This meatball recipe can be made with beef, turkey, or a combination of both.  Meatballs can be baked or fried depending on your preference. They can be eaten with a variety of sauces, be served on top of pasta, in sandwiches, right from a crockpot as an appetize,r or even in soup or salad. The versatile meatball is what we love!

It is a kid-friendly dish to make with your children, The kids often enjoy mixing with their hands and rolling the meat into little balls.


  • 1 Pound of Beef or Turkey or a Mix of Both
  • 1/4 Cup of Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup of Grated Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano is what I use)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of Parsley
  • 1/4 of an Onion Minced
  • 1/8 of a Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 of a Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  •  Oil for Frying


  1. Mix all ingredients together except the oil

Tip: for more tender meatballs the less you mix and roll the better they will be. Obviously, if you are making these with children this will be unavoidable.

  1. Form the meatballs as close to the same size as you can, this will help in timing the cooking and also look best in your dish.
  2. If you are frying heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the meatballs so that they touch, but are not crowded.
  3. Turn with a spoon to brown evenly. If you are cooking the meatballs further such as in a sauce you only have to cook until lightly browned and so they do not fall apart when you touch them.
  4. If you plan to eat them right away or not planning to cook further make sure you have cooked completely by cutting one open.

If Using the Baking Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat
  3. Place the meatballs with some room to brown
  4. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or just until your meatballs are cooked all the way through. This will vary based on size.

Watch How to Make It