29 Tasty Meatball Recipes: Quick, Fun & Family-Friendly

You don’t want to miss this collection of 29 super tasty meatball recipes! Crafted for busy bees and fussy eaters. From quick weeknight wonders to lazy Sunday delights.


Meatballs are a classic dish that many love and there are countless ways to prepare them. If you’re looking for delicious and easy-to-make meatball recipes, this list is for you.

We’ve compiled 29 mouthwatering meatball recipes that will become a staple in your household. This list has something for everyone, from classic Italian-style beef meatballs to spicy buffalo chicken meatballs. With gluten- and dairy-free options, these recipes are perfect for any dietary need. 

So, grab your apron, and let’s make some delicious meatballs!

29. Lamb Kofta Curry

Lamb Kofta Curry.
Photo credit: So Yummy Recipes.

Lamb Kofta Curry is a traditional meatball curry with well-balanced spices; it’s best served with naan bread, roti/ chapati, pitta bread, or flatbread. It’s tasty to eat it with rice, too. And if you feel adventurous, you can enjoy this meatball curry with spaghetti. 

Get the recipe: Lamb Kofta Curry.

28. Mediterranean Diet Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Meatballs in a white bowl with a fork stuck in a meatball and a fork next to the bowl.
Photo Credit: Food, Wine, and Love.

Mediterranean Diet Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is a simple recipe for baked meatballs served with sauce—a delicious idea for a meal you can serve with sauce over pasta.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Diet Chicken Parmesan Meatballs.

27. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

A deep plate of meatballs.
Photo Credit: Little Sunny Kitchen.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are easy to make with lean ground chicken, simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce, and smothered with a generous amount of melty mozzarella cheese.

Get the recipe: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs.

26. Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs in a skillet.
Photo Credit: Mae’s Menu.

Tender and juicy with a simple and quick homemade sauce, these Dairy-Free Turkey Meatballs are big on flavor but low on fuss. This recipe is ready in under 45 minutes and is 100% family-friendly. Gluten-free variations are available!  

Get the recipe: Healthy Turkey Meatballs.

25. Baked Chicken Meatballs

Chicken meatballs on a white plate with a fork and some green salad.
Photo Credit: Plates by Nat.

These baked chicken meatballs are packed full of flavor, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They are made with healthy lean ground chicken and are gluten- and dairy-free!

Get the recipe: Baked Chicken Meatballs.

24. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs with tooth pick drizzled with white sauce.
Photo Credit: Evolving Table.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs have a spicy buffalo sauce. They are then cooked in a slow cooker for an easy and hands-off appetizer recipe. These bite-sized snacks are healthy, low-carb finger food ideas perfect for game days, holidays, or Super Bowls. Easily prepare meals beforehand so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your party! 

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

23. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

A rectangle plate of meatballs with two bowls of dipping sauce around.
Photo Credit: Love From the Oven.

Another Chicken Parmesan Meatballs! Because when it comes to meatball snacking, you can’t do better than these! This baked chicken meatball recipe is easy to prepare and will make a tasty addition to your food spread! Everyone loves these meatballs, served independently, speared with toothpicks as finger food, or piled on to buns for a sandwich.  

Get the recipe: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs.

22. Cranberry Meatballs

A light blue bowl of meatballs.
Photo Credit: Pink Owl Kitchen.

These cranberry meatballs are moist homemade turkey meatballs coated in a deliciously sweet and tangy cranberry glaze. These tasty meatballs are the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer! 

Get the recipe: Cranberry Meatballs.

21. Homemade Meatballs

Photo Credit: Chicken Fried Kitchen.

This Homemade Meatball recipe is a keeper, especially when you have an incredible homemade Italian spaghetti sauce. It’s only natural that you also make these amazing meatballs. The texture is what a meatball should be, and the flavors all come together perfectly. 

Get the recipe: Homemade Meatballs.

20. Baked Bison Meatballs 

Bison meatballs in red sauce and garnished with fresh herbs.
Photo Credit: Kaleena’s Kitchen.

These delicious bison meatballs are the perfect comfort food, and the best part is they are also gluten-free, Whole30, and Paleo. 

Get the recipe: Baked Bison Meatballs.

19. Calabrian Chicken Meatballs

Chicken meatballs.
Photo Credit: Flavorful Eats.

Made with ground chicken, spicy Calabrian chili peppers, garlic, fresh basil, and two types of cheese, these Calabrian Chicken Meatballs are full of flavor! Great with your favorite pasta, or serve with toothpicks for an easy appetizer. 

Get the recipe: Calabrian Chicken Meatballs.

18. Baked Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Chicken meatballs on a rectangle and round plates.
Photo Credit: Cooking With Curls.

These Asian-inspired Baked Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs are a mouthwatering twist on a classic favorite that makes a delicious appetizer or a main dish over rice for a tasty weeknight meal that is impossible to resist!

Get the recipe: Baked Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs.

17. Baked Beef Meatballs

Meatballs on a plate with toothpicks and a bowl of green sauce.
Photo Credit: It’s Not Complicated.

These delicious oven oven-baked beef Meatballs are flavor-packed, simple to prepare, and ideal to serve with many dishes! Seasoned with garlic, parsley, and oregano, these Baked Italian Meatballs will become a much-loved family favorite recipe. 

Get the recipe: Baked Beef Meatballs.

16. Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs

Meatballs with salad, feta cheese, and sauces in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: A Cedar Spoon.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs are beef meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice, and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to make a rice bowl or hummus bowl for dinner or serve with Tzatziki.  

