Meatballs are actually pretty easy to make at home and can be used in so many different recipes!
These easy, oven-baked, homemade meatballs are flavor-packed and absolutely irresistible on top of your favorite dish of spaghetti! They are tender and juicy and are the perfect addition to so many different meals! These are great to keep stocked in your freezer for those nights when you don’t want to be in the kitchen or when you’re exhausted after a long day at work. This is a simple recipe that you will be making for years to come! The possibilities are endless with what you can use these for: spaghetti, meatball subs, appetizers and more! I have been making this exact recipe for many years and they always turn out amazing. The whole family loves these and anytime we bring them as an appetizer, they disappear fast!
To make these easy and delicious meatballs, start by adding 2 pounds of thawed ground beef into a bowl with 1 pound of thawed breakfast sausage. Next add the rest of the ingredients: 2 eggs, ½ cup of Italian bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon each of garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika and ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Gently mix all of the contents together making sure not to squeeze the mixture or overwork it. This is important because overworking the mixture can lead to tough meatballs.
Now it is time to form the meatballs. Gently form the meat mixture into small meatballs and place them onto a rack on top of a baking sheet. Once all of your meatballs are formed, bake them in the oven at 400º for about 25 minutes. When the meatballs are finished cooking, pull them out of the oven and go ahead and serve them with dinner, or let them cool then freeze!
This meatball recipe is a great one to print and keep in your stash of your favorite recipes! It is a family favorite that can be made quickly for busy weeknight meals. I love how well these freeze too; it is always nice to have some made up that we can throw in some spaghetti or use on some leftover subs! You can form the meatballs as big or as small as you’d like. This recipe usually makes about 55 average-sized meatballs when I make them. Make up a batch of these easy homemade meatballs for your family, I hope you enjoy them!
Helpful Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
When mixing the ingredients, make sure to not overwork or squeeze the meat mixture which will result in a tough meatball. When mixing, I prefer to use my clean hands or use gloves.
To freeze the meatballs, place them onto a tray and flash freeze in the freezer for 30 minutes, then take them out and place into freezer bags.
I typically get about 55 meatballs out of this recipe. The amount will vary depending on how big or small you make your meatballs.
Use these meatballs for just about anything! Make some meatball subs, spaghetti with meatballs, or place them in a crockpot for a BBQ-grape jelly appetizer. The possibilities are endless!
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- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 lb original breakfast sausage
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp each of salt and pepper
- 1 TBSP each of garlic powder Italian seasoning, and paprika
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl being sure not to overwork or squeeze the meat mixture. Not overworking them will help keep them tender.
- Gently form meatballs and put on a rack on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.
- Enjoy! This is our go to meatball recipe and we love having them ready to go in the freezer! I get about 55 meatballs from this recipe, but it really depends on how big you make them.