Must-Make Meatball Recipes

Browse lots of different meatball recipes! From Italian meatballs to meatballs as a main dish or appetizer, there are so many ways to make them. Whether it’s beef meatballs, chicken meatballs, pork, or turkey, I think you’ll find some amazing new recipes to try.

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overhead photo of a skillet of french onion chicken meatballs

French Onion Chicken Meatballs

These skillet French onion chicken meatballs are a twist on French onion soup and make for a cozy cold-weather dinner. Caramelized onions are simmered in a rich sauce with chicken meatballs seasoned with herbes de Provence. Serve the meatballs with pasta, rice, or bread on the side or pile them into rolls for decadent meatballs subs.

ricotta meatballs

Ricotta Meatballs

Ricotta meatballs are soft, juicy, and incredibly tender. They’re just as easy as regular Italian meatballs but ricotta cheese is added to the mix to give them the most amazing texture.

meatballs in spicy curry.

Meatballs in Spicy Curry – From a Chef’s Kitchen

Pick your own protein! Beef, pork, chicken or turkey all work well in this recipe because it’s all about the homemade spicy curry sauce. Serve the meatballs and sauce over rice for a cozy dinner.

close-up shot of the final dish.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo chicken meatballs are a great appetizer recipe with the same flavor as the classic wings but easier to make and less messy.

meatballs in a pan.

Traditional Italian Meatballs – An Italian in My Kitchen

Wish you had an old family recipe for traditional Italian meatballs? Here you go! Rosemary shares all her family’s secrets for the best meatballs – no trip to Italy required.

Zucchini Turkey Meatballs with roasted red pepper sauce on a white plate

Zucchini Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

These turkey meatballs skip the breadcrumbs and, instead, are made with fresh zucchini and pantry spices. They’re topped with an easy roasted red pepper sauce and served with broccoli cauliflower “rice”.

chimichurri chicken meatballs.

Chimichurri Chicken Meatballs – The Harvest Kitchen

Meatballs on a stick! Your next game-day or holiday gathering needs these bite-sized chicken meatballs in a fresh chimichurri sauce made with fresh herbs.

slow cooker meatballs in homemade sauce

Slow Cooker Meatballs

These slow cooker meatballs don’t need any pre-cooking – just mix, roll, and drop them in the slow cooker with the sauce. These soft and juicy meatballs are freezer-friendly and great for sub sandwiches or served with pasta.

bowls of meatball rice soup.

Meatball Wild Rice Soup

Cozy, delicious wild rice soup with meatballs! This is a hearty and satisfying soup recipe with turkey meatballs, nutty wild rice, and a delicious broth. 

Korean meatballs.

Korean Meatballs – Cake Whiz

Make them for cocktail hour, or make a batch for dinner. Either way, these beef meatballs coated in a delicious sweet and spicy Korean BBQ sauce are a must-make!

Chicken and Spinach Meatballs |

Chicken Spinach Meatballs

These chicken meatballs are easy to make and full of flavor!

slow cooker teriyaki meatballs.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Meatballs – My Food Story

Tender beef and pork meatballs slow-cooked in the crockpot in a homemade teriyaki sauce. Add your favorite veggies, serve it all over rice, and you’ve got a deliciously low-maintenance dinner option.

Easy turkey meatballs with pasta and tomato sauce

Easy Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs are so easy you’ll want to add them to your weeknight dinner rotation!

honey garlic meatballs in a slow cooker.

Honey Garlic Meatballs (5 Ingredients)

All you need is a slow cooker and five ingredients to make these honey garlic meatballs. They are a great appetizer for parties, game days, and the holidays!

vietnamese meatballs

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs – Super Golden Bakes

Inspired by a Vietnamese street dish, these 6-ingredient pork meatballs are easy to make and are delicious served in a salad with rice noodles, cucumber, fresh herbs, and a bright and flavorful red slaw.

a pan of meatball stroganoff.

Meatball Stroganoff

Meatball stroganoff is an easy twist on the classic comfort food dish. Use frozen meatballs to make this really easy, and serve the savory sauce and meatballs over egg noodles or rice for a hearty dinner.

lamb meatballs in a bowl.

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs – Sprinkles and Sprouts

These little bites are perfectly sized for snacking or, as Claire suggests in her post, serve them with couscous, chickpea, and tomato salad for an easy lunch or dinner.

overhead shot of the meatballs, sauce, and cheese in a skillet.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are delicious chicken meatballs that are lightly breaded and baked before simmering in marinara sauce. Top them with lots of melted cheese for a twist on classic chicken Parmesan.

cocktail meatballs.

Raspberry Chipotle Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

Raspberry chipotle meatballs are an easy slow cooker appetizer that is great for parties and game days. Frozen meatballs and a quick five-ingredient chipotle raspberry sauce simmer in the crockpot for a great snack with tons of flavor.

Swedish Meatballs – Organic Kitchen

Swedish meatballs are loved all over the world and often are the reason people shop at Ikea. But you don’t need to buy a chest of drawers in a million pieces in order to get a plate of pure comfort food. You can just try this recipe – it looks like a wonderful Sunday supper idea.

a pan of meatballs.

Easy Meatballs

These homemade meatballs are quick, easy, and great for meal prepping. You don’t need to chop anything – instead, we’re using pantry spices and seasonings to make them. Just mix, roll, and brown – that’s it!

24 Meatball Recipes: Kicky BBQ Ale Meatballs

BBQ Ale Meatballs – Kleinworth & Co

Sometimes we need shortcuts, so if you need a quick and easy get-together appetizer, these doctored-up meatballs with a simple sauce take just 20 minutes from start to finish.

orange chicken meatballs

Orange Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs, made with simple pantry ingredients, are coated in a sticky-sweet orange sauce made with fresh orange juice. This recipe makes approximately 12 dinner-sized meatballs, but you can also make them smaller and serve them as an appetizer.

braised pork meatballs.

Braised Pork Meatballs – Krumpli

As Brian suggests in his post, sometimes it’s a good idea to kick spaghetti to the side and get creative. These meatballs, braised in a beer sauce and served over cheesy polenta, look so comforting and cozy. This is a recipe to add to your cold-weather dinner list.


I hope you’ve found some new meatball recipes to try!

Happy cooking,


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Post updated from the archives. First published in October 2017.

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