Delicious firm Italian meatballs wrapped in crisp bacon.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Mix ground beef, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, bread crumbs, garlic, onion powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, and basil in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Form meat mix into 2-inch meatballs.

  • Wrap half a bacon slice around a meatball; turn the meatball around 45 degrees and wrap a second half-slice of bacon around the meatball so the meat is enclosed by bacon. Repeat, forming 12 meatballs and wrapping each one in 2 half-slices of bacon. Place wrapped meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet with seam sides down.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are no longer pink inside and bacon is crisp, about 45 minutes. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Pour off excess grease.

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; protein 27.4g; carbohydrates 4.7g; fat 21.4g; cholesterol 134.1mg; sodium 648.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2013
This was very good! I had a lot of fun making this dish and it went well with my other dishes!! My family thoroughly enjoyed it too which makes it that much better. Plus there is bacon! haha Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2016
These were easy to make but a little bland for me. Next time I probably will spice them up a bit or throw some barbecue sauce into the mix or glaze them with it before I cook them. Read More
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2013
This was very good! I had a lot of fun making this dish and it went well with my other dishes!! My family thoroughly enjoyed it too which makes it that much better. Plus there is bacon! haha Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2013
I tried this recipe idea but tweaked it in a few ways: 1) I used diced onion rather than onion powder; 2) I omitted the salt and pepper; 3) I added a couple tbsps of tomato sauce; 4) I baked the large meatballs on a rack over my baking pan for 30 minutes then turned them over and continued baking to evenly cook the bacon. They were delicious and we will be having them again soon;) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2014
Amazing meatball recipe. I used diced onion instead of powder. I also used more bacon as each meatball required (in my opinion) an entire slice. I often make giant meatballs but didn't think to wrap them in bacon. Genius! I use a muffin tin to hold the meatballs in shape. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2014
This was fantastic. We placed a stick in the meatballs and poured bbq sauce over them. The meatballs were very flavorful. The bacon was not very crispy even though I baked in a convection oven. I recommend increasing the temperature to 425 for the last 5 - 10 minutes to crisp up the bacon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2016
Tried this a couple of days ago. Was a huge hit..!! Made a few changes chopped walla walla onions instead of onion powder used 2 lbs of hamburger and 1lb of sausage also used the rings of walla walla onions to wrap the outside of the meatball then wrapped with bacon. Another item I added was milk I believe 1 cup. I saw this in another recipe and decided to try it. It was a great addition along with some Worcester Sauce and bar b que sauce(Sweet Baby Rays) 1 cup. We have friends over every Wednesday and they have requested these meatballs again and they want to come over early to help make them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2013
The meatballs were a big hit! These are practically a main course by themselves though very large and filling. Next time I might cut the size down a bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2017
Love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2015
Great recipe! But I found it a bit easier to cook the bacon crisp and put bacon right into the seasoned ground beef Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2017
Good recipe. I made smaller meatballs (I think I ended with 18) and used 1 pound ground turkey with 2 pounds ground beef because that is what I had on hand. I used 2 different types of bacon because I bought the cheap thin type and had part of a package of thick cut already open. The thin cut crisped up quickly and was much more crunchy than the thick cut - which never crisped up much even with longer cooking. I love this as a basic recipe that I can adapt and change according to what I have on hand. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2016
These were easy to make but a little bland for me. Next time I probably will spice them up a bit or throw some barbecue sauce into the mix or glaze them with it before I cook them. Read More
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