Isn’t it strange that meat somehow tastes better when it is rolled up into little, bite-size balls?
Rolling ground meat into spheres has been one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread, and we just can’t imagine life without them. Yes, we’re talking about the staple ingredient of many of our comfort meals: meatballs.
These juicy little lumps work perfectly with so many dishes and have become an all-time favorite of so many around the world. There is just something so comforting about a bowl of meatballs, no matter the dish that they have been served within.
While I’m sure we’re all satisfied enough by sticking meatballs into pasta and sub sandwiches alike, why stop there? There are so many delicious dishes that can be made using these tiny balls of goodness, and you’re going to love all of them.
You may have heard of some of these recipes throughout the years, but we guarantee there will be some included in the list below that you would never have dreamed of tasting. Plus, they are all so simple to make at home! Thanks to this list, you will never need to waste your money by traveling to your closest restaurant just to try some tasty meatball recipes ever again.
So, no more wasting time: let’s jump straight into it! Here are 45+ meatball recipes for you and your nearest and dearest to enjoy together.
Baked Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce
Starting off the list, we have a dish that has the perfect combination of savory and sweet. Soaked and stewed in a delicious garlicky, lemony sauce, these succulent turkey meatballs are absolutely bursting with flavor.
Plus, turkey contains considerably less amount of fat compared to most other meats, so you can enjoy these meatballs almost free of guilt. Tasty food and low calories: this is definitely a win-win situation!
Banh Mi Meatball Sandwich
If you are a fan of Vietnamese meals, and you love sandwiches (come on, who doesn’t?), this has got to be the perfect recipe for you.
Generously garnished with jalapeno peppers, pickled vegetables, and a sprinkle of cilantro, this pork-based sandwich is a spicy treat that will leave you wanting more. Give it a try!
Beef Kofta Curry (Meatball Curry)
Have you ever tried making your own meatball curry? If not, you definitely should. This delicious mix of meat, herbs, and spices will spice up your night without a single doubt, and will surely become a new favorite for everyone.
For the best results, try it with a side of rice or naan bread… or, why not both? No one is going to stop you.
The Best Meatball Sub
Here we have the ultimate sub sandwich that anyone could ever ask for. Crisp, toasted bread filled with juicy meatballs marinated in a thick, tomatoey sauce, topped with a thick layer of bubbling, melted cheese: this truly is the sandwich of our dreams.
There is a reason they call it the BEST meatball sub. A true classic that cannot be beaten.
Bun Cha (Vietnamese Meatballs)
Next up, we have a traditional Vietnamese recipe straight from the streets of Hanoi.
Often served atop a bed of rice noodles and smothered in fresh veggies, these barbequed pork meatballs are packed with flavors that can only be dreamed of… well, unless you make this recipe for yourself.
Butter Chicken Meatballs
Maybe you have tried butter chicken before, but have you tried butter chicken meatballs? If you haven’t, you need to give these a try as soon as you possibly can.
These chicken meatballs swimming in a creamy, silky sauce are absolutely to die for, containing just enough spice to give this dish that extra kick.
Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders
We all love meatball subs, so why not give meatball sliders a try? Top some toasted, garlicky rolls with a generous amount of beef meatballs smothered in sweet marinara sauce, and sprinkle some (or, a lot of) cheese and Italian herbs over the top.
Then, melt until the cheese is bubbling and oozing to your heart’s delight. This is what dreams are made of.
Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup
Here is another classic comfort food with a twist. Nothing makes us feel more snug and cozy than a big steaming bowl of noodle soup. However, it may be time to update this classic recipe: instead of using chunks of chicken, why not throw in a couple of chicken meatballs?
Once you try making your soup this way, there may be no turning back.
Okay, okay, we know what you’re thinking: why would you mix meatballs with a sugary, fizzy beverage? Well, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
The coca-cola gives the tomato sauce a rich, tangy flavor, giving the meatball-based dish a little more excitement. You can eat them on their own, or serve them with a side of pasta or rice.
