Baked Meatballs Two Ways

Friday night, hubs made his “famous” meatball recipe with the help of our 4-year-old niece. He’s made them so many times now that he doesn’t use a recipe, but I had him write it down so I could share it!

Hubs’ Famous Meatballs

Serves 6-8, makes approximately 25 medium sized meatballs

These meatballs use simple ingredients and come together in no time. Whip up a batch to serve over spaghetti and use the leftovers to make meatball sandwiches during the week. Since they are made with lean ground beef and baked on a broiling pan, these are a bit healthier than your traditional meatball recipe. Enjoy!


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (we often use a combo of lean ground turkey and beef)
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1.5t black pepper
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1t dried oregano
  • 1t dried parsley
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1T BBQ sauce (this is the secret ingredient)
  • 2-4 cups of tomato sauce, jarred or homemade (we used sauce I made a few weeks ago and froze)


  1. Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley in a large bowl.
  2. Add ground beef (and turkey if using), beaten egg, milk, Worcestershire, and BBQ sauce to the breadcrumb mixture and combine.
  3. Separate the mixture equally using a cookie scoop and shape into meatballs.
  4. Place the meatballs onto a lightly greased broiling pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, flipping them once after 15 minutes.
  5. While meatballs are baking, heat sauce in a large pan until it comes to a simmer.
  6. Add cooked meatballs to the sauce and continue to simmer on low for at least 15 minutes.

Serve over your favorite whole wheat pasta or in a sub roll.

meatballs&spaghetti meatball sandwiches

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2 Responses to Baked Meatballs Two Ways

  1. You are so right about the secret ingredients. Well, because I have never included it! Thanks for sharing, can never go wrong with meat balls 🙂

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