Homemade Meatballs

These are my favorite homemade meatballs of all time.  Consistent results make a great home chef, and this recipe has never failed.  In addition, they hold their shape in pasta, sauces, and the ultimate meatball sandwich.

Once you get a good grip on the recipe with excellent results, you can have the confidence to use your kitchen creativity.   I love to make a batch of small meatballs and freeze them for quick football appetizers.  Place the frozen balls into a simmering sweet and savory sauce.  You will be snacking on them in just 15 minutes while watching the game.  Be prepared to share the recipe.  This is a keeper!

browned homemade meatballs served in a green bowl with a sprig of flat leaf parsley

De Froid Tip: Freezer Storage

Homemade Meatballs are the perfect freezer food.  As a result, I make large batches and freeze them.  You can flash-freeze them before you cook them.  I take these frozen raw homemade meatballs and plop them into a simmering red sauce for flavorful spaghetti and meatball dish.

In a second instance, you can cook the homemade meatballs and freeze them after they cool.  I use these on nights for a quick yet delicious meatball sandwich.

I am a huge proponent of a chamber sealer.  It is an investment.  For years I spent money on more expensive bags and vacuum sealers that didn’t consistently seal properly, so I took the plunge.  I am thrilled with this chamber vacuum and how many bags I get for the price.  Plus, it has perfectly sealed 100% of the time.  

6 homemade meatballs cooked and flash frozen and sealed in a chamber sealed bag.

Homemade Meatballs

Foodie de Froid
Servings 8
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
This homemade meatball recipe is made with delicious and healthy grass-fed beef. It is hands down my favorite meatball recipe as it makes consistent and delicious meatballs that stand up in pasta, sandwiches, and sauces!
5 from 1 vote


  • 2 lbs ground beef Grass Fed
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs Saltine
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese fresh from parmesan wedge
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 each eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth low sodium divided


  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl
    1 cup cracker crumbs, 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp dried parsley, 2 tbsp dried oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp Kosher salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Mix the the milk, eggs, and 1/2 cup of the broth into the dry ingredients
    1/2 cup whole milk, 3 each eggs
  • Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add the mixture from the small bowl. Use the pincher method to incorporate the ingredients into the ground meat.
    2 lbs ground beef
  • Shape the meatballs into 24 equal-sized round balls. (38 grams each)
  • Arrange meatballs on 2 rimmed baking pans leaving room around each meatball for the steam to surround it.
  • Split the remaining 1 cup of beef broth and pour half into each pan
    1 1/2 cups beef broth low sodium
  • Bake 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees

Kitchen Equipment

Meat baller This baller comes in two sizes. I use the large size for pasta dishes and sandwiches and the small size for appetizers.


Freezer Friendly:  These are a staple in our home and freeze beautifully.  I portion them out for meals and use my chamber sealer to bag them.  They keep at least six months in the freezer, although they never last that long.
Adjust the recipe for appetizer meatballs by dividing them into 48 individual balls.  Cook for 12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Calories 399


Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 26gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 716mgPotassium: 451mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 185IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 4mg
Keyword appetizer, game day, holiday, homemade meatballs, meatball sandwich, recipe, spaghetti and meatballs, superbowl
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