Recipes for Meatballs

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These versatile mixtures of ground meat, veggies and spices can be a great dinner option served over noodles or rice. Different flavor combinations can change the basic recipe for endless variety. This page contains recipes for meatballs.


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This is one of my favorite recipes. It's a real change of pace from the usual. The meatballs are tender and flavorful, and the sauce is to die for. I usually double or even triple the sauce since it is just wonderful over rice.


  • 1 lb. ground beef (ground pork or turkey is good too)
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce


Mix the meat and the rest of the meatball ingredients lightly, working it as little as possible to get it thoroughly mixed. Shape into 16 meatballs. Place on a foil lined broiler pan and make the sauce.


For the sauce, melt the butter in a skillet. Saute the onion until it is softening. Add the coriander, ginger and cayenne and stir it in until the onion is fully tender. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring constantly for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat.

Place the meatballs under a preheated broiler 4 inches from the heat. Broil for 3 minutes. Brush on the sauce and continue broiling for 3 minutes. Turn the meatballs and brush more sauce on. Broil for 3 or 4 more minutes, until cooked through.

You may also brown the meatballs in a skillet, then add them to the sauce in its skillet. I do this when I double or triple the sauce. Once browned, I simmer them, stirring often, until they are done.

This is good served with rice or pasta.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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Mini meatballs that pack a flavor punch. Children love them because they are kid-sized.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely minced
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  • 1/3 cup minced green pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


Put the first set of ingredients in a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Don't mix them up yet, they will be more tender if you keep the mixing to a minimum. Put the second set of ingredients in the well and let the liquids soak into the bread crumbs.

Now mix it all up with a spoon, using your hands only at the end, to make sure it is mixed thoroughly.

Using a tablespoon at a time, form into balls. Handle as briefly as possible. I use a meatball maker that makes 6 at a time, very handly.

On medium high heat brown on all sides. Reduce heat and cook through, or finish cooking in a sauce, soup, or stew.


By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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July 25, 2005



  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup onion (minced)
  • 1 egg (unbeaten)
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits (includes juice)
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (chopped)


Mix together all meatball ingredients. Shape into small meatballs. Melt 1 Tbsp. shortening and brown meatballs until cooked. Remove from skillet and pour off fat.

Make sauce of cornstarch and brown sugar. Stir in juice from can of pineapple tidbits (juice only), vinegar and soy sauce. Pour sauce into a skillet and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Add meatballs and pineapple tidbits and heat thoroughly. Lastly, add chopped green pepper so it will be crunchy. Serve with rice or alone.


By Robin

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine ground pork, onion, corn flakes, salt, pepper, and egg.

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Yummy and kids love it. Mix the stove top stuffing according to directions. Put aside. Mix ground beef with egg, milk and oatmeal. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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February 26, 2005

Mix meats and bread crumbs, onion, eggs, half and half and seasonings. Chill overnight or several hours. Roll into 1 inch balls and brown.

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Mix meat ball ingredients well and form into balls the size you want. Brown meat balls and pour off grease. Cover with sauce and bake 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees F.

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This is a healthy, different kind of meatball that I make. I liked the addition of wheat germ instead of bread crumbs. I used beef instead of the pork.


Any kind of ground meat would work. I got 19 good sized meatballs from this recipe, and it states it makes 12-16.

meatballs on plate with mixed veggies

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These meatballs are delicious in this yummy sauce/soup.

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This is a great hearty dish the whole family will love!

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These meatballs make a great appetizer or snack for the kids!

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These easy meatballs have a great sauce!

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Mix ingredients well, (except tomato juice and onion). Shape into 8 balls. Brown in large skillet. Add tomato juice and minced onion. Simmer for approximately 1 hour.

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March 4, 2009

I can remember having this at least once every month. It was my fav.

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Combine first 9 ingredients in bowl, mixing well. Shape into small meatballs. Place in baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Layer meatballs and veggies in baking dish.

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Combine all ingredients except flour, oil and tomatoes; mix well. Shape into balls; roll in flour. Brown in oil. Add remaining flour to oil; stir in tomatoes. Place mixture in casserole.

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Recipe for Zesty Meatballs And Rice. Mix meat, Shake-n-Bake, carrots and cheese. Shape evenly into 16 balls. Cook in non stick skillet on medium heat for 8 minutes or until evenly browned. . .

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Recipe for Jumbo Meatballs. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine stuffing, water, egg and dressing until moistened. Add meat and cheese. . .

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June 28, 2006

Cook onion in 2 tablespoons of butter; combine with meat, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, and seasonings. Mix together and form into firm balls about 1-inch in diameter. Cook in small batches with a little butter or margarine and shake pan frequently to help prevent sticking. . .

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November 19, 2005

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix meat, 2/3 cup of cheese, 1/4 cup of the ketchup and garlic powder. Shape into 12 balls. Place on foil-lined baking pan sprayed with cooking spray...

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July 26, 2005

Recipes for saucy meatballs.

