Easy Basic Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is originally from the Betty Crocker cookbook. My 3rd and 4th grade daughters are learning to cook and this is simple enough for them, but turns out well enough to serve to guests. (When they use this recipe, they usually sub 1/4-1/2 tsp onion powder for the chopped onion.) It's also a very versatile recipe: sometimes we also add other spices -- oregano, basil, thyme for Italian food or cinnamon and mint for Greek food.) We always oven-bake these, though there are also pan-fry and microwave options in the cookbook that we've not tried. Also good to cook ahead and freeze for later use.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground beef (we also use ground turkey)
  • 12-23 cup dry breadcrumbs (can also use seasoned crumbs)
  • 14 cup milk
  • 14-34 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 12 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped (approx 1/4 c)
  • 1 egg


  1. Combine all ingredients and shape into 20-24 meatballs (1 to 1-1/2 inches each).
  2. To oven bake: Place in ungreased 9x13 pan (you may want to line it with foil for easier clean-up).
  3. Bake 20-25 min or until light brown and cooked through; turn meatballs halfway through, if desired, to help maintain a round shape.
  4. To pan fry: Cook in skillet on medium heat, turning as needed, until brown (approx 20 min).
  5. To microwave: Place in micro-proof 12x7 pan and cover loosely.
  6. Micro on high for 3 minutes; rearrange meatballs.
  7. Cover again loosely and micro until brown inside, approx 5-7 min more.
  8. Let stand covered for 3 minutes.
Most Helpful

These are so easy to throw together! I followed the recipe exactly except using 1 TB minced onion instead of a reg onion. I put them on a cookie sheet into the oven at 400 degrees for 24 minutes and they were delicious on spaghetti. I did forget to turn them over half way through and wish I would have, not only to keep them more circular, but to get that crispy brown on both sides. We had none left. Next time I will definitely make a double batch.

leclairfamily12345 October 23, 2015

Would help to have the oven temperature on this. I'll try it at 400.

Ron Roo July 16, 2014