Italian Meatballs

This is our go-to Italian meatball recipe. We usually double the ingredients and make a big batch (24 2-ounce meatballs), freezing some for later. They are perfect on sandwiches, over pasta, wrapped in bacon, on pizza, you name it.

Italian Meatballs

These meatballs really need to set up overnight in the fridge to be the right consistency and flavor. We always make 2 ounce balls, but you can make smaller ones if you like. I wouldn’t make them any bigger, though.

The meatballs can be cooked in the oven, on the grill, on a smoker such as the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker, or in a Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-less Fryer.

Italian Meatballs
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Italian Meatballs

This is our go-to Italian meatball recipe. We usually double the ingredients and make a big batch (24 2-ounce meatballs), freezing some for later. They are perfect on sandwiches, over pasta, wrapped in bacon, on pizza, you name it.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian, meatballs
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16 balls
Calories 172kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef see note
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese fresh grated
  • 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Note: If you use a high-fat ground beef, such as 80/20, you can use 1 pound of beef and 1 pound pork. The less fat in your beef, the more pork you’ll want to use.
  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well, using your hands.
  • Shape into meatballs (we usually make 2-ounce balls) and place on a wax paper-lined pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

Cooking on the stovetop

Cooking in a smoker

  • Smoke at 225 F for 2-3 hours over a light wood such as apple.

Cooking in an oven

  • Bake at 325 F for 25 minutes.

Cooking on the Char-Broil Big Easy

  • Cook for 25-30 minutes.
  • Note: Meatballs are done when the internal temperature reaches 165 F.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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