Jameson eating Grandma's meatballs

As an Italian, I probably make meatballs once a week. This beloved recipe is based on my grandma’s meatballs and is incredibly flavorful and versatile. It can be easily modified depending on your dietary preferences and elevated to create the most mouthwatering Italian meatballs you’ve ever tasted!

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I don’t just use this recipe for spaghetti. It’s delicious as an appetizer in a slow-cooker with barbeque sauce, in homemade macaroni and cheese, and in any other recipe where meatballs are the star. I have no doubt this delicious comfort food will quickly become one of your favorite meatball recipes too!

Grandma's Meatballs Ingredients

This basic and easy meatball recipe is baked in the oven but can be cooked in a skillet or even fried in the air fryer! I’ve tried my grandma’s meatballs with 85% lean ground beef, 97% extra lean ground beef, and everything in between. No matter what fat content I choose, neither the flavor nor the texture is ever compromised.

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If you’re looking for a more elevated meatball, try this recipe with a mixture of ground beef and pork, veal, or Italian sausage. I have tried every combination and they are all scrumptious!

The individual ingredients I’ve selected are both easy and quick. I wanted this recipe to appeal to busy moms who desire a delicious weeknight meal without putting in a lot of work. I use Kraft brand grated parmesan cheese and Progresso Italian-Style Bread Crumbs.

Grandma's Meatball's Ingredients

These ingredients are what I use on most nights when I’m cooking for my family and don’t have a lot of time to create a fancy dinner. When I do find myself with a little extra time, or if I’m cooking for a special occasion, I’ll substitute fresh herbs, garlic, and cheeses for their dried and jarred counterparts.

If you’re making these meatballs for spaghetti, they are absolutely to die for when cooked slowly in a simmering tomato sauce. My grandma’s meatballs would always finish cooking in the sauce. From early morning until dinner time they sat soaking up the rich flavors of the tomatoes and wine to achieve a perfectly tender texture and succulent flavor. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry!

Grandma’s Meatballs Recipe

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grandma's meatballs

Grandma’s Meatballs

  • Author: Sarah Mulligan
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: ~16
  • Cuisine: Italian


Quick and easy savory Italian meatball recipe for busy weeknights




1 Lb. Ground Beef

1 Large Egg

1/2 Cup Milk

1 TBSP Minced Garlic

1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs

1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1.5 TSP Dried Parsley

1/2 TSP Salt

1/4-1/2 TSP Pepper

1.5 TSP Montreal Steak Seasoning (optional) 


In a medium-sized bowl combine ground beef, egg, milk, garlic, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, and Montreal Steak Seasoning (optional).

Roll into 2″ balls and place on a sheet pan. I use a broiling pan instead of a baking sheet to drain the excess fat.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until meatballs reach 160 degrees


I normally use 90-93% lean ground beef for all my recipes. I love the flavor Montreal Steak Seasoning adds to these meatballs and suggest giving it a try if you have it on hand. Also, I use a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic and season on the liberal side with pepper. 


  • Serving Size: 1 meatball
  • Calories: 82
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 145.1g
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.8g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 7.9g
  • Cholesterol: 33.5 mg

Keywords: grandma’s meatballs, meatballs, ground beef, Italian, comfort food

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