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Basic Meatball Recipe

Basic Meatball Recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, meatball
Servings: 6
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Heather


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with foil and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  • Mix Panko bread crumbs with milk and let sit for 2 minutes. Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl and then add the soaked crumbs.
  • Combine all of the ingredients and then form into golf ball size meatballs. Place directley on foil or on a rack. 
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve. 


  • Soak the Panko bread crumbs in milk before you add them to the mixture. This step helps to keep the meatballs moist and tender. 
  • Try using a small ice cream scoop to form same size meatballs. This helps to ensure that they all cook evenly. 
  • Don't overdo the mixing. Too much mixing can mean tougher meatballs.


Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 354mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.8mg