Easy Homemade Meatballs Recipe

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Homemade meatballs made with ground beef, bread crumbs, and just a few other simple ingredients that come together to make one delicious, flavor-filled meatball.

Meatballs are one of those foods that I don’t make very often, but when I do I always wonder why I don’t. It’s a straight-forward recipe that takes a little time but the results are just so delicious. Plus, they are just fun to eat and feel a little fancy. Nothing spruces up a plate of spaghetti quite like a good meatball.

I like this recipe, too, because it freezes well. I almost always make a double batch of meatballs and stick half in the freezer to use at a later date. Cook once, eat twice!

These meatballs are made with just ground beef but you can sub in a little ground pork or Italian sausage if you like. You have a lot of flexibility.

Homemade meatballs on top of a plate of spaghetti with marinara sauce with grape juice and bread sticks in the background.

Tips and Tricks for Making Homemade Meatballs:

  • You can add a 1/2 cup of finely shredded Parmesan to this recipe if you like; it’s delicious.
  • You can make the meatballs ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for much longer.
  • Be sure to chop the onion finely or it makes rolling the meatballs harder (they don’t want to stick together in a ball if there are big pieces of onion in there).
  • You can make these with all ground beef or make them with a mix of pork and beef.

Can homemade meatballs be frozen?

Yes, ma’am! Make a double batch and freeze half for another meal. After the meatballs come out of the oven, just let them cool and then store them in a single layer in an air tight container. Stick them in the freezer for up to 2 months.

What goes with homemade meatballs?

Cooked meatballs on a baking sheet after coming out of the oven.

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Meatballs Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen meatballs 1x

Description

Homemade meatballs recipe made with ground beef, bread crumbs, and just a few other simple ingredients that come together to make one delicious, flavor-filled meatball.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (to make clean up easier).
  • Combine all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl and stir well to combine. It works well to use your hands to do the combining if you don’t mind a bit of a mess.
  • Make balls out of the meat (slightly smaller than a golf ball, about 2 large tablespoons of meat) and roll them around in your hand to shape them or use a large cookie scoop to scoop the meat into balls.
  • Preheat a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Working in batches, add the meatballs to the skillet so they are close together but not touching.
  • When the meatballs start to brown on the bottom, turn them so that they brown on all sides (4 or 5 turns per meatball). Remove from the skillet and place on your lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat with any remaining meatballs.
  • Place browned meatballs in the hot oven for 20-30 minutes or until the centers are no longer pink and the meat registers 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Serve over noodles with your favorite sauce, add them to a sandwich, or anything else you like to do with meatballs.

Notes

  • You can add a 1/2 cup of finely shredded Parmesan to this recipe if you like; it’s delicious.
  • You can make the meatballs ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for much longer.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: meatball recipe, homemade meatball recipe, how to make meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, beef meatballs

Two plates of homemade sauce and meatballs on top of pasta waiting for someone to enjoy.

Homemade meatballs are a great staple to learn how to make! Here are a few other staple recipes you might love:

Seriously, they take a little bit of time but they are so, so tasty. I can’t wait for you to make this meatball recipe because it’s one of my favorites, and I know you’ll love it too.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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