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June 20, 2005

This recipe is simple enough for kids to make!

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September 17, 2004

Simple recipe for making meatballs with Worcestershire Sauce.

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January 29, 2012

I am looking for a recipe that was on the back of the Heinz 57 bottle in the 80s. You made meatballs with Parmesan cheese. The sauce was Heinz 57, canned tomatoes, and sugar. You served it over noodles. Can someone help?

By Mary Jo H


January 30, 20120 found this helpful

I looked for the recipe and have not found it as yet but here is one that could be used for meat balls instead of roast.
the link is
57 Sauce Great American Meat Loaf
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 egg slightly beaten
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup Heinz® 57® Sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Combine ingredients thoroughly. Shape into a loaf (8 inches x 4 inches) and place in shallow baking pan. Bake in 350-degree oven for 1 hour. Allow meat loaf to stand 5 minutes before slicing. Serve meat loaf with additional 57 Sauce, if desired.
Cook time: 1 hour

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

I found one @ "" called 'sauced meatballs'. It sounds like this is the one you might be looking for. Hope this is it?!

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

I went back to the site and copy/pasted...again hope this is 'the one' :-)



1 pound ground beef5 (ground chuck recommended for flavor)
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese6
1/2 cup seasoned dry fine bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup minced sweet onions7
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt8
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper9, or to taste
2 tablespoons shortening or vegetable oil
2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes10
1/2 cup Heinz 57 Sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon flour
Hot buttered noodles or rice, if serving as an entree
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Using a large serving fork, combine ground beef11, Parmesan cheese12, bread crumbs, milk, sweet onions13, egg, salt14, and pepper15. Using 1 rounded tablespoon for each, roll ground beef mixture into about 30 meatballs.

In a bowl, mix together canned tomatoes16, Heinz 57 Sauce, brown sugar, and salt until combined. Set aside.

Frying Method:
Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add shortening or oil and brown meatballs on all sides. Drain fat. Sprinkle with flour and gently stir meatballs to coat. Proceed with the sauce.

Baking Method:
Preheat oven to 450 F. Line a jellyroll pan with a Silpat17, non-stick foil, or parchment paper. Line up the meatballs, placing them 1 inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a heavy, deep skillet over medium heat and sprinkle with the flour. Stir to coat. Proceed with the sauce.

Pour tomato mixture over meatballs. Simmer uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until sauce18 thickens to your liking. Stir several times as it cooks to prevent sticking and encourage even cooking.

Serve meatballs with sauce over hot buttered noodles19 or rice and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Sauced meatballs may also be used as an appetizer20 (a crockpot21 works well to keep them warm) or in meatball sandwiches22 topped with cheese23.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings in about 3 cups of sauce as a main dish (about 30 meatballs)
Sauced Meatballs Recipe Photo © 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to, Inc.

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October 24, 2010

I need some help with spices. In this mushroom meatball recipe, the gravy is great, and the meatballs are good, but kind of bland. I don't want them to be spicy as in hot, just more flavorful. What herbs/spices would you add to the meatballs? I will probably try any and all suggestions since I make this a lot. Exact measurements would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Here is the recipe:

Mushroom Meatballs

Mix all but soup, milk, and water. Shape into meatballs, place in single layer in sprayed 9 X 13 inch pan. Stir soup, milk, and water together until smooth. Pour over meatballs, cover tightly and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Serve gravy over rice or mashed potatoes.
NOTE: For more gravy, use 2 cans of soup, 1 soup can each of milk and water.

By Fortunately from IL


October 26, 20100 found this helpful

Some spices you can use for the meatballs, but not necessarily together. A little experimenting would do nicely.
Allspice, Basil, Marjoram, Paprika(tends to be a little hot if too much is used), Oregano, Italian spice mix. Diced garlic, Worchester sauce and ketchup are also a great add in for meatballs. If using ketchup cut the amount of liquid by however much ketchup you add.

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

Sometime I use thyme or poultry seasoning. They both go well with meatballs and mushroom soup and add a lot of flavor.

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October 31, 20100 found this helpful

One of my favorites is Summer Savory - a herb that adds great flavor to many recipes. It's hard to find in stores, so you can order it from Penzey's. Use about one-half teaspoon for 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of meat. I like to break it down a little further than it is when you get it, by pressing and rubbing with the back of a spoon, especially the larger pieces (stems). Summer savory gives things a wonderful flavor and goes really well with chicken.

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January 9, 2010

I am looking for a corned beef recipe. I'm not sure what it's called, but the meal was corned beef meatballs with rice. There was a cheesy horseradish sauce to pour on top.

By angel4782 from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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February 6, 2018

Baking your homemade meatballs is easy and less messy than frying them on top of your stove. Make enough for several meals and freeze for later use. This page contains baked meatball recipes.

Tray of uncooked meatballs ready to be baked.

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February 1, 2017

Use uncooked instant mashed potatoes as a binder to make these gluten free meatballs. This is a page about gluten-free meatballs.

Gluten-Free Meatballs meatballs on plate with rice and broccoli

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