Creamy Cajun Chicken Meatball Pasta
There are so many things in this world that are just meant to be together: peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, chips and salsa… and, of course, meatballs and pasta.
Nothing quite beats it. Try mixing your meatballs and pasta in some creamy, Cajun sauce, giving this classic, basic recipe a kick. Plus, it’s dairy free!
Creamy Parmesan Chicken Meatballs
A good, cheesy sauce is something to be thoroughly savored, and this one is no different. Coat your chicken meatballs in a smooth parmesan-based sauce and allow the flavors to soak up before serving up a huge portion for yourself. This creamy dish is one you do not want to miss out on.
Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs
If you’re looking for an easy, delicious meal to make for yourself and your loved ones, try this Thai specialty with some additional, crunchy meatballs.
While the meat is still juicy and fresh on the inside, the outside coating has a crisp texture that will crumble in your mouth. These fried meatballs are absolutely gorgeous.
Dutch Meatballs (Bitterballen)
Next up, we have more crunchy meatballs on the list! Once you have tried these recipes, it may be hard to return to your usual, tender balls of meat.
Bitterballen is a specialty that comes straight from the Netherlands: rolled-up meat and veggies of your choice coated in breadcrumbs, fried to perfection. As the Dutch would say, heerlijk!
Easy Baked Meatballs
This classic, feel-good recipe tastes amazing paired with so many sides, and can also be enjoyed on its own. These are the meatballs we dream about.
All you have to do is cook them up in some tomatoey, garlicky sauce, and top with some grated parmesan cheese. This meal is so quick and easy to create yourself.
Greek Meatballs (Keftedes)
Isn’t it pretty cool to think that so many countries around the world have their own version of meatballs? Here, we have a dish from Greece, and they are just as tasty, thoroughly filled with flavor.
Try pairing your Keftedes with a side of toasty-warm pita bread, and some smooth tzatziki sauce. So delicious!
Greek Meatballs (Soutzoukakia)
Don’t worry, we’re not repeating ourselves: while Keftedes are dry meatballs to be enjoyed with on their own, Soutzoukakia meatballs are stirred into a velvety, thick wine sauce bursting with flavors and aromas of tomatoes, cumin, and cinnamon. These oval-shaped balls are so tasty and so easy to make.
Grilled Mediterranean Turkey Meatball skewers
These colorful skewers will take you to the Mediterranean beaches, even if you are stuck in your own house. While the turkey meatballs may seem like the usual type on the outside, they are stuffed with feta cheese and olives, creating a tangier, juicer texture and flavor. These are a treat that you need to try for yourself!
Italian Meatball Soup
There are not many meals that are as quick and easy to throw together as a soup, and this recipe is no exception to the rule!
All you have to do is mix up some juicy, tender meatballs in a saucepan along with some stock, vegetables, and Italian seasoning. This soup is a beautifully tasting dish, perfect for those cold winter nights.
Italian Wedding Soup
While this is a classic entree found on menus of most American Italian restaurants, this modern wedding soup is so tasty and easy to create for yourself.
Pair this dish with some crusty bread to mop up the excess soup, and don’t forget a glass of wine to create the perfect, hearty meal.
Meatball Baked Ziti
Meatballs and pasta are the perfect pairings, and this filling dish is no exception. Throw some deliciously tender pork and beef meatballs into a baking dish, along with some marinara sauce, Italian herbs, and a whole lot of cheese, and grill until the cheese is all gooey over the top. Nothing beats a classic cheesy pasta dish, filled to the brim with meatballs.
Now we are cooking on gas. If you are searching for a tasty bowl of comfort food that will surely warm your heart and soul, look no further than this meatball casserole: tender meatballs stirred in with a thick tomatoey sauce, layered atop a bed of cheesy mashed potatoes. This one-pot dish is so quick and simple to create.
Is it possible to beat a beautifully stewed meatball parmesan on a cold, cozy night on the couch? We don’t think so.
The thick mixture of soft, succulent meatballs and tomato sauce with gooey cheese melted within is undeniably good and should warm you up from the inside out. This is a true classic that cannot be beaten.
