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Easy Baked Meatballs

These Easy Baked Meatballs are tender, juicy, and full of incredible flavor - and there's NO FRYING! Make them with your favorite ground meat and use them in all your favorite recipes (mine is Meatball Subs - recipe included)!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 4 (4 meatballs each - recipe makes 16 meatballs total)
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground meat with 10 to 20% fat content (beef, meatloaf mix, turkey, etc.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup Italian seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix (I use my hands) just until everything is combined and evenly distributed. Note: Don't over-work the meat mixture, as this can make the meatballs tough. If the mixture is too wet and won't nicely hold the shape of a meatball, add a little more breadcrumbs. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more milk.
  • Roll into 16 balls, each about the size of a golf ball, and place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or just until the meatballs are cooked through (minimum safe temperature for ground beef, pork, veal, and lamb is 160°F; for ground turkey and chicken, it's 165°F). Note: Overcooking the meatballs can make them dry and/or tough.
  • The meatballs are now ready to use in your favorite recipes!

Recipe Notes

  • For the most juicy, flavorful, tender meatballs, I recommend using ground meat that is as close to 20% fat content as you can get. Leaner meat can result in drier meatballs.
  • Calorie estimate shown is for the meatballs only using 80/20 ground beef. Estimated calories per serving using 85/15 ground turkey is 324.
 
TO MAKE 4 MEATBALL SUBS:
    • Place 16 meatballs in a medium saucepan with one jar of your favorite marinara sauce; heat through.
    • Lightly toast 4 sub rolls.
    • Place 4 meatballs on each sub roll with some sauce (not too much, as it could make the bread soggy).
    • Top with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese (put on as little or as much as you like!).
    • Broil until the cheese is melted.
    • ENJOY!
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