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Quick and Simple Meatballs

Keep a batch of these meatballs in your freezer for an easy weeknight meal. This simple meatball recipe can be used for pizzas, sub sandwiches, in soups and more. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 35 min.
  • Makes
    24 meatballs


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/3 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine eggs, water, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and seasonings; mix well. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake, uncovered, until no longer pink, 15-18 minutes.

  • Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatballs in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in the microwave.
Nutrition Facts
3 meatballs: 276 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Danica
    Feb 10, 2021

    Very easy to make and the meatballs were delicious. Next time I wouldn’t put so much onions as well as I need to shop the onions more as I had allot of chunks of onions. Also, I recommend that you bake them more then the recommended time. I baked them 18 minutes on 375 and then I turned them and baked them for 10 minutes..

  • Amanda
    Dec 5, 2020

    Really really delicious! I changed the recipe a lot. Brad crumbs are really hard to get here currently, so I used saltines. I did not use water. I used melted butter. I put about a tbs of onion, the garlic and all of my spices in the butter as it was melting, then added that to the crumbs, parm, and eggs. I also added about a tablespoon of lemon juice bc that’s something add to my meatloaf. I used a melon baller to keep them uniformly shaped and sized Everyone went nuts when I put them in homemade bread bowls and marinara from scratch.

  • Elaine
    Aug 13, 2020

    These were quick and easy!! Delicious baked and fried. My favorite is in Sweet Uncle Ray's Barbecue Sauce. Yummy...nm

  • MeanOldMom
    Jul 25, 2020

    Tasty! These are good, and versatile! However, they need to cook longer and hotter. When they were barely 100 degrees after 20 minutes, I turned up the heat to 400, and let them go another 10-15 minutes.

  • Brian
    Jul 20, 2020

    The recipe doesn't say how much beef ?? Kinda weird

  • Casey
    Jun 13, 2020

    My family loves these. I do 1-lb beef and 1-lb of ground pork, instead of all beef. They are easy to make, freeze well, and you can just pull them out of the freezer for a quick weeknight meal. Good by themselves, meatball subs, pasta sauce, etc. very versatile. So glad I found this recipe!

  • Beth
    Apr 23, 2020

    Great recipe, huge hit with my kids and husband. I love that this is made totally with pantry staples that I have on hand. Made enough for a generous supper with about the same amount going into the freezer for another night.

  • oreo95
    Apr 18, 2020

    Just finished making these to put in freezer for meatball subs when looking for a quick simple meal. Very simple recipe, a little different than my usual one when making sauce and meatballs. Made recipe exact with the exception of used romano cheese instead of parmesan. Will definitely add to my recipe box!

  • Janie
    Apr 10, 2020

    Gosh, I really liked these! They were easy to make and the taste was delightful. I used them for meatball subs, so I make them on the small side so that they would fit in the buns that I had. Actually, they were so good that I ate them alone without the bread and marinara sauce. They were just as good the next day as leftovers, too. Thank you!

  • Queenlalisa
    Feb 8, 2020

    These were really flavorful without a lot of work. I added them to some jar sauce. Fast delicious dinner. Family loved it!