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Tasty Oven Baked Meatballs

Here's a no-mess method of making juicy meatballs in your oven.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked meatballs, oven baked meatballs
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 30 Meatballs
Calories 35kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 8 oz ground beef 85% lean
  • 8 oz ground pork
  • 1/2 medium size yellow onion, diced fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned panko bread crumbs *see notes
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. milk, *optional...see notes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • non-stick cooking spray (PAM)


  • Mix all ingredients together, then cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes. (See notes. This is a recipe update.)
  • After 15 minutes, preheat the oven to 400°F (350°F if convection baking) with the rack at the middle position.
  • Spray a large sheet pan and a rack with cooking spray.  Form the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on the rack.  Lightly spray all the meatballs with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until done.
  • To brown the meatballs, if desired, place the pan of meatballs approximately 4" from the broiler element and set the oven controls on "Broil".  Watch closely for your desired amount of browning (1 to 2 minutes), and remove from oven.
  • Serve as desired.


  1. I used a #50 cookie scoop (about 1-1/4 tablespoons) which made 30 meatballs.  The nutrition information is for 1 meatball of that size.
  2. I baked mine for 18 minutes with the convection function set at 350°F, then placed them under the broiler for 2 minutes.
  3. The Panko bread crumbs could be placed in a small bowl and 2 or 3 tablespoons of milk added. Stir them around so all the crumbs are moist. This way you would not have to let the meatball mix rest for 30 minutes.


Calories: 35kcal