How to Bake Meatballs in the Oven

Oven baked meatballs are by far the easiest way to cook meatballs. Not only can you cook a lot all at the same time, you can also ensure that they are all cooked evenly throughout and that all of the meatballs are cooked the same. It is also nice that you do not need to hover over the skillet, flipping the meatballs. Instead, while they are baking in the oven, you can work on other parts of the meal.

For years I used to cook them in a skillet and, while using a skillet is a perfectly fine way to cook meatballs, once I learned how to bake them in the oven, I never turned back.

Cooking meatballs has never been easier than baking them in the oven. A simple recipe for meatballs that can be used in spaghetti sauce, with honey garlic sauce, for swedish meatballs and more!

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Cooking meatballs has never been easier than baking them in the oven. A simple recipe for meatballs that can be used in spaghetti sauce, with honey garlic sauce, for swedish meatballs and more!

Knead the meat mixture so that everything is evenly mixed together.

Cooking meatballs has never been easier than baking them in the oven. A simple recipe for meatballs that can be used in spaghetti sauce, with honey garlic sauce, for swedish meatballs and more!

Roll the meat mixture into 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I love parchment paper because it ensures that the meatballs do not stick to the baking sheet and it also makes clean up easier.

Oven baked meatball recipe

Bake in a 400F oven until cooked through, about 20-24 minutes. The meatballs should all be evenly cooked and nicely browned on the outside.

Cooking meatballs has never been easier than baking them in the oven. A simple recipe for meatballs that can be used in spaghetti sauce, with honey garlic sauce, for swedish meatballs and more!

Once done, they can be used in spaghetti sauce and topped on noodles, tossed with honey garlic sauce and served as an appetizer. I also love these in a meatball sub with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese!

Oven baked meatball recipe

We love meatballs and use them in a lot of different recipes. Baking the meatballs in the oven works for pretty much every recipe that uses cooked meatballs. Once they are baked, they can be added to the dish.

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I also love cooking meatballs in our smoker and here are a bunch of meatball recipes prepared for grilling or smoking.

How to Bake Meatballs in the Oven

Cooking meatballs has never been easier than baking them in the oven. A simple recipe for meatballs that can be used in spaghetti sauce, with honey garlic sauce, for swedish meatballs and more!
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Cooking meatballs has never been easier than baking them in the oven. A simple recipe for meatballs that can be used in spaghetti sauce, with honey garlic sauce, for swedish meatballs and more!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes
Servings: 28 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a lage bowl, mix all the ingredients together.  Knead the mixture with your hands until thoroughly combined. 
  • Roll into 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake in the oven at 400F until cooked through, about 20-24 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving:

Calories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 160mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

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139 comments

  • 5 stars
    Easy and delicious
    Love the bottoms and I add sourdough bread that’s crispy
    Oh my gosh.
    Thank you

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  • Whole family loved them . They said they were the best meatballs they ever had . I did add a little bit more bread crumbs probably did about 1 cup . I also added a little bit of abado seasoning , as well as a little bit of melted butter in the mix .

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    • So glad everyone enjoyed the meatballs.

  • 5 stars
    The meatballs turned out super delicious, thank you…

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  • What if you don’t have parchment paper? What else can I use?

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    • You could also use a silicone baking mat

  • 5 stars
    I added some oregano but other than that, perfect!!

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  • 5 stars
    Excellent recipe and method. I baked them hot in batches in my counter-top oven, and did not turn them midway. Works great with parchment paper. Not so effective with foil.

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    • So glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for the tip.

  • Would it be okay to use almond milk?

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    • I have not tried almond milk with this. If you do try, I would love to hear how it turned out.

  • 5 stars
    terrific and quicker rthan frying-I use a wok style pan for frying so i can roll them in the fat, but the baking is great and much cleaner-well done chef!

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  • I always cooked meatballs in a skillet but then I have a major cleanup. The grease splatters all over
    Tdidio

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  • This is a question. Do I have to flip or turn them at some point through the baking process or do I just leave them alone for the entirety of the cook time?

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    • It is not necessary. I don’t flip them, but I do know people that do turn them over halfway through the baking.

  • 5 stars
    Tried it turned out great! I cheated and turned my meatballs though lol. Thanks!

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    • Haha! That’s not cheating I know many people that do that when baking meatballs! 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Delicious.thank you and easy.

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  • I always made them on the stove top, I will be placing them in the oven for dinner tonight, I stuffed them with mozzarella cheese too!

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  • 5 stars
    I used venison ground meat and added a whole onion. Turned out tasty!

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  • Best meatballs I have ever made. So moist.

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  • 5 stars
    Great meatballs

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  • 5 stars
    Thanks! I have been wanting to buy a meatball oven rack, but haven’t yet and I am making meatball spaghetti tomorrow night! Not using store bought this time!! And I already have Parchment paper! Thanks again!!

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  • 5 stars
    These meatballs will now be a part of my cooking lineup! They smelled delicious while baking them and my family loved them! And got it all done in 30 mins!

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  • 5 stars
    Delicious❤ I added a little Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning. After they cooked for 24 minutes, I added cream of mushroom soup and served over pasta😋

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  • 5 stars
    Delicious

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