11 Delicious Meatball Recipes That Will Make Grandma Jealous

Meatballs so good, she'll be wondering how you got her secret recipe


11 Delicious Meatball Recipes That Will Make Grandma Jealous


Whether you're looking for a recipe that mimics your grandma’s or one that's less traditional, a good meatball is a must.

Cheez-It Meatballs

When it comes to making meatballs, there are lots of ways add flavor. Skip the seasoned breadcrumbs and add a cheesy, salty twist by using crushed Cheez-It crackers instead. Click here for the recipe.

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Chicken Parm Meatballs


There are very few things that aren’t made better by the addition of melted cheese, and meatballs are no exception. These meatballs are made with chicken, but they’re brushed with a tomato sauce and olive oil mix before baking to help them stay juicy as they cook. Click here for the recipe.

Classic Meatballs Polpettine


Sometimes it’s best not to mess with tradition. These classic two-bite meatballs are so good your grandma will be wondering how you got your hands on her secret recipe. Click here to learn how to make them.

Giorgio’s Meatballs

This recipe for tender, all-beef meatballs comes from chef Michael Ferraro of Delicatessen in New York City, who learned it from his father at a very young age. The secret? Soak the breadcrumbs in stock instead of milk. Click here for the recipe.

Lamb Meatballs


Looking for a less traditional (but still fork-tender and delicious) meatball? This is your new go-to recipe. Ground lamb is combined with shallots, garlic, and aromatic ground coriander for meatballs so delicious they don’t even need sauce. Click here for the recipe.

Lamb, Rosemary, and Garlic Meatballs

Fresh, fragrant, and full of flavor, these lamb meatballs might just change the way you think about pasta. Click here for the recipe.

Lucky’s Luscious Meatballs


We love this simple twist on the basic meatball. All of the flavors are traditional, but the recipe calls for a full cup of flat-leaf parsley, giving the meatballs a fresh, herbaceous dimension. Click here for the recipe.

Morello’s Meatballs


A mix of ground beef, veal, and pork gives these meatballs a rich and delicious flavor. Add buttery milk-soaked brioche bread (instead of breadcrumbs), fresh herbs, and homemade tomato sauce and you’ve got a winning meatball. Click here for the recipe.

Slow-Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs

These set-it-and-forget-it meatballs break all the rules, but no one will be complaining after having a taste. These meatballs simmer away for 3 to 4 hours in the slow cooker, so be sure to plan ahead. Click here for the recipe.

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Southwestern Meatballs


These spicy spaghetti-toppers may raise a few eyebrows, but they’re well worth it. Serrano chiles add heat and ground cumin contributes smokiness to these otherwise traditional meatballs. Click here for the recipe.

Spicy, Saucy Bison Meatballs

These lean bison meatballs are perfect for anyone who wants to eat less fat. Slathered in a spicy homemade sauce, they’re tender, juicy, and full of flavor. Click here for the recipe.