Easy Baked Meatballs

baked meatballs in a grey bowl topped with Parmesan and parsley.

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Easy baked meatballs are an all beef meatball recipe with a surprise ingredient that keeps these super moist! Cover in homemade sauce or you favorite jarred sauce and serve with pasta for a comforting dinner.


1 pound ground beef
3 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil, I buy this pre-chopped basil
1 and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup half & half or milk
1/4 cup plain Panko bread crumbs
1 egg


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare your baking sheet by lining it with tin foil, then placing a cooling rack or baking rack on top and spraying it with cooking spray so the meatballs don’t stick to it.

2. To make the meatball mixture, in a large bowl add the ground beef, grated garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, milk, and the egg. Gently mix until everything is blending together, but don’t overmix to avoid having tough meatballs!

3. Once everything is combined, form into meatballs about the size of a golf ball and place them on the baking rack on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-22 minutes until no longer pink inside and cooked through.

Serve with fresh grated Parmesan, more sauce, and pasta!


If you want to make this easier use your favorite jarred sauce. Go for a quality jarred sauce if you’re not making your own.

Get as close to a pound of ground beef as you can. Many times the packages are slightly over 1 pound which is OK, but try to be under 1.25 pounds.

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