Easy Meatball Recipe: The Perfect Meatball

Published on October 25, 2016 by Lauren

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  • Looking for an amazing and easy meatball recipe? You gotta try these. PERFECT. The seasoning is spot on. The texture is just how you like it. They are easily cut with a fork, but they won’t fall apart if you decide to cook them in sauce for a couple hours. Just make sure to use an awesome homemade spaghetti sauce with this easy meatball recipe!

    easy meatball recipe

    I’ve looked and tried several easy meatball recipes online. Some use a mix of beef, pork, and maybe veal. That doesn’t sound too easy to me. To be honest, there’s no reason to. Do yourself a favor… save time and money by just using 80/20 ground beef.

    It took me a few tries to get the ratio of meat, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese right. I arrived at 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 tsp of salt, and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese for each pound of ground beef. This results in the perfect texture and perfect level of saltiness.

    Also add in some garlic, pepper, basil, parsley, and an egg to keep it bound together. This is a very easy meatball recipe. But it is pure perfection.

    easy meatball recipe

    But one of the keys to getting this just right is to mix all of the non-meat ingredients first in a bowl (which I didn’t do in the picture above). I usually whisk them together. Then add the meat. Mix it all up just enough, but not so much that the meat is overworked.

    Once you make the balls, you can either fry them in oil (they get a nice crust on them if you do it this way), or you can just bake them. I’d also recommend tossing them in a nice sauce and simmering for a couple hours. They get REALLY nice if you do it this way.

    easy meatball recipe

    Easy Meatball Recipe

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    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
    • 3 cloves of garlic pressed or minced
    • 1 Tbsp dried basil
    • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1 egg


    • In a bowl, combine everything except the beef and mix well.
    • Add the beef and blend, trying not to work the meat too much (works best with your hands)
    • Form small balls of the meat and place on a cookie sheet.
    • Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (this could be longer or shorter depending on the size of the meatballs).
    • Place the meatballs in the sauce and simmer for at least a half hour.

    Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!

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  • This really is the BEST and easiest meatball recipe. I by a meatloaf mix from the store as my meat and I fry the meatballs before simmering in the sauce. The spice mixture is so easy to put together and is super tasty. I use gluten free bread crumbs to make this dish gf and I’m thrilled to have this recipe in my aresenol.

  • Perfect Meatball????
    I would say Perfect,Perfect Meatball!
    I made my own sauce and was ready to make the meatballas,,,,,I thought why not try something new?Did not tell hubby as he loves my meatballs the way they are.I waited for his reaction.And waited.When down to last bite he asked where did I get this recipe?I said from Lauren.He says well she must be Italian because these are really good!Truth is, he is Italian and his mom taught me how to make her mom’s red gravy and meatballas!Thank you for everything Lauren,I will be making your sauce next Sunday!

    • I want to put them in my crock of sauce…how long should I bake them before putting them in the sauce?

  • Can you please specify the quantity of Parmesan cheese in ounces … that way I can grate my own without ambiguity.

  • Love these meatballs!!!
    Can you help me adjust the recipe to serve 100 people?
    I was thinking of making larger meatballs (2-3 oz) and serving
    2 per guest.


      • Well there is nothing stating what size meatballs these make and how many. It would be good to know how many meatballs were originally made

    • That would take about 30 pounds of burger. So, 30 times the other ingredients also. I would probably do it in 10 pound batches to keep the mix consistent.

    • I would say one pound makes about 20-30 small meatballs like the ones that come in the sams or Wal-Mart bag so for 100 ppl try 4 to 5 pounds just to be on the safe side

  • Absolutely fantastic! This was my first time making meatballs and my family was aghast! It is absolutely fool proof! Fool proof meatballs I would call this recipe. I will be sure to keep an eye on other recipes that you post. Really like what you’re doing here

  • Thanks so much for this recipe. I too added mozzarella cheese in the middle and let them simmer in sauce after baking. Turned out perfect!

  • I use shredded parmesan cheese and shredded Swiss cheese and Pako bread crumbs. After baking the cheeses melted out but stayed with the meatballs when dropped in the sauce. Only change the family enjoyed. Good recipe.

  • I just used this recipe for my dad’s health issues and fussyness, but tweaked it quite a bit. They came out fantastic!
    * Used Angus 93% and added quality extra virgin olive oil to the mixture to make up for the fat loss of the meat
    * 1 1/4 lbs of meat made about 25 meatball a little smaller than golf ball size
    * used @ a tbs of minced roasted garlic
    * a tablespoon Worcestershire
    * 1 organic large egg
    * 1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan/regiano and additional 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan (never to much cheese!)
    * pan fried then on medium heat until 3/4 cooked then added my homemade sauce – simmered on low until done
    * lots of fresh parsley

  • My family wanted me to find a recipe that didn’t taste like meatloaf. I found it! It was simple to make and there were no onions to chop. It was easy and delicious. It’s a “keeper”!

