No-mess meatballs! Just pat the meat mixture into a pan and bake… This is a fantastic way to prepare meatballs as I hate mauling the hamburger to make them round balls (less handling of the meat). You can also put your own spin on this by adding the spices you prefer.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a 9x12-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

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  • Mix the egg and onion together in a mixing bowl. Add the ketchup and ground beef, then season with pepper, salt, Italian seasoning, and bread crumbs; combine until evenly blended. Place the mixture into the prepared pan, and pat into an 8-inch square. Use a table knife or metal spatula to cut the square into 6 vertical strips, then cut the strips horizontally into 6 pieces each for a total of 36 pieces. Do not separate the pieces, just press through the meat to separate it.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain off any grease, and separate the meatballs with a knife to serve.

Cook's Note

Freeze the meatballs by separating them into recipe-size portions and placing in freezer containers or resealable freezer plastic bags. Freeze for up to 2 months. To thaw, microwave on Defrost for 4 to 6 minutes or until thawed.

Nutrition Facts

273.1 calories; 22.1 g protein; 10.8 g carbohydrates; 117.5 mg cholesterol; 445.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2010
I tried this today and it was very easy and fast! I made some brown gravy and put them into it and served with mash potatoes and veggies. I also added some mexican spice with the italian spice and it was a great taste! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2010
Quite good for such an easy recipe. In the future I might add green pepper or garlic but the flavor is very well balanced if made as described. 1lb. of beef doesn't go too far so if you want to have extra for additional meals or have more than 2 people you want to feed more than twice off of this you might want to double it. Time saving and a good idea. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2010
I tried this today and it was very easy and fast! I made some brown gravy and put them into it and served with mash potatoes and veggies. I also added some mexican spice with the italian spice and it was a great taste! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2010
Quite good for such an easy recipe. In the future I might add green pepper or garlic but the flavor is very well balanced if made as described. 1lb. of beef doesn't go too far so if you want to have extra for additional meals or have more than 2 people you want to feed more than twice off of this you might want to double it. Time saving and a good idea. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2011
Love how easy and effective this was! My girls just discovered meatballs and I have been buying them in the frozen section. I wanted something easy to make where I control the ingredients. The technique is ingenious and it will be a staple in my house. I look forward to playing with ingredients. I tripled this recipe and will be freezing many of them. Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/02/2011
These were simple and tasty. I wouldn't call them sophisticated so if you are trying to impress someone they wouldn't be my first choice - however I'll probably make these for my family going forward because they are so simple. I did add garlic powder and would possibly swap out the ketchup for spaghetti sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2011
Easy and tasty! This was enjoyed by my whole family and my parents. I used Mrs. Dash Italian Blend Seasoning for my seasonings and I added it it plain bread crumbs as well. That gave it lots of good flavor and I didn't need the optional salt. I also used dried chopped onion. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2011
I'm giving this 4 stars just for the sheer ease of making it. But instead of putting the mixture into a 9 x 12 pan and shaping it into an 8" square why don't you just bake it in an 8" square pan which is what I did! The taste was okay nothing special but very easy to make and the square meatballs look cute. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2011
Very delicious I added more ingredients - Chopped Garlic Worcestershire Sauce and Garlic Salt. Cooked in a loaf pan also tried with a little A-1 when done not bad either. I will make it again possibly with cheese on top or wrapped inside. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2011
just made it andddddd love it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/02/2011
Meat mixture was too soupy to hold it's shape added 3/4 c breadcrumbs. Taste was bland added plenty of Lawry's Seasoning Salt. Read More
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