These Freezer Meatballs are delicious, easy to make, and make enough for 17 servings! They cost just $10.33 to make which works out to 30¢ per meatball!
You’ve seen the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, right? When I first watched it, I couldn’t help but think about how much easier my life would be if we could really just push a button and have whatever we wanted magically appear in front of us. Problems with my picky eaters would be solved. The problem of no time to cook would be solved. Problems with menu planning would be solved, too. The list goes on and on! Unfortunately, this magic machine is not a reality. Reality is, we have to deal with picky eaters and we have to make time to cook and menu planning.
This meatball recipe may not solve all your problems but it will simplify your life! They are big enough to require a fork but not too big to allow you to enjoy more than one. They are easy to make, and even your kids can help! The best part is this meatball recipe makes a bunch (17 servings) so you can freeze them and pull them out on extra busy nights for spaghetti and meatballs or meatball subs!
FREEZER MEATBALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
How do you reheat frozen meatballs?
If you are using the meatballs in a sauce such as spaghetti and meatballs, add the meatballs to the pasta and let the meatballs simmer in the pasta sauce for 10 minutes. To reheat the meatballs in the oven, place the meatballs on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until they are heated through. To reheat in the microwave, place 10 meatballs on a microwave-safe plate and cook on high for 2 minutes. You may need to add additional time depending on your microwave.
Why are my meatballs tough?
The protein in meat makes them shrink when you cook the meatballs which is what can cause the meatballs to become tough. Adding eggs or breadcrumbs with milk is a tip to help you avoid the pitfalls of tough or dry meatballs.
Can you freeze raw meatballs?
Yes! You can freeze raw meatballs in a freezer-safe container or freeze them after you have cooked them (we prefer cooking the meatballs before freezing them).
How to Make Freezer Meatballs Recipe:
- First, move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Then, prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Next, combine all of the meatball ingredients and mix them with a wooden spoon or your hands.
- Using a 3-Tablespoon scoop, scoop the meatball mixture and roll it into a ball with your hands.
- Next, place the meatballs on a baking sheet with a ½ inch between each meatball.
- Finally, bake meatballs for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165 degrees F.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
- Ages 2-3: Let them help pour in the ingredients in the bowl, and place your hands on top of theirs while you stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
- Ages 4-5: Let them help measure out the ingredients and pour them in the bowl, and have them help you stir everything together.
- Ages 6-8: Let them help crack the eggs (make sure you crack them into a separate bowl. They can also measure and stir in the ingredients. They can also help scoop out the meatballs and form them into a ball.
- Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
- Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Discover why we love getting the kids involved in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved In Cooking article.
The flavor and Recipe Variations:
- For a healthier meatball, try using half ground turkey and half lean ground beef.
What to Serve with Freezer Meatballs:
- These are great served with spaghetti or as meatball subs!
- You can also serve them with some BBQ sauce and serve them over rice for a delicious meal.
How long is this good for:
- Serve: They can keep at room temperature for up to 90 minutes.
- Store: You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freeze: Place the cooked and cooled meatballs in a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 4 months. To reheat, see our “How to reheat frozen meatballs?” section above.
How much will this Freezer Meatballs cost:
RECIPE COST: $10.33
PER SERVING COST (2 meatballs): $0.60
PER MEATBALL COST: $0.30
To find out more on how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained.
- 4 pounds lean ground beef – $7.20
- 2 cups diced yellow onion – $0.50
- 4 large eggs – $0.40
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese – $0.99
- 2 teaspoons salt – $0.02
- 1 ½ cups plain bread crumbs – $0.63
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning – $0.39
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder – $0.06
- 2 teaspoons pepper – $0.14
Large-Batch Freezer Meatballs
- large mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- 3-Tablespoon scoop
- rimmed baking sheets
- parchment paper
- instant-read thermometer
- 4 pounds lean ground beef thawed
- 2 cups diced yellow onion
- 4 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 ½ cups plain bread crumbs
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- Move oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 400 degrees, Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl add all of the meatball ingredients. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix everything together.
- Use a 3-Tablespoon scoop to scoop the meatball mixture, and then roll it into a ball with your hands. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheets, leaving ½” between each meatball.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the interior temperature reaches 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. (If you don’t have an instant-read thermometer then just cook until the inside of the meatballs are no longer pink). Let the meatballs cool 5 minutes before serving.
- Let the cooked meatballs cool to room temperature, and then place them into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place in the freezer for up to 4 months.
- Reheating from Frozen Instructions:
- In Sauce: If you’re using them for spaghetti and meatballs, then let them simmer in the pasta sauce for 10 minutes, or until warmed through.
- In Oven: Place meatballs on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F until heated through about 10 minutes.
- Microwave: Place 10 meatballs on a microwave-safe plate and cook on HIGH for 2 minutes. You may need to add additional time depending on your microwave.