Australian BBQ Meatballs


These delicious meatballs get even better the next day my whole family loves them! The sauce is also great on ribs.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • 2 small onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon margarine

  • 2 small onions, chopped

  • ¾ cup ketchup

  • ½ cup beef stock

  • ¼ cup steak sauce

  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, 2 onions, curry powder, Italian seasoning, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually mix in the milk until you have a nice texture for forming meatballs. You may not need all of the milk. Form the meat into balls slightly smaller than golf balls. Place them in a greased baking dish.

  2. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Once the meatballs are in the oven, start making the sauce straight away.

  3. Melt the margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining onions, and cook until browned. Stir in the ketchup, beef stock, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, instant coffee, brown sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are done.

  4. Remove the meatballs from the oven, and drain any excess grease. Pour the sauce over them, and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.

  5. These meatballs taste even better after they have been left to rest for a while to soak up the sauce. I usually make the recipe at lunchtime and let it cool. I put it back in the oven at about 200 degrees for approximately 15 minutes to reheat for dinner. This is not necessary but it makes it taste even better!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

546 Calories
20g Fat
69g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 546
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 1689mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 25mg 126%
Calcium 195mg 15%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 1090mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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