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Grandma’s Swedish Meatballs

My mother made these hearty meatballs when we were growing up, and now my kids love them, too. My daughter likes to help shake the meatballs in flour. —Karin Ness, Big Lake, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 10 crackers)
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, divided
  • Hot mashed potatoes
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • Mix first 4 ingredients. Add beef and sausage; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls; toss with 1/4 cup flour, coating lightly.
  • In a large skillet, brown meatballs over medium-high heat. Add 2 cups broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until meatballs are cooked through, 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove meatballs with a slotted spoon. Mix the remaining flour and broth until smooth; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Return meatballs to pan; heat through. Serve with mashed potatoes. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 348 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 846mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Julie
    Nov 6, 2020

    Absolutely Love these! My entire family does too. I’m very glad that they aren’t like traditional Swedish meatballs. I make these often

    Jun 1, 2020

    I made this last night

  • casalori
    May 28, 2020

    This was not anything like the Swedish meatballs I have ever had. Won’t be making them again.

  • scotland1
    May 11, 2020

    When my mom would make Swedish Meatballs for dinner, she would use ground beef, tear up the bread, beat up one egg, added just a little bit of milk, salt and pepper and then mom would roll up the meat balls into balls. Mom wold pan fry them. Yummy. Sure was good. Mom would not use any other spices. For this recipes, sorry I have to give it 3 stars.

  • Lindsey
    May 22, 2019

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  • thehawk12237
    Jan 23, 2019

    Ahhhh, no. That didn't taste anything like Swedish meat balls. The pork sausage spoiled it. Couldn't taste the beef. Sorry but no, that wasn't good.

  • Eve
    Dec 29, 2018

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  • ekarmst
    Oct 16, 2018

    As Swedish meatballs go, this is a keeper recipe. The gravy was excellent. Very comforting for supper on the first evening of snow. I recommend if you understand that this dish could be considered a little bland. So much better than the recipes that use soup. So good.

  • sstetzel
    Oct 1, 2018

    These were so good!! We served over whole-wheat egg noodles instead. Definitely a keeper.