  • Just made these for dinner. And I have to say the whole house smells AMAZING. And my husband is in love! I did add some onion flakes to the recipe. And I doubled the recipe. I’m going to freeze half and make meatball subs for dinner tonight! It’s a great basic recipe. Would be great no matter what sauce you use

  • I have basically used this same recipe for many years. I soak my breadcrumbs in a bit of milk and it makes the meatballs even more tender. Excellent recipe. Delicious.

  • Are dried bread crumbs used, eg, Italian style, or does this recipe call for regular bread? I neither bake or fry my meatballs, but just toss them in the simmering pot of homemade sauce. They cook nicely and don’t fall apart. Your thoughts.

  • I made approx. 24 with the 1lb beef recipe. For 100 meataballs i would do 5 lbs and 5× the ingredients. But then again thats for a normal sized meataball.

  • How long will it take to make these from start to finish?
    I have a 3 hour window. Will that be enough to simmer the meatballs in?
    Thank you 🙂

  • My granddaughter didn’t have any bread crumbs so she took garlic croutons and put in a baggie and smacked them down to crumbs and use those. Awesome meatball. She used turkey instead of hamburger. She also had the mixer left over so she crumbled up the left over to brown in the pan and added spaghetti sauce so u had meatballs and the loose of the same flavor in the spaghetti itself.

  • I made these tonight and they came out so good! Your recipe is very easy to follow and it tastes very Italian. Not only did me and hubby enjoy them but so did my 2 year old! Adding this recipe to my dinner rotation. Thanks!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this receipe. I’ve been making meatballs for years but your’s is by far the best!!! Do you have any other recipes? I’d love to try them.Rena

  • I’m embarrassed to say that I am in my 60’s and been screwing up meatball recipes for years. My dear Mother in Law made the best meatballs and the recipe is exactly the same as yours. Why I ever deviated from this recipe I will never know.
    When I made these my husband said, what did you do? These meatballs are great!
    Thank you for posting this. Sunday is Sauce and Meatball Happy Day again!

  • It took about 20 minutes to gather ingredients and construct the meat balls. 1 pound of 90/10 ground beef resulted in 18 meatballs. Next time I will add a touch of olive oil to replace the low fat content. I will also up the salt a pinch more. Everything else was perfect. After simmering in home made tomato sauce for a little over an hour everything was tender and flavorful. Served over some classic spaghetti this these meatballs are great.

  • Hi – was looking for an easy meatball recipe and happened upon yours! I tripled the recipe to take 1/2 on vacation, 1/2 to freeze. (tripled seasonings too).
    I would advise anyone, that if you want to double/triple, etc. recipe that you make them in 1lb separate batches. It was way too difficult to get the dry mix equally among such a large amount of meat.
    I would also suggest cook the 1st batch, taste and adjust seasonings to taste. I didn’t really need all that salt. Thank You Have a Great End of Summer!

  • We are having an amazing tomato season so I decided to make my own sauce… and used your recipe. I saw your link to make meatballs as well… and they are JUST as awesome as the sauce!!! Thank you for sharing.

  • In my search for an easy meatball recipe I found yours. Made them…love them! I received so many compliments on your recipe, which I followed to a T. When I went back to pin the recipe I had closed Pinterest. Ahhh! I tried to remember the ingredients and did pretty well, however, I wanted “your” recipe. After searching for an hour,
    through many meatball recipes, I finally found it! Pinned it right away this time. Thanks for sharing your delish recipe!

  • Was looking for a homemade meatball recipe. First one I tried and- I’m done looking. I double the recipe with a slight tweak. Use 1 1/2 tsp of salt, 3 tbs of parsley,4-5 garlic cloves and double everything else. Since I form big ones I bake for 20 mins and then turn over and bake them another 5 and then simmer 30 minutes in sauce. Definitely use 80/20 ground. Soo easy and haven’t had a unhappy customer yet.

  • I love this recipe, I use it all the time and have bookmarked it on my computer. I don’t use the sauce but I love the meatball part as I think they taste A-MAZ-ING!

  • loved this recipe my fiancé isn’t a big fan of garlic so i opted out of using it and they still tasted amazing

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