Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

I am always looking for a way to use up my zucchinis! This made a yummy and moist meatball. I use grass fed beef which can sometimes be dry This recipe produced 10 meatballs all just slightly larger then a golf ball. 5 meatballs per serving. Cal 236 Total fat 12.5 grams Sat Fat 4 Carbs 16 grams Protein 17 Fiber 2 grams

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 lb ground beef (i use grass-fed beef)
  • 8 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 3 basil leaves, large leaves (about a TBLS chopped fresh, less if dried)
  • garlic salt


  1. In a bowl mix with your hands the first 5 ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile shred the zucchini and sprinkle with garlic salt. Put shredded zucchini in a colander and put a weight on top to help drain as much liquid as possible in 15 minutes.
  3. Chop the basil.
  4. Add the basil and the drained zucchini to the meat mixture and mix well using your hands.
  5. Roll into balls and put on a sprayed baking sheet and into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. iIf using a high fat meat bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

My husband has an aversion to anything green, so I didn't tell him about the zucchini until AFTER he raved about this recipe. Now he wants me to make some more up for spaghetti, meatball subs and possibly a meatball soup. I loved the consistency of these and the flavor was incredible!

Mella7 September 04, 2010

A very nice, unexpected combination. I added a bit of ground coriander, it complements the zucchini very good. Even my husband liked it. I will make it again.

tokkelos September 03, 2010

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