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 appetizer 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.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 lb 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 Parsley
  • 1/4 Onion Minced
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • Oil for Frying If using the frying method


Frying Method

  • Mix all ingredients together except the oil
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you plan to eat them right away or not planning to cook further make sure you have cooked completely by cutting one open.

Baking Method

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



Tip: for more tender meatballs the less you mix and roll the better they will be. 
Keyword bake, beginner, fry
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