Easy Meatball Recipe

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This Easy Meatball recipe is way better than store bought, and easy too – they take minutes to put together! Made from ground beef mixed with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, milk, and eggs.

Delicious homemade meatballs that can be made for dinner or even served as an appetizer. You won’t believe how simple these are to make and will love them as much as our Crockpot Meatballs and Grape Jelly Meatballs!

Easy meatball recipe in bowl

Quick and Easy Homemade Meatballs

I’m Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road and today I’ve got a delicious and super easy Meatball recipe to share with you!

Until about a year ago, I had always been a little intimidated of making meatballs at home, because I thought they were super complicated or difficult. Little did I know just how incredibly easy they really are! If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, you to can make homemade meatballs in just minutes.

The key is not to overwork the meat, which is why mixing with your hands is so important. It’s fun, and it’s a perfect recipe to get kids involved in. The kids can even help when making these baked meatballs for recipes like Meatball Soup.

There are so many different meatball recipes out there, it’s hard to know which is best. But this recipe has proven time and time again to be my family’s favorite.

You can make as many as you like and freeze them so you always have meatballs ready – you’ll never eat store bought again! The easy meatball recipe makes about 50 meatballs and they freeze beautifully. When your recipe calls for meatballs, you’ll have them readily on hand.

Homemade meatball ingredients in bowl

How to Make Meatballs in the Oven

The beauty of cooking the meatballs in an oven is that you can do a large batch all at once, which makes it TONS faster than frying small batches in a skillet.

This recipe makes about 50 meatballs in less than an hour, which is a fraction of the time it would take to make that many otherwise! Here are the ingredients needed to make these meatballs:

Meatball ingredients:
  • ground beef
  • eggs
  • milk
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • bread crumbs
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • kosher salt
  • pepper

Fortunately, these are all pantry staples for us, which means we can make them at any time. Follow these simple steps to make these ground beef meatballs:

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with tinfoil and set them aside.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix with your hands. Just squish it all together a few times to combine it, otherwise you’ll over-mix!
  3. To ensure that they cook evenly, I use a cookie scoop to divide the meat into balls, and then I place them fairly close together on a foil lined cookie sheet. (They can be even closer together than these pictures show, as long as they’re not touching.) As long as they are all the same size, it doesn’t matter how big or small they are!
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-14 minutes, depending on the size. Be sure to check for doneness. Serve hot with your favorite sauce.

TIP – How to make uniform meatballs? One trick to make all your ground beef meatballs the same size is to use a cookie scoop. Cookie scoops are generally 1” and make a perfectly sized smaller meatball. Easy right?

How to make meatballs - on baking sheet

meatball TIPS, TRICKS + FAQ

Can I make meatballs without breadcrumbsThere are a few items you can use instead of breadcrumbs. Uncooked rice & flour, crushed crackers, crushed cornflakes, rolled oats.

No matter what substitute you use be sure to include the raw egg as it will help bind the dry ingredient to the meat. For 1/4 cup fine, dry bread crumbs, substitute any of these items:

  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup crushed cornflakes
  • ⅔ cup regular rolled oats

Can baked meatballs be pink in the centerBecause meatballs can be made from a variety of different meats it is generally not safe to eat a meatball if the center is still pink.

However, if you KNOW the meatball is made entirely with beef the center can be a little pink and still be alright to eat as long as the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F.

How to store homemade meatballs? You can store meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Can homemade meatballs be frozen? You can freeze your homemade meatballs raw or after they’ve been cooked.

Lay out the meatballs side by side on a baking pan and place in the freezer. As soon as the meatballs begin to freeze you can transfer them into a freezer safe storage container. Label the container and add the date. Raw meatballs can be stored for 3-4 months. Cooked meatballs can be stored for 2-3 months.

When you’re ready to use them pull the desired amount out of the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator.

How to make homemade meatballs in the crockpot? Some people like to brown their meatballs before adding them to the crockpot, but you can skip this step and put the raw meatball straight into the crockpot.

Add the sauce of choice and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on High for 4-6 hours. You can go even quicker in the Instant Pot, so be sure to check out these IP Cranberry Meatballs

What are the best meats to use for meatballsFor the most tender and flavorful meatballs you’ll want to stick with fattier meats. The most popular meat choice is Ground Beef (80/20 or 70/30) you can also use ground pork or veal.

Ground Turkey and chicken are options as well, but they don’t have as much fat as the beef which leads to a drier meatball. Also, you can combine your meats such as ½ ground beef and ½ pork.

How many meatballs should I make per personIt completely depends on the size of the baked meatballs. For larger meatballs, plan to serve 3 per person. If your meatball is on the smaller side (one inch) plan to serve 5-6 per person.


Now that you know how to make basic, homemade meatballs, there are so many recipes you can make with them! Here are some of our favorite versions we’ve tried!

Homemade meatballs in white bowl

We love eating these meatballs in soups and pastas, but they’re just as good on their own dipped in a sauce! I’m glad we have such a big batch in the freezer, because we go through them pretty fast!

