The 21 Best Meatball Recipes for Busy Families

Turn budget-friendly mince into juicy meatballs in a flash with these simple meatball dinner recipes your family will go crazy for. Whether you're cooking with minced beef, minced pork, minced chicken, or even vegetarian mince, we've got a recipe to satisfy your meatball cravings.

They're best eaten around the dinner table where everyone cake grab a plate and dig in. Whether you opt for the classic Spaghetti and Meatballs or fancy something that packs more of a punch, like these Thai Beef Meatballs with Noodles, we've got a meatball recipe to suit every palate.

Tips for The Juiciest Meatball Dinners Ever

1. Pick The Right Meat Combo

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Swedish Meatballs

The beauty of cooking meatballs is that you can use any ground meats you like. Fattier meats like beef and pork will ensure your meatballs are juicy and melt-in-the-mouth. Try a blend of equal parts beef, pork and veal for a traditional Italian meatball. For something healthier, try turkey mince mixed with seasoned breadcrumbs, milk and eggs. Instead of frying them, bake or grill until golden.

2. Stuff 'Em!

Get the recipe: Cheesy Stuffed Taco Meatballs

Add an interesting twist to your meatball dinner with a cheeky stuffing of cheese and crunchy taco shards on the outside. Genius!

3. Keep Cool

Get the recipe: Old-Fashioned Spaghetti and Meatballs

Keep your minced meat and any other ingredients cool. This prevents the fats from melting and breaking down which can affect the way your meatball mixture comes together. Make sure everything is fridge-cold before mixing and forming.

4. Use Binders

Get the recipe: Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yoghurt Sauce

Use eggs, breadcrumbs and milk to bring your meatball mixture together. You might think using purely ground meat is better, but the additional moisture these extra ingredients lend results in tender meatballs with the right balance of moisture. Don't skip them.

5. Be Inspired By Your Favourite Cuisines

Get the recipe: Keftedes - Greek Meatballs

The beauty of meatballs, whether they're meaty or vegetarian means that they take well to any flavour combo. Indian, Mexican, Italian, Thai or any other cuisine you have a penchant for. Don't be afraid to try new takes on this family favourite. We love these Keftedes - Greek Meatballs with a Greek salad and delicious bread. Go on, try something different for dinner tonight.

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