Perhaps I’d serve them with green beans and mashed potatoes… but I wondered what a good serving suggestion would be for a family of four times 7 families based on the above recipe quantities.

  8. Sorry, my question wasn’t great. I know the recipe makes 25 balls, but how many balls would you say each family would need? If it’s a four person family (2 balls per person? or are they large enough where one ball would be sufficient?)…thanks!

    1. Ceri-
      The ham balls are a nice size…so normally my kids eat about 2 and adults 3-4 depending on their ages. My suggestion with a family of four would be 12 minimum.

  9. I made these for Easter and this recipe is a keeper. I have already shared it with family down “south” in Kansas. I used the ham loaf mix from Fareway plus ground beef. Very good.

  10. I lived in Iowa for ten years and haven’t had the infamous Iowa Ham Balls since I moved nearly five years ago. There is a meat market in our community, so I am going to ask them to grind the ham for me. It’s worth a try. BTW – I am now in southern Georgia and quite sure no one is familiar with ham balls.

  11. I have made something like this for a long time here in MI, but I use a spicy pineapple sauce over mine. They are great no matter what covers them!

  12. I used 3 lbs ground pork (still hard to find in CO) and these still tasted great! Probably not the same, but still good!

  13. Hi, I saw this as part of the GFDF menu plan, but wonder how you make it GFDF? The recipe calls for graham crackers, milk, and tomato soup (which I believe has wheat flour in it).

    1. These can easily be made GF with a few substitutions. I use a GF graham cracker (or in a pinch any kind of cracker or bread crumb). Subbing a non dairy milk and an organic GF tomato soup for the rest works great.

  14. Is this recipe similar to the one at Historic NAUVOO? Called but they won’t share their recipe. Have a family member that used to live in Warsaw and isn’t doing well and asked if he could have some of those ham balls from there… any suggestions? is this recipe closes?

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