Grammie Miller's Swedish Meatballs

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Lindas Busy Kitchen

My grandmother's mother and father were both off the boat from Sweden in the late 1800's. This is my grandmother's recipe from her mother, so if your looking for a REAL Swedish Meatball recipe, here it is, straight from the home land! I had this recipe many times growning up, as my mom loved to cook it for us... This is GREAT served over cooked buttered noodles, as a main dish with veggies, or over potatoes. I LOVE IT both ways!

Top Review by Sunny In Florida

These meatballs were simple and easy to prepare. The flavors were mild but delicious. We had alongside buttered noodles and poured some of the gravy over the noodles and it was awesome! Thanks to you for sharing this recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb lean hamburger
  • 12 cup dried breadcrumbs (about 4 slices of toasted bread put in the blender, or you can use the crumbs in a can)
  • 1 egg
  • 23 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons onions, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 18 teaspoon pepper
  • 18 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Mix hamburger and bread crumbs.
  2. Beat egg in milk, and then add to meat mixture.
  3. Add onion, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and mix well. Form into 1" balls.
  4. Put about 1/4 cup of oil in a frying pan. Put on high to heat, then turn down to med. heat, and put in meatballs.
  5. Cook on all sides, browning until they are almost burned, but please don't burn them, just brown them well.
  6. When done take out meatballs, and put in a dish.
  7. To Make Gravy:.
  8. Put 2 cups water in the frying pan, along with the juices. Let come to a boil.
  9. Meanwhile, in a cup put in 3 T. cornstarch, and fill the rest with COLD water, and mix.
  10. Add to the frying pan juices to thicken into a gravy, adding a little at a time, until you get desired thickness.
  11. When gravy is on the thick side, add meatballs.
  12. Let cook on med. heat for 15-20 minutes.

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