Making Meatballs

Meatballs are fun to make with the kids and of course they like eating them too! Cal’s favorite way to eat them is in a meatball sub with some cheese melted on top and everyone loves spaghetti and meatballs. This meatball recipe makes a large batch (enough for 3 meals for our large family) with plenty for dinner as well as left-overs to put in the freezer for busy nights. To make a smaller batch, simply cut the recipe in half.


Mixing up the Meatballs:

To get started, in a large bowl add 3 pounds of ground meat (we use turkey), 3/4 cup quick cooking oats, 2 eggs, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 2 Tbsp parsley flakes, and 2 tsp. salt.

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Mush this all together with your clean hands. Or have the kids do this part – mine love this!

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Mix and mush until it’s well incorporated.

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Pinch off small bits and form into balls, about 1 1/2 inches across. Place the meatballs on greased cookie sheets. The meatballs can be made larger too – just increase the cooking time.

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Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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Serving the Meatballs:


At this point, the meatballs are ready to be added to sauce, another recipe, or frozen for later use. To freeze, loosen them on the cookie sheet and let cool. Put them in the freezer until frozen (on the cookie sheet). Store them in freezer bags, ready to go for another meal. Make sure to individually freeze them on the cookie sheet before putting into another container. Otherwise, they’ll mush together and be difficult to thaw out in smaller portions.

Meatballs are very versatile. Aside from the classic spaghetti and meatballs and meatball sub, add them to soup, top a pizza, or tuck into a lunchbox for a fast meal. Fill up the crock-pot with meatballs and your favorite sauce (tomato, barbecue, sweet and sour, etc.) for easy party food.

Makes a large batch of meatballs to eat and/or freeze.
  • 3 pounds ground meat (we use turkey)
  • ¾ cup quick cooking oats (uncooked)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp. salt
  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients.
  2. Form into balls and place on cookie sheets.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve or freeze.