Meatball Recipe That’s Easy to Make

Meatball Recipes are great to have on hand if you make a lot of stuff with pasta or other noodles. I know it’s a lot easier to just buy some pre-made, but it’s actually pretty fun to put these together and you can experiment with adding different types of meats or seasonings.

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What You’ll Need to Make This Meatball Recipe

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What it isNameWhere to Buy
CookwareSkilletAmazon
CookwareBig mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareKitchen scaleAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoonsAmazon
CookwareSmall kitchen knifeAmazon
CookwareCutting boardAmazon
CookwareBaking sheetAmazon
CookwareAluminum foilAmazon
CookwareParchment paperAmazon
CookwareMeat thermometerAmazon
Ingredients1 LB ground pork, 72% lean/28% fatStore
Ingredients1 LB ground beef, 80% lean/20% fatStore
Ingredients1/4 tsp oreganoStore
Ingredients1/4 tsp parsleyStore
Ingredients1 clove of garlic, minced or 3/4 teaspoon of minced garlicStore
Ingredients1 large eggStore
Ingredients1/4 cup breadcrumbsStore
Ingredients30 grams/about 1 ounce parmesan cheeseStore
Ingredients1 to 1.5 tablespoons olive oil (for the skillet part)Store
IngredientsSalt/Pepper to TasteStore

If I made this over again, I might go actually hunt down some veal instead of the meat I used. Technically, true Italian meatballs would use that but it’s way cheaper to go pork/beef. The other thing is that I used a little too much olive oil (2 tbsp’s) in the skillet and so all the meatballs were kind of coated in it when they were done baking.

At the same time, if I threw these into some pasta with red sauce, butter, and cheese, it wouldn’t really matter. The other thing is that I didn’t really use any salt and pepper and that took away from the taste but otherwise these were great.

Let’s get start with step 1 of this meatball recipe. First, grab a big mixing bowl.

big mixing bowl

Then, grab the ground pork. You don’t have to have the exact same kind, although going extra lean might not be as good.

ground pork

Throw all of that into the bowl. Unless you don’t want to make as many meatballs.

ground pork in a bowl

Next, grab your ground beef for the meatball recipe. This whole process is kind of similar to making meatloaf.

ground beef

Throw that in the bowl, too.

You could mash it around at this point if you want, but I’m waiting until all the other ingredients are in there to mix it around.

Next, grab some minced garlic. You can also chop up a clove, but I figured it’d be easier to just buy some like this and save the time.

minced garlic

If you do what I did, measure out 3/4 teaspoon of the pre-minced garlic. You’ll need a measuring spoon for that.

measuring spoon

Measure out 3 of those 1/4 teaspoons of the minced garlic. Dump them into the bowl with the meat.

meatball recipe

Next, grab an egg for this meatball recipe.

egg

Crack the egg into the bowl with the meat. Be careful not to let any shell get in there.

cracking an egg for meatball recipe

Next, get your bread crumbs.

bread crumbs

Grab a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

Measure out 1/4 cup of the breadcrumbs and dump those into the bowl.

dumping breadcrumbs for meatball recipe

Next, grab the parsley

parsley

I bought waaaaaaay too much for this meatball recipe. But we’ll get to that part in a minute.

washing parsley

Wash it properly.

parsley about to be chopped

Yea, I could take about 20% off that parsley. Maybe more like 99%.

Chop and measure out your 1/4 tsp of parsley.

chopping parsley

Throw it into the bowl for mixing so you get that good parsley taste.

meatball recipe

Next, grab your oregano. You don’t need it to be super fresh or anything like I had. I actually had some dry oregano in the cabinet but didn’t see it so this one in the picture accidentally went on the shopping list.

You’ll need 1/4 tsp of this, too. So, just like the last thing we did, eyeball the number of leaves that look like that much and wash them.

washing leaves for meatball recipe

Cut those up as finely as you can.

chopping greens

Throw them into the bowl, too.

throwing oregano into the bowl for the meatball recipe

Again, you can always mix this around while you’re prepping it. Next, grab your kitchen scale.

kitchen scale

Then, get the parmesan cheese.

parmesan cheese

Measure out about 1 ounce of that.

measuring cheese on a kitchen scale

Dump it into the big bowl.

dumping cheese in bowl for meatball recipe

Once that’s in there, it’s time to mix things around.

hand mixing a meatball recipe

This is probably a good part to add at least a teaspoon of salt. I didn’t do that, but I wish I had. You can also preheat your oven to 350 degrees F at this point. Alternatively, it’s safe to wait until the meatballs are in the skillet before setting the oven.

preheat oven to 350

My meat kind of looked like a human brain after mixing it around in the bowl. As funny as that looks, it’s time to start breaking it up into the meatballs.

meat

The size of the balls of meat for this meatball recipe can vary. I went with small-medium sized ones.

meatball recipe balls of meat

Next, get some olive oil.

olive oil

You’ll also need to get a tablespoon measuring spoon for this meatball recipe.

tablespoon

Measure out 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil and pour it into a skillet that’s at medium to low heat. That’s so you can basically brown the meatballs but not go over the top with cooking them. That’s the oven’s job.

pouring olive oil into skillet

Next, put the meatballs into the skillet. After 3 minutes, flip them and cook on the other side.

meatball recipe

Use a fork to flip them over and make sure none get too stuck to the skillet.

After those are done, put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and aluminum foil for this meatball recipe. They were halfway (just flipped) in the below picture.

It’s okay if they get a little bunched up on the baking sheet.

baking sheet with meatballs

Put them into the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F

meatballs

When the timer goes off, make sure that they’re at least 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer.

As you can see, there’s a lot of excess olive oil goin’ on there. Mine got a little overdone but for the most part they were good.

meatball recipe with thermometer

That’s pretty much it! It wouldn’t hurt to check the temperature on a few of them in this meatball recipe just in case one didn’t quite get as done as the others.

Notecard Version

Mix 1 LB of ground pork, 1 LB of ground beef, 1 ounce of parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon of oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of parsley, 1 egg, 3/4 teaspoon of minced garlic, about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl.
Mix together by hand and create small balls of meat. Set them on a plate and put a skillet on medium-low heat.
Put 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet and put the meatballs in. Cook for 3 minutes and flip with a fork, cooking the other side for 3 minutes. Use the fork to make sure they don’t stick to the skillet, too.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and the foil with parchment paper. Put the partially cooked meatballs on the sheet and baking in the oven for about 20 minutes. 20 was plenty for me, as you can see in the above pics.

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Bob Buckley

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