Meatball Recipes

Meatballs aren't just for spaghetti! Find all the ways to make these little globes of deliciousness including Swedish meatballs, meatball sliders, turkey meatballs, and more.

Staff Picks

Turkey and Rice Meatballs (Albondigas)

Rating: 4.5 stars
As these turkey and rice meatballs simmer in the sauce, the rice absorbs moisture, swell ups, and creates a relatively tender, moist meatball. I didn't intend this recipe to be a Thanksgiving dinner alternative, but now that I think about it, these could actually work. These are delicious served over saffron basmati rice.

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Rating: 4.2 stars
This is an easy recipe that can be prepared in a slow cooker for a great hot meal at the end of the day. Serve with hot cooked spaghetti noodles.

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Rating: 3.4 stars
Teriyaki sauce is made with sake or mirin, soy sauce, and sugar. It's mixed with fresh ginger and minced chicken to make these sweet and delicious chicken meatballs - a perfect combo with freshly steamed white rice and broccoli.

Bren's Italian Meatballs

Rating: 4.74 stars
The perfect addition to any tomato sauce.

Danish Meatballs with Dill Sauce

Rating: 4.35 stars
This is a very tasty, but unique, meatball recipe perfect for holiday parties. For some reason, men love these! I have found that purchasing pre-made meatballs cuts the prep time significantly and tastes good, too.

Spanish-Style Albondigas in a Sunny Mediterranean Sauce

A meatball dish to savor. Rich tangy meatballs in a rich savory tomato sauce. Brilliant all year round.
By Anonymous

Chef John's Ricotta Meatballs

Rating: 4.6 stars
Ricotta-spiked meatballs are so tender, so flavorful, and so delicious. There are hardly any ingredients. Of course we're going to throw this over some spaghetti, because we're Americans and that's what we do with meatballs.

Bon Appetit's Meatballs

Rating: 3.89 stars
Fry the meatballs in oil and butter--they're great just like that. Or if you are going to add them to a pot of sauce, leave them slightly undercooked so as to not overcook them in the sauce. If you're adding them to the Meat Gravy, put them in about 1 hour before serving.

Air Fryer Meatballs

Rating: 4.93 stars
After cooking meatballs in the air fryer, I will never bake them in the oven again. The insides stay nice and tender while the outsides get a slight crisp on them. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze for later use. I have included those directions in the notes. Dip meatballs in marinara, if desired.

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Rating: 4.54 stars
This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago -- it's great.

Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs

Rating: 4.33 stars
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. The recipe also includes cooking directions for stovetop cooking or cooking in the oven. Hope you enjoy as much as our family does.

Margaret's Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

Rating: 4.31 stars
This is my yia yia's recipe--a family favorite straight from the village of Kyparissia. 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. If you don't care for lamb, try using all beef instead.

Inspiration and Ideas

Meatball Nirvana

Rating: Unrated
"Three of my kids had two meatball subs apiece. My son said it was better than Subway's meatball sub. WOW, is what I thought!" – mis7up

Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

Rating: Unrated
"This was DELICIOUS! Meatballs were super tender." – hineybuns

Johnsonville® Italian Meatballs

Rating: 4.59 stars

Using ground Italian sausage plus a few simple ingredients makes these flavorful meatballs extra-easy.