25 Creative Ways to Make Meatballs

Chicken Sriracha Meatballs on a white plate
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The great thing about meatballs is that they can be as simple or dressed up as you want. And everybody loves meatballs! So whether you're sticking with traditional Italian meatballs, meant for swimming in sauce with pasta, or you want to switch things around and serve up Sriracha chicken meatballs to guests as a spicy appetizer, our collection of top-rated meatball recipes has you covered. From Mexican albondigas to Scandinavian meatballs, from Greek- to Asian-inspired variations, these creative meatball recipes span the globe!

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Danish Meatballs with Dill Sauce

Danish Meatballs with Dill Sauce over pasta

Made with the trifecta of beef, pork, and veal, these meatballs will become a new dinnertime staple. Serve over egg noodles for soaking up the extra dill-infused sauce.

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Turkey and Rice Meatballs (Albondigas)

Turkey and Rice Meatballs over rice in a red bowl
Chef John

"As these turkey and rice meatballs simmer in the sauce, the rice absorbs moisture, swell ups, and creates a relatively tender, moist meatball," says Chef John. Using smoked paprika and ground cumin gives the tomato sauce an extra depth of savory flavor.

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Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs on a white plate

Equal parts salty and sweet, these teriyaki chicken meatballs can rival your favorite takeout. All you need is some freshly steamed rice and broccoli and you have a complete meal.

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Bren's Italian Meatballs

Bren's Italian Meatballs on a beige plate
Buckwheat Queen

If you want a classic Italian meatball, this is the recipe for you. Made with fresh breadcrumbs, pecorino Romano cheese, and minced parsley, it's the ideal companion for a plate of spaghetti.

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BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs

BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs

Delicious served on skewers or tucked into a slider bun, these tender meatballs are glazed with a sweet and smoky barbeque sauce. Whip up a batch for your next tailgating event and keep them warm in your slow cooker.

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Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

Served up in a rich and creamy gravy, these Swedish-inspired meatballs are perfectly spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Best part? They're even better the next day, making it a great recipe for leftover.

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Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs on a red plate

Your standard beef meatballs are dressed up with soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple pieces, and bell peppers in this unique and colorful dish.

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Margaret's Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

greek meatballs

"This is my yia yia's recipe — a family favorite straight from the village of Kyparissia," shares Shandeen Gemanis. "Serve as an appetizer or with tzatziki, Greek salata, and pita or pasta for a full meal. They taste best served at room temp and make for wonderful leftovers."

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Chef John's Ricotta Meatballs

Chef John's Ricotta Meatballs on pasta and a beige plate

This meatball recipe keeps things simple while also keeping it flavorful. Ricotta cheese adds a richness to the meatballs, ensuring they stay perfectly tender for serving over pasta.

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French Onion Beef Meatballs

French Onion Beef Meatballs

These meatballs have two secret ingredients that create an ultra savory dish: dry French onion soup mix and bottled Italian dressing. Together they create ultra rich meatballs that can be used for subs, pasta, or as-is in appetizers.

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Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs on a white plate
France C

Take all your favorite parts of chicken cordon bleu and transform them into bite-sized meatballs. As a bonus, these keto-friendly meatballs are low-carb, perfect for pairing with zucchini noodles or riced cauliflower.

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Giant Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs

Close up of Giant Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs

Bacon makes everything better and these meatballs are no exception. Serve with barbeque sauce for dipping.

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Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs

Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs_by kgora_on a white plate

Studded with rice, porcupine meatballs are great for stretching your grocery budget. "This is, by far, the best recipe for porcupine meatballs I have ever had. This is a recipe that was given to my mom when she married back in 1970," says Melinda S.

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Chinese Pork Meatballs

Chinese Pork Meatballs on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

Studded with fresh ginger and green onions, these meatballs take on an Asian flair. "Pork meatballs are deep-fried until golden, then simmered in a seasoned chicken stock," says recipe creator Chelsea.

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Chicken Spinach Meatballs

Chicken Spinach Meatballs on a white plate

These colorful meatballs are an easy way to get picky eaters to try spinach. As a bonus, they freeze well, so you can double a batch for easy meals in the future.

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Weeknight Sauerbraten Meatballs

Weeknight Sauerbraten Meatballs in a red dish

"This is a quick recipe to enjoy the sauerbraten flavor without waiting 5 days for a beef roast to marinate," says recipe creator lutzflcat. "And you'll have plenty of gravy to spoon over your buttered egg noodles and potatoes."

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Chicken Sriracha Meatballs

Chicken Sriracha Meatballs on a white plate

These chicken meatballs are a world of flavor and texture. Each bite is packed with Sriracha, cilantro, water chestnuts, and grated carrot.

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Egyptian Meatballs

Egyptian Meatballs
Egyptian Meatballs. Buckwheat Queen

Using a whopping two pounds of leeks, these Egyptian-inspired meatballs are anything but boring. Contributor Marie Angel Cat suggests serving them over a bowl of couscous with a drizzle of sour cream.

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Thai Meatballs in a Tomato Coconut Curry Sauce

Thai Meatballs in a Tomato Coconut Curry Sauce being stirred in a red pot
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"These Thai-inspired meatballs are packed with bright and aromatic flavors and simmered in a fragrant tomato coconut curry sauce," says recipe creator France C. "Serve over jasmine rice or rice noodles."

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Bulgogi Meatballs

Bulgogi Meatballs in a white ball

Get all your favorite flavors from bulgogi beef in these tender meatballs. Featuring sesame oil, fish sauce, and Asian pear, they stand on their own as a main dish or an impressive appetizer.

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Persian-Inspired Meatballs

Persian-Inspired Meatballs on a white plate

"Advieh, herbs, and pomegranate molasses give these lamb meatballs a Persian flair. Serve with flatbreads and yogurt or over a green salad," suggests recipe creator LauraF. "If you go the salad route, include some fresh herbs and pomegranate molasses to match the meatballs."

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Spicy Chicken Curry Meatballs

Spicy Chicken Curry Meatballs on a white plate

Ground chicken is transformed with the addition of heady spices like garam masala, cumin, and cinnamon. Simmered in a tomato curry sauce, these meatballs are perfect for spooning over freshly steamed rice.

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Pesto Turkey Meatballs

Pesto Turkey Meatballs on a plate with salad

Using pre-made pesto means these meatballs are a snap to make. In half an hour you can have them on the dinner table.

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Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs I

A classic way to serve meatballs, the super-simple cocktail glaze is made from combining chili sauce and grape jelly for the ultimate sweet and spicy coating.

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Bacon Meatballs

Bacon Meatballs on a white plate

Transform breakfast's leftover bacon into a wow-worthy dinner. Chopped bacon, onions, and garlic ensure these meatballs become a new family favorite.

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More Marvelous Ways to Prepare Meatballs

two plates of spaghetti with meatballs
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