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Basic Meatball Recipe

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.
Nutrition Facts
Basic Meatball Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 meatball)
Calories 57 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.