Best meatballs recipes
Try our twists on this popular family favourite, from pork and sage to cheesy Italian bakes and smoky Spanish albondigas, along with an indulgent meatball sub
We love meatballs, and we have recipes for everything from Swedish to Italian meatballs and Spanish albondigas. Choose between our ideas for ultimate comfort food including 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.
Swedish meatball recipes
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.
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.
Baked meatball recipes
Inspired by classic Middle Eastern flavours, these sweet and spiced lamb meatballs feature harissa, pomegranate molasses, dried apricots and fragrant spices.
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.
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.
Take the classic chilli up a notch with beef meatballs for a comforting family meal packed with plenty of spices and peppers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spaghetti meatballs recipes
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.
Change up classic beef for turkey in this comforting midweek meal ready in under an hour.
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.
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.
Lamb meatball recipes
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.
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.
Gorgeous little lamb meatballs, sitting in a rich tomato sauce and served with buttery coriander and parsley couscous. One of our favourite meatball recipes.
Other meatball recipes
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.
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
Try this versatile one-pot dinner, made rich with homemade meatballs and vibrant with coriander chutney. Use lamb, beef or pork – whichever you prefer.
A creamy mustard sauce livens up this meatball and broccoli pasta dish, make it for a comforting midweek meal for the whole family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our easy meatball recipe flavoured with sage will make you really popular. Serve with orzo, the rice-shaped pasta and let everyone dig in.
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.
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.
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-calorie and ready in just 40 minutes – perfect midweek. Check out all our vegetarian recipes.
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.
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.
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.
This Italian classic pairs homemade meatballs (made with pork and beef mince, sausages and parmesan) with a chilli tomato sauce.
Meatball and herb grain bowl (top left)
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan, then cook 12 pork or turkey meatballs until browned and cooked through. Meanwhile, heat a pouch of ready-to-eat freekeh or other grain and tip into a bowl. Add the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp toasted cumin seeds, 4 chopped spring onions, 12 halved baby plum tomatoes and a handful each of chopped dill and flat-leaf parsley, season and toss. Divide between two bowls and top with the meatballs, a dollop of greek yogurt and more herbs. Serves 2.
Italian meatball melts (bottom left)
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan and fry 12 beef meatballs, turning until browned and cooked through. Add a crushed clove of garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add 200ml passata, season heavily and simmer for a minute, stirring until the sauce has coated all the meatballs. Collect the meatballs into groups of four then lay a thick slice of mozzarella over each group. Slide the pan under a grill until just melted. Scoop the meatballs, sauce and cheese into 3 toasted ciabatta buns with some rocket and a drizzle of fresh pesto. Serves 3.
Harissa meatball stew (top right)
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan and cook 12 lamb meatballs until browned. Scoop out, then add a chopped onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and bring to a simmer, then add back the meatballs with a handful of pitted green olives and 1-2 tbsp harissa. Cook for 10 minutes, then stir in some chopped coriander and serve with pittas or small flatbreads for scooping. Serves 3-4.
Thai-style meatball soup (bottom right)
- Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan and cook a pack of 12 pork or turkey meatballs until browned. In another pan, heat 750ml of chicken stock. Whisk in 2 tbsp of thai red curry paste and 200ml of coconut milk and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the meatballs and cook for 10 minutes. Add a 300g pack of cooked egg noodles and a handful of sliced mangetout and cook until just heated through. Season with soy sauce and sesame oil. Divide between two bowls and finish with a chopped spring onion and red chilli. Serves 2.