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All meatballs : recipes and kitchen tricks

Let's explore 8 ways to prepare this culinary classic

Meatballs are a classic dish, loved all over the world for their versatility and enveloping flavour.

To be prepared with meat, fish or vegetables, meatballs lend themselves to many culinary interpretations.

In this article, we explore different meatball recipes, discovering how to prepare them in creative and delicious ways.

Tasty meatball recipes

How many ways can they find in cookbooks to make meatballs? Meat, vegetables, cheese, fish or canned tuna...

Meatballs with leftover meat, meatballs in tartare or boiled meatballs: in short, every country has its own version, here are some ideas for you!

The classic recipe: meatballs and eggs

Traditional meatballs, made with minced meat and eggs, are an irresistible pleasure. Here is a basic recipe for delicious meatballs:


  • 500 g minced meat (regular or organic beef, pork, or a combination)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • Fresh parsley to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking


  • In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, onion, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Form small round meatballs with your hands.
  • Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the meatballs until they are golden brown on all sides and cooked completely inside.
  • Drain them on absorbent paper to remove excess oil. Serve hot and enjoy them alone or with a sauce of your choice.

Gourmet variations of meatballs?

Meatballs with whole eggs recipe

The egg meatballs with surprise manage to please both adults and children thanks to their super cute creation.

They are not the usual meatballs because in this recipe we have fun recreating real eggs covered in meat, how? With shelled and boiled eggs, a meat filling, tasty herbs and a nice crunchy crust that recalls the egg shell.

A nice idea to present a tasty and substantial appetizer or aperitif that will entertain all guests. Discover our recipe .

Pumpkin and meat meatballs recipe

W the meatballs and w the pumpkin! If we add the queen of autumn and organic meat to the meatballs, the partnership will be spectacular. Discover our recipe !

Meatballs with boiled meat or meatballs with leftover meat

If you have some boiled beef left over from a broth, in addition to the classic meatloaf, you can transform it into delicious meatballs.


  • 250 g of boiled meat, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • Salt, pepper and aromatic herbs to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking


  • In a bowl, mix the boiled meat with the egg, breadcrumbs, grated cheese, aromatic herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Form meatballs and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with a sauce or sauces of your choice.

And, as they say, grandma always makes them better? Here is the complete recipe for meatballs with leftover meat .

Meatballs in air fryer

For a lighter version, try cooking the meatballs in an air fryer.


  • Meatballs prepared according to the basic recipe
  • Spray oil


  • Prepare the meatballs as described in the basic recipe.
  • Place the patties in the air fryer, spray them lightly with oil spray.
  • Cook at 180°C for about 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Thermomix meatballs

If you are a Thermomix enthusiast, here is a quick and simple recipe.


  • 500 g of minced meat
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g of breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt, pepper and parsley to taste


  • Place the onion and garlic in the Thermomix and chop them on speed 7 for 5 seconds.
  • Add the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and parsley to the Thermomix.
  • Mix on speed 4 for 30 seconds.
  • Form the meatballs with your hands and arrange them on a tray and cook them immediately following the instructions of your Thermomix or in a pan.

Light meatballs? Let's try meatballs with chicken meat!

If you're looking for lighter but equally flavorful meatballs, now is the perfect time to experiment with chicken meat.

You can mix the ground chicken meat with fresh herbs like parsley and basil, a pinch of black pepper and some whole grain breadcrumbs to maintain a soft texture.

Cook them in the oven or in an air fryer for an irresistible crunch without excess oil. This light variant of meatballs pairs well with light lemon or yogurt sauces, making every bite a delicious, low-calorie experience.

A delicious journey through different variations of meatballs

From classic meatballs to more innovative versions, exploring various meatball recipes offers an exciting culinary experience.

Whether you prefer traditional meatballs with sauce or want to experiment with them in a pan or in the oven, there is always a way to make this dish irresistible. Choose the recipe that most inspires you and enjoy the enveloping flavor of these delicious creations!