All Purpose Freezer Meatballs

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by T. Woolfe

Having frozen dry meatballs is handier than pockets in a shirt. From subs to spaghetti/with they are another one of those things that make cooking well for one possible. This is a conglomeration of a number of recipes that seems to work.

Top Review by Shirl J 831

Made a batch of these last night as well as some of carlas both were excellant.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb fine ground beef (At least 85%. Even better grind your own.)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut to fit through the grinder
  • 12 cup panko breadcrumbs or 12 cup fine unseasoned breadcrumbs (plus some to roll them in)
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon old fashioned tasty and smelly blackstrap/sulphered molasses
  • salt, to taste as you would a meat loaf.


  1. I mix the Panko ginger allspice salt and egg in a small bowl.
  2. Ginger, allspice, and Molasses MAY and likely SHOULD be increased Run it all, with the beef, through the FINE die on your food grinder.
  3. If you do not have a grinder, purchase the beef fine grind, at least twice through the grinder.
  4. And chop the onion fine in your food processor.
  5. I'm looking here for a very dense end product.
  6. Mix well by hand.
  7. Form into no-larger-than-pingpong ball size.
  8. Roll lightly in that excess Panko or bread crumbs I forgot to tell you to put in a plate.
  9. Place on a grill rack, Hopefully fine grate enough so they don't fall through.
  10. Oven at 400 (preheat).
  11. Bake about 20 min OR until that instant thermometer reads 145+.
  12. Let them cool completely and put what you're not going to use now in a freezer bag.
  13. That extra roll in Panko keeps them loose in the bag.
  14. For use?
  15. Put the balls and some (jarred) pasta sauce, gravy, whatever you fancy in the microwave to heat.
  16. Place in/on bun, spaghetti, hash browned or mashed potatoes, rice, or whatever the spirit moves you to.
  17. It's a handy meal-in-a-hurry.
  18. Enjoy and let me know any other uses you can find.
  19. T.

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