Homemade ground beef meatballs are easy to make, quick, and perfect for a weeknight dinner. They also freeze well to save for later!


This Meatball Recipe with Ground Beef is so simple and tasty!

I was never really a big meatball fan, just simply based on the fact that I have never really been a big fan of ground beef in general. All the others I’ve always had are a plain ball of ground beef. No thanks. I experimented with this a couple of different ways. In the end, this is the way that I like best. As I said before, my husband is anti-onion so I stick with the onion powder in this one. And if we’re all being honest here, as much as I like onions in things, I don’t like them in this recipe. They become a little over powering using the actual onion pieces.

I serve my meatballs a couple of different ways… on spaghetti (as shown above), Hawaiian meatballs in the crock pot, sweet and spicy meatballs in the crock pot, and in meatball subs. I’ll be sure to post some of those recipes on here in the future!

Can you make meatballs with just ground beef?

You will also need at minimum a small amount of egg in order to bind the meat together.

Ground Beef Meatball Recipe ingredients

  • lean ground beef – I personally prefer to use 90/10 for this recipe. You don’t want it to be too greasy.
  • egg – large eggs work best and best sure they are still fresh
  • onion powder – using a high quality, fresh onion powder will give the best flavor, but you can also swap this out for fresh, finely minced onion
  • salt – coarse kosher salt gives excellent flavor without making it too salty. The Worcestershire sauce and the parmesan will both have salty flavor
  • Worcestershire sauce – a unique taste that will pack these meatballs will tons of flavor
  • Pepper – freshly ground black pepper is excellent, but if you don’t have freshly ground that’s okay too
  • Parmesan cheese – freshly grated parmesan will give the best melting results inside the meatballs, but the pre-shredded kind is an excellent alternative
  • Panko breadcrumbs – you could substitute these with original style breadcrumbs if that is what you have on hand

What kind of beef is best for meatballs?

I like to use a 90/10 ground beef. It still has a little bit of fat without being too lean and doesn’t add a lot of grease to them.

How to make Ground Beef Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Your hands will work best to get it all fully incorporated.
  3. Form 20 golf ball size balls and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. You can also use a cookie scoop to get uniformly sized meatballs and then roll them smooth in your hands.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and let them cool slightly before serving.

At what temperature do homemade meatballs in oven cook?

Homemade meatballs cook at 400°F in the oven for 15 minutes.

How long do you bake meatballs in the oven?

You’ll want to bake meatballs in the oven for 15 minutes at 400°F.

How long to bake meatballs at 400?

Bake meatballs for 15 minutes at 400°F.

Ways to serve this Ground Beef Meatballs Recipe

Meatballs are so versatile! You can serve them various ways including:

Storing Homemade Meatballs with Ground Beef

  • Store homemade meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

They also freeze incredibly well. Place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, place them in a resealable bag or airtight container and only pull out as many as needed.

Meatball Recipe Ground Beef FAQs

How do you make meatballs stick together?

The key to making sure the meatball mixture sticks together is having the right liquid-to-dry ingredient ratio. If they are too wet or too dry they will fall apart.

What is the secret to making good meatballs?

The secret to making good meatballs is packing them with flavor and not overcooking them. You want them to be seasoned well and still tender and juicy when baked.

Do you put egg in homemade meatballs?

I put 1 egg in homemade meatballs to help it stay together. Don’t put too many eggs because you don’t want the mixture to be too wet or for them to have any egg taste to them.

What keeps meatballs from falling apart?

Having the right ratio of wet to dry ingredients keeps meatballs from falling apart.

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Ground Beef Meatballs Recipe

By: Sweetly Splendid – Kara Myers
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Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Servings: 20



  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Form into small golf ball size balls and place on a foil lined baking sheet. I like to use my small cookie scoop to get uniform sized meatballs.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.


WW Freestyle Points: 1


Serving: 1meatball, Calories: 134kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 236mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Be careful not to mix too much. Mixing the ground beef too much will make it tough. Form into small golf ball size balls and place on a foil lined baking sheet. I like to use my small cookie scoop to get uniform sized meatballs. Bake for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Serve however you like!

These can also be frozen for future use.


Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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