Easy Basic Meatballs
- Ready In:
- 1 lb ground beef (we also use ground turkey)
- 1⁄2 - 2⁄3 cup dry breadcrumbs (can also use seasoned crumbs)
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1⁄4 - 3⁄4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 small onion, chopped (approx 1/4 c)
- 1 egg
- Combine all ingredients and shape into 20-24 meatballs (1 to 1-1/2 inches each).
- To oven bake: preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place in ungreased 9x13 pan (you may want to line it with foil for easier clean-up).
- Bake 20-25 min or until light brown and cooked through; turn meatballs halfway through, if desired, to help maintain a round shape.
- To pan fry: Cook in skillet on medium heat, turning as needed, until brown (approx 20 min).
- To microwave: Place in micro-proof 12x7 pan and cover loosely.
- Micro on high for 3 minutes; rearrange meatballs.
- Cover again loosely and micro until brown inside, approx 5-7 min more.
- Let stand covered for 3 minutes.
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I've used this recipe since finding it on here almost 10 years ago. This has been my go-to meatball recipe. I always make a double batch. They don't last long! For those curious about oven temp, I've baked these at 375* for 30 minutes, turning them once after 15 minutes. I make them about 1.5 to 1.75 inch I size. I do make a few changes: For the original recipe I add: 1/4 tsp ground pepper, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder (or 2-3 fresh cloves, minced), 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (instead of the 1/2 cup called for), and 1/2 tsp of onion powder in place of the fresh onion. Hope everyone loves this recipe as much as we do!
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.