Recipe: Meatballs

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Makes aprox 3 doz meatballs

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tbsp chopped, fresh parsley OR 1 ½ Tbsp dried parsley
2 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground chicken
1 ½ cups bread crumbs 
3 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp Worcester sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and parsley. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes until onion is translucent and garlic is cooked. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Grease the bottom of two – 9×13” pans. (I sometimes need to add an additional 8×8” pan depending on the size of the meatballs.) Set aside. 

Place ground beef and ground chicken in a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients, including the mixture from skillet. Using your (clean) hands, mash and mix to combine everything together in the bowl. Stop as soon as all ingredients are incorporated. 

Pans ready. Time to mix!
Fresh from the oven.

Take a small amount of the meat mixture and roll it into 1.5” or 2” balls. Place into one of the greased pans. Continue doing this – place so the meatballs are tight together but not touching – until all of the meat mixture is used up. 

Place in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 mins. 

Remove meatballs from oven and allow to cool. Enjoy!


Once meatballs have cooled completely, remove from pan and placed on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and place in freezer overnight. 

Remove from freezer. Place frozen meatballs into a large, zip-top bag. Store in your freezer until ready to use. 


You can thaw meatballs in the fridge overnight. You can add frozen meatballs to your favorite sauce in a pan over medium-low heat, cover and allow the meatballs to thaw while the sauce heats up. 

FOR BBQ MEATBALLS (pictured here) 

Place equal parts store-bought BBQ sauce and maple syrup in a saucepan. Add the juice from 1 orange and whisk everything together until it’s combined. Add frozen meatballs to the pan and gently stir to coat with the BBQ mixture. Place the saucepan over medium-low heat, cover and allow the meatballs to thaw as the sauce heats up. If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the lid after the meatballs have (mostly) thawed and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. 


  1. sherry Burley says:

    Definitely going to try these. I’ve been looking for a good meatball recipe using items that I already have.

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