This easy meatball recipe is so flavorful and delicious while being super easy to make. If you always thought homemade meatballs were too much trouble, make this easy Italian meatball recipe to see how simple it is. The flavor can’t be beat and you can use the meatballs in lots of recipes.
This easy meatball recipe is a family favorite!
I used to think it took too long and was too hard to make homemade meatballs until I tried this easy meatball recipe. Once I made these, I saw just how simple it is and they are amazing! Seriously, the flavor is just the best and much better than store bought.
Plus, the options are endless for this Italian meatball recipe. You can eat them alone or with your favorite sauce. We love this easy homemade barbecue sauce with the meatballs.
This is a great idea for dinner or even an appetizer. Serve these delicious meatballs for game day, parties and more.
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Let’s learn how To Cook Meatballs!
This is so very simple and your family will love this easy recipe.
Ingredients for this meatballs recipe easy and delicious:
- ground beef
- bread crumbs
- Parmesan cheese
- minced garlic
- Italian Seasoning
- salt and pepper
How To Make Meatballs:
First, add beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian Seasoning, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until combined.
Next, form into 1 or 2 inch meatballs. This should result in 24 meatballs. Place on a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
How to Bake Meatballs:
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Homemade meatballs tips:
I highly recommend using a cookie scoop. You will thank me later because it saves so much time on forming each meatball by hand.
Plus, it makes each meatball uniform and the entire process is just much easier. We use these cookie scoops to make cookies, cupcakes, meatballs and more.
They are not expensive at all and so handy to have. Amazon has some cookie scoops for very cheap. I bought the three pack, so I can use the smaller two for meatballs and cookies and then the bigger one to fill up cupcakes.
Trust me, you will love having these to use in the kitchen.
I also like to use one of these silicone baking mats for easy clean up. These will also get lots of use as well.
How to Freeze Meatballs:
I often double or even triple this recipe so I can keep meatballs in the freezer. It really makes it convenient to take out for a quick dinner or to add to a recipe.
If they are already in the freezer, dinner time is even easier. Tips like this help us get dinner on the table fast and take the stress out of busy weeknights.
I prefer to cook the meatballs as instructed and freeze them cooked. This way the meatballs are ready to go but you can do what works best for you.
Just place them in the freezer on the baking sheet and allow them to freeze completely. Then lay them in a freezer bag.
This makes it super easy to grab and go whenever you need them for a meal.
You definitely want to freeze some because they are amazing!
More ideas for this easy Italian meatball recipe:
Try using ground turkey instead of ground beef. You can also use a mix of both and the meatballs will be just as delicious.
I tend to use what is on sale at the grocery store or I already have in the freezer. 🙂 No one has ever noticed when I used ground turkey.
Just use what you have! By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget.
Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished. I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for something else!
Another idea is to add diced onions to the meatballs for even more flavor. I think they also help the lean ground beef from drying out as lean meat can sometimes do.
We actually keep diced onions in the freezer so it is so easy to just use in recipes like this. I use a food processor so it gets the onion really fine and the kids don’t even notice.
You definitely want to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.
If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.
I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.
This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
Give this easy meatball recipe a try!
This simple recipe really packs a punch and has tons of amazing flavor. Instead of buying store bought, try this delicious recipe and make a double batch for the freezer.
You can grab them for a quick meal or to toss into the slow cooker when you need a great meal. They really are so tasty.
Print this easy beef meatball recipe below:
Easy Meatball Recipe
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper to taste
- Add beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian Seasoning, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until combined.
- Form into 1 or 2 inch meatballs, into 24 meatballs.
- Place on a cookie sheet – Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
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