Are your evenings super hectic? If you're anything like me, then the last thing you want to do when you come home from a busy day, is trying to figure out what you're having for dinner and then spend lots of time cooking it. I created these 4 Ingredient Easy Meatballs to help you spend less time cooking, and more time with your family while savoring a great meal. Read on to get the recipe!
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Why these easy meatballs are awesome
Coming from an Italian background, I have a lot of experience making meatballs. I have learned from my family that the key to delicious meatballs is using quality beef like Laura’s Lean 92% Ground Beef. Laura's Lean Beef is the perfect balance between taste and nutrition because it is a premium, better-for-you beef. You can find 92% ground beef, 96% ground beef and 92% beef patties at retail stores nationwide.
Now, unlike most other “natural” beef, Laura’s Lean beef is a “Never Ever” offering, meaning that the protein is sourced from suppliers that raise their cattle without ever using added hormones or antibiotics and are always vegetarian fed.
When it comes to Laura's Lean, lean is the name of the game. All products carrying Laura’s Lean claim must meet strict USDA standards to qualify as lean. What this means is that each 4oz serving of Laura’s Lean must contain less than 10g of fat, 4.5g or less of saturated fat and less than 95mg of cholesterol per 100g serving. Laura’s Lean 96% Ground Beef is certified through the American Heart Association heart check program and meets USDA standards for “ExtraLean”. This is beef that you can feel good serving to your family.
- 92% Laura's Lean Ground Beef
- Bread crumbs with Italian seasoning
- Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
How to make this easy meatball recipe
Before you start making these easy meatballs, you'll want to preheat your own to 350 degrees. Grease a 24 count mini muffin tin and set it aside.
Add your Laura's Lean ground beef to a large mixing bowl.
Add breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and one extra large egg to the ground beef.
Mix together to get all of the ingredients combined in the large bowl. Now it's time to roll your meatballs.
If you have kids, this is a great step for them to help with. Just make sure they wash their hands after handling the beef.
Roll the meatballs into 1 inch to 1 ¼ inch diameter. If you want all of the meatballs to be of a uniform size, you can weigh them. The size that I made weighed ¼ oz each.
Place each meatball in the mini muffin tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
I cannot tell you how easy it is to make meatballs using a muffin tin. All credit goes to my husband. One day, I asked him to get dinner ready because I was out, and when I came home he had meatballs in the oven in a mini muffin tin. Since then, I never make meatballs without a muffin pan.
Bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees f until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
At this point, what you do with your meatballs is up to you. You can serve them as an appetizer, or add them to a pasta sauce or marinara sauce and serve them with spaghetti.
I love to serve this dish over pasta, sprinkled with some fresh Parmesan cheese. You can use any leftovers to make meatball subs the next day.
However you serve them, these meatballs will have your family asking for more. They are full of flavor thanks to starting with a high quality beef like Laura's Lean. No one will believe these meatballs were made with just 4 ingredients.
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4 Ingredient Easy Meatballs
- 16 oz Laura's Lean 92% Ground Beef
- ½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg extra large
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin and set aside.
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Roll meatballs 1 inch to 1 ¼ inch diameter. You can also weigh the meatballs, each one should be ¼ of an ounce.
- Place each meatball into the mini muffin tin.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a thermometer placed in the meatball reads 165 degrees.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
You can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you would like to freeze meatballs, place in a zip top bag and store in freezer for up to 3 months.
You can add minced garlic, and chopped onions and pepper to the meatball mixture. You can also add 2 tablespoons of parsley.
There is so much you can do with them! You can give them an Asian flair by making a sauce with Thai sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and rice vinegar.
I hope you enjoy them! That is one I love about the recipe - I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.
It is a classic dish from my childhood and my kids love it too.
So true. Once you make the basic meatball recipe you can add whatever type of sauce you'd like. They are great with barbecue sauce.
Yes, this is a super kid friendly meal. Hope your little meatball love enjoys it!
Love how simple these are, and that you can customize them for any recipe or eat them as is! So yummy
I have all four ingredients already on hand, and I can't wait to try these delicious looking meatballs!
You can't beat homemade meatballs and they are so easy to do too.
These look fabulous! My five year old asks for this meal at least 14 times a week (yep, she'd eat meatballs for breakfast)! With the holiday's upon us, easy recipes, like this one, help my week go smoothly!
Love your recipe, so easy and quick and definitely loved the baked meat ball option. I can top it up with so many awesome dishes.