Easy Homemade Meatballs

Published: December 5, 2022
Chef: KemoNine • Category: Dinner • Cuisine: Simple

Tags: BudgetBytesOvenBeef

Prep Time: 25 • Cook Time: 20


  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs ($0.32)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan ($0.88)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper ($0.03)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.42)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk ($0.11)
  • 1 lb. bulk Italian sausage ($3.00)
  • 1 lb. ground beef ($5.99)



  1. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. In a separate small bowl, lightly whisk the two eggs.
  2. Add the breadcrumb mixture, eggs, milk, Italian sausage, and ground beef to a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until evenly combined. Avoid over mixing the meat.
  3. Let the meatball mixture rest for five minutes to allow the breadcrumbs time to soften. Divide and shape the meat into about 40 meatballs, approximately 2 Tbsp in volume each.

Oven Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the meatballs on the baking sheet about one inch apart from each other.
  2. Bake the meatballs for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Transfer the meatballs to a pot of red sauce and simmer for five more minutes in the sauce. If not using a red sauce, add an additional 3-5 minutes to the bake time, or until the meatballs are cooked through.

Stove Top Cooking Instructions

  1. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, swirl the oil to coat the surface of the skillet. Add half of the meatballs to the skillet.
  2. Cook the meatballs, turning every couple of minutes, until browned on all sides and cooked through. Repeat with the second batch of meatballs.
  3. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a pot of red sauce and simmer for a few minutes more before serving.

Freezing instructions

  1. You can freeze the meatballs either cooked or uncooked. I prefer freezing them already cooked so they can go straight from the freezer into a pot of red sauce and then just simmer until heated through. Cooked meatballs should be completely cooled before placing in a gallon-sized freezer bag and transferred to the freezer.
  2. To freeze uncooked meatballs, place the raw meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze on the baking sheet until solid (1-2 hours) before transferring to a gallon-sized freezer bag for longer storage. Thaw completely before cooking.

Inspiration & Resources

Pictured: A plate of meatballs with one broken in half. The image was obtained from Unsplash at https://unsplash.com/photos/5vELnqvup_0