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Oven Baked Meatballs

Let me show you how to make the best Oven Baked Meatballs that everyone will be talking about! With just 6 simple ingredients, 30 minutes of your time, you will have perfectly juicy and tender meatballs! To make it extra special, serve it with homemade marinara sauce and a bowl of spaghetti. Even your Italian Nonna will love them!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 71kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef 85%
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup onion grated with juices
  • 1 egg
  • Salt Pepper to taste
  • Marinara sauce optional for serving
  • spaghetti optional for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F, line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, put all the ingredients (1 pound ground beef, ½ cup bread crumbs, ¼ cup milk, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, ½ cup grated onion, 1 egg, salt, and pepper). Using your hands or a spatula, mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  • To make the meatballs, I like to use a 1 ½ tablespoon ice scream scoop to make sure the meatballs are all the same size. Roll them in the balls and place on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes or until internal temperature is 160°F.
  • While the meatballs are baking you can make a homemade marinara sauce or reheat a store-bought one. Also cook the spaghetti according to the instructions.
  • When the meatballs are done, place them in the pan with marinara sauce and stir to cover.
  • To serve, place spaghetti on the plates and top it with meatballs with marinara sauce.


Don’t overwork the mixture. To keep the meat tender, don’t overmix the ingredients. I like to mix the meat mixture by hands. This way you can mix everything fast, without overworking the mixture.
Use 85% lean meat. If you use 90% lean meat, it won’t have enough fat and most likely will come out dry. I found that 85% lean meat works the best for this recipe, keeping the meatballs juicy and tender.
Even size. To make the meatballs the same size, I like to use a 1 ½ tablespoon ice cream scoop. Then roll it into the balls.
How long do they last in the fridge? You can refrigerate them in an air tight container or a zip-lock bag for up to 5 days.
Can you Freeze them? Absolutely! When properly stored, they will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Keep them in an air tight container or a zip-lock bag. To defrost, place them to a refrigerator overnight.
How to reheat meatballs? You can reheat them in the oven or in tomato sauce.
  1. For the oven, preheat it to 350°F. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet, put it in the oven, and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  2. If you want to serve them with the marinara sauce, place the meatballs to the simmering sauce for about 10 minutes.


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg