15 Easy Meatball Recipes perfect for Football Season! I’ve included my favorite beef, chicken, turkey and pork meatballs! They make awesome appetizers or main dishes!
15 Easy Meatball Recipes
Remember these Slow Cooker Asian Sesame Meatballs I made last week. Well I wanted to keep the meatball fun going and share with you 15 Super Easy Meatball Recipes.
It’s no secret I love meatballs. They are not as hard to make as one would imagine and they can be made in so many ways and with so many variations. They make perfect appetizers or main dishes! Below I am sharing my favorite easy meatball recipes. Most of these recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less! Feel free to substitute either ground chicken, beef, pork or turkey for any of the meatballs. I always use what I have on hand! I have also included my tips for making the best meatballs below!
Here are a list of my favorite meatball recipes!
1. Super Tender Italian Meatballs: Super Tender Italian Meatballs. Loaded with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and garlic. They melt in your mouth and are incredibly tender. Takes less than 30 minutes to make!
2. Teriyaki Beef Meatballs: Super Easy Teriyaki Beef Meatballs. Serve as an appetizer or add rice to make it a meal. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
3. Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs – Creme De La Crumb
4. Honey Balsamic BBQ Meatballs – Iowa Girl Eats
5. Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup: Quick and easy one pot Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup. Loaded with arugula, spinach, broccoli and turkey meatballs.
6. Cheesy Meatball Skillet – The Cooking Jar
7. Thai Red Curry Meatballs: Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs. A quick weeknight dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to make.
8. Swedish Meatballs – Damn Delicious
9. Turkey Meatballs with Arugula and Mushrooms: Super easy pan fried turkey meatballs. A healthy dinner that can be made in 30 minutes or less!
10. Thai Meatball Lettuce Wraps – The Garlic Diaries
11. Slow Cooker Asian Sesame Meatballs: Super Tender Slow Cooker Asian Sesame Meatballs. Serve as an appetizer or add rice to make it a meal! Perfect appetizer for tailgating!
12. Salisbury Steak Meatballs – Damn Delicious
13. Asian Style Chicken Meatballs. Baked and tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian sauce. Serve as an appetizer or add rice to make it a meal.
14. Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Meatballs – Creme De La Crumb
15. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs – Damn Delicious
Tips for making the BEST meatballs!
- Don’t overwork your ingredients: Just like baked goods the more you work your meatball dough the tougher and chewier the cooked meatball will be. I like to mix the meatballs with my hands just until they are combined.
- Sear your meatball: I always like to brown my meatballs on all sides over very high heat. This adds so much flavor and helps to lock in the juices.
- Buy 80 / 20: When possible I like to use 80 / 20 in my meatball recipes to ensure the meatballs stay juicy and don’t dry out.
- Portion out meatballs: I like to use a cookie scoop to portion out meatballs. This keeps everything uniform and helps all of the meatballs to cook evenly and not dry out.
- Grease hands: When you are shaping the meatballs by hand I recommend lightly greasing or wetting your hands. This helps the meatball from sticking to your hands and help you to form a perfectly shaped meatball!
- Appetizer / Entree: I like to make my meatballs a lot smaller if I plan to serve the meatballs as appetizers so they are bite sized. Entree meatballs are a lot bigger and are about the size of a golf ball.
- Use different meats: I like to use a combination of meats when I am making meatballs. This adds so much flavor and helps add needed fat to leaner cuts of meats.
- Season your meatballs: Seasoning your meatballs are key! To test the seasoning of your meatballs take a small teaspoon of your meatball mixture and cook it in a hot pan. The mixture will only take 30 seconds or so to cook and you can taste test your meatballs before cooking the full batch.
- Keep your ingredients cold: This helps keep the fat from breaking down. I keep my eggs, cheeses and meats in the fridge and take them out right before I plan to use them. I also try not to overwork the dough with my hands. This will warm up the mixture as well.