Perfect Meatballs (freezer friendly)

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An easy meatball recipe is a kitchen staple with easy-to-prep.

Meatballs are quick to make with ground beef, onion, breadcrumbs, and seasonings. These can be baked right away or prepped in batches and frozen for easy weeknight meals.

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  • These are so good and they’re loved by kids and adults alike.
  • Making homemade meatballs is easy.
  • They’re perfect for spaghetti or as an appetizer (I’m looking at you, Grape Jelly Meatballs).
  • These meatballs are perfectly seasoned and come out tender and juicy every time.
  • Double or triple this meatball recipe and freeze them for quick weeknight meals.
Homemade Meatballs

Ingredients in Meatballs

  • Meat: I love a combination of beef and pork but this recipe works well with just ground beef too. You can also add veal, lamb, or lean Italian sausage.
  • Egg: This helps bind the meatballs.
  • Breadcrumbs: Seasoned bread crumbs add flavor and keep the meatballs moist with a tender texture.
  • Milk: Milk adds moisture.
  • Onion: Adds flavor, it can be replaced with ½ teaspoon onion powder.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning and  Parmesan cheese add flavor, but feel free to change the seasonings or add fresh herbs to match the other flavors in your meal.
Homemade meatball ingredients in a clear glass bowl

How to Make Meatballs

This easy meatball recipe is quick to prepare.

  1. Mix the ingredients (recipe below) and form 48 meatballs, 1-½ inches in diameter.
  2. Place them ½-inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake until tender or freeze per the directions below.
Precooked meatballs on a baking sheet

Holly’s Tips for Perfect Meatballs

  • Do Not Overmix: When combining the ingredients, do not overmix as overmixing can make the meat dense and tough.
  • Size Matters: Ensure the meatballs are the same size so they cook evenly; a cookie scoop makes this job easy.
  • Don’t be Lean: Ensure you choose lean meat (80/20) and not extra lean. A little bit of fat keeps meatballs tender and juicy. If you’re using extra lean meat, add a tablespoon of olive oil or ¼ cup chopped raw bacon.
  • Season and Flavor: This recipe is seasoned with Italian-style flavors. Replace the Italian flavors based on how you’re serving them – try ginger and garlic for a sweet and sour sauce.
Meatballs on a baking sheet

How to Freeze Meatballs

These meatballs can be prepared and frozen, either raw or baked.

To freeze before baking: Place meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and store up to 4 months.
To bake raw meatballs from frozen, add 6 to 10 minutes to the cooking time or until they reach 160°F with an instant read thermometer.

To freeze after baking: Once cooked and cooled, place them on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic freezer bag and keep them frozen for up to 4 months. Meatballs can be thawed in the fridge overnight or by simmering in tomato sauce until heated through.

More Easy Meatball Recipes

Think beyond beef – you can make meatballs with ground turkey or chicken!

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Easy Meatball Recipe

This easy meatball recipe is my go-to recipe. They’re easy to make and come out juicy and tender.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 12 servings

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  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Line a large rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.

  • In a medium bowl, add beef, pork, breadcrumbs, milk, onion, parsley, parmesan cheese, egg, and seasonings. Gently mix until combined.

  • Shape the meat mixture into 48 meatballs, approximately 1 ½ tablespoons each. 

  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs reach 160°F.

  • Serve with tomato sauce if desired.

For a milder onion flavor, soften the onion in a skillet with a little bit of butter before adding to the meatballs or replace it with ½ teaspoon of onion powder.
Meatballs should reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
These meatballs can be prepared and frozen, either raw or baked. To bake raw meatballs from frozen, add 6 to 10 minutes to the cooking time or until they reach 160°F with an instant read thermometer.

4.98 from 567 votes

Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 300 | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 423mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 2.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
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