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.

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The Best Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 1588
I never knew how to make good meatballs until I found this recipe. I normally make mine with just ground beef and they still taste great. I've used the combination of pork, beef and veal and they are equally good. Definitely use fresh bread crumbs and freshly grate your cheese instead of using the canned really does make a difference.

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Rating: 4 stars 679
Flavorful meatballs that are quick and easy to prep for the slow cooker.

Fast and Friendly Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 1070
These oven-baked meatballs are fast and easy to prepare and very kid-friendly. You can serve them with pasta and spaghetti sauce or just eat them with ketchup, as my children do. Feel free to substitute lean ground beef for the ground turkey. The turkey should have at least 7% fat.

Turkey and Rice Meatballs (Albondigas)

Rating: 4.5 stars 101
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.

Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 280
Beef meatballs filled with little rice "spikes" cooked in tomato sauce.

Bren's Italian Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
The perfect addition to any tomato sauce.

Danish Meatballs with Dill Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 71
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

Rating: 5 stars 2
A meatball dish to savor. Rich tangy meatballs in a rich savory tomato sauce. Brilliant all year round.
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Chef John's Ricotta Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 419
Using plenty of ricotta cheese gives these Italian-inspired meatballs in sauce a tender texture. Serve over spaghetti.

Air Fryer Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars 24
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.

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Rating: 3 stars 6
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.

Margaret's Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

Rating: 4.5 stars 76
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 4452
"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 798
"This was DELICIOUS! Meatballs were super tender." – hineybuns
The Best Meatballs
Rating: 4.5 stars 1610

Meatballs made with ground beef, veal and pork, with garlic and Romano cheese. Finish cooking in your favorite marinara sauce.