Never underestimate the power and versatility of a Simple Meatball Recipe!

Simple and economical, ground beef can be turned into the most delicious of meals with an array of flavors that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.  Make this recipe as a base for other meals, like sliders, meatballs, spaghetti, and more. This is the best classic meatball recipe ever!

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Simple Meatball Recipe


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Simple Meatball Recipe

  • These homemade meatballs are so easy to make and they go great with all kinds of recipes that call for them. The ever-so-popular meatballs and pasta, small appetizers, sliders, and rice. The possibilities are endless.
  • These baked meatballs are great for freezing. Double, triple the batch and freeze in meal-size portions. Frozen meatballs from the freezer will be ready to cook for those busy nights on the go.
  • Ground beef is such a mild-flavored cut of meat (and cheap too), making it the best for adding to a variety of sauces and spices.

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Ingredients & Variations

THE MEAT The main ingredient in this recipe is ground beef, however, these would also taste good with a combination of pork and beef.

THE ADD-INS Flour serves as a binder for these simple meatballs. On a gluten-free diet? Then replace the flour with quick-cooking oats or almond flour.

VARIATIONS Cook these meatballs in the oven, fry them in a pan on the stove, or cook them in the Crockpot. Change up the spices, omit the oregano and add a teaspoon of cumin, some salt, and pepper. Add a splash of Sriracha to give them a spicy kick.

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How to Make Homemade Meatballs

Have these homemade meatballs ready in no time!

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Form into balls.
  3. Bake as per the recipe below.

Best Meatball Tips!

  • To make more dense meatballs, use the flat paddle on the stand mixer.
  • Use an ice cream scooper, as this will ensure that the meatballs are all the same size.

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Ways To Serve Meatballs

There are countless ways that these meatballs can be served. Make them as appetizers with this CrockPot Cocktail Meatballs recipe. Make these meatballs and add some mushrooms and Homemade White Gravy. And of course, we can’t forget the ever-so-popular Italian tomato sauce with meatballs on the stove or in the Crockpot like this Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs.  And for lunch or dinner, there are these Instant Pot Meatball Sliders. Or make them a little spicy by adding a little sriracha, or toss them with some BBQ sauce and serve them on a bed of rice.

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Simple Meatball Recipe

This homemade meatball recipe is made with simple ingredients and quick and easy preparation!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ onion minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed.
  • Form into 1 inch round meatballs and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.


  • Serving size is approximately 5 meatballs.
  • Beef should always be cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160°F.
  • To make more dense meatballs, use the flat paddle on the stand mixer. 
  • Use an ice cream scoop for consistently sized meatballs.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American

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