The Amazing Swedish Meatball

"Yowza! These Swedish Meatballs are fabulous! Very easy to make with such simple ingredients, and they're just delicious. This recipe has been in my family for years - friends and family wait all year to eat them."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Lightly grease a 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, chopped onion, bread crumbs, egg, and milk. Season with parsley, Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Mix well with your hands. Shape into walnut-size balls, and place on baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Turn frequently so they brown evenly on all sides.

  • In a saucepan, combine oil, flour, paprika, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook over medium heat until sizzling. Stir in hot water and sour cream until smooth and heated through.
  • When meatballs have cooked 30 minutes, pour sauce over the top, and return to the oven for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • These meatballs are great alone, but are also delicious poured over egg noodles.

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  1. muddydog
    OK, sometimes I think grrr, how can you rate a recipe when you changed it so much? I used this recipe for just the meatballs, as I have my own sauce. So I am rating the meatballs alone. They were great! I doubled this recipe so I could freeze some for another meal. Made 64 meatballs with my medium pampered chef cookie scoop. I also used dried minced onion instead of mincing my own (just followed the instruction on bottle for how much dried = fresh). Did not double the salt & pepper, as a previous commenter thought they were too salty. I also only had panko breadcrumbs on hand, so I used those. Thanks!
  2. Dreamer in Ontario
    Wonderful meat balls. These were enjoyed by all tonight. I used 2 lbs of meat as I had guests for dinner and wanted to be sure to have enough. Now there'll be a bit left over for dh's dinner tomorrow night. Made for ZWT9 Soup A Stars.
  3. Bayhill
    We enjoyed these quick and easy Swedish meatballs. I liked the fact that I usually have all these ingredients on hand, so I can make them whenever I need a quick meal. I got 27 meatballs and they fit perfectly in my 9" x 13" baking dish. Next time, I would reduce the salt in both the meatballs and the sauce as it was a little too salty for our tastes. I served these over egg noodles. Thank you for sharing the wonderful recipe. Made for ZWT 9 Scandinavia for The Apron String Travelers.
  4. Karina B.
    I liked this very much. Instead of hot water, I used beef broth. It makes a lot of sauce!
  5. Diane in Burbank, CA
    I don’t want to rate because of all the great reviews. Must’ve been me as this did not work for us. Incredibly bland. Sauce needed something more like Worcester and/or beef broth. I’d skip the ground pork and stick with all beef. It did smell good while cooking just, sadly, zero flavor. Not sure the problem.


  1. strawberrybird
    Mmm... this was lovely. Although it wasn't my all time favorite swedish meatball recipe, it was definitely up there. Easy to make and very yummy. However, next time I might use onion powder or dehydrated onion instead of mincing the onion myself; I can never get it small enough to fold into the meatballs properly. We ate it with brown rice and it was just right.


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