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs.

15. Kale and Herb Stuffed Meatballs

Meatballs with green beans and mashed potatoes.
Photo Credit: Raising Generation Nourished.

Superfood-packed and full of flavor! These kale & herb stuffed meatballs are a must-have dinner menu! The saying goes around our house…” Put anything in a meatball, and the kids will eat it!” 

Get the recipe: Kale and Herb Stuffed Meatballs.

14. Spanish Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Meatballs in tomato sauce garnished with fresh herbs.
Photo Credit: Where is My Spoon.

Spanish meatballs or albondigas in tomato sauce are easy to make and incredibly comforting. Serve as tapas or as a main course with rice or noodles. So, finally, I get to post this recipe for Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce.  

Get the recipe: Spanish Meatballs in Tomato Sauce.

13. Glazed Asian Turkey Meatballs

Photo Credit: The Fast Recipe.

Delicious Asian turkey meatballs that you won’t be able to stop eating! These amazing meatballs are coated in a sweet and sour glaze and are ready in about 30 minutes. 

Get the recipe: Glazed Asian Turkey Meatballs.

12. Sweet Chili Meatballs

A hand holding a rectangle dish of meatballs with lime wedges and a cup of red sauce.
Photo Credit: The Feathered Nester.

These sweet chili meatballs are crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, thanks to ground chicken, and packed with flavor from sweet chili sauce, fresh cilantro, garlic, and ginger. They’re tossed in a sweet chili sauce and garnished with green onion and sesame seeds. 

Get the recipe: Sweet Chili Meatballs.

11. Crockpot Honey Garlic Meatballs

Meatballs with toothpicks on.
Photo Credit: The Slow Roasted Italian.

Honey garlic meatballs are tender and sweet with just enough heat. Prep these honey BBQ meatballs in 5 minutes and let the crockpot do the rest!

Get the recipe: Crockpot Honey Garlic Meatballs.

10. Ground Venison Meatballs

Photo Credit: Season and Thyme.

These ground venison meatballs are about to become your favorite way to use ground venison! Easy to make, perfectly seasoned, and tender, these meatballs with ground deer meat will surely be a hit.

Get the recipe: Ground Venison Meatballs.

9. Swedish Meatballs With Gravy

Meatballs in creamy sauce.
Photo Credit: Chew Out Loud.

This Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe is a game changer, skipping messy frying on the stovetop and broiling the meatballs in the oven for even browning and tenderness. We guarantee you a saucy comfort food that’s way better than Ikea’s and with a secret ingredient that will leave your guests guessing!

Get the recipe: Swedish Meatballs with Gravy.

8. Meatball Sub Casserole

Meatball casserole.
Photo Credit: Homemade Hooplah.

This meatball sub-casserole combines layers of buttery garlic bread, creamy cheese, and savory meatballs to make this an irresistible meal to feed a crowd.

Get the recipe: Meatball Sub Casserole.

7. Korean Gochujang Meatballs

Meatballs in a white bowl garnished with sesame seeds and green onion slices.
Photo Credit: Sift and Simmer.

These Korean Gochujang Meatballs, feature ground beef, flavored with the sweet and spicy notes of traditional Korean chili paste and are sure to awaken your taste buds. 

Get the recipe: Korean Gochujang Meatballs.

6. Quinoa Soup With Mini Vegan Meatballs

Quinoa soup meatballs with vegetables in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: Watch, Learn, Eat.

This gluten-free quinoa soup with mini vegan meatballs is a hearty, satisfying, and comforting meal for the whole family. Pair it with a side salad or gluten-free garlic bread. 

Get the recipe: Quinoa Soup With Mini Vegan Meatballs.

5. Italian Meatball Soup

Meatballs and vegetable soup in a pan and a white spoon.
Photo Credit: The Recipe Rebel.

This hearty Italian Meatball Soup is the ultimate comfort food! With tender homemade meatballs, vegetables, and pasta in a delicious tomato-based broth with Parmesan cheese, it’s a delight for your taste buds! 

Get the recipe: Italian Meatball Soup.

4. Swedish Meatballs

Meatballs over noodles in a bowl.
Photo Credit: Food, Folks, and Fun.

These Swedish Meatballs are perfect for game day, holidays, and mealtime. You can make them beforehand or serve them as a main dish over egg noodles. So you have carbs and protein in just one bowl.

Get the recipe: Swedish Meatballs.

3. Air Fryer Cheesy Meatballs

Meatballs on a white rectangle dish.
Photo Credit: Sparkles to Sprinkles.

Air Fryer Cheesy Meatballs are soft and juicy meatballs loaded with flavor. Whip these up for dinner or an appetizer to serve guests. Between the cheesy center and the hint of BBQ flavor, these will be the party’s hit. 

Get the recipe: Air Fryer Cheesy Meatballs.

2. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Chicken meatballs with a small bowl of creamy dip and fork.
Photo Credit: Healthy Fitness Meals.

These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a lighter and healthier alternative to the traditional buffalo chicken wings. Tender chicken meatballs are easy to make, juicy, and so delicious. You can enjoy them as a meal, a side dish, or an appetizer for your guests. 

Get the recipe: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

1. Dutch Oven Meatballs With Marinara

A pan of metballs in red sauce garnished with grated cheese and chopped fresh herbs.
Photo Credit: Shutter and Mint.

Dutch Oven Meatballs with Marinara are a quick, easy, delicious weeknight meal! Serve them over pasta or as a party appetizer!  

Get the recipe: Dutch Oven Meatballs With Marinara.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.


Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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