Hey, did someone say ‘pizza night’? Get the whole family together to feast on this tasty meaty twist on the Italian classic: not only is it so easy to make, but it’s so fun!
Prepare to make a mess in your kitchen while sloshing sauce and scattering cheese all over the place, and don’t forget to throw a couple of meatballs on top.
Mexican Meatball Soup (Albondigas Soup)
Next up, here’s a twist on a specialty soup straight from Spain, despite it being known as a popular Mexican dish. Albondigas soup is so quick and simple to make, and you will not regret taking the time to whip it up!
Using meatballs peppered with little grains of rice, mix well with some beef stock and tasty vegetables to create your own hearty soup.
If the previously mentioned Asian flavors weren’t enough for you, why don’t you try this meatball dish borrowed from Mongolia?
Cooked with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, green onions, and many other vegetables and spices, the flavors and aromas made through this dish will leave you craving the leftovers for days on end.
Moroccan Meatballs and Egg Tagine (Kefta Mkaouara)
This healthy, tasty dish is definitely not one to miss out on. Simmer a batch of meatballs with some tangy, spicy tomato sauce before cracking some eggs on top, allowing all the flavors to fuse together over time.
This Moroccan meal tastes even better with a couple of slices of crusty bread. Delicious!
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
If the very idea of this dish alone does not cause your mouth to water, there may be something seriously wrong (or maybe you just don’t like cheese… which is also actually pretty hard to understand).
Juicy, tender meatballs filled with oozing mozzarella: it’s hard to imagine a tastier type of meatball to serve with some marinara sauce.
Philly Cheese Steak Meatballs
Next on the list, we have more cheesy meatballs! These mini bites are like tiny Philly cheese steak sandwiches without the bread… although, you could use them to fill a sandwich if you wish.
In fact, that sounds like an excellent idea. You could also serve them with some pasta or potatoes, or you could simply eat them alone. These meatballs taste great regardless!
Pineapple BBQ Meatballs
While the ‘pineapple on pizza’ debate is still being fought to this day – FYI, we’re Team Pineapple – one bite alone will be enough to convince you that pineapple and barbeque sauce go great with meatballs.
The combination of salty and sweet flavors compliment each other so well, and they’re pretty nutritious too.
No, these are not meatballs made out of porcupine meat. These meatballs are usually made from ground beef and rice, the rice creating the ‘spiky’ texture that gave the dish its nickname.
This was a staple meal during the Great Depression, due to only a handful of ingredients being required to make them. Why not try to make them yourself?
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
So many people are huge lovers of Salisbury steaks. If you are one of these individuals, you should definitely try Salisbury steak meatballs! They are cooked in the same way: coated in a velvety mushroom and onion gravy.
Try serving them with a side of mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food, keeping you cozy during these frosty evenings.
Slow Cooker Bourbon Meatballs
Is it just us, or do slow cookers make cooking so much easier? All you have to do to make these delicious, mouthwatering meatballs is to marinate them in some bourbon sauce, made with brown sugar, apricots, chili sauce, barbeque sauce, and a splash of some good old-fashioned American whisky.
Leave them in the slow cooker for a little while, and they will melt like butter in your mouth. Mmm.
Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
If you are seeking a meatball with the perfect blend of spicy and sweet flavors, look no further than these firecracker chicken meatballs.
Throw the meatballs into the slow cooker along with some rich firecracker sauce and simmer for a couple of hours before serving up and enjoying.
Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs
Simmered in a sweet but spicy hot sauce – made from soy sauce, honey, apricot preserves, brown sugar, and the hot sauce of your choice – over the course of a couple of hours, each bite of these tender meatballs is a dreamy experience.
Once again, all you have to do is prepare the ingredients, stir them together, and leave them to slow cook over time.
These are the stunning, classic meatballs that you would find on the menu at a tapas restaurant. If you are considering hosting your own tapas night, you should definitely consider cooking up your own Spanish meatballs.
While they are baked in a sweet, tomatoey sauce like so many other meatball dishes, this meal packs a spicy punch, thanks to its additional chili flakes.
