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Meatballs served with spaghetti, garlic bread, and bell peppers.

Oven-baked Meatballs

These oven-baked meatballs are moist, tender, and never dry. They are flavorful, extremely versatile, and so simple to make!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 26 meatballs
Calories 54.07 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup when chopped)
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 cups marinara sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
  • In a bowl, whisk the egg. 
  • To the same bowl, add the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, onions, and dry spices. Mix until they are well combined.
  • Add in the ground beef and mix until it is combined. Be sure not to overmix as overmixing can cause the meat to be tough when baked.
  • Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and roll them into small balls. Place the balls on a parchment paper-lined pan.
  • Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes, flipping the meatballs at the 10-minute mark. 
  • If you choose to add them to a sauce, simmer the marinara sauce in a pan on low heat. Add in the meatballs and simmer for a few minutes.


  • Do not overmix the meat mixture. I mix together the other ingredients first before adding the beef to make sure that everything is well combined beforehand so that I do not have to do much mixing once I add in the meat. If you overwork the meat mixture, your meatballs may come out tough, so try not to overmix.
  • Keep your hands moist with a little water as you form and roll the balls so that your hands don't get too sticky.
  • This recipe makes around 26 small meatballs. If you would like to make larger meatballs, add a few minutes to the total bake time.
  • I like to add in an extra ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mixture for an extra kick, but you can leave this out if your little ones are not a fan of spicy foods.


Calories: 54.07kcalCarbohydrates: 0.76gProtein: 3.67gFat: 3.94gSaturated Fat: 1.56gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.14gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.67gTrans Fat: 0.22gCholesterol: 19.34mgSodium: 78.58mgPotassium: 56.47mgFiber: 0.11gSugar: 0.14gVitamin A: 18.1IUVitamin C: 0.16mgCalcium: 18.4mgIron: 0.44mg
Keyword easy meatballs, oven baked meatballs
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