If you’d like to try a chicken version, check out our Chicken Pesto Meatballs – they’re amazing too!

what to serve with meatballs:

Basic Meatball Recipe

5 from 34 votes

This Homemade Meatball recipe is way better than store bought, and easy too - they take minutes to put together! Made from ground beef mixed with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, milk, and eggs. These ground beef meatballs are perfect alone or mixed in with pasta!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 50 meatballs
Calories 57 kcal
Author Lil Luna Contributor


  • 2 lbs ground beef I use 85/15
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 TB grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets (baking pans will work if you don't have rimmed cookie sheets) with foil and set aside.

  2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and gently mix together with your hands, careful not to overmix. Just squish it all together a few times to combine.

  3. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, divide meat mixture into desired size meatballs. As long as they are uniform, they can be as large or small as you like.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-14 minutes, depending on the size. Be sure to check for doneness. Serve hot with your favorite sauce.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • TO FREEZE: Allow meatballs to cool completely on the baking sheets. Once cool, scrape the fat away from the meatballs and seal tightly in a freezer safe bag or air tight container and place in the freezer.
  • When you're ready to use them, defrost them in your fridge, or put the frozen meatballs right into a soup or sauce. *Note, for cream based sauces, defrost the meatballs completely before adding.


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  1. 5 stars
    I only had 1 pound of hamburger but, I also had a pound of Italian sausage. So, that’s what I used, half hamburger and half Italian sausage. They turned out really good. Great recipe!!!

  2. 5 stars
    These are great! I replaced the black pepper with 1/4 tsp ground Carolina Reaper pepper to make spicy meatballs. It was about 2x as spicy as I wanted (Reaper has the BEST pepper flavor – if you don’t use too much). But they work great when combined with the right dishes to tame some of the fire.

  3. This looks great! I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering can I substitute ground beef for ground pork? Please let me know. Thanks.

  4. Can these be made in a crock pot? I’m planning on making some with the bbq sauce and crushed pineapple and I feel like every time I bake meatballs in the oven they get dry.

  5. 5 stars
    These were so easy to make. I used half in my spaghetti sauce and put the rest in the freezer for another day. Great Recipe, Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh how I love meatballs! These are soooo much better than store bought meatballs. Perfect for the upcoming holiday parties. Thanks! YUM!

  7. 5 stars
    I just made these meatballs tonight for my husband after searching for an easy recipe that had good reviews. I was not disappointed!!! They turned out super yummy & moist. The recipe was quick, easy & I’ll be using it for years to come. Thank u for posting. I’ll be sure to check out your other recipes.

  8. 5 stars
    Love these meatballs however live in Texas and did not want to use oven on hot weather!! So……I cast iron browned the meatballs on stove then finished cooking in spaghetti sauce, so delicious!!!!! To make recipe my own, we like spice, added a little red pepper flakes to meatballs but great recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    these meatbALLs are incredibly delicious! I love adding them to spaghetti sauce & noodles. we have had them as appetizers & taste great alone, too.

  10. 5 stars
    This was my FIRST time making meatballs!!! Omg thIs recip is grea. It was very easy and delicious. My entire family loved it.
    Thank you so much for sharing this tasty recipe

  11. 5 stars
    A great way to make a batch of meatballs that you can use in a recipe or freeze foR later. Easy to put together and ingredients are always on hand.

  12. I have a question. In the video the recipe shows that you poured in buttermilk, yet the recipe is written using plain milk. Please advise me.
    Thank you!
    Nina Boyd

  13. 5 stars
    These meatballs are so easy & so tasty!! We had them over pasta & my family loved them! I didn’t know I was such the meatball fan!

  14. 5 stars
    I honestLy Never knew meatballs were so easy to make. I now maKe a double batch and keep several servings in the freezer to use in pasta dishes or for appetizers.

  15. 5 stars
    Im such a fan of any recipe that can be made ahead of time. For me it really helps in dEtermining what Im going to make. These meatballs make take a little time puttimg them together but its so worthwhile. They make plenty and very taSty!

  16. 5 stars
    I have been looking for a good easy meatball recipe for a while. This one is it!!! easy to follow directions creates a very good meatball. they freeze beautifully. i have a few friends who want me to share this recipe, and i think that is a very high compliment. thank you so much for sharing.

  17. 5 stars
    My son asked for meatballs for his fourth birthday during the shelter in Place order. Not only was this a simple Recipe with things I had on hand, it turned out to be Delish!! Seriously the best meatballs I’ve ever had… And my grandma is Italian. Don’t tell Her! Lol. Will definitely make these Again!

  18. 5 stars
    I have never made meet balls but this recipe seemed easy enough. Well, this recipe was extraordinary❣ Better than most meet balls I’ve ever had❣ Thank you❣

  19. 5 stars
    These are so easy to make. They are my go to when my GRANDKIDS ask for “sketti”. They love to help and this is a perfect recipe to teAch.