11 Easy Meatball Recipes For Every Mood

Is there anything better than a meatball? They are a great go-to whether you want something familiar and crowdpleasing or want to do some armchair traveling via your tastebuds. 

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From pork and beef Italian meatballs served with a red sauce over pasta to skewered chicken meatballs coated in a sticky, spicy Korean glaze, every culture has its own delicious versions. Which means there's a meatball to suit every mood and palate. Here are 11 of our favorite meatball recipes. 



Swedish Meatballs

Prepare your own Michelin-star worthy meal with this recipe. The chef from New York's famed Aquavit restaurant used the tips and tricks she learned from her grandmother to develop these classic Swedish meatballs. The meatballs are made with both beef and pork covered in a creamy sauce.

For the Swedish Meatballs recipe, click here.

Turkey Mushroom Meatballs

This simple meatball recipe makes a healthy yet satisfying dinner. This recipe calls for ground turkey but also sneaks in mushrooms and spinach for earthy flavors and tons of nutrients.

For the Turkey Mushroom Meatballs recipe, click here.


No need to travel to a Mexican restaurant to get authentic, aromatic dishes. This Mexican meal is one of the best comfort foods for cold days. Hearty meatballs with a touch of spicy serrano pepper give depth of flavor to a homemade soup full of potatoes, carrots and squash.

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Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs in a Tangy Sauce

This is an easy slow cooker recipe you can make for busy evenings, and is one of those vintage recipes no one makes anymore — but should. These meatballs are mixed with rice and covered in a tomatoey barbecue sauce — and no, they're not porcupine — they're 100% beef.

For the Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs in a Tangy Sauce recipe, click here.

Turkey Meatball and Scallion Yakitori

This Japanese-inspired recipe features a sticky, sweet miso glaze with sake, mirin and pineapple juice, which plays well off of the turkey. Serve on a bamboo skewer amd garnish with toasted sesame seeds for a delightful party appetizer — even if it's a party of one.

For the Turkey Meatball and Scallion Yakitori recipe, click here.

Ikea Meatballs

Some people love Ikea for the furniture, while for others it's all about the Swedish meatballs. If you don't happen to live near an Ikea, you're missing out. But no worries — we have this copycat recipe for this fan-favorite meal.

For the Ikea Meatballs recipe, click here.

Korean BBQ Meatballs

Bring Korean-style barbecue to your home with this recipe. Take gochujang paste and mix it with a sweet yet spicy sauce to glaze over your meatballs. Have it with a side of rice or enjoy these meatballs by themselves on a skewer.

For the Korean BBQ Meatballs recipe, click here.

Easy Turkey Meatballs

Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to compromise a delicious and satisfying dinner. These turkey meatballs are easy to make and perfect to eat with your favorite pasta. You can also use ground chicken, beef or pork if that's what you happen to have on hand.

For the Easy Turkey Meatballs recipe, click here.

Beef Brisket Meatball Sandwich

There's no need to go to Subway when you have this meatball sub recipe. Ground brisket is seasoned with Italian parsley, basil and more. Then, the meatballs are covered in a savory tomato sauce before being served on a sub roll.

For the Beef Brisket Meatball Sandwich recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Cajun Buffalo Meatballs

We know Buffalo chicken is a popular game day food, but this new take on that classic combo of flavors just might be your new favorite. These Buffalo meatballs are easy to prepare in a slow cooker and delicious when topped with blue cheese crumbles.

For the Slow Cooker Cajun Buffalo Meatballs recipe, click here.

Chicken Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

If you're not sure what to eat for dinner, then stick with the basics. This meatball recipe will be your new go-to choice when you're struggling to make a decision. This recipe calls for ground chicken, but feel free to replace it with beef, pork or turkey. For vegetarians or vegans, you can easily swap for plant-based ground meat alternatives. There are plenty of side dishes you can eat with your meatballs, from mashed potatoes to mixed veggies, but you can also try eating it with one of these hearty rice dishes.

For the Chicken Meatballs in Marinara Sauce recipe, click here.

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