Today (March 9th) is National Meatball Day!

You might have a favorite recipe your grandmother used to make, but in case you don’t, we’re here to help.

How to make Homemade Meatballs


  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Milk
  • Ground beef and pork
  • Fresh garlic
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan
  • Fresh Italian herbs
  • Grated yellow onion
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dry seasonings


  1. Make the panade.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together the Panko and milk until combined.  Set mixture aside to soak for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.  Then use a fork to briefly mash the mixture into a paste.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients.  Add the ground beef, ground pork, garlic, eggs, Parmesan, fresh herbs, onion and Worcestershire sauce to the (same) mixing bowl.  Sprinkle the oregano, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes evenly on top.  Use your hands to mix the ingredients until evenly combined, being careful not to over-mix the ingredients.
  3. Chill (optional step).  To make the meatballs easier to form, I recommend covering and chilling the mixture in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  But if you’re pressed for time, you can skip this step.
  4. Prep oven and baking sheet.  Heat the oven to 425°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Form the meatballs.  Using a medium cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop and roll the mixture into 2-tablespoon balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.  (I recommend greasing your hands with a bit of olive oil to prevent the mixture from sticking.)
  6. Bake.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer measures the internal temperature of the meatballs to be 160°F.  Remove pan and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  7. Serve.  Serve meatballs immediately and enjoy!

For other variations of how to make these meatballs and how you can serve them, check out

Ways you can serve up some meatballs

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Meatball Sliders
  • Meatball Parmesan Bake
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Meatball Sub
  • Cocktail Meatballs
Follow along with the video below for another great meatball recipe.