Spicy Moroccan Meatball Tagine
Let’s return to sunny Morocco with this tasty, spicy dish. This rich stew is made up of so many spices, such as turmeric and cayenne, providing it with enough flavor to keep you coming back for more.
You are going to hope there are leftovers when you cook up this delicious meatball tagine.
Sticky Sriracha Meatball Lettuce Wraps
Are you looking for a healthier alternative to cook for dinner, including meatballs? These sriracha wraps are significantly lower in calories compared to other dishes on this list, due to crisp, fresh lettuce being used for the base.
While the sauce may not be completely nutritious, there is no denying that the flavor will make up for it.
Sticky Thai Meatballs
The aroma left behind from this Thai dish will leave you feeling hungry for days, wishing that you could make an endless supply.
Ideally served along with some rice or sesame noodles, these pan-seared sticky meatballs, cooked with so many spices and tasty vegetables, are absolutely delicious,
We all know the real reason that so many people make visits to IKEA. The best part of visiting our favorite furniture store is finally being able to sit down and enjoy some creamy, flavorful meatballs with a spoonful of cranberry jelly.
Why not try making your own at home? Along with the special, smooth gravy, these Swedish meatballs are truly out of this world.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
If you’re looking for a quick, easy recipe that 1. does not take much effort to prepare, and 2. only requires a handful of ingredients to create, you’re in luck.
These flavorful meatballs combined with a mouthwatering sweet and sour sauce are not only incredibly easy to create but also taste amazing.
Sweet and Spicy Korean Meatballs
Next up, we have a meatball recipe from Korea that will undoubtedly tickle your taste buds. Marinated and baked with garlic, Sriracha, and an apricot glaze, these juicy beef meatballs taste absolutely incredible.
Serve up with your favorite sides – preferably rice or noodles for that authentic, Asian pungency – and enjoy. We know you will!
These tasty meatballs are outstanding, bursting with flavors from the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and drizzled honey. The sweet and salty sauce tastes absolutely amazing paired with the tender beef meatballs, and will definitely become a new favorite dish for you and whoever you will be serving.
Tex Mex Meatballs
Do you think you can handle this heat? These Tex Mex meatballs are smothered in jalapeno peppers, chipotle peppers, and enchilada sauce, providing enough warmth to burn the tongues of those with weaker taste buds.
If you think you’re up to the challenge, you should try this delicious, spicy, cheesy dish. You won’t regret it!
Thai Chicken Meatball Khao Soi
Everybody loves a bowl of hearty, homemade chicken noodle soup, but, we admit, it can get a little tedious after a while.
If you want to challenge this recipe, you should think about adding a little bit of curry paste, some ginger-infused chicken meatballs, and a load of Asian herbs and spices to make the perfect Khao Soi for yourself loved ones. A truly tasty dish.
Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)
Next up, we have a recipe that is not only delicious but is also keto-friendly and carb free! Create your own fantastic Asian flavors by mixing some chicken meatballs with a sweet, sticky soy sauce.
You can either serve them up with the chosen sides of your choice, or you can enjoy them on their own. Either way, you are in for a tasty experience.
Vietnamese Meatball Pho
We are finishing our list with a truly stunning bowl of Vietnamese goodness. Thanks to the perfect blend of herbs, meatballs, and chicken broth, this dish is absolutely to die for.
There is a reason everybody seems to be choosing this dish at their favorite Vietnamese restaurants, or simply cooking up their own. What is stopping you from making some for yourself? Go for it!
It seems insane that there are so many delicious meatball-based dishes created throughout the world, but here is your proof in writing. Thanks to these 45+ meatball recipes, you should never find yourself stuck for ideas to use up leftover ground meat ever again.
Many of these ideas are so quick and easy to prepare and cook, meaning that little to no effort is required to create them. So, what is the hold-up? Grab some meatballs, and cook up some amazing meals for yourself, your family, and your friends: we promise you will be the most popular chef in your circle.
Good luck, and happy cooking!