While I do love the home style meatballs from the freezer section, I also enjoy making them from scratch occasionally. This is a recipe I’ve been using for years, and it’s so simple you won’t need to follow the recipe after making them a few times. My girls love meatballs, so I thought this was a great kid friendly recipe to share. And, they are obviously a little healthier than the freezer ones, because we know what’s going in!
I usually use lean ground turkey for this recipe, but I used grass fed ground beef for this post because it’s what I had on hand. There is so much flavor going in, that the turkey makes a really good base. Turkey is also not as greasy and it’s leaner.
These are delicious served with marinara or BBQ sauce.
- 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup seasoned bread crumbs
- ¼ cup diced onions
- ¼ cup diced bell pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Combine all ingredients and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly with your hands. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Form mixtures into 1" balls. Add meatballs to the saute pan one at a time. Turn frequently as they start to brown. Keep heat low enough that they don't stick to the pan. Remove from pan once they are cooked thoroughly and drain on a paper towel. Serve warm.