All Purpose Freezer Meatballs

Recipe by T. Woolfe
READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 12 balls


  • 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 1/2 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.


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