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Here’s Every Kind of Meatballs Recipe You Could Ever Want

March 4, 2024
Courtesy of Every Last Bite

Who doesn’t love a good meatballs recipe? Meatballs are quick, they’re versatile, and let’s face it: They’re fun. Plus, you can whip them up using any kind of meat, or without any meat at all. Whether you’re craving something spicy, creamy, sweet and sour, or anything else, there’s a meatballs recipe here for you. Let’s roll.

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1. Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs

Sweet and sour turkey meatballs

Courtesy of Erin Lives Whole

If sweet and tangy is your thing, you’ll love this turkey meatballs recipe. The succulent sauce is a combo of pineapple juice, ketchup, garlic, soy sauce, and a few other simple ingredients, and you can whip it up while the meatballs bake. 

Try this recipe from Erin Lives Whole.

2. Moroccan Beef Meatballs Recipe

Moroccan meatballs

Courtesy of Jo Cooks

The deep, fragrant spices in these meatballs – ginger, coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, cinnamon – give them super-rich flavor. The accompanying tomato sauce is also bursting with spices. These are even better the next day.

Try this recipe from Jo Cooks.

3. Vegetarian Zucchini Meatballs

Zucchini meatballs

Courtesy of A Simple Palate

Forgo the meat altogether and enjoy these veggie-rich “meatballs.” With zucchini, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a few spices, they’re hearty and delicious. Save time by serving with your favorite jarred sauce.

Try this recipe from A Simple Palate.

4. Mexican Beef and Pork Meatballs

Mexican meatballs

Courtesy of Every Last Bite

Great news about this flavorful Mexican meatball recipe: It’s Whole30 friendly. It’s loaded with jalapenos, cumin, and cilantro to lend that Mexican flair. Plus, almond flour and egg hold it together. Enjoy them with some lime-cilantro cauliflower rice to make a complete meal.

Try this recipe from Every Last Bite.

5. Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce

Turkey meatballs in red curry sauce

Courtesy of The Modern Proper

A creamy red curry sauce is so luscious and comforting, just the thing for simmering turkey meatballs flavored with scallion, garlic, and funky fish sauce. Don’t forget the rice, to soak up all that sauce.

Try this recipe from The Modern Proper.

6. Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki

Greek lamb meatballs

Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking

Starting with ground is a great way to get into cooking with lamb. These meatballs, flavored with fresh mint and garlic, are so simple to make. Plus, the cucumber and Greek yogurt combo in the tzatziki sauce lends a fresh flavor. These would be great in warmed pitas, or on top of a Greek salad.

Try this recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.

7. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Buffalo chicken meatballs

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

You’ve had Buffalo wings, Buffalo chicken dip – why not Buffalo chicken meatballs? Lean ground chicken isn’t the most exciting on its own, but mixed with panko, cilantro, carrots, and spicy Buffalo hot sauce, and it’s a whole new thing. Drizzle with the blue cheese yogurt sauce in the recipe, or just use your favorite bottled ranch. 

Try this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

8. Baked Salmon Meatballs with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Salmon meatballs

Courtesy of Cookin’ Canuck

Hold the phone – a meatballs recipe that calls for salmon? Oh, yes. Simply chop it finely in a food processor, add some panko, garlic, egg white, and spices, and you’re on your way to some tasty, omega 3-rich meatballs. We love the touch of smoky chipotle chili powder in the creamy avocado sauce.

Try this recipe from Cookin’ Canuck.

9. Easy Lentil Meatballs

Lentil meatballs

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

These plant-based meatballs are also gluten free, so they tick all the boxes. Folding in shallot, garlic, and parsley makes these meatballs super flavorful, and the flaxseed meal adds texture. The carrot noodles in the recipe are delicious, or you can use gluten-free pasta.

Try this recipe from Minimalist Baker.

10. Wonton Pork and Shrimp Meatballs Recipe

wonton meatballs

Courtesy of Nom Nom Paleo

Since the best part of the wonton is the filling anyway, these meatballs are a real treat. The dried shiitake mushrooms add umami, and the coconut aminos, fish sauce, and cilantro infuse the meatballs with flavor. Along with being delicious, these meatballs are grain- and gluten-free, and Whole30 friendly.

Try this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo.

Read next: 5 Healthy Protein-Rich Ground Lamb Recipes We Love

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