100 Best Meatball Recipes
Meatballs are the easiest way to add protein to almost any dish. These meatball recipes start from scratch or from frozen to help you get dinner on the table in no time. From meatball soup recipes to meatball sandwich recipes, these easy weeknight dinners are loaded with flavor. Try adding meatballs to salads or stuffing them into pitas for a quick work lunch.
Meatballs in Brussels Sprout Cups
Friends will love the ingenuity of Meatballs in Brussels Sprout Cups. Little meatballs are cradled in Brussels sprout cups for a clever seasonal appetizer.
Turkey Meatball Stroganoff
Frozen meatballs and the slow cooker make getting a home-cooked comfort meal of Turkey Meatball Stroganoff on the table super easy.
Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup
Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup is our hearty twist on chicken noodle soup, featuring small grains of orzo pasta and savory chicken meatballs.
Premade pizza dough offers a shortcut to hearty Meatball Calzones.
The hallmarks of Korean cuisine are garlicky, salty, and sweet flavors, so our essential ingredients here are garlic, lower-sodium soy sauce, and brown sugar. Serve the meatballs with store-bought kimchi and Quick Pickled Cucumbers to add characteristic heat and tang to the meal.
Chicken Meatball and Greens Soup
Full of meatballs, pasta, and kale, a bowlful of Chicken Meatball and Greens Soup is a welcome on a wintry evening.
Turkey Meatball Subs
Kids will love when homemade Turkey Meatball Subs are on the dinner menu.
Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Chunky Tomato Sauce
Crackers add a buttery bite to Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Chunky Tomato Sauce. Serve meatballs as an appetizer or with your favorite pasta noodles.
Make traditional spaghetti and meatballs in a flash by taking a shortcut with frozen meatballs and an easy sauce of canned tomatoes, tomato paste and dried herbs.
Tangy Cranberry Meatballs
A fun alternative to traditional meatballs, this Tangy Cranberry Meatball recipe is a great option for parties or as an appetizer.
Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)
These meatballs make a terrific party snack. Look for flat skewers at Asian markets, or use two skewers for each group of meatballs so they'll turn easier.
Mini Turkey Meatballs with Wagon Wheel Pasta
Put a twist on classic spaghetti and meatballs with this to-die-for dish. Turkey meatballs and fun wagon wheel pasta sprinkled with fresh Parmesan cheese is the perfect combination for any pasta lover.
Meatballs with Tomato Ragu and Creamy Polenta
Baking the meatballs sets their shape so they'll stay whole when simmered in the tomato sauce.
These too-easy Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs are the perfect appetizer for your next party. Meatballs may be thoroughly cooked without sauce and frozen. Thaw and reheat with sauce.
Vietnamese Herb Salad
Cranberries are a holiday twist on the grape jelly version of these cocktail meatballs!
Union Hotel Grand Meatballs
Notes: These savory meatballs complement either of our spaghetti sauces.
Greek Pasta with Meatballs
This take-off on spaghetti and meatballs uses rice-shaped pasta, ground lamb, and feta cheese. Some kids may prefer a milder cheese such as shredded mozzarella. Break apart the meatballs before serving to younger children to make the meatballs easier to eat.
Italian Meatball Sliders
Garden Tomato Sauce over Pasta
We love this sauce as a meatless meal over hearty pasta. Or try it in lasagna or a meatball sub.
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Lemon zest adds a nice bright lift to the spicy sauce and complements the Greek inspired flavors of these meatballs.
Cranberry BBQ Meatballs
Cranberry jelly is the secret to these sweet and savory BBQ meatballs.
Big Spicy Meatballs
This freezer-friendly meatball recipe makes Italian night a breeze. You can make the meatballs just before using, or make them in a large batch and freeze them for later. These delicately-spiced meatballs get their bold flavor from Italian seasoning, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese.
Korean Spaghetti and Meatballs
Korean kimchi invigorates a standby weeknight dinner. Bring the pasta water to a boil while you make the meatballs.
These meatballs are made with onion, minced garlic, corn tortilla, egg, ground sirloin, and chipotle chile.
Sylvan Mishima Brackett makes these meatballs, known as tsukune, with hand-chopped meat and skin from the best pastured chicken he can get.
Meatball Sub Casserole
It's so easy to enjoy this classic sub in casserole form! Grab a fork and sink your teeth in to this delectable Meatball Sub Casserole.
Asian Meatballs are a fun and flavorful way to kick off Christmas dinner. Mix in fresh snap peas for more color and crunch.
Meatballs with Chutney Sauce
Sink your teeth into these tender, juicy, and succulent meatballs. Place them atop soft, hot cooked couscous and drench with chutney sauce.
Italian Meatball Sliders
Little burgers deliver big flavor as Italian Meatball Sliders show. Marinara sauce replaces the ketchup and basil serves as a sub for lettuce.
Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs
Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs are a great pick-up appetizer or main dish. Serve in flatbread and top with Avocado-Mint Tzatziki.
Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wraps with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
For extra-crispy meatballs, roll them in panko before pan-frying; you'll need a little more oil.
Start with a package of frozen meatballs and cook with bottled barbecue sauce and cherry preserves for this easy, 5-ingredient appetizer.
Try a unique twist on a classic recipe by cooking meatballs in a decadent, cranberry, orange marmalade and soy sauce mixture.
Turkey Meatballs with Herb Salad
Lime juice and cilantro give Betsy Dasenko's turkey meatballs bright flavor. Try them with a Vietnamese herb salad.
Kofte, Turkish meatballs often grilled on a stick, can be made from ground lamb, beef, or a combination.
Spicy Pork Skewers
Moroccan meat skewers, or kefta, are made with beef and formed into sausage shapes. Our variation uses pork rolled into little meatballs.
Chimichurri Beef Meatball Hoagies
These deliciously flavored meatballs served on hoagie rolls or French baguette rolls will be the new favorite at your weeknight dinner table or your neighborhood football party. The sauce makes plenty for cooking the meatballs, and there's even enough to spoon over the sandwiches for a boost of flavor.
Mexican Meatball Soup
Mexican Meatball Soup combines favorite Mexican flavors, veggies, and hearty meatballs. Kick this soup up a notch by using a can of diced tomatoes with chiles to add more south-of-the-border flavor to this one-dish meal.
Italian Meatballs in Caper-Tomato Sauce
Milk-soaked bread helps make chef Massimiliano Alajmo's beef-and-pork meatballs incredibly light; bits of chopped olive make them extra-flavorful. The thick tomato sauce coats the meatballs nicely and doubles as an excellent pasta sauce.
Meatballs and Spaghetti
It takes a tender hand to make a light meatball. The key is in the rolling; you want to leave air pockets in the meatballs, so shape the balls gently in your hand, making sure not to squash them.
Turkey Meatballs Two Ways
Ground turkey, panko (Japanese bread crumbs), Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a few other ingredients make delicious, kid-friendly meatballs. To spice them up for grown-ups, Workman adds hot turkey sausage and crushed red pepper into the basic meatball mixture.
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs
Start with a healthy, basic ingredient like whole-wheat spaghetti to whip up a new and improved classic--Whole-Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs. We mixed together ground flaxseed and Parmesan cheese with ground turkey for health--and tasty--meatballs.
Italian Wedding Soup
Grace Parisi's kids love a particular brand of canned soup filled with chicken meatballs and soggy pasta, but she prefers real minestra maritata (Italian wedding soup). She makes tiny pork meatballs and simmers them with orzo, chickpeas, spinach and parmesan. She occasionally substitutes green beans for the spinach, depending on who is at the table.
Orecchiette With Sausage Meatballs, Broccoli Rabe, and Garlic
Five ingredients are all you need for this hearty pasta meal of Orecchiette With Sausage Meatballs, Broccoli Rabe, and Garlic. Link Italian sausage aids in the quick meatball preparation, while broccoli rabe provides an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K.
Turkey Meatball Subs
Meatless Meatballs over Herbed Spaghetti Squash
Reminiscent of classic spaghetti and meatballs, this meatless recipe will please both vegetarians and meat lovers. Spaghetti squash is a low-carb alternative to traditional pasta noodles, while soy meatballs stand in for the beef variety.
Meatballs in White Wine Sauce with Rustic Bread
Meatballs in White Wine Sauce with Rustic Bread gives new life to an ingredient staple--lean ground beef. These meatballs are pumped with flavor with the addtion of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, ricotta cheese, and sundried tomatoes--and then simmered in white wine.
Spaghetti and Easy Meatballs
Meatball Soup (Sopa de Albóndigas)
Lion's Head Meatballs in Spicy Coconut Sauce
These spicy meatballs are called "Lion's Head" because of their large size. Also, lions are believed to ward off evil. You can make the meatballs a day or two ahead, store them covered in the refrigerator, and heat them in the sauce before serving. Decrease the red pepper for a milder flavor.
Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs
The few minutes it takes to prepare our Quick Marinara Sauce makes it worth your while. The meatballs themselves are light and tender due to the milk-softened breadcrumbs and egg yolk. (Using whole eggs can result in meatballs that are a bit rubbery in texture.)
These versatile meatballs have so many serving possibilities. Dunk the meatballs into extra tomato sauce with a toothpick for an easy appetizer, stuff into a hoagie roll and top with cheese for a hearty sandwich, or top on spaghetti noodles for a quick weeknight dinner.
Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Resistant starch: 2 grams
Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce
It'll be hard for your family to resist the comforting aroma wafting through the kitchen as you prepare Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce. The lamb meatballs are flavorful enough on their own but the spiced sauce complements them well.
Moroccan Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Seasoned meatballs simmer in an aromatic tomato sauce for a Mediterranean-style dinner. Use kitchen shears to coarsely chop the tomatoes while they are still in the can. You can shape the meatballs in advance and store them in the freezer to save time. The rest of the recipe is best prepared and cooked the same day.
Garlicky Meatball Pasta
In about 30 minutes, you can have a bowl of Garlicky Meatball Pasta on your table--homemade meatballs included. Refrigerated fettuccine and commercial marinara sauce helps to quicken this quick and easy pasta dinner. Serve with Mixed Greens Salad.
Glazed Cocktail Meatballs
These mini meatballs are perfect for holiday parties and tailgating. We made them healthier by forgoing sodium-heavy ingredients like the usual ketchup and chili sauce and including whole-grain bulgur in place of breadcrumbs. You can also serve a larger portion of these meatballs for weeknight dinner. To up the kid-friendly factor, omit the ground red pepper in the glaze and serve with mashed potatoes (à la Swedish meatballs).
Chinese-American Thanksgiving Meatballs
This dish isn't traditional to anyone but was inspired by author Lam's parents' refusal to eat roast turkey and the time they halted his Thanksgiving protest by bribing him with spaghetti and meatballs. It's based on a classic Chinese dumpling filling, made instead into meatballs and poached in a gingery tomato sauce. The technique of mixing the meat until just tacky gives it that characteristic pot-sticker-filling bounciness. The tender, saucy meatballs pair wonderfully with white or brown rice.
Spiced Meatball, Butternut, and Tomato Stew
These tender meatballs have a mild, warm spice. Chopped cilantro at the end adds a nice burst of freshness. You can substitute ground chicken, if desired.
Miso Noodle Soup with Meatballs
Salty, savory miso becomes the backbone of this soup; try adding it to dressings and marinades too. We add chile-and-honey-spiked pork meatballs to the soup; you could also use shredded rotisserie chicken breast or cubed tofu. Want to get ahead on tomorrow's dinner? Double the meatball mixture, shape half into patties, and sear for Asian-style sliders.
Appetizer Meatballs (Frozen Meatballs)
When a quick appetizer is needed for a get-together, try the sauce over prepared meatballs. From Cheryl Crowson: Sundance, Wyoming. Recipe published in Quick Cooking January/February 2005.
Smoky Meatballs in Serrano Ham-Tomato Sauce
This zesty one-dish meal combines beef, a great source of zinc, with vitamin C–rich tomatoes. To prepare ahead, cook meatballs, cool, and freeze in a zip-top plastic bag for up to one month. When you're ready to serve the dish, defrost the meatballs in the refrigerator and sauté the ham. Follow the recipe, adding the thawed meatballs along with the tomatoes to the cooked onion mixture. Serve with a bold and bright red Rioja wine.
Spaghetti and Meatballs in Tomato-Basil Sauce
Feed a crowd of 8 tonight, or cook 6 ounces pasta to serve 4 and freeze half the meatball mixture for later. Spoon into whole-wheat hoagie rolls instead of over pasta.
"The stuffing mix in these meatballs bumps up the flavor, and they're super moist, too."
Tasha Pettit, 37, Jewell, Iowa
Turkey Meatball Subs
These Turkey Meatball Subs with be a big hit with your family. The balsamic vinegar in the sauce really adds a whole level of flavor. Plus, these subs make great leftovers!
Tortilla Soup with Chorizo and Turkey Meatballs
Smoked chorizo gives Tortilla Soup with Chorizo and Turkey Meatballs a deep, smoky flavor without overpowering. This Tortilla Soup is a perfect go-to for parties or quick get-togethers.
Bread makes for a good meatball. Ground chicken is a little wetter than beef, so this creation borrows two common practices: the addition of breadcrumbs (though you'll take the time to make fresh) and the building of a panade, which is essentially really, really soggy bread. The flavor profile nods to the South, but this recipe is a play on an everyday Mad Delicious meatball. Tinker with ingredients. Make this recipe yours.
To make ahead, prepare meatballs through Step 2, and freeze in zip-top plastic freezer bags for up to 1 month. To reheat from frozen, pick up with Step 3 and warm the meatballs in the sauce over low heat. For serving, keep them warm in your slow cooker, in a Dutch oven over low heat, or in a fondue pot.