Using the standard ground beef and ground pork mixture, this Meatball Recipe will be your go-to recipe whenever you need meatballs. With all the ways you can cook these meatballs, it’s fun to find your favorite way and serve them as is or pair with your favorite sauce. These would pair perfectly with Skins On Mashed Potatoes! For other meatball varieties, try my turkey meatballs and chicken meatballs! These would also be wonderful in my Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe!
It’s not really clear how meatballs originated, but I am certainly happy these round balls of meat came to be so popular! With all the varieties of meatball recipes out there, including turkey and chicken meatballs, it’s sometimes nice to stick with a more basic and traditional meatball. In this recipe, I combined ground beef and ground pork which had that flavor I was looking for. For a saucier meatball, give my Honey BBQ Meatballs and Teriyaki Meatballs a try.
There is no reason to buy frozen meatballs anymore, especially once you make your own. In fact, you can make enough to have your own frozen stash of the popular appetizer to have ready any time you need!
Ingredients (full recipe below)
- Ground beef
- Ground pork
- Parmesan cheese
- Black pepper
How to Make Meatballs
It’s easy to make these Meatballs. As I said, you will probably choose to make your own meatballs from now on and skip the frozen ones. First, combine the ground beef, ground pork, egg, cheese, parsley and salt in a large bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, combine the milk, breadcrumbs, garlic, and onion. Add the milk mixture to the ground beef mixture. Don’t overmix all the ingredients. If you overmix the ingredients, it will make the meatballs tough. Just get the ingredients combined for the most tender meatballs. I would suggest that you grease your hands before you start forming the meatballs. Finally, place each ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet to be baked. I was able to make 24 meatballs out of this batch, but it does depend on how big you want to make them. Just double-check that each meatball reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Depending on the size of each meatball will determine the baking time.
How to Pan Fry Meatballs
For perfectly seared meatballs, roll the ingredients into the size of meatball you want. Over medium heat, in a large skillet, heat up 2 tablespoons of butter. Place the meatballs in the skillet, browning them on all sides. Again, you can check for doneness by making sure a meat thermometer reaches 165°F.
How to Make Meatballs in an Instant Pot
For a quick way to make these Meatballs, get out your instant pot and have meatballs ready in just a few minutes! Combine all the ingredients, just like you would do when baking them. Pour one cup of beef broth to the base of the instant pot. Then, put the meatballs on the rack that is just above the broth. Cook for 7 minutes and after the beep, push the button to allow the pressure release. That’s it! Serve them with your favorite sauce or add them to a marinara sauce.
Can I Freeze Meatballs?
Yes! Isn’t it great when you can have a meal ready to go ahead of time? Meatballs are great to freeze and reheat when you are ready to eat them! You have a couple of options when it comes to freezing the meatballs. The first option would be to bake them as instructed and let them cool down completely. Put them into freezer bags and freeze them for up to 3 months. Remember to date the bags so you know how long they have been in the freezer! You may also want to write how to reheat the meatballs–bake for 25-30 minutes at 400°F.
Meatballs can also be frozen before you bake them. Follow all the instructions up to the baking of the meatballs. Then, on a parchment-lined baking sheet, pop them into the freezer for an hour or two. After they are frozen, store them in the freezer bags, remembering to date them and write the baking instructions.
Looking for More Appetizer Recipes?
This standard beef and pork meatball is the perfect base to hold your favorite sauce.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, beaten egg, cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix together until just combined.
In a medium bowl, combine the milk, breadcrumbs, garlic, and onion.
Add milk mixture to the meat mixture being careful not to overwork ingredients.
Form into desired size meatballs, greasing hands before starting to keep the meat from sticking, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Place in preheated oven and roast until the outsides are browned and they read 165°F on a meat thermometer (about 25 minutes).