Looking for homemade meatball ideas? Read our guide to find out how to cook meatballs, including everything from Swedish meatballs to Italian meatballs and Spanish albondigas. Take your pick of turkey meatballs, pork meatballs, chicken meatballs and vegan meatballs. For the ultimate comfort food, try our spaghetti meatballs, Sloppy Joe bake or our cheesy pan bake.


Or why not try our indulgent pasta bakes for the whole family? For more ideas, check out our beef mince recipes and lamb mince recipes.

41 meatball recipes

Swedish meatball recipes

Swedish meatballs

We love this Swedish meatball recipe. Lingonberries are a European relation of the cranberry, you can buy lingonberry sauce from Ikea or use cranberry sauce instead (it's great with either). Try our top Scandinavian recipes here.

Swedish-style meatballs with mash and lingonberry sauce on a plate

Scandi meatball bake with cucumber salad

This Swedish meatball bake is perfect for sharing with family and friends. Drizzle with soured cream and serve with a homemade cucumber salad and some crusty bread.

One Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe With Cucumber Salad

Baked meatball recipes

Meatball chilli con carne

Take the classic chilli up a notch with beef meatballs for a comforting family meal packed with plenty of spices and peppers.

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Chilli Con Carne Recipe With Meatballs

Meatball, sage and squash lasagne

Cooking for a crowd? Make our easy meatball lasagne recipe with sage and squash. This generous family recipe makes for a comforting midweek meal during the winter season. Being a baked meatball recipe it can be made in bulk and feeds plentifully, making it perfect for freezing and giving yourself something to look forward to on lazy nights in. After you've tried this, make one of our other easy lasagne recipes.

Meatball Lasagne Recipe with Sage and Butternut Squash

Meatball and mozzarella pan bake

This easy meatball and mozzarella pan bake is a one-pot that will please everyone. You can't plate this up politely, so just put it in the middle of the table and let everyone enjoy.

Meatball Recipe With Mozzarella

Meatball pasta bake

This freezable weekday hero is packed with flavour from homemade sage and nutmeg seasoned meatballs, plus stringy baked mozzarella on top.

Meatball pasta bake in a baking dish

Italian baked meatballs

Try our easy baked meatball recipe. Think meatballs baked in rich tomato sauce with a melting mozzarella topping, this recipe is all about comfort food. It's also perfect for freezing, making it a great option for when you don't want to cook mid-week.

Italian Baked Meatballs Recipe

Sloppy Joe meatball bake

Check out our easy sloppy joe meatball bake. This indulgent recipe is one for all the family to dive into, serve with buttered crusty bread to tuck into that cheesy goodness.

Sloppy Joe Meatball Bake Recipe

Baked pecorino and white pepper meatballs

Try our baked pecorino and white pepper pork meatballs. This baked meatball recipe comes served with chunky sweet potatoes, a quick and flavoursome midweek meal that looks colourful and impressive. White pepper gives a lovely fiery heat to these juicy meatballs. Use whole white peppercorns rather than the ready-ground white pepper, as the flavour is far superior. Step this way for more traybake recipes.

Tray Bake Recipe for Easy Meatballs With Sweet Potato Wedges

Giant cheese-stuffed Mexican meatballs

Dark chocolate and dried ancho chillies add richness and heat to this indulgent meatball bake. Serve with a fresh coriander salad for a crowd-pleasing winter warmer.

Giant Cheesy Mexican Meatballs Recipe with Rice

Harissa meatballs

Inspired by classic Middle Eastern flavours, these sweet and spiced lamb meatballs feature harissa, pomegranate molasses, dried apricots and fragrant spices.

Harissa meatballs

Meatball and chickpea traybake

Make meatballs a healthy midweek dinner by pairing them with chickpeas, beetroot and toasted pittas to serve. This recipe is low in calories and salt, but high in protein.

An oval-shaped black serving bowl filled with meatballs, beetroot, chickpeas and mint

Chorizo meatball and feta traybake

Add some punchy flavour to your pork meatballs with chorizo and paprika. Serve as an all-in-one traybake with new potatoes, crumbly feta and baby plum tomatoes for a family midweek meal.

Meatball Traybake Recipe

Healthy meatballs

Try this healthy twist on a family favourite with homemade lamb meatballs on herb-flecked bulgur wheat. It’s healthy but comforting, just as it should be.

Meatballs served on top of bulgur wheat

Baked greek lamb meatballs with feta and tomato

Check out this rich, indulgent baked meatball recipe for lamb meatballs. This simple traybake is a super easy, all in one family recipe. It is one of our best meatball recipes as it's the perfect comfort food.

Greek Lamb Meatballs Recipe with Feta and Tomato

Spaghetti meatballs recipes

Spaghetti and meatballs

Check out this recipe for the classic Italian dish, spaghetti and meatballs. Packed with plenty of flavour and topped with nutty parmesan, this easy recipe is a great weekend dish for the family. Here are more easy spaghetti recipes to try.

Spaghetti and Meatballs on a plate topped with Parmesan

Spaghetti and turkey meatballs

Change up classic beef for turkey in this comforting midweek meal ready in under an hour.

Turkey Meatballs Recipe with Spaghetti

Italian spaghetti and meatballs

Who doesn't love a spaghetti meatball recipe? This is a classic Italian staple that you can cook and eat now, or freeze for later. Just serve them simply with pasta for a delicious quick dinner during the week.

Bowl of spaghetti and meatballs

Melting-middle meatballs

These melting-middle meatballs are a great twist on a classic Italian meatball recipe to make for the family midweek. It's bound to be a new favourite.

Melting-Middle Meatballs Recipe

Lamb meatball recipes

Smoked lamb meatballs with sweet-sour harissa sauce

These lamb meatballs have all the flavour dimensions – smoky meat is paired with sweet and sour harissa sauce, making this a wonderful mid-week supper. Using ready-made meatballs means it can be on the table in under 30 minutes without compromising at all on flavour.

Smoked Lamb Meatballs Recipe With Harissa Sauce

Lamb meatballs with labneh and flatbreads

Combine gently spiced lamb, date and pine nut meatballs with thick, creamy fresh cheese (known as labneh) and plenty of herbs to make a great plated starter or canapés.

A serving platter full of lamb meatballs with little bowls of crudites and dips surrounding it

Lamb meatballs with dill and horitaki salad

Upgrade a standard Greek salad (horitaki salad) with delicious lamb meatballs. It is quick and easy to make, gluten-free and still under 500 calories. What more could you want?

Lamb and dill meatballs with horitaki salad

Moroccan meatballs with herb couscous

Gorgeous little lamb meatballs, sitting in a rich tomato sauce and served with buttery coriander and parsley couscous. One of our favourite meatball recipes.

Moroccan Meatballs with Herb Couscous

Other meatball recipes

Veggie meatballs with tomatoes, olives and caper sauce

These meat-free meatballs are made with quinoa, black beans, breadcrumbs and smoked paprika. Serve them in a roasted red pepper and tomato sauce for a healthy but hearty veggie meal.

Veggie meatballs

Vegan meatballs

Lentils are a great way to make a meal vegetarian. Swap these for your usual meatballs and your family will hardly notice the difference. Plus, they're low-cal and ready in just 40 minutes - perfect midweek. Check out all our vegan recipes.

Lentil ‘Meatballs’ With Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

Meatball stew with coriander chutney

Try this versatile one-pot dinner, made rich with homemade meatballs and vibrant with coriander chutney. Use lamb, beef or pork – whichever you prefer.

Meatball stew with coriander chutney

Penne pasta with broccoli and mustardy sausage meatballs

A creamy mustard sauce livens up this meatball and broccoli pasta dish, make it for a comforting midweek meal for the whole family.

Sausage Meatball Pasta Recipe with Broccoli

Bun cha with sizzling meatballs

Check out our easy Vietnamese-inspired dish with fiery pork meatballs. This low-calorie recipe is quick to make and packed with plenty of fresh flavour.

Vietnamese Bun Cha Recipe with Meatballs

Meatball sub melts

Check out these indulgent meaty sandwich subs with gooey mozzarella and nutty parmesan. This easy recipe serves a family of four and is ready in less than an hour. Plus, it's low-calorie, too.

Easy Meatball Sub Recipe

Chicken meatball tom kha gai

Check out this quick and easy Thai coconut soup recipe topped with chicken meatballs. This tom kha gai is packed with plenty of flavour and ready in just 20 minutes.

Tom Kha Soup Recipe with Chicken Meatballs

Fennel and pork meatballs with gremolata

Make your meatballs that little bit more special with a gremolata topping, made from parsley, lemon and garlic. We love the creamy white wine sauce these porky balls come with, make sure you have some crusty bread to mop it up.

Pork Meatballs Recipe with Fennel

Honey-siracha glazed meatballs and smashed cucumber

Try our Asian-inspired honey-sriracha meatballs. These punchy pork meatballs make for a quick and easy midweek fix, plus they're low in calories too! This easy meatball recipe will be impressing your guests in under 30 minutes.

Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatball Recipe

Spicy pork meatballs with tzatziki

Cook these spicy pork meatballs for an easy midweek meal. This easy meatball recipe is simple yet punchy. Serve it with orzo making it low in calories and low in fat. A winner all round.

Spicy Pork Meatball Recipe with Tzatziki Dip

Pork and sage meatballs

Our easy meatball recipe flavoured with sage will make you really popular. Serve with orzo, the rice-shaped pasta and let everyone dig in.

Pork Meatballs Recipe With Sage

Turkey meatball subs with quick wedges

Fill bread rolls with meatballs for a speedy midweek meal. This easy meatball sub recipe, made healthier with turkey mince, is served with quick sweet potato wedges.

Turkey Meatball Sub Recipe With Wedges

Smoky albondigas

The best Spanish meatballs recipe: these albondigas are made with beef and pork mince and served in a quick, rich tomato sauce. Make for easy tapas, or part of a dinner party menu.

Smoky Albondigas Spanish Meatballs Recipe

Smoky chipotle meatballs

These meatballs are a firm favourite with us thanks to their smoky, spicy flavour. We like them served with avocado, warm orzo and soured cream but they also make a great tortilla filling.

Smoky Chipotle Meatballs Recipe

Tamarind pork meatballs with papaya salsa

Check out our easy tamarind pork meatballs with a fresh papaya salsa. This simple, gluten-free recipe is packed with plenty of flavour, plus it's low in calories.

Pork Meatballs Recipe with Papaya Salsa

Harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar

This recipe for harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar is quick, easy and healthy, but packs a flavour punch. It is delicious cold the next day - prepare for packed lunch envy. Here are more of our favourite bowl food recipes.

Harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar

Italian meatball melt

This Italian classic pairs homemade meatballs (made with pork and beef mince, sausages and parmesan) with a chilli tomato sauce.

Italian